St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
300 South Tarver Avenue
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
Phone: (615) 444-0524 
Fax: (615) 444-3704
E-Mail Us info@sfctn.orgOnline Donation
About Us
Altar Server | Eucharistic Minister | Gift Bearer | Minister of the Word | Music Ministry | Usher/Greeter

Altar Server
It is an extreme privilege to kneel and serve so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity, at the moment of the consecration. Altar Servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to serve in a more intimate way during the Holy Mass.

An Altar Server at Saint Frances Cabrini can be either a male or female member of the community who assists the priest and deacon during the Eucharist and other liturgical ceremonies so that the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence. Altar Servers should be active and full participants in the celebration with the understanding that they are leaders in the community. The Altar Server models the activity of the community and by singing, praying and keeping silence can enhance the worship of the community. In order to serve at the altar of Saint Frances, you must have received first confession, Holy Communion and completed the training class for Altar Servers.

The primary duty of the altar servers is to assist the priests and deacons during Mass. An Altar Server has a solemn responsibility to do the assigned duties with attention, dignity and reverence. As an Altar Server, you are seen by all of the parishioners and the way you conduct yourself is very important. During the training class, the Altar Servers are taught the principal prayers of the Mass and why they are performing certain actions at specific times within the service. All of the actions of the Altar Server are woven from signs and symbols whose meaning is rooted in the works of creation and in human culture, specified by events in the Old Testament and fully revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is very important that all servers perform their assigned tasks in the prescribed form and manner.

Expectations for Altar Servers (pdf)

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Eucharistic Minister
Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion are lay parishioners who assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass or who bring Holy Communion to the sick and home-bound.

Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion must be fully initiated into the Church with the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, be of sufficient Christian maturity with a definite and continuing relationship to the parish, and with a character and way of life that reflects a serious and well-formed faith and moral commitment. They must be in good standing in the Church.

Ministers of Holy Communion are expected to dress appropriately for their ministry. Shorts are not suitable clothing for either men or women while serving as Eucharistic Ministers. Proper clothes should be worn to show reverence for your service.

Arrive 15 minutes before Mass so that you will have time to get a cross to wear showing you are the Eucharistic Ministers for that mass and have time for prayerful preparation prior to the procession. The Eucharistic Ministers need to remain after Mass to prepare for the next Mass, or if necessary, to put the sacred vessels away.

Expectations of a Eucharistic Minister (pdf)
Qualities of a Eucharistic Minister (pdf)
Guidelines for Eucharistic Ministers (pdf)

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Gift Bearer
May Christ teach us to be a gift to others. The role of Gift Bearer is a beautiful way for both individuals and families to participate in the Eucharistic Liturgy. The Gift Bearers represent the parish community returning a portion of God’s gifts to Him in the form of Water, Bread, Wine and the community offerings. These gifts are presented as a sign of the community’s desire to incorporate itself in the sacrifice of Christ.

Early Christians brought wine and bread to be consumed at Liturgy, and also money and other gifts to be given to the Poor. The bread and wine recall the last supper Jesus shared with His Disciples. They ate bread and drank wine because it was their everyday food. These are the gifts of food, the nourishment necessary for living. So our bread and wine at Mass represent our everyday lives, our everyday selves, and the essence of our lives. These gifts that are brought to the altar, challenge us to give ourselves in thanksgiving for everything that God has given us.

The water symbolizes the human and the divine natures of Christ joined in the Mystery of the Incarnation – God becoming human, when it is mixed with the wine during the Eucharist. The water is also used for the priest to wash his hands as a symbol of internal purification in preparation for the most sacred part of the Mass. In the olden days, it was quite often a real necessity for the Priest to wash his hands after receiving the gifts of the people – which may have included fresh fish and live chickens as well as bread and wine.

Being a Gift Bearer is also a wonderful way to remember a loved one who has passed away, a special birthday, anniversary or a special family occasion. Place your family’s name on the Gift Bearer schedule at least one month in advance so that you can be scheduled for that memorable Mass.

Expectations for Gift Bearers (pdf)
Guidelines for Gift Bearers (pdf)

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Minister of the Word (Lector)
The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I may speak to the weary a word that will rouse them”. (Isaiah 50:4) Ministers of the Word are referred to as ‘proclaimers’ to emphasize that there is more to the ministry than simply reading the scriptures aloud to the liturgical congregation. We know that God’s word is special so we want to share the special skill that this ministry deserves.

When an individual answers the call to be a Minister of the Word, they enter a deeper relationship with the word of God as revealed in sacred scripture. They take upon themselves the duty and privilege of bringing the printed word to life – making it flesh, so to speak. This ministry, as a lector or proclaimer, gives voice to God’s healing and strengthening word as it goes forth irrevocably to the ends of the earth, achieving the purpose for which God sent it.

The Minister of the Word proclaims the first and second readings at a Sunday Mass. They also lead the “prayers of the Faithful”. The Minister of the Word may, when a Cantor is not present, read the Responsorial Psalm.

The Minister of the Word must have an ability to read well and the desire to prayerfully prepare the readings during the week prior to the Mass. The parish provides workbooks to assist with the preparation (such as word pronunciation). The Minister of the Word should be dressed appropriately and arrive 10 minutes prior to Mass to mark the Lectionary and to review the readings and “prayers of the faithful”.

The Minister of the Word also meets in the Sacristy prior to Mass to participate in prayers prior to the procession. The Minister of the Word enters with the procession and if the Deacon is not present, the Minister of the Word carries the Gospel and places it on the Altar.

Expectations for Ministers of the Word (pdf)
Guidelines for Ministers of the Word (pdf)

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Readings for the Month 

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choirMusic Ministry
Using your musical gifts is a wonderful way to contribute to building up your Church, to give back to God what He has given abundantly to you. Our music volunteers do a wonderful service both to God and to our congregation in helping make our Masses beautiful.

Ways to get involved:
Join our choir! The choir rehearses every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and sings year-round. We have one choir that sings at the Sunday morning 8:00 AM Mass and another choir that sings at the 10:30 AM Sunday morning Mass. Every age and skill level is welcome. We are also looking for cantors to help lead our singing at all of the Masses. This is a very fun way to be involved, and we can help you learn if you haven't done it before. Children, youth, and adults are welcome to help with singing at the Mass.

Play an instrument! Are you a musician? We'd love to have guitar, flute, violin, or any other wind or string instrument. Are you a pianist or an organist? Would you like to play for Masses? We may be able to use you as a substitute.

The Cantor/Song Leader leads the music at all Mass. The Cantor is a regular member of the choir. A Cantor is scheduled to lead the music at every Mass. Their presence is especially important at a Mass when there is no choir. Cantors are a vital and dynamic part of our Parish that lead the music of our Liturgies.

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Ushers and Greeters have always been referred to as the “Door Keepers” of the church and once they were referred to as the “doors” giving open access to the warmth of holy fellowship in the Spirit of Jesus. Our Sunday congregation should always have about them something of the warm congeniality of a family reunion. Each arrival needs to experience the feeling of belonging, a sense that “it is good to be here.” A mutual acceptance: “I, greeting you, see Christ in you and you see Christ in me, greeting you.” The Lord’s Day of celebration ought to be a shining moment providing a foretaste and promise of better things to come.

Ushers and Greeters have an adjective to describe them such as warm, friendly, hospitable, courteous, kind, gentle and gracious. All of this should be presented with a smile. They prepare the soil for the seed of God’s Word to be planted. Ushers and Greeters are people-oriented and have the ability to put strangers at ease. They need to be certain that visitors always feel welcome. They need to assure that the handicapped need to experience the love of God, the love of the community and realize their importance to us.

Before the parishioner sees the priest or hears the choir, they meet the Ushers/Greeters. The greeting may be brief but brief does not mean superficial.

Expectations for Ushers/Greeters (pdf)

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St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
300 South Tarver Avenue
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
Phone: (615) 444-0524
Fax: (615) 444-3704
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