Worship and Liturgy
"I rejoiced when they said to me, let us go unto the house of the Lord." Psalm 122
The 14th century word "worship" inadequately translates the rich Catholic distinction between the adoration due to God alone, and the reverence due to the Saints or holy things. This is where non-Catholics often confuse our theology. See the Catholic Encyclopedia for in an in depth presentation. Christian Worship at Epiphany Parish relies on the generous involvement of many parishioners and their families.
We use the Ministry Scheduler Pro site (MSP) to schedule Alter severs, Lectors, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and Welcome Ministers. There is a video on their help page that explains how to use the app. MSP also has a mobile app for your phone or tablet that has most of the same functionality search for it in your app store.
Contact the Ministry Scheduler or the church office with questions on the app.
Current ministry schedule.
Beautiful Liturgy requires the involvement of many volunteers. Altar Servers provide an important service in the sanctuary helping the priests and deacons lead the Liturgy. Children in the fourth grade and up may serve at Mass. Please encourage your children to step forward. Karen Overby is our server trainer and religion teacher.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
We offer Children's Liturgy of the Word during the 9 am Sunday Mass for children ages 5 to 2nd grade. Children are dismissed before the Liturgy of the Word and return before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The children gather for music, crafts, and lessons in the Cenacle room. Joan Hartman is our Children's Liturgy Coordinator and can be reached at Kids Ministry email. Please call the parish office 452-2585 if you'd like more information or to volunteer.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
You are invited to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass. Trained and commissioned "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion" assist the priests and deacons during weekday and Sunday Masses. Training is offered twice a year.
Volunteers must be practicing and supporting members of the parish, confirmed, and be in a valid marriage, or otherwise widowed, single, or divorced. This ministry is coordinated through the parish office. Please call or email the office for training dates.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Sick
Bring Communion to the homebound, nursing homes and hospitals. Trained and commissioned "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion" bring Communion to those unable to attend Mass on a weekly basis. Volunteers must practicing and supporting members of the parish, confirmed, and be in a valid marriage, or otherwise widowed, single, or divorced. Deacon An coordinates this ministry and can be reached by email.
Parishioners endowed with a good, clear speaking voice are encouraged to serve as a Lector in proclaiming the Word of God on weekday, Holy Day and Lord's Day Masses. Training is offered twice a year. Contact Lector Coordinator for training dates and further information.
Epiphany offers a catechetical program for 3 and 4 year olds during the 9 am Mass in the Kathryn Marie Albee Learning Center (enter at the canopy entrance). Joan Hartman is our Coordinator and can be reached at Kids Ministry email. If you have a gift of nurturing young children, consider volunteering. Volunteers are needed and welcomed!
Epiphany is pleased to provide nursery care for infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age during the 9 am Sunday Mass. Children may be dropped off in the Kathryn Marie Albee Learning Center before 9 a.m. This is a free service provided to parishioners from Labor Day through Memorial Day weekends. Nursery volunteers are needed and must have completed the Safe Environment Program training and background check required by the Diocese of Peoria. Contact the nursery coordinator Julia Nalewajka for more information.
A family, school class, or an individual receives during the Offertory at Mass a special Vocations Cross to take home with a commitment to pray for an increase in vocations. To receive the cross for one week, please contact Bob Schopp.
This group provides a warm welcome to visitors. If you would like to help, contact our Welcome Ministry coordinator.