The Catholic University of America

Liturgical and Music Ministry:
Be a servant and a leader

As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to actively participate in liturgy through presence, ritual action, prayer, silence and song.  Some are called to participate also as liturgical ministers – to serve as ministers of hospitality, servers at the table of the Lord, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Communion and as music ministers.

How can I get involved?
Read over the descriptions of the our liturgical ministries and pick ones that match your interests and gifts.

  • Attend opening info session(s) and subsequent formation sessions.
  • Even if you have participated in a ministry before, the info sessions and trainings for CUA are required.
  • At the info and formation sessions learn (and share) skills and give us your Mass time preferences.
  • Be contacted by the liturgy staff regarding a schedule.
  • Serve in your ministry and be a witness of your faith on campus.

Ministers of Hospitality

Greeters or hospitality ministers help to create a welcoming environment at Mass. Their primary responsibility is to welcome all who arrive, handing out programs and hymnals, as well as assisting with offertory collections and processions at CUA liturgies. If you are a friendly, welcoming person, your presence and commitment can help all feel welcome at Mass.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist with the preparation of the liturgy as well as during the Mass, anticipating the needs of the presider and the liturgy. Confident and experienced servers are integral to a beautifully celebrated liturgy. Servers are needed for both Sunday, daily, and special Masses. If you have ever served at the altar before, or if you have ever wanted to learn, please consider being a part of this important ministry. Experienced and qualified altar servers may receive extra training to become a Master of Ceremonies (MC).


Lectors proclaim the Word of God at liturgies. When we gather together to celebrate the Eucharist, we experience the presence of God in the sacrament of the Eucharist, in the presider, in one another, and in the proclamation of the Word. Readers are needed for all Sunday and daily Masses, as well as special liturgies. A good speaking voice, an ability to read in public, and a willingness to study scripture are necessary. **You must be a fully initiated Catholic to be eligible to serve in this capacity. **Because of the required skills necessary for this ministry, auditions are required to serve as a lector.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the presider in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful during both Sunday and daily Masses. This is a simple and beautiful way to experience your relationship with the entire Body of Christ and to deepen your relationship with the Eucharist. **You must be a fully initiated Catholic to be eligible to serve in this capacity.

Music Ministry

Be a part of the Music Ministry team for University Masses each Sunday, on Holy Days and for Special Masses. Singers, pianists, organists, cantors, guitarists, and solo instrumentalists are invited to participate each week. We have different styles of music at the various liturgies.

Music Ministry at our 11am Mass in St. Vincent's consists of rotating cantors, accompanists, and instrumentalists. Music Ministry at our 4pm Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica consists of rotating cantors, organists, and instrumentalists. The CUA Basilica Choir sings for this Mass each week. The primary Music Ministries at our 9pm Mass in St. Vincent's are the Chapel Choir and instrumentalists. All voices are welcome! Choir Rehearsals on Sundays before Mass in St. Vincent's Chapel.

There are also opportunities to assist with our weekly Praise and Worship Adoration as a guitarist, keyboardist, and/or singer. Special note must be given to the prayerful and humble nature of this ministry.

If you are interested in being involved in Music Ministry contact our Graduate Assistants for Music Ministry.

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Liturgical Ministry Information and Training Session
Fall 2016

All formation sessions are held in St. Vincent's Chapel.

Big Meeting for all Liturgical and Music Ministries (new and returning)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

6:00 - 8:00 pm at St. Vincent's Chapel.  
Free food included.  

All students who would like to serve as Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Lectors, Hospitality Ministers (Ushers), and Music Ministers (accompanists, cantors, choir members, instrumentalists) for the 2016-2017 academic year should attend this mandatory meeting. We will have Qdoba for dinner, pray together, and have our first liturgical ministries training/formation session of the year. All are welcome, even if you have never served as a liturgical minister before!

For questions or more information, contact Emily Risley.