Altar Servers

We thank all of our Altar Servers for choosing to serve God and our Saint Dominic parish community. Altar servers assist our priests and deacons and set an example (especially for other young people), during our liturgies.

Our Altar Servers sit closest to hearing the Word of the Lord. They carry sacred vessels holding gifts from the community. They are the helpers when the hands that bless us and feed us the Bread of Life are washed. They carry the cross and lead the way during the processional and recessional. They are looked upon by our community as special children of God.

History
The Church has had altar servers for many centuries. Records from the early days of the Church tell us that altar servers were regarded with great respect and honor. This leadership role is very important today as more and more lay people are called upon to serve in the Church’s ministries.

Setting an Example
As representatives of the Saint Dominic community, an altar server sets a good example for the members of our parish and for our visitors. They show others how to actively participate in the liturgy by singing hymns and saying aloud the prayers and responses. They have a very important role because they are setting an example of how to worship at Mass.

Ushers

Keeping you informed of on-going parish activities and events is important to us because we feel it is important to you. Our ushers are ready to hand out a weekly bulletin, a newsletter, special event booklet or program or other material to provide you the information you need to be informed about your faith. Ushers also provide information, directions to various parts of the buildings and answers to various questions people may have. We appreciate the efforts of our courteous ushers and thank them for their service.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

We, the faithful, are the Church. One of the many important changes to have taken place since Vatican Council II in the nineteen sixties was that qualified lay persons of faith were empowered for commissioning as Extraordinary Ministers of The Eucharist. These are your fellow parishioners who offer the Eucharist, that is, Holy Communion, to the faithful.

This ministry is symbolic of much more than helping out busy priests and deacons. In fact, it has perhaps become one of the most visible signs of the active role lay persons must play in our Church today.

Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are dedicated Catholics in good standing in their parish. The pastor, often assisted by a deacon or other staff member, selects qualified candidates for training and commissioning, a beautiful ceremony, in itself, normally presided over by a bishop. That’s when an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist receives his or her special wooden cross you see them wearing at Communion during the liturgy of the Eucharist.

Ironically, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharistic are really ordinary lay persons of faith, who are called forth from the congregation to serve the Lord as they bring the Eucharist to their brothers and sisters at Mass and also to those who are homebound or unable to attend Mass.

Visiting the homebound is, in itself, a particularly important ministry, because the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist brings to that person of faith, who would otherwise be without the Word of God and the Body of Christ. The visit is also a time to pray with the homebound person and to share with them news of the parish and carry with them the greetings and prayers of the entire congregation. The home visit is perhaps the most important spiritual event of the week for the homebound person of faith. Eucharistic ministers know the great sense of reward one receives for being part of this loving, caring, spiritually nurturing ministry.

Eucharistic ministers are commissioned for a term of six years in our archdiocese. During that time they are expected to be available regularly, a minimum of twice a month, for eucharistic ministry service at Mass and to shut-ins. You may learn more about this ministry and its qualifications by speaking to Rich and Cathy Magold, who are the coordinators for this ministry at St. Dominic. Rich and Cathy may be reached at 860.620.9943. You may also send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

Collectors

Our facilities are here for all to use and enjoy. In order to support the physical maintenance of our property a collection is taken during mass. Our collectors reverently pass the basket to receive any donations you wish to give. Our collectors also receive Flower Donation envelopes and other special donation offerings. We appreciate their efforts and thank them for their service.

altar adornment

The flowers and decorations that adorn the altar and surrounding area of Saint Dominic Church are yours. They are also his, hers and mine. Placed on the altar, in tribute to God's glory, these are our gift to God and each other!

Every week, in our church bulletin, there is a note about altar adornment. A donation toward the liturgical environment can be your way of helping to beautify our church. Your donation may be made to celebrate the memory of a loved one who has gone before us, or as a living tribute to a loved one on a special occasion such as a birth, a birthday, an anniversary or graduation, or as a prayer for someone's return to good health or well being.

The names of those being remembered in a particular week are listed in the church bulletin. All parishioners and visitors attending Mass not only enjoy the flowers and displays, but they are also asked to include those being remembered in their prayers. If you think about it, the gift  unites us in our prayers and thoughtful remembrances of our loved ones.

Please consider making a donation ($25.00 minimum requested).

Pick up an envelope at one of the usher's positions in the back of the church. Print your name, the name(s) of those you wish to honor, whether that person is living or deceased, the occasion or reason, and the date of that occasion. Then enclose your donation and drop the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the rectory. Please do this at least two weeks in advance of the remembrance date requested.

Greeters

Upon arrival at our facility’s front door, our Greeters welcome you into the church with a warm hello and acknowledgement. The Church of Saint Dominic is glad you have come here seek faith, answers, reassurance or resolution through prayer to many other personal needs. We welcome you, and our Greeters are our ambassadors of faith. We thank them for their service.

Lectors

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, defines the word lector as “ A person who reads aloud certain of the scriptural passages used in a church service.”

One of the very important changes brought about by Vatican Council II in the early 1960’s was the structure of the Mass. Up to that time, the primary focus of the Mass was the Eucharist, also referred to as the Liturgy of The Eucharist. Of course, that part of the Mass leading up to the consecration, and then, the distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful is very important. What has changed is that we have recognized the great importance during the Mass of the Liturgy of The Word, as well as the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

For, after all, it is the Word of God that we are proclaiming and listening to during the Mass. Each day, we hear a different selection or reading from the Bible, also known as the scriptures. The Church (liturgical) calendar is organized to cover most of the Bible during the course of three years. And so, the Mass has also become a form of faith formation, as it teaches us over a period of time, the Word or Message of Jesus Christ. Our participation at Mass and how we live our lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus is our Christian witness or personal testimony to being followers of Christ.

Given this basic understanding of the meaning of the Liturgy of the Word in our lives, we have emphasized the fact that the lector is not just reading the scriptures but that he or she is proclaiming the Word of God.

Accordingly, our lectors are, in reality, Ministers of The Word. Recognizing their work as a ministry, the training program and lector’s Workbook used at Saint Dominic Church is given heavy emphasis

We’ve all heard the difference between the lector who is speaking with great understanding and care for the words being enunciated as compared to one who is simply reading words. The effective lector reads each scriptural passage only after studying its meaning and saying the words aloud before going on the altar. The language of scriptures is replete with vocabulary that is not commonly used in our every day language. Most important, lectors prepare themselves for their readings because the words they are reading are the Word of God for today and must be proclaimed, as in the telling of a great story, with clarity and meaning for every person in the congregation.