Altar Servers

A wonderful way to get your child involved in the Sunday liturgies is to encourage him/her to become an altar server. It is a good way of developing self confidence and giving them a sense of community. To become involved in this Ministry, your child should have received the Sacrament of the Eucharist and be a minimum of 9 years old (Grade 4). The time commitment would be no more than two Sundays per month depending on the number of registered servers for each mass. We are always in need of servers, particularly at our 5:00 p.m. Saturday mass and our 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. Please contact the parish office if your child is interested in becoming an altar server.


Children’s Liturgy

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word program will begin Sunday, September 18th.  The program will be offered at the 11am Sunday masses beginning September and running til May.  All children in grades Junior Kindergarten to and including Grade 2 are invited to attend.   The objective of the program is to celebrate the liturgy with our children in a way that kindles their awareness of God’s love for them and inspires them to act in accordance with the virtues of our faith. Through songs, readings, guided questions and activities, the children are encouraged to talk about the liturgy and how God’s message can apply to their everyday lives.  The session also provides parents with time for themselves to listen and reflect on the Sunday readings and homily.  Each session is run by a volunteer leader, with the help of an assistant where available. The children are led to the meeting room at the beginning of mass and return during the presentation of the gifts. Parents are welcome to join their child if he/she is hesitant in attending. 

In order for the program to be offered at the 9:00 a.m. mass, we require adult volunteer leaders and assistants.  Leaders are required to be 18 years of age or older. Adults are also very welcome to serve as assistants as are students from grades 7 through 12.  Training is provided. The sessions qualify for high school volunteer hours.

 If you would like to volunteer for this Ministry, please  contact the Co-Ordinator of the program at childrensliturgyMMOG@outlook.com


Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers assist the Priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass. Eucharistic Ministers are appointed for a three year mandate and must be confirmed and practicing Catholics. Training is provided to New Eucharistic Ministers.

An integral part of our Catholic Christian mission is to bring Sunday Eucharist to the sick and elderly who are unable to attend Mass. Next door to our parish is the North Ridge Long Term Care Facility with a good population of Catholic residents.  Following the 9 am mass on Sunday, a team of 4 Eucharistic Ministers will bring the Eucharist to these residents, each team serving once a month.   Eucharistic Ministers also bring the Eucharist to residents at Post Inn Village.  Eucharistic Ministers who bring the Eucharist to long-term care facilities or hospitals must provide a police reference check.

If you would like to become a Eucharistic Minister or would like further information, call the parish office or submit your name on the form in the “Volunteer” link of our website.

Schedules are e-mailed to Eucharistic Ministers. If you do not have e-mail, a schedule will be left for you in the Narthex.


Lectors

Ministers of the Word proclaim the Word of God during our Sunday Liturgies. Lectors are required to serve a three year mandate and must be a practicing Catholic. If you are interested in becoming a Lector, please contact the parish office. Schedules are sent via e-mail to those who have provided their addresses and all others will be left in the Narthex for pick up.


Music Ministry

Here at Mary Mother of God Parish, we have an active music ministry.

We have a variety of music ensembles at each of our masses.  If you are interested in joining one of our choirs, please contact the parish office.

MARY MOTHER OF GOD PARISH CHOIRS:  As the new school year has started, so has the year for our wonderful choirs.  If you or a family member are interested in joining any of the groups, please come up after Mass and talk to any of the choir leaders: Bruno, Lucy, Anita or Daniel.  Come out for a rehearsal or practice with that group, and see if it is for you… the choir members are really nice, welcoming people!  If you have any questions or comments, please email: mmogchoralchoir@gmail.com .   As St. Augustine is quoted, “He who sings, prays twice”.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

RCIA is the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”. It is a process of the conversion of people responding to God’s call to join the Catholic Church. This process will involve a journey of faith leading to the Sacraments of Initiation which are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. These Sacraments will take place at the Easter Vigil. The RCIA process is for those who have never been baptized. We welcome you to explore this journey of Faith at Mary Mother of God Parish. If interested, please contact the parish office at 905-337-2184


Ushers

Ushers are responsible for organizing the offertory collection, helping people in finding a seat, distributing the bulletin and providing other assistance as required. Part of this ministry is that of hospitality – welcoming people as they come in for our weekend masses. Men and women, 16 years of age or older, are most welcome and encouraged to join this active and essential ministry. If you would like to volunteer as an Usher, contact the parish office or submit your name on the form found in our website’s “Volunteer” link.


Vocations

Coming soon.