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Student Liturgical Ministry

Lift your voice and sing! Or read … or broadcast … or act … No matter your gift or interest, there is a way for you to live it out in our Fordham liturgies. Student liturgical ministers, liturgy board members, and the cast and crew of our annual Palm Sunday dramatization bring the liturgy to life.

Here is how you can get involved:


Altar Servers are ministers who assist the priest during the Mass. People who are called to be altar servers carry incense, candles, and the cross during processions, hold the book for the priest to offer the prayers of the Mass, and prepare the altar table for communion. Altar servers work closely with a team and usually become good friends.


Church Environment Ministers create a welcoming, prayerful, and beautiful atmosphere in the Church. They prepare the Church for liturgical seasons and special events, design banners, and create the Advent wreath. This is a good fit for you if you love art and design, want to put your creativity to use, or would like to help out behind the scenes.


Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Jesus during Communion. People who are called to this ministry share a deep love for Christ, and a desire to share Him with others by reverently and respectfully distributing the Body and Blood of Jesus to the assembly, and by respecting each communicant’s wish regarding the reception of communion.


Hospitality Ministers make everyone who comes into the Church feel like a community. They greet the assembly, set up post-Mass socials, and make sure everyone at the social feels included. This is a great fit for you if you are always the one to get your friends together.


Lectors enjoy reading in public, and have a desire to learn more about the scriptures. Lectors serve at the Mass by preparing and proclaiming the scripture readings, leading the congregation in the prayers of intercession and alms announcement, and carrying the book of Gospels in the entrance procession.


Media Ministers extend the reach of our liturgies with those who can't make it to Church. They run web and radio broadcasts, take pictures, and help to promote our liturgies. This is a good fit for you if you love photography, can't stay off Twitter, or are studying media and communications.


Sacristans have hearts that desire to serve the Fordham worshipping community in a unique way. A sacristan must be able to assume responsibility, have self-confidence, and have a certain amount of level-headedness to handle unexpected situations, should they arise. The main areas of this ministry are liturgical preparation and clean up for Sunday Mass in the University Church or weekday Masses in Dealy Chapel.


Bring the Gospel to Life! The cast and crew of the Dramatization of the Lord’s Passion, held on Palm Sunday each year, bring the Gospel to life -- literally! Speaking and non-speaking roles are available.


If you are interested in joining any of our Liturgical Ministries, contact us at !