A ministry is a way to serve the church and parish community. There are many ministry opportunities for everyone. You can use your skills and passions that fits your personality to get involved in the church's community and strengthen your faith.
Benefits of Serving as a Knight of the Altar
Altar servers, play an important role in the celebration of Holy Mass, and are a valuable asset to the priest and the parish community.
Love of the Liturgy – In committing to Altar Server duties, servers truly participate in the Eucharist. They learn the order of the Mass, the aspects of the sanctuary, and the various altar vessels used in the Mass.
Service to the Community – Through Altar Serving roles, servers contribute to the Body of Christ present in our parish. They learn that each area of ministry in the Mass is vital, from the greeters to the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. They see their role as essential and learn the importance of both commitment and of service to others.
Altar Serving - Altar servers have a close association to the sacrifice of the Mass. If they are called to a priestly vocation, Altar Serving will surely be a fundamental step in their journey. If they are called to family life, their experience as servers will help them to foster a love of our faith in their own children.
To be an altar server at the Basilica of San Albino Roman Catholic Church, you must have made your First Communion.
If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server please contact the office.
Open my mouth, O Lord, to bless your Holy Name.
Cleanse my heart from all evil and distracting thoughts.
Enlighten my understanding and inflame my will
that I may serve more worthily at your holy altar.
O Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, obtain for me the most important grace of knowing my vocation in life.
Grant me a true spirit of faith and humble obedience so that I may ever behold the priest as a representative of God and willingly follow him in the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Christ. Amen.
– EMHC are lay people who are in full communion with the Church who serve the community by helping the priest distribute the Body and Blood of Our Lord during the mass. It is important that all of us remember that none of us are worthy to handle the Body and Blood of Christ but out of necessity EMHC are called to help the priest. Please call the parish office for more information.
Lectors are needed to help proclaim the readings during Mass. Lectors are expected to be in full communion with the Church and attend Mass regularly. Please call the office for more information.
The Church calls us to have a Respect for Life. Respect for life involves many issues of human life. These include issues affecting pre-born human life (both in the womb and in the laboratory), individuals approaching the end of their lives, complications for those who may be incapable of making medical decisions for themselves, and individuals accused or convicted of capital crimes.
“It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.”
What is the Gabriel Project?
Gabriel Project – Please call the office for more information.
The Gabriel Project® is a parish based crisis pregnancy intervention within the Roman Catholic Church. It has also spread into many Protestant parishes and church communities.
A Sign of Life is placed in front of the church stating that the people of that parish community will
provide help to pregnant women. All the new
mother has to do is call the number on the sign and the process begins.
The Gabriel parish community has made a commitment to respond to the mother’s needs.
The process is very flexible within each parish enabling unique local situations to be addressed.
The mother’s needs are met with love, respect and confidentiality.
A trained mentor, called a Gabriel Angel, is responsible for on-going contact and as a liaison for assistance for the mother in crisis. Through the Angel, the Gabriel parish community accepts the expectant mother with unconditional love. Parish members fill the role of the Good Samaritan. They make sure the Mom receives love and care. Parishioners provide spiritual, emotional and material support as needed throughout the pregnancy and beyond.
Jesus taught, ”…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Mat 25:40). It is in this light that Gabriel parishioners love and assist women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. This love is a
witness of the infinite and healing love of GOD.
The Holy Spirit works through the parishioners to evangelize and to educate the expectant Mom
and/or her family.
The Gabriel Project® is grounded in prayer. We realize that the most important gifts we have to
offer the Mom are the gifts offered to all by Christ Our Lord. To quote Fr. Stephen Imbarrato who founded Project Defending Life in Albuquerque and introduced the Gabriel Project® in New Mexico,
“The Gabriel Project® is about saving souls…
one soul at a time.”
The Gabriel Project is committed to:• Offering hope and support to mothers and fathers faced with a crisis pregnancy
• Provide assistance in a confidential and non-judgmental approach
• Strengthening families so children can grow in a nurturing home
• Providing an example demonstrating a Respect for Life
• A life affirming alternative to difficult, unplanned pregnancies
Rachel's Vineyard is an organization that conducts retreats to help women and men who suffer from the fact they have had; or, participated in an abortion. Parishioner's from the Basilica of San Albino proudly work beside others from the Diocese of Las Cruces to conduct these retreats in the area.
The following three paragraphs are from the Rachel's Vineyard web site and provide an introductory description of their retreats.
Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
Rachel's Vineyard can help you find your inner voice. It can help you experience God's love and compassion on a profound level. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. You are allowed to dismantle troubling secrets in an environment of emotional and spiritual safety.
Rachel's Vineyard is therapy for the soul. Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally re-discovered.
Please go to the Rachel's Vineyard web site by clicking on the Rachel's Vineyard button or image in the upper right.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a way of following God’s plan for achieving and/or avoiding pregnancy. It consists of ways to achieve or to avoid pregnancy using the physical means that God has built into human nature.
Advantages of NFP
This ministry is for those who have talents playing music instruments, and/or can sing well. You will help lead the congregation in praising God. Contact parish office for list of choirs and for more information.
Men and women who help the Mass run smoothly by greeting people, seating them, gathering the collection, and helping with the offertory. Please contact the parish office.
“I was sick and you visited me” (Mt 25:36). The Church has always recommended that the faithful undertake corporal works of mercy, especially that of visiting the sick. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed to visit and take Communion to patients at our local hospitals. Please contact the parish office.
“I was in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:36). The Church encourages us to follow and imitate Our Lord who showed so much compassion for those who suffer. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed to visit and take Communion to inmates at the local prisons and jails. Please contact the parish office.
Catechist teachers: Every week during the school year, you will teach the Catechism of the Catholic Church to children. In doing so, you will prepare them for their sacraments, introduce them to our faith, and reveal the love God has for each of them. Please contact the parish office.
You will teach high school age youth the Catechism of the Catholic Church and help prepare them to become witnesses of the faith. Chaperons sometimes are needed. Please contact the parish office.
People who want to teach the Catholic Faith to other adults who are interested in becoming Catholic are needed. Solid Christian education is required.
Please contact the parish office.