Liturgical Ministries

Participation in the Holy Eucharist by all Catholics is an incredible privilege, available to us because we are made in the image of God and have been incorporated into His Body by His Son. It is a special privilege to be able to assist in the Eucharistic celebration as server, lector, eucharistic minister or presenter of gifts, and if we accept these tasks we ought to try especially hard to live in a way which manifests the grace which we receive in the Eucharist. More people are needed in all these areas of service; please consider carefully whether you could make a contribution in one of the following ways.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers

Servers are needed for Sunday Masses, weekday Masses and Funeral Masses; we do not have them at wedding Masses though it would be nice to do so if we had enough people available. The basic tasks of a server are probably well known to you: holding the missal at the presider’s chair, setting and clearing the altar during Mass, serving him with the breads, wine and water, and with water and towel for the ablutions, and ringing the Sanctus bell. At More solemn Masses there is also the Crucifer or crossbearer, and candle bearers; at some Masses – and always at funerals – there is also the Thurifer or incense-bearer. On great feasts such as Christmas and Easter, when the Archbishop celebrates solemnly, there are further offices to perform.

Of course, the role you offer to take is up to you; what is most needed at present are servers for Sundays and for funerals, though more servers for the weekday Masses would also be appreciated. Girls and women are most welcome as well as boys and men. If you wish to offer your services, please call Suzanne, 613-546-5521 ext. 3.

Training and scheduling: Nick Beadle


Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Eucharistic ministers have perhaps the most awe-inspiring role of all – to deliver to communicants the Body and Blood of Christ. They are approved by the Archbishop and the Rector, and generally formally mandated for their task. Eucharistic ministers are needed not only at Mass but to take Communion to the sick at home.


Contact Ann Lyng at 613-546-5521 ext. 5  if you wish to offer your services for this additional role.

Presenters of the Gifts

Presenters of the Gifts carry the bread and wine to be used in the Mass up from the centre of the main aisle to the celebrant at the altar. At the 10.30am Mass on Sundays, special arrangements are made with families to provide presenters. At other masses, parishioners who happen to be present are invited on the spot.



The Lector, as s(he) proclaims the readings is the Voice of God, for God is present in His spoken Word. Each reading needs to be prepared well in advance, and some training in speaking through the microphone is essential. Lectors also have to present the Prayer of the Faithful, which also needs careful study beforehand, especially for the pronunciation of names.


Contact Ann Lyng at  if you wish to offer your services for this additional role.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a worship time with children, ages 3.5-9.  It takes place during the 10:30 am Mass.  After receiving the Children’s Lectionary they follow the leader to St. James’ Chapel.  There they listen and reflect on the Word of God, they profess their faith and pray for their needs and the needs of the world.  Children return to their parents at the Offertory Procession.

Laura Raycraft:

The Chief medical Health Officer of Kingston has ordered that Masks must be worn at all places we gather indoors. That includes us here at the cathedral. We can’t supply everyone with a mask so please come with one. We would have a limited supply available for a loonie at the entrance of the cathedral.
Please read and observe the six key principles outlined below.

1) The key principle is that we come to Mass to worship God. Out of justice and exercising the virtue of religion we must give God what is God’s due. That quite simply is worship, adoration and praise. Thus, the absolute essentials of Mass will be included so that the Sacramental praise of God will take place and we will be exposed to one another for as brief a time as possible.

2) The second key principle is that the health and safety of parishioners, staff and clergy here at St. Mary’s are essential and require our utmost concern and attention. Therefore, the dispensation from the obligation to come to Sunday Mass by Archbishop Mulhall continues to be in effect. Those who are sick, elderly or have other critical health concerns should not come at this time. However, that is left to your discretion. Should you make the choice to come, knowing the risks, you are most welcome.

3) The underlying principle of all of our restrictions in isolating, physically distancing, wearing masks etc. is the common good as we live out the Lord’s commission to “love one another.” We are to care for each other and at this time we are called to be as prudent and careful as we can to protect the health of everyone else and ourselves.
4) The principle for the next few weeks will be brevity. The received scientific wisdom is that the virus spreads within groups who spend a prolonged period of time together. Therefore, we will be reducing the Mass to the bare essentials.
5) Singing is considered more dangerous than speaking so you are asked to please not sing at all throughout the Mass. I will not be singing either.
6) If you have any sickness, are elderly or have a critical illness you should remain at home. The dispensation from the obligation to come to Mass continues through this time of 30% capacity. Of course, if you choose to come you will not be turned away. We will continue to live- stream the Masses until we are back to a more normal arrangement.

The Chief medical Health Officer has ordered that Masks must be worn at all places we gather indoors. That includes us here at the cathedral. We can’t supply everyone with a mask so please come with one. We would have a limited supply available for a loonie at the entrance of the cathedral.
We will pray a shorter Penitential Rite.
The Gloria will be said not sung. There is to be no singing by the congregation during the Mass. Only by a cantor or as we have today a physically distanced choir in the choir loft…3 metres apart.
We will only have one reading followed by the Psalm
The second reading will be omitted.
The choir will sing the Alleluia on Sundays. During the week it will be omitted. Please do not join in.
The Gospel.
A very brief (3-4 minute) homily will follow.
The Creed will not be prayed.
There will be no petitions. Please prepare your own petitions and offer them in your heart during the Mass.
There will be no procession of the gifts.
There will be no regular collections at this time in the Masses. It will happen later. Ushers will be at the doors to receive your offering as you leave.
The Eucharistic Prayer will be prayed. This is the Most Important Part of the Mass.
The Our Father
Sign of Peace. This is a time when we won’t shake hands. Please do not wave to each other or give the two finger sign of peace. Neither of these reflect what is the intention here…You are recognizing the presence of God in the other person and praying they know God’s peace. The most appropriate gesture is a slight bow or nod of the head to the other person. You have seen me do this at the sign of peace to all of you at every Sunday Liturgy.
Please be seated.
Then the ushers will direct you to the place where you will receive Holy Communion. Please do not leave your pew until an usher has indicated you should do so.
Another usher will be close to the Communion Station to receive your Sunday Offering.
When it is your turn to receive Holy Communion. You will stand 6 feet away on the red line. The person distributing Holy Communion will say “The Body of Christ”. You will say “Amen”. Then move forward within arms length and receive the Host. Once you have received go straight out the nearest exit and make your Thanksgiving on your way home.
Aisles 1 & 5 will come forward to receive Holy Communion and leave by the side doors.
Aisles 2, 3 & 4 will go to the back to receive Holy Communion.
Aisle 2 will exit by the exit closest to the rectory.
Aisle 3 will exit out the centre door which you came in
Aisle 4 will exit out the door by the washrooms.
You are strongly encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Receiving on the tongue endangers the person giving Holy Communion and yourself, the person receiving Holy Communion. If you wish to insist on receiving on the tongue please wait until the very end as the person giving Holy Communion should sanitize their hands after each communicant. The usher will pass you by and will come back to you after everyone else has received. Please don’t leave your pew until that has taken place.