Students at the Duke Catholic Center take responsibility for serving in all capacities of liturgical life on campus. Our engagement of liturgical life is modeled on the charge given by the Constitution on Divine Worship of the Second Vatican Council (Sacrosanctum Concilium) that states:
It is very much the wish of the church that all the faithful should be led to take that full, conscious and active part in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people. “A chosen race, a royal people, a holy nation, a redeemed people” (1 Pt 2:9, 4-5) have a right and to which they are bound by reason of their Baptism. SC14
To that end, students serve in the following ways:
Students greet and assist those who come for liturgical celebrations. They prepare the worship site, and often host any refreshment opportunities offered after liturgical celebrations.
Students serve at the altar, assisting the priest in the celebration of the liturgy.
Students proclaim God’s Word at liturgical celebrations.
Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers
Students assist with the distribution of the Eucharist during the celebration of the Mass.
Students who sing and/or pay musical instruments offer their talents for the enhancement of our liturgies. Click here to be directed to our special music ministry page.
Students coordinate the set up and maintenance of all of our liturgical materials for our liturgies.
Students count the collection and deposit it securely after each of our Masses.
All of our Liturgical Ministers receive special training for their work. The ministry of Eucharistic Minister is reserved for students who have received the sacrament of Confirmation. All liturgical ministries are scheduled by an online program Ministry Scheduler Pro which allows students to be reminded of their ministry assignments as well as indicate assignment preferences, and assist in seeking substitutions if students cannot for some reason fulfill an assigned ministry. Click here for Ministry Scheduler Pro if you are a registered minister of the DCC.