Liturgical Ministries


Altar flowers are needed each week to decorate our Church for the daily and weekend Masses. If you are talented in working with flowers, please consider sharing your gifts by creating some of the flower arrangements, or if you would like to make a monetary donation for flowers as a gift or in memory of loved one, please call our Parish Center.


The altar server ministry is an important element in the celebration of the Mass. New altar servers are recruited at various times of the year and should be in 5th grade or above. They serve at weekend and holy day Masses. They are required to attend orientation and training meetings in the church. Senior acolytes are high school or college-age young men or women who have previously served as altar servers.


At Children's Liturgy of the Word, we lead a special celebration that breaks open the word of God from a child's eye view.  Children hear the scriptures proclaimed and explained in a way they can easily understand; they respond to the Word through activities and prayers prepared just for them.  Children's Liturgy enhances children's participation in the entire mass and enriches the life of our worshipping community. 

Would you like to share your gifts with the children of our community at Children's Liturgy?  Leaders process with the children to the parish hall after the opening rite; lead the children in prayer, reflection on the gospel and scripture activities; and then process back to the main assembly with the children during the offertory.

Children's Liturgy leaders commit to:

Attend a training for new volunteers to Children's Liturgy
Participate in a Safe Environment for Children Project training
Attend quarterly team planning meetings
Serve two or three times a month at the 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Masses

Click here to download a volunteer registration form!

For more information, please contact RoseMary Moore, Director of Religious Education, at (510) 741-4900 ext. 204 or


Members of the parish serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and share the gift of God's presence by distributing Christ's body and blood to the liturgical assembly and to the home-bound. Training is provided and required for all new ministers.


Drinks and goodies are often provided after the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses.  The Knights of Columbus serve coffee and donuts after morning Masses on the first Sunday of each month.  Asociación Guadalupana hosts hospitality (hospitalidad) after most Saturday evening 7:00 Spanish Masses.  Other groups (e.g., St. Joseph School, YLI, etc.) host hospitality after Sunday Morning Masses throughout the year. Check the Sunday Bulletin to see if we're having hospitality after the Mass you are attending.


Lectors proclaim God's Word at the celebration of the Eucharist. Those wishing to be lectors must have good enunciation, be able to speak slowly and prayerfully, and proclaim on assigned dates. Training (usually 1-2 hours) will be provided on an individual basis.


Liturgy is the center of our life as a faith community. We meet monthly in the Parish Center to plan observances and special Masses, coordinating with the celebrant. We welcome volunteers who want to work toward enhancing the quality of our liturgical celebrations. 


The Liturgy Environment Committee plans and decorates the church according to the liturgical season. The tasks include sewing, pressing, hanging, arranging, carrying and putting away fabrics and banner materials. We welcome volunteers who desire to work to enhance the quality of our liturgical celebrations. We need help every time we change the decorations but especially during the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons. Volunteers can work on a regular or as-needed basis; it does not have to be an ongoing commitment.


This inspirational ministry enhances the liturgy by encouraging the active participation of the congregation in sung prayer. Opportunities are available for vocalists and instrumentalists to share their gifts and talents with the parish community. There is a separate choir for each of the seven regularly scheduled Masses. In addition, the "Children's Choir" and "Family Choir" sing on other weekends in lieu of the regularly scheduled choirs. A love of music, a desire to serve, and a willingness to learn are the minimum requirements. Training will be provided.


The ushers greet and assist people at Mass and special events. They help create a warm atmosphere of friendship and welcome whenever the people of God gather together.

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