HOME BOUND MINISTRY
Each week, Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to the home bound. Please call the Parish Office (254-8381, ext. 3) if you would like to be added to the home bound Communion List.
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters, Ushers, Altar Servers, Hospitality, & Sacristans
There are a variety of ministries needed to prayerfully and attentively celebrate our liturgies. These include:
Greeters: With a smiling face and cheerful heart, Greeters meet people as they arrive for Mass, open doors, and assist with questions that visitors may have.
Ushers: Ushers serve the community by continuing the process of welcoming as they seat people, help with special needs and reserve seating when necessary. Ushers assist with the collection and the orderly procession during the distribution of Holy Communion. Ushers also attend to emergency needs if they arise.
Altar Servers: Altar Servers play an important role in the celebration of Mass. Boys and girls who have received First Communion are welcome and are trained to assist the priest at regular and special occasion liturgies. Training is provided.
Lectors: Lectors bring the Word of God to parishioners as they proclaim the word of God at Masses and special liturgies. They impart the spirit of the Word in a reflective way as they read the first and second readings and general intercessions. Training is provided.
Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion: Extraordinary Ministersof Holy Communion assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass. Men and women, who are baptized and have received the Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation, are invited into this ministry for their faith and devotion to the Holy Eucharist. Training is provided.
Ministers of Hospitality: Assist with refreshments after special Masses
Sacristans: Prepare the sanctuary for Mass, set up vessels and bread & wine before Mass as well as properly clean the vessels after Mass.
If you are interested in being a part of St. Cecilia liturgical ministry or have any questions, contact Tracey Tolzmann, 608-254-8381, x7, firstname.lastname@example.org – or chat with Tracey after Mass.
As long as I have life, I will sing to the Lord,
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my song be pleasing to him; For I rejoice in the Lord.
Would you like to improve your singing voice? Do you like to sing? Do you have a musical talent? Then you need to join one of our wonderful choirs at St. Cecilia and/or join our Music Ministry!
-ADULT CHOIR: Sings at the Sunday, 10:30am Mass & major feasts and solemnities throughout the year. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings, 6pm-8pm in Room 108 of the Parish Center. No experience or musical background is necessary and new members are always welcome. The Adult Choir is open to anyone high school age and up, and no experience or musical background is necessary. The Adult Choir sings a variety of musical styles and genres, from chant, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, to contemporary, in 3-4 part harmony. Upcoming rehearsals will include beginning to learn the music for the 2021 Tree Lighting Concert (held on Nov. 26). Rehearsals include prayer, vocal warm-ups for healthy and improved singing, and singing with friends.
-YOUTH CHOIR: The St. Cecilia Youth Choir is open to students in Grades 3 through 8, and sing at the 10:30am Sunday Mass once every other month & at special Masses. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays, 4:30pm-5:15pm, in Room 108 of the Parish Center. The Youth Choirs focus on learning music fundamentals, vocal training, choral skills, simple part singing, Mass participation, and leading to a greater focus on vocal leadership, performing, and occasional singing with the St. Cecilia Adult Choir.
–FAITH FORMATION MUSIC -SINGERS: The Faith Formation Singers is a vocal group of students, grades 6-12, that sing for Faith Formation events and special services, such as Holy Hour of Praise. Rehearsals are held before Faith Formation classes. This choir sings a variety of styles and harmonization, mainly focusing on contemporary Christian music. Instrumentalists are welcome (guitar, drums, keyboard).
–FUNERAL CHOIR: The Funeral Choir joins together to sing for funerals of the parish. Rehearsals are usually held one-hour prior to the funeral Mass.
–SCHOLA: The Schola Choir sings at the Missa Cantata Latin Masses at the parish, held on the first Sunday of each month. The Schola sings Gregorian chant, and Latin hymns both unison and 2-3 part polyphony. The Schola rehearses on Wednesdays, 10:30am-Noon in Room 108 of the Parish Center.
ADDITIONAL MUSIC MINISTRY AT ST. CECILIA:
–CANTORS: The role of the cantor is one of the liturgical ministers that require a unique skill. Cantors must be able to sing well and have the desire to be a leader of song. The cantor needs to have a good, strong voice that is pleasant and inviting. Cantors are offered weekly training and practice, and most often are members of the Adult Choir. Cantors lead the congregation at weekend Masses and special Masses.
–INSTRUMENTALISTS: Instrumentalists are a welcome addition to our music ministry, especially for Christmas, Easter, and special Masses for feast days and solemnities. Those with brass and string instrument skills interested in participating in our music ministry should contact the Director of Music, Tracey Tolzmann. Additionally, guitarists and percussionists may find interest in participating in the Faith Formation Music group.
–ACCOMPANISTS/ORGANISTS: Organists and piano accompanists provide accompaniment for weekend and special Masses. Knowledge of the keyboard and the ability to play hymns and songs in accompanying the congregation and individuals is required. Lessons are offered for youth interested in learning the skills of organ playing and accompanying.
If you are interested in joining our music ministry or have any questions, contact Tracey Tolzmann, Director of Music, 608-254-8381, x7, email@example.com – or chat with Tracey after Mass.
Senor Jesus, sigue llamandonos hacia ti cada dia. Danos un corazon alierto para escucharte, unose labios dispuestos a anunciarte. Unas mans dspuestas a hacer la lbra que nose encomiendas. Unos pies dispuestos a camnar a donde tu nos envies. Dejanos escuchar cada dia la llamada a dejar lo que nos enreda. Que tu buena notica de salvacion nos libere de todo lo que nos ata a nosotros mismos. Que tu buena noticia de salvacion nos deje ver claramente que es al entregar la vida cuando la recibimos en plentiud. Que el sufrimiento es una escuela de nueve vida y resurrecion. Dejanos escuchar la buena noticia que nos traen los demas en sus signos de bondad, de trabajo por la justicia, de amor. Haznos buena noticia para los demas: anuncio de salvacion, de luz y de alegria. Que nos levantem os immediatamenta y to signamos con alegria,sabiendo que to mismo eres nuestra buena noticia y nos das la vida mas abundante. Amen.
Senor, Dios de amr y compasion, por intercesion de san Pedro de Betancurt a quien, por su misericordia y entrega a las mas pobres se llego a llamar “Madre de Guatemala,” concedenose como a el, entrances de misericordia. Que el dolor y las dificultades de los mas humildes nos conmuevan y muevan a la acciob. Que su valentia en buscar nuevos metodos nos de el valor a nosotros tambien de buscar maneras creativas dy ayudar a salir de nuestros propios problemas y a leer tu Evangelio desde la situacion de los demas. Gracias por haber llendado a Pedro de tu gracia, que nos sirve de aliento y modelo. Amen.
Our Spanish Mass is held every Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Where there is love, there is hope!
Saint Cecilia Catholic Church adopted Sacred Heart Parish in Thiotte, Haiti in 1993, through the PTPA (Parish Twinning Program of the Americas). Sacred Heart Parish did not exist prior to our twinning and was built in 1994 with the first of Saint Cecilia’s gifts to their sister parish. In Haiti, every Catholic parish has a number of chapels in nearby communities that are served by one priest of the parish. Originally, the Parish of Thiotte had 10 chapels; now there are 13 chapels as more Haitians join the Catholic Church.
Gifts from Saint Cecilia Parish are used to maintain all functions of Sacred Heart Parish as well as the 10 parochial schools of the parish. Child sponsorship for school tuition, daily lunch of rice and beans and help to cover teacher’s salaries is also part of our critical mission in this community in Haiti.
Mission Trip to Haiti
Eight members of the St. Cecilia Parish traveled to our sister parish in 2019. They brought back information on better needs as how to help the sister parish better.
Let’s Make a Difference
We, the Saint Cecilia Pro Life Commission, are inviting you to join us in our efforts to respect and protect life from conception to natural death. Our meetings are held on the third Tuesdays of each month (excluding December and July) at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Parish Center. The meeting are published in our bulletin. New members and visitors are always welcome.
Through prayer and our planned activities, we hope to be a positive force to respect and protect life from conception to natural death.
Pray individually, as a group, and as a parish, to end abortions; encourage others to join the membership by encouraging at least one person each; contribute money or gifts to Elizabeth House and Women’s Care Center through our Baby Bottle Challenge, showers and tours; have an activity to benefit Rachel’s Vineyard and promote post abortion healing; promote communication between Saint Cecilia Pro Life Commission and other neighboring parishes and combine activities when possible; share information with our parish by posting literature and suggesting various websites (www.priestsforlife.org.liturgy, www.priestsforlife.org/bulletin, www.prolifewisconsin.org and www.vigilforlife.org); bring in speakers; show videos from Care Net and Priests for Life; build a library of books and DVDs to promote a culture of life and make it available to the parish; know what is happening in the Legislature and how it affects abortion, sex education in schools, adoption, elderly care, hospice and the handicapped; help with letters and phone calls when appropriate; promote the inclusion of our parish youth in the knowledge of Pro Life values through awareness education and the opportunity to become involved in parish led Pro Life activities; do activities to discourage the work of Planned Parenthood.