Altar Servers

An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a Christian religious service. An altar server attends to supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching and carrying, ringing the altar bell and so on.

During the celebration of Mass, altar servers have responsibilities during:

  • Entrance: May carry the processional cross and candles at the front of the entrance procession. At other times, may carry incense and a thurible.
  • Proclamation of the Gospel: Candles and/or incense can be carried in procession to the lectern.
  • Offertory: When the priest receives the gifts, altar servers assist him by carrying them.
  • Preparation of the chalice: Altar servers present the cruets of water and wine for the deacon or priest to pour in the chalice.
  • Lavabo: An altar server administers the water to the priest as he ritually washes his hands.
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist: Altar servers may ring an altar bell during transubstantiation.
  • Recessional: When the priest and the altar servers leave the altar, again the processional cross and candles are carried.

Girls and boys are eligible to be trained to serve during 5th grade.  Altar servers are responsible for assisting Father at the altar. Servers are scheduled for the Mass of their choice. Training sessions dates & times are put in the bulletin and then you can call the Parish Office to sign up.

"Teach me knowledge and good judgement, for I believe in your commands..." (Psalm 119:66)

Nursery Volunteer

Nursery Volunteers come to church twice! Once, to benefit from the Mass themselves, and then again to help others benefit from the Mass by watching the young children who are brought by their parents. Nursery volunteers can expect to serve about once every two months.

Protecting God’s Children training is required.  Call Pam Blakeman at the Parish Office for information on signing up for the training through the Diocese of Kalamazoo’s website.

Please call the Parish Office to volunteer.

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love..." (Romans 12:10)

Coffee and Donuts

This is a simple and fun way to serve in the church on Sundays after Mass.  At St. John’s there is a sign up sheet to serve the donuts…instructions are on the refrigerator. We need people to pick up donuts for each church from the bakery, pick up the juice, prepare the coffee and serving space, and clean up afterwards.

Call the Parish Office for more information.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches..." (Philippians 4:19)

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Greeters (At St. John's Church)

Greeters are the smiling faces at the entrance of the church welcoming people before Mass, as well as thanking people for coming following Mass.  Greeters may pass out bulletins or other informational items following Mass,and answer any questions visitors and parishioners may have. Greeters do not need a formal training period, but will be given a list of duties and any guidance needed.

Call the parish office for more information.

"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God..." (Romans 15:7)


In the Roman Catholic Church, the term "lector" is used in preference to that of "reader".  The term can mean someone who in a particular liturgy is assigned to read a Biblical text, other than the Gospel.

Lectors are responsible for putting a voice to the Word of God.  They will be expected to attend a workshop yearly to help them understand their ministry and perform it to their fullest potential.  Workbooks will be provided each year for lectors to practice the readings before Mass.  They will serve at the Mass of their choice.
Call the rectory for more information.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God..." (John 1:1)

Worship Ministries
                  "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..." (Mark 10:45)

                                 The Parish secretary does the scheduling for these ministries.
                                   Please call the Parish Office at (269) 925-2425 if interested.


An usher is often the first official representative seen when entering the church.  Ushers are responsible for keeping things organized in the congregation so Mass flows smoothly.  Before Mass they assist people in finding seats, restrooms, etc.  During Mass they will keep one eye on the members of the congregation to see if someone needs assistance; they will collect the offerings, assist in bringing the offerings to the altar, and usher people out of the pews during Holy Communion.  After Mass, they will look for loose bulletins/missalettes in the pews and assist Father in making sure doors are locked.
Call the rectory for more information.

"Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life..." (John 8:12)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church is, under the Code of Canon Law, "an acolyte, or another of Christ's faithful deputed," in certain circumstances, to distribute Holy Communion. The term "extraordinary" distinguishes such a person from the ordinary (normal, regular) minister of Holy Communion, namely a bishop, priest or deacon.

An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion will be scheduled for service during the Mass of their choice.  These ministers also have the beginning training for administering Holy Communion in other ministries, such as the Parish Visitation Program.  Training session dates and times are put in the bulletin.  If interested in this ministry call the Parish office at (269) 925-2425.

"I am the way and the truth and the life..." (John 14:6)

Offertory Gifts

For individuals or families who wish to bring up the gifts at Mass, no special training is needed, but assistance will be provided where needed.  Call Shirley Vorres at (269) 926-8602 if you would like to bring up the gifts at Mass.

"For where two or three are gathered in my name..." (Matthew 18:20)

SS. John & Bernard Parish

To grow as a Catholic community, united by the Holy Spirit, living our faith in Jesus Christ and sharing God's truth and love with all people