Liturgical Ministries

The word “liturgy” comes from the Greek word leitourgia which means “work of the people.”  As Catholics, we use the word “liturgy” to refer to the celebration of the Mass, the center of our faith life. Together, as a church family, we are called to participate in the liturgy through our prayer, song and spoken responses at Mass.  Some of us feel called to serve at Mass as liturgical ministers.  Our liturgies at St. Mary’s couldn’t be successful without our parishioners sharing their time and talent with our parish community!

Do you feel called to participate more fully in the Mass as a liturgical minister? 

New disciples to serve Christ and our parish in this vital ministry are always welcomed!

Please contact the church office by email or by phone if you would like to learn more about serving in any of the liturgical ministry positions listed below. 

Alter Servers

Third graders who have made their First Communion as well as adults are welcome to assist Father Stephen during our weekend Masses as well as Holy Days, weddings and funerals.


Lectors must be at least 15 years old and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  As a lector, you may proclaim the Word of God clearly and understandably at weekday Masses as well as weekend Masses.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest in distributing the Sacred Body or Precious Blood during weekend Masses or other special Masses as well as bringing communion to our homebound parishioners.  Individuals interested in joining this ministry must be at least 16 years of age and confirmed.


Being a welcoming community is very important and ushers are the first face of our parish.  They greet those coming into our church, offer assistance to those in need, distribute parish bulletins, take up the collection and distribute other materials as needed.    

You may also want to read the following article as you discern if God is calling you into one of these ministries.

St. Mary's Catholic Church

3800 Harrison Street | Batesville, AR 72501

(870) 793-7717 |

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Office Hours:

Out of an abundance of caution, the office is temporarily closed.  Please call to make an appointment.

Tues. 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Wed. 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thurs. 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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