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Liturgical Ministries


May - Liturgical Minister Schedule May - Music Minister Schedule

Please remember that once you are scheduled, you are responsible for making sure that you get someone to take your place if you are unable to serve. It is always best to enter your unavailable dates before the schedule is run so that you are not scheduled when you are not available to serve.

Requesting a sub is a convenience but until a sub accepts to serve in your place, you are still responsible for the role at the mass to which you have been assigned. A list of ministry contacts is available on the Web Terminal to help you to reach out to other ministers who share your role to assist you in securing a sub to take your place.

Tip! Get acquainted with people who serve at Mass times that you do and talk about covering for one another when the need arises.


Your willingness to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, reflects not only a response to your Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but a commitment to Christ as you share in the preaching, teaching and leading aspects of the church.

By offering the Eucharist, you recognize the Body of Christ in those to whom you minister, and ultimately you act as the Body of Christ by fully participating in the life of the parish and the wider community. Your willingness to commit to a monthly schedule, to prepare properly for your service and to arrive on time and dressed appropriately for your assigned Mass, further reflects that commitment.

To serve as a Eucharistic Minister at Daily or Weekend Masses:
          Contact Diane McCarthy at 781-438-0200.

To serve as a Homebound Minister where you bring Communion to the sick or shut-ins:
          Contact Diane McCarthy at 781-438-0200.

Important Notice! - The Archdiocese of Boston offered guidelines to all parishes to help us guard against the spread of Coronavirus infection. Father Mario has determined that Saint Patrick Parish will follow a set of precautions to protect our community. The change that most affects you as a Eucharistic Minister is that, in addition to washing our hands well with soap and water when we enter the sacristy to check ourselves off on the schedule, we will also use hand sanitizer both before and after distributing Holy Eucharist.

New! - A new procedure for disposing of consecrated hosts that have been dropped or partially consumed but not swallowed. Read More »


The ministry of a Lector is a wonderful work, and an extremely rewarding ministry. Lectors have a critical role in the celebration of the Mass. Since the Lector proclaims not just any word, but the Word of God, it is essential that he or she develops the skills required to communicate God’s message competently.

The call to be a Lector is something that demands preparation. In becoming a Lector, you are accepting the responsibility to do your best, to practice and to continually look for ways to improve your ability to communicate the Word of God clearly to the congregation. As a Lector you are entrusted with some of the most powerful stories that have been handed down to us from generation to generation in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament; stories that God continues to speak through those called into the various ministries of the Church. To be a lector is to be given an opportunity for your own personal growth in Jesus. Lectors proclaim the Word of God. They act as the voice of Christ at the Eucharist Assembly and other prayer services.

To serve as a Lector at Daily or Weekend Masses:
          Contact Diane McCarthy at 781-438-0200.

New! - We have new protocols for Lectors. Read More »


Boys and girls who have celebrated their First Eucharist are welcomed and encouraged to take an active role in ministry by assisting with the tasks involved in our liturgical celebrations.

Please email Deacon Frank Dello Russo @ mellodello77@gmail.com, or call him at 781-438-2498.


We have available a series of guides for using Ministry Scheduler Pro to manage your service to the church.

  • MSP Substitutions - Step-by-step guide to making substitution requests
    • Note: If you wish to volunteer for an open position (i.e. not one that someone has requested a substitution), find the position on the Full Schedules tab of the Web Terminal, or the Open Position tab of the App. Select the position and the Volunteer Now button.
  • MSP Trades - Step-by-step guide to making trades when substituting
  • MSP Preferences - Step-by-step guide to adding and removing service preferences
  • MSP Availability - Step-by-step guide to managing unavailable (can't serve) times

In addition, Rotunda Software has a short video explaining preferences and availability, and a downloadable Web Terminal Guide in PDF format.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please email stpatschedules@gmail.com.


pdf.png Eucharistic Minister Handbook - 2021 (Updated for 2021)
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pdf.png Lector Handbook - 2021 (Updated for 2021)
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pdf.png Pastoral Visitor Handbook
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(Updated May 01, 2024)