Worship & Liturgy
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Worship & Liturgy

Altar Servers

These young men and young women of our parish are trained to assist the priests at Sunday Masses. They are assigned to serve on a rotating basis. A schedule of altar server assignments is issued on a monthly basis. Boys and girls from the fifth grade through high school who are interested in becoming altar servers are asked to contact one of the priests.

Eucharistic Ministers

This group of men and women assist the priests in the distribution of the Eucharist to parishioners at daily and Sunday Masses, to those confined in their homes, to Woodcrest enter, the nursing home in New Milford, and to area hospitals. Membership in this ministry is by the personal invitation of the pastor and mandate by the Archbishop. Eucharistic Ministers are trained in the parish. They should demonstrate a special devotion to the Eucharist and have a keen desire to foster fellowship to the extended members of our parish family.


This group of men and women serve the parish by publicly proclaiming the readings from the Old and New Testament at weekend and daily Masses. Dedicated to proclaiming the Good News with a spirit of enthusiasm and celebration, the lectors are trained in the parish. For information about becoming a lector, interested parishioners should contact the Rectory.

Music Ministry

music lentLiturgies at Ascension are enhanced by a variety of music. Our 5:30 P.M. Saturday Mass is led by an organist and a leader of song. Our 9:30 A.M. Sunday Mass is led by either the Children's Choir or the Contemporary Choir, and our 11:30 A.M. Mass is led by a Traditional Choir. Periodically, throughout the year, our parish Filipino Choir sings at Mass.

Liturgical music ministers, (singers, musicians, leaders of song) are always needed and welcomed. To volunteer, please contact the Director of Music or the Rectory.

  • Join us .. ...as a member of one of our choirs Children’s Choir (all parish children grades 1-8 welcome) Sings each Sunday at 9:30am Mass Rehearses Saturdays 4:15pm
  • Contemporary Choir Sings Sundays 9:30am Mass Rehearses Mondays 7:30pm*
  • Traditional Choir Sings Sundays 11:30am Mass Rehearses Mondays 7:30pm*

...as a Leader of Song
...as an instrumentalist

Ushers / Ministers of Hospitality

These ministers perform an essential role at Eucharistic celebrations on weekends, Holy Days and special occasions. They are responsible for greeting worshippers as they arrive for Mass; assisting parishioners in locating a seat; passing the collection baskets; together with the gift bearers, bringing the monetary offerings of the congregation to the altar as part of the offertory procession; distributing materials to the worshippers during Mass and afterward; providing guidance during the distribution of Communion; and generally being available to advise those who request information about church services. Parishioners interested in serving the parish as an usher should contact the Rectory.