Making room for all at the table of the Lord through loving service
Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to service our community and be more involved in the Mass. We encourage all of our parishioners to prayerfully discern how your time and talents can lend themselves to worship. Those interested in fulfilling a role within the Liturgy should contact Deacon John at 713-692-9123 or complete the following form:
*Please note that those interested in Music Ministries should contact Sandi Ward directly.
The ministry of instituted acolyte is a permanent institution. Because its roots are in the formation of ordained clergy, the ministry is reserved to men. The instituted acolyte is appointed to assist the deacon and serve the priest in celebration of the liturgy. A primary responsibility is to assist with the purification of vessels used in the distribution of Holy Communion. Men must be at least 21 years of age, fully initiated and living an exemplary Christian way of life. They should be experienced sacristans and liturgical ministers. Candidates must be recommended by the pastor and attend Archdiocesan training.
The privilege of assisting priests at the altar during Mass is reserved for girls and boys who are baptized Catholics, who have made their first Communion, attend Sunday Mass regularly and have their parents’ support. Students in both Catholic and public schools are encouraged to be a part of this ministry. New servers’ training is held during Lent for all students in 4th grade and above. Classes are publicized in the bulletin and throughout the school and religious education programs. Altar server update sessions are held in the fall.
Art & Environment
The parish Art and Environment committee gathers to plan the environmental and art components of worship spaces according to the liturgical seasons of the year. Volunteers should have some familiarity with environment and art guidelines in Catholic worship documents and must be willing to contribute their time and talents to plan, create, set up, remove and clean up presentations throughout the year. Contact Mary Jane Christen at 713-682-3385 for details.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM) may choose to assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass or by taking Communion to patients in Northwest Memorial Hospital, residents of West Janisch and Bookhollow Heights Nursing Home and Brookdale Nursing Home , and individual parishioners who are homebound. Volunteers must complete Archdiocesan and parish training sessions, after which their names are submitted to the bishop by the pastor to be commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age or seniors in high school and fully initiated in the Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. They also must be persons of genuine Eucharistic faith, live exemplary Catholic lives, be psychologically mature and, if married, must have been married in the Catholic Church.
Through this ministry, God’s living Word continues to be proclaimed to His people. Lectors desire to witness to their Christian faith, are concerned that the Word of God is proclaimed well and have an awareness that their reading talents should be shared with the whole community. Training involving Scriptural background and practical skills is required as well as a willingness to attend periodic scripture classes.
St. Rose Parish offers various ways to answer the call to music ministry. Those interested in joining any of the following Musical Ministries should contact Sandi Ward at 713-692-9123 for more information or to schedule an audition.
Adult Parish Choir
The Adult Parish Choir has been an active participant in the sung liturgical prayer of St. Rose of Lima Parish for many years. In addition to singing for the 10:00 am Sunday Mass, the Choir sings for one Christmas Eve Mass, for Holy Week liturgies and at other liturgies and events as requested. Many of its members also serve as cantors for liturgies, at which no choir or other musical ensemble is present. Rehearsals are generally held on Wednesday evenings, September-May.
Cantors lead the prayer that’s sung during liturgies without choir or ensemble. This is a by-audition only role.
Children's Music Ensemble
The Children’s Music Ensemble sings during the Christmas season and holds practices during the Christmas season. Watch for sign-up information in the bulletin.
Hand Bell Choir
The Hand Bell Choir is made up of a group of people who enjoy playing music for the Catholic Mass. Anyone with basic musical knowledge is invited to join. The formation of this choir is contingent upon having enough members.
Hispanic Music Ministry
The Hispanic Choir sings for the Spanish Mass at noon on Sundays, as well as for the Spanish Christmas Mass. They rehearse weekly.
Instrumentalists may play regularly or on an as-needed basis and is by audition only.
Rock Solid Ensemble
This is the music ensemble for the youth-oriented liturgy Sundays at 5 pm. Additional talents are by audition only.
Many things need to be done before the Liturgy can take place. Bread, wine, vessels, vestments, liturgical books and candles must be prepared and put in place. These are the roles of the sacristans. Sacristans also welcome other ministers scheduled for the Liturgy and help to assure the continuity and flow of the preparations.
Ushers and Greeters
Among the servants of God who comprise the membership of the Body of Christ, ushers and greeters are called to provide a very special service. They create an atmosphere of welcome, community and order. They welcome all, introduce strangers, distribute worship aids, assist with collections and occasional special activities, assist in the orderly movement of the faithful as they enter and exit the church and during Communion, and ensure that the church is left in order after Mass for the next function.
Movimiento Familiar Catolico Cristiano (MFCC)
El Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico es una agrupación de familias Católicas que unen sus esfuerzos para promover los valores humanos y cristianos de la familia, para que esta sea en la comunidad: formadora de personas, educadora en la fe, conciente de su misión evangelizadora y comprometida en el desarrollo integral de la comunidad y de la iglesia doméstica.