Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

Ministry Opportunities

Incoming students, please complete this form, and we will send you more information about how you can get involved in Catholic Life at Loyola.

Catholic students, who have been confirmed and are interested in volunteering as a liturgical minister at Mass in Madonna della Strada Chapel, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.

If you are interested in becoming involved in music ministry at Madonna della Strada Chapel, contact Steven Betancourt.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a liturgical minister on Loyola's Water Tower Campus, please contact Fr. Jerry Overbeck, S.J., or if you are at Health Sciences Campus, please contact Ginny McCarthy.

In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, the Church "earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in the liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy" (Sacrosanctum Concilium 14). Lay people, both women and men, may increase their participation in the liturgy by serving as liturgical ministers. For specific information on each ministry, see below.

By carrying out the functions of the instituted acolyte (literally, “one who follows”), servers allow the priest to focus on his role of presiding during the sacred liturgy. Servers also enhance the solemnity of the liturgy by carrying the crucifix, candlesticks, and censer during processions. Since servers are lay people who are carrying out specific functions during the liturgy, their participation helps reveal that the liturgy is the work of the entire people of God.

 

Requirements:

  • Practicing Catholic.

  • Willingness to give faithful service to God and the Christian people.

  • Wear dress shoes and clothing that is appropriate to the sacred liturgy (“Sunday best”).

  • Understanding of particular responsibilities during Mass.

  • A sense of reverence and proper decorum.

  • Complete a training session.

 

An altar server's duties are:

  • Carrying the processional cross, candles, and on occasion, the censer during processions.

  • Placing the sacred vessels, linens, and the bread and wine on the altar.]

  • Assisting the priest when he receives the gifts and when he washes his hands.

  • Taking the sacred vessels and linens from altar and placing them on the credence table after Communion.

 

Servers must attend an hour-long training session at the beginning of the semester. In addition to the initial training, there will be rehearsals for major liturgies (e.g., Easter Vigil, etc.). After attending the training session and with the ongoing guidance of the Coordinator of Liturgy, servers will:

  • Move with the grace and reverence that befits the sacred liturgy and does not distract from it.
  • Arrange the sacred vessels and linens on altar according to the rubrics of the Roman Missal and the Chapel’s Servers’ Manual.
  • React to the needs of the priest and the other lay ministers, assisting them as directed.

 

Servers must arrive at least fifteen minutes before their scheduled liturgy. If you cannot serve at your scheduled liturgy, you must find a substitute from the roster of servers.

 

For more information contact Dr. John Paul Salay.

Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly so that the faithful may hear and respond to God’s Word during Mass and throughout their lives. Using proper diction and public speaking techniques, lectors enable the liturgical assembly to listen attentively to Sacred Scripture and to have a love for it.

 

Requirements:

  • Fully initiated (Confirmed) Catholic.

  • Strong, clear voice.

  • Review the readings at home prior to your scheduled Mass.

  • Wear dress shoes and clothing that is appropriate to the sacred liturgy (“Sunday best”).

  • A sense of reverence and proper decorum.

  • Complete a training session.

  • Previous experience in public speaking is helpful but not mandatory.

 

Duties:

  • Proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel.

  • Announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful on Sundays.

  • Lead the Responsorial Psalm between the readings on weekdays.

 

Before they begin to serve, new lectors must attend a training session during the first few weeks of the semester. After completing a training session and with their ongoing personal study of the readings for Mass, lectors will:

  • Relate the readings from Sacred Scripture with a clear, strong speaking voice that is consistently able to be heard with ease by the assembly.
  • Express the meaning and emotion of the readings through the use of proper diction, pacing, and voice inflection, which are appropriate to specific genres of sacred literature.
  • Move to and from the ambo in a way that does not distract from the liturgy.

 

Lectors should prepare for the liturgy by reviewing the readings for Mass at home. They should arrive at least ten minutes before their scheduled liturgy and check the lectionary in the sacristy. If you cannot serve at your scheduled liturgy, you must find a substitute from the roster of lectors.

For more information contact Dr. John Paul Salay.

Although the ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are priests and deacons, lay people may be commissioned to assist in the distribution of Communion. Originally intended for extraordinary circumstances, this has now become a common pastoral practice in the United States. The purpose of auxiliary ministers of communion at Mass is to assist at the distribution of Holy Communion when the number of ordinary ministers of the Eucharist is insufficient to serve the assembly in a reverent manner. Assigning auxiliary ministers prevents the communion rite from becoming excessively long and out of proportion to the rest of the liturgy (See the General Instruction of the Roman Missal 162 and Archdiocese of Chicago Policies and Procedures 204).

 

Requirements:

  • Baptized and Confirmed Roman Catholic.

  • Regularly receive the Eucharist.

  • Exemplary Christian character, committed to the faith, and devoted to the Eucharist.

  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in the community's life.

  • Wear dress shoes and clothing that is appropriate to the sacred liturgy (“Sunday best”).

  • Understanding of particular responsibilities during Mass.

  • A sense of reverence and proper decorum.

  • Complete a training session. 

 

Duties:

  • Assisting the priest in distributing the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful during Mass.

  • Reverently placing the sacred vessels and linens on the credence table after the distribution of Communion.

  • Consuming any of the Precious Blood of Christ that may remain after Communion.

 

After attending the training session and with the ongoing guidance of the Coordinator of Liturgy, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist will:

  • Move in a reverent manner as they carry the Blessed Sacrament to and from the altar.
  • Extend the Body of Blood of Christ to the faithful using the words and procedures mandated in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and Archdiocese of Chicago Policies and Procedures.
  • Organize the sacred vessels on the credence table after the distribution of Communion according to the rubrics of the liturgical documents.

 

According to the directives of the Archdiocese of Chicago, all prospective extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist must be mandated (certified) by the Archdiocese. To complete the requirements of this certification, you must attend an hour long meeting which includes a brief outline of the Church's teaching about the Eucharist. These training sessions will be scheduled during the first few weeks for the semester.

 

Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist should arrive at least fifteen minutes before their scheduled liturgy and check in with the coordinator, who will be in the vestibule. If you cannot serve at your scheduled liturgy, you must find a substitute from the roster.

 

For more information contact Dr. John Paul Salay.

As the first person most worshippers see when they gather for Mass, greeters welcome people to the liturgical assembly and give them the information necessary for them to actively participate in the liturgy. By helping the assembly to welcome others and to respond to minor emergencies during the liturgy, greeters see Christ in the face of the stranger and practice Christian charity.

 

Requirements:

  • Friendly personality.

  • Love for the liturgy and the chapel community.

  • Ability to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the beginning of the liturgy.

  • Wear clothing that is appropriate for the sacred liturgy (“Sunday best”).

  • Attend a training session scheduled during each semester.

 

Duties:

  • Arrive at least fifteen minutes before Mass.

  • Welcome worshippers and distribute the orders of service.

  • Take up the monetary collection.

  • Respond to minor emergencies as they arise.

  • Check the seating area after Mass and discard any refuse.

 

Greeters will be trained by the Liturgy Coordinator and must attend at least one training session before they serve. After attending a training session and with the ongoing guidance of the Coordinator of Liturgy, greeters will:

  • Consistently display a welcoming attitude towards all those who gather for the liturgy.
  • Respond to minor emergencies by quickly contacting the appropriate responders.
  • Relate the high points of the chapel’s sacred art, architecture, and history to those who inquire.

Greeters must arrive at least fifteen minutes before Mass and may stay about ten minutes after the assembly has left.

 

For more information contact Dr. John Paul Salay.

At Loyola University Chicago, there are many opportunities to express our song of praise. Four singing choirs presently exist as well as ample opportunities for instrumentalists.

Choirs and Ensembles:

  • The Schola Cantorum sings weekly at the 10:30 a.m. Mass and presents uplifting and musically challenging repertoire from the church's rich history of choral music. Membership in this choir is open to all, but students have prioroty when spots are open. Students are able to take this choir for credit as course MUSC 108. The Schola Cantorum rehearses weekly during the academic year on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the chapel and in Mundelein Center. There are two requirements for membership: (1) Commitment to weekly rehearsal and Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass. (2) A vocal audition with the director.
  • "THE9" sings at the Sunday evening Mass at 9:00p.m. This group was founded by Lisa Sroka, BA ’13, in the fall of 2012 and is student coordinated. It is comprised of students, faculty, and staff praying a contemporary style of music accompanied by various instruments. The ensemble and choir rehearses at 8:00p.m. in MDS Chapel. There are no requirements for membership for singers. Instrumentalists audition for membership.
  • The Emmanuel Choir sings for Taizé Prayer on Wednesday evenings. Rehearsal is at 9:00 p.m. in MDS Chapel and prayer begins at 9:30 p.m. No audition is required and singers make no weekly commitment so we invite you to join us as your schedule allows. Instrumentalists are needed as well and all music is supplied.

Cantors:

Cantors come from the choirs and ensembles that sing in the chapel. If you have cantored in your parish we encourage you to inquire about cantoring in Madonna della Strada Chapel.

 

For more information, contact Steven Betancourt, Director of Music.

Often working behind the scenes, sacristans enable the priests and lay ministers to fully exercise their specific roles in the liturgy by devoutly preparing the liturgical books, the sacred vessels, and the vestments for mass. Since their work is guided by the liturgical year and liturgical documents, sacristans grow in their personal appreciation of the seasons of the liturgical year and the sacramental basis of Catholic liturgy.

 

Requirements:

  • Current Loyola student
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • An eye for detail.
  • Interest in the liturgy.

 

Duties:

  • Set out the sacred vessels, vestments, linens, and the bread and wine for mass.
  • Mark the liturgical books at the proper place for each liturgy.
  • Clean the sacred vessels after Mass.
  • Care for the altar and vigil candles.
  • Set up seasonal decorations.

 

Sacristans arrive one hour before Sunday Masses and thirty minutes before weekday Masses, and they stay about thirty minutes after each Mass. There are also other specific duties for special feasts and seasons as well as mandatory monthly meetings throughout each semester and summer session.

 

For more information contact Dr. John Paul Salay.

To see the current schedule, please click here to access the online scheduling program. You will need a username and password to volunteer for ministries and update your service preferences and contact information.

If you have lost your username and password or if you have problems logging onto the site, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.