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Ministries of St Nicholas:
To get involved in any of our ministries please
fill out our Time and Talent form and turn it into the office.
If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server, please
read below and then contact the office to sign-up.
Requirements for Altar Serving Candidates:
Servers must have made their First Holy Communion
know how to genuflect properly
should know how to make the Sign of the Cross
be boys or girls
prepare for serving:
Prepare for the task. Before you
arrive at church, be sure to wear good clothes, such as a collared
shirt and pants. However, in some albs, wearing a collared shirt is
impractical. In addition, wearing smart clothes is not imperative as
the congregation cannot see what you are wearing. However, be sure
to wear smart, presentable shoes that you can easily walk in without
tripping, as the congregation probably will see these. Refrain from
wearing trainers, high-heels or flip-flops. If you have long
hair, tie it back or wear it in a ponytail so that it does not get
caught in anything. In some churches, altar servers often carry
candles, so by not tying back your hair, you could risk it catching
Arrive at church at least 20 minutes before Mass
begins. The earlier you arrive, the more time you
will have to prepare. When you first arrive at the church, be sure
to remove any gum or candy you have in your mouth. It would be
distracting and disrespectful to be chewing or eating something
before or during the Mass. (REMEMBER: You may not
receive Holy Communion if you have consumed anything other than
water one hour before Mass. If you do eat or drink something before
Mass, you may wish to refrain from receiving Communion to avoid a
Mortal Sin) If you will not be receiving Holy Communion, please
do not serve.
Go to the Sacristy the altar serving
albs are kept. Try not to
talk loud, but whisper. Put on your alb correctly by buttoning it up
or zipping it up all the way. Sometimes robes simply go on over your
head. Albs are usually girdled with a cincture, so be sure to put
one on that is not too long and not too short. Try to wear it at
around the same length as the other servers, but if you are unsure,
again, ask a member of the clergy. If any of the albs are ripped or
torn, let the priest or deacon know. Remember to choose an alb that
fits you, coming down to your shoes.
Decide who will be doing which jobs.
Usually the Master of Ceremonies or deacon will decide
this, but often the choice will fall on the most senior server
available. If you are unsure which jobs need doing, ask the deacon
Wait for the priest or deacon and, on
some occasions, the bishop to join you at the entry to the church.
And once you process into Mass, please--NO TALKING DURING
MASS. Always have your hands joined. The lead server should rotate
the younger servers in different duties. Different servers will lead
the procession. Often it is the job of the cross bearer (crucifer),
sometimes accompanied by the acolytes/candles, but a lot of the
time, the thurible bearer (or thurifer) will lead. Don't start
heading up the aisle until the priest tells you to or gives you a
signal. Once you arrive at the sanctuary, stand off to one side of
the center, wait for Deacon and Father to join you, genuflect if you
are not carrying anything. If you are carrying something (e.g. cross
or candles), make a profound bow before the altar. Next proceed to
your seat, where you should stand. When going around the altar, make
sure that you and your partner go around on alternate sides; one
should go around the left of the altar, whilst the other should go
around the right.
Stand at your seats singing during the
opening hymn, which will have been sung during your procession up
the aisle. After the hymn has concluded, the priest will
welcome the congregation. After the Collect (opening prayer) you
will sit down, as will the congregation.
During the homily, listen attentively
to what the priest has to say. It
usually relates to the scripture readings of the day, and carries
important information about the Faith.
At the preparation of the gifts,
sometimes called Offertory, bread and wine are brought to the
altar. Sometimes a cross
bearer goes down the central to accompany the gifts to the altar.
Most of the time, the priest and deacon will go to the entrance to
the sanctuary to receive the gifts and hand them back to the servers
to place on the altar.
Bells - ring
three times each for the elevation of the Host and the chalice.
Kneel after the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).
Follow the local custom when receiving
the Holy Communion. After receiving communion, servers
will return to their seats.
After the priest or deacon sings or
says the dismissal, all of the servers will move to the entrance to
the sanctuary in their pairs, usually in the same order that they
processed up in. Walk forward past the altar, giving
enough room for the other servers and clergy to stand behind you
before turning to face the altar. Everyone in the procession will
genuflect (except if you are holding something in your hands. You
may bow your head, however). Turn and process to the back of the
church by walking up the main aisle. The priest and deacon will
usually stop at the entry of the church to talk to the congregation
as they leave.
A server's job is not over at the end of Mass. Before hanging
your robe back up, extinguish all of the candles using a candle
snuffer to avoid blowing hot wax onto yourself, the altar or the
floor. According to parish custom, the deacon/Master of Ceremonies
may tell you if something extra needs to be done, or if something
has been forgotten, e.g. preparing for another Mass. Hang up your
alb neatly and cincture in their respective places.
- Always go to the bathroom before mass. This is proper etiquette
that is required.
- Be quiet in the sacristy and avoid making unnecessary noise. At
this time you can say a prayer before Mass begins.
- Hang up your vestments after using them. Do not dump them on the
floor of the cupboard, which is disrespectful to your church
- When walking or sitting, hands should be held in one of two
positions, locked together either at the chest or waist.
- If two servers need to move then they are to move together, just
don’t move without your partner. Usually servers will have partners,
unless they are doing certain jobs, such as bearing the cross.
- Be ready to help the priest or deacon, especially if he is a
visitor to your parish. He may ask you some questions about how Mass
takes place in your church. If he does, try to answer them clearly and
- Try to spread things out evenly between you and the other servers.
Don't make one server do all of the work! If there is an M.C or the
deacon is distributing the jobs, they will make sure that this is so.
- Most Priest now don't usually genuflect at the Altar. They only
genuflect at the Tabernacle. If so, bow at the Altar and do not
- Remember that during Mass people are watching you. They do make
comments to the priests and the M.C. about the servers' behaviour at
Mass. Although this is usually praise, it is sometimes the opposite.
To avoid this, you should not laugh or talk while serving. However,
you may give instructions during Mass and help out servers if they are
unsure what to do.
Altar and Rosary Society
All ladies of Saint Nicholas are
honorary members and we invite you to become ACTIVE
members of The Altar and Rosary Society. Our
members focus on two things...the Saint Nicholas ALTAR
and encouraging others to pray the ROSARY. We
support our Church by providing for all of the needs of
the Altar, including upkeep of the linens and vestments
and decorating the Altar for special events. We
also encourage everyone to pray The Rosary and to live
by our Blessed Mother's example. She dedicated her
life to serve God and others.
Living by Her example, we also provide for
the children of our parish with First Communion, Confirmation
and graduation celebrations. We host a monthly Pot Luck
luncheon to encourage fellowship. We have various fund
raising events to benefit our Church. We are dedicated to
helping others. Please join us on the second Sunday of
each month in our hall after the 11:15 Mass with your ideas and
Meetings: second Sunday of
the month after the English Mass
Next Potluck Brunch: November 6
Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist
Click here for the English version of Guidelines
and Norms of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
in the Archdiocese of Denver booklet.
Click here for the Spanish version of Guidelines
and Norms of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
in the Archdiocese of Denver booklet (Normas
y Directivas para los Ministros Extraordinarios de la
Sagrada Comunion en la Arquidioce)
This booklet contains information for Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion that includes terminology, requirements,
training, preparation, and ministry at parishes, homes and
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are those men and
women mandated by the Archbishop of Denver to share in the
apostolic work of the Church when a true pastoral need exists as
determined by the pastor, administrator or chaplain of a parish
or other faith community.
Mandation of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is
granted by the Archbishop, to whom written request is made by
the pastor or chaplain of an institution, setting forth a
description of the needs of the parochial (or other) situation,
the names of candidates, an assurance that all those for whom
mandation is being requested have been fully initiated into the
Church with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and
Eucharist, are of sufficient Christian maturity with a definite
relationship to the parish or institution to be served, and
whose character and way of life reflect a serious and well
formed faith and moral commitment. All candidates must be at
least age 18, though exceptions to the age requirement can be
granted by the Archbishop. They must publicly affirm the
magisterium of the Church and are in good standing in the
The Parish Finance
Council meets once every quarter.
The role of the parish finance council is
to assist the pastor in carrying out his financial
To summarize, the parish finance council is
to assist the pastor in:
Evaluating, formulating, and planning
the parish's needs for present and long range financial
Adhering to the laws governing the
administration of ecclesiastical goods
Preparing and monitoring the annual
Determining the best means of investing
excess parish fund in accord with the moral and legal
principles of the Catholic Church and in accord with
To learn more, refer to the Archdiocese of
Denver Parish Finance Council Training Handout (link to
NexNext Meeting: Monday, February 20, 2017
The fundraising committee oversees all fundraising within the
parish, making sure that fundraising efforts are not hampering
If you wish to begin a fundraiser, please
fill out the following forms and turn into the office for the
fundraising committee's review. Someone will be in touch
with you soon after.
Knights of Columbus
Men, imagine being part of an organization
that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to
others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.
Knights of Columbus meet on the first and
third Tuesdays of the month in Johnstown at St. John the
Baptist, at 7:00 pm.
The Landscaping Committee will be working to
reconfigure and improve the sprinkler system this summer.
They will also be working re-sod the property, lay rock and add
trees and bushes.
It is necessary that those who exercise the ministry of reader …
be truly suited and carefully prepared, so that the faithful may
develop a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture from
listening to the sacred readings.
The lector proclaims the Word of God to the assembled faith
community. Men and women who accept the call to this ministry
are presumed to be people of faith and lovers of Scripture,
eager to serve the Christian community and willing to engage in
ongoing formation and education.
The Maintenance Committee is working to fix the chimney in the
church. The gutters on the church also
need attention, to prevent water from running inside the walls
of the church. The Parish Hall roof was completed last
summer and the inside of the hall repainted.
The Maintenance Committee meets on an
as-needed basis. The committee is always in need of new
members, in addition to people who are able to add their labor
to the chores at hand.
The English Mass is in need of additional cantors.
Musicians (of any instrument) are also
always welcome at either Mass.
The Parish Pastoral Council
meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm.
The roll of the Council is to advise the pastor on developments of pastoral priorities. The
Council helps the pastor to identify pastoral needs and to
implement and evaluate pastoral programs. The Council assists
with encouraging volunteerism and participation by the
parishioners in the life and ministry of the Church.
Next Meeting: Monday,
Substitutes and Teacher Aides
Our Religious Education Program is always
in need of additional teachers, substitute teachers and aides.
Our regular RE classes meet on Sundays, 9:30 – 11:00 am.
RCIA and Sacramental Prep Classes meet on
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
To be a teacher, substitute or aide you
must undergo a background check. Please contact the office
if you are interested in being a part of this very important
The role of Usher is to welcome people to the Mass, collect
offertories and pass out bulletins at the end of Mass. To be an
Usher you must undergo a background check.