The Liturgical Ministries
It is a privilege and an honor to serve at the Altar of God. Girls and boys in the 5th grade or higher, as well as young men and women are welcome to join this ministry. If you would like to be of service to the community in this special way, we will provide the training; you bring an open and willing heart. Please call the Office for Worship at (310) 316-0090 for more information.
The Alter Society is a group of dedicated women and men who care for the altar linens, candles, vestments, holy water fonts, and other décor/environment needs of the church. If you are able to give about an hour of your time each week to help keep our worship space in order, please call us. Your behind-the-scenes help in this ministry is invaluable! Please call the Office for Worship at (310) 316-0090 for more information.
Each and every time a new baby is welcomed into God’s Family it is a blessing, not only for the child and his or her family, but for all of us. You could have the privilege of witnessing these grace-filled moments by being part of our Baptism Ministry Team. There are two areas of this ministry:
Help with the administrative / hospitality portion of Baptism Instruction Class. This class is held on the 4th Monday of each month (7-8:30 pm) and would require you to set up hospitality, receive / greet the attendees and tend to simple paperwork. The classes are taught by clergy or trained instructors.
Help with the hospitality and assisting at the ceremony itself. Group Infant Baptism Ceremonies are conducted twice a month in the church by one of our clergy. You, acting as a ritual coordinator, devote about two hours on one Sunday afternoon each month (approx 1 - 3 pm) to set up and assist both the families and the Priest or Deacon for the Ceremony.
Please call the Rectory at (310) 540-0329 for more information regarding this exciting ministry!
When a family experiences the death of a loved one, our Bereavement Ministry is there to represent our community by reaching out and offering support. Our team members assist in a variety of ways to help coordinate arrangements and plan for the Funeral or Memorial service.
—A Bereavement Coordinator meets with the family to discuss and plan the service, including the selection of Scripture readings to be used, and will be in attendance on the day to help the family feel more comfortable.
—Bereavement Ministers of Hospitality attend the day of the service and act as Ushers/Greeters, a welcoming extension of our community.
—The Music Director meets with the family to offer musical options, help select musicians and choose the appropriate music for the service. Our Resurrection Choir is also available upon request to help encourage congregational singing at the service.
We also offer assistance for receptions held at our SLM site. These ministers of hospitality, called Arimatheans, help with hosting, set up and clean up of receptions.
Please call the Office for Worship at (310) 316-0090 for more information.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is for Children in grades 1-5, and occurs most Sundays during the 8:30 and 10:15 am Masses.
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is the way the Church celebrates the Holy Scriptures with children at Sunday Mass. Officially approved translations of the Readings are used that are easier for the children in this age group to understand. This is not Sunday school and there are no sign-ups; this is a part of the Mass that is especially for the children.
When children come to one of these Sunday Masses with their families, they are called forward after the Opening Prayer for a blessing and are sent to the Chapel. Once there, Adults Leaders break open the Scriptures and help the children to praise God and deepen their faith. At the conclusion, they return to their families in the Assembly to celebrate the rest of the Mass.
If you are a parent, please encourage your children to participate. If you are an adult who loves the Scriptures and who loves working with children, please consider helping in this ministry. Please call the Office for Worship at (310) 316-0090 for more information.
Many of our liturgical celebrations are enhanced by the ministry of our liturgical dancers, especially during our high holy seasons. This is a dedicated group who express prayer through movement of the body, soul and spirit. Commitment, dance skill, and liturgical sensitivity are qualities of those who serve the community in this ministry.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
EM TO THE ALTAR
As our parish family continues to grow there are an increasing number of people receiving communion at each liturgy. This means we need the assistance of many men and women to serve as special ministers of the Eucharist. A special training / formation course is provided.
EM TO THE SICK
Our Eucharistic Ministers bring the Eucharist to anyone who is sick or confined at home. They also bring the Eucharist each week to patients of local hospitals and convalescent facilities. Just an hour or two during the week or on the weekend would be your gift of time. Special training is provided.
The ministry of the reader of the Word has the effect of nurturing the faith of our celebrating community. It is a priority in our parish to provide a program of formation, practice and critique for men and women who feel called to this ministry. Please call the Office for Worship at (310) 316-0090 for more information.
Ministry of Music
“Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance. As sacred song united to words, it forms a necessary and integral part of the solemn liturgy. Music should assist the believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith.” —Music in Catholic Worship, 1972
The Music Ministry of St. Lawrence Martyr Parish takes the words of this post-Vatican II document to heart. The music of the liturgy helps the Assembly lift its collective heart and mind to the worship of God. The role of music ministry is to lead the faithful in active participation by assisting the community in singing its song of praise to God and offering the type of inspiration that only music has the power to achieve. Below are some opportunities. Please call the Director of Worship at (310) 316-0090 for more information.
Cantors are singers who lead the Assembly in sung prayer and specialize in singing the Responsorial Psalm. Commitment, vocal skill, liturgical sensitivity, and a welcoming personality are desirable traits in a cantor.
We have three Choirs leading the music at three of the Sunday Masses and special feasts of the Church year from September to June. Each group has its own musical character, rehearses regularly, and are all very nice folks, too!
- 8:30 am Choir: A contemporary choral ensemble
- 10:15 am Choir: A blend of traditional and contemporary choral music; organ and piano accompaniment along with other musical instruments
- 5:00 pm Life Teen Choir: Contemporary Christian music; high school students are especially welcome!
- Children’s Choir: Performs monthly at the Noon Mass during the school year
- Resurrection Choir: Enhancing the music for Funeral and Memorial Masses; part of our Bereavement Ministry; open to all interested singers
Organists, pianists, guitarists, bass guitarists, percussionists, flutists, violinists, trumpeters, and specialty instrumentalists add variety and energy to liturgical music.
Those who have a keen ear for room acoustics, a technical mind to work a soundboard, and a strong arm to move equipment, help us bring it all together. If you have a talent to share and are willing to make a commitment, please join us.
Ushers and Greeters
The Ministers of Hospitality welcome the faithful, aid those who need help or have questions, assist with processions, collections, and distribution of bulletins (and smiles) after each Mass.
A wedding coordinator is assigned to each wedding to coordinate rehearsals and all aspects of the wedding ceremony. Quarterly information nights are held for the engaged couples.