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Liturgical Ministries

Altar Server

Servers assist the priest at Mass and other liturgical gatherings.  This ministry is open to parochial, public and home school students who are in grades 6 through 12.

Contact:  Deacon Vondercrone 215-721-0199

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

This program is for children age three to six and is held Sunday mornings from 9:20 until 10:40.  Children fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  This experience is the foundation for a life-long relationship with God which is then lived out in the Church community.  Children live the central mysteries of our faith by working with and reflecting upon the materials that revolve around: the life of Christ, liturgical colors, geography, the altar and the Eucharist, the Gospels of the birth, passion, and resurrection of Jesus, Advent prophecies, the parable of the Good Shepherd and more.

Contact: Maria Richardson  215-721-0199 Ext. 212

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place during the 9:30am Mass every Sunday from October to May, with the exception of Christmas and Easter Sunday. Children’s liturgy is intended for children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. Children and their catechists are called forth during the Mass prior to the Liturgy of the Word. They reverently enter the side chapel to hear God’s Word proclaimed in the sacred scriptures in age-appropriate Readings. After the readings, the catechist offers a simple homily to the children.

Contact:  Maria Richardson  215-721-6559

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Eucharistic ministers assist with the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass, and through home visits to the sick. The work is open to all parishioners, college age or older, who are active in their sacramental lives. A diocesan workshop is required for preparation and training.

Contact:  Tyler Grant 215-721-0199 Ext. 202



The lectors proclaim the scriptures at Mass and are called upon to serve approximately once every six weeks at a Saturday evening/Sunday liturgy. Lectors exchange assignments if unable to be present for an assigned Mass. Lectors for Holy days and special occasions are by volunteer sign up. Lectors should be able to read well and be at ease at public speaking. Open to high school youth and adults.

Contact:  Eleonore Duch 215-855-9017

Liturgical Committee

Members of the Liturgical Committee are dedicated to learning about the theology and practice of the liturgy so they can oversee and help promote the highest quality of worship. The committee meets quarterly to review up-coming liturgical celebrations and to prepare those materials needed for optimal participation by the people.

Contact: Fr. Chung 215-721-0199 Ext. 204

Minister of Hospitality

Men and women of the parish, high school age and older provide welcome and hospitality to the community by greeting people at the door before Mass, assisting in seating, directing the Presentation of the Gifts, receiving the offering, and assisting with the communion procession. They are assigned to the Mass of their choice and they take turns to provide hospitality at all the Masses.

Contact: Maria Richardson  215-721-6559

Pre-Cana (Marriage Preparation)

Many blessings as you prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony!  Pre-Cana classes are mandatory part of the marriage preparation process.  Saint Maria Goretti does not currently hold Pre-Cana sessions in our parish.  It is recommended that you communicate with the priest performing the sacrament on the programs available through the Archdiocese.  The Philadelphia Archdiocesan website offers many weekend sessions throughout our community and there are still several local parishes that hold Pre-Cana sessions in which you can register.

Pre-Jordan Team (Infant Baptism Preparation)

This program is open to married couples with experience in facing the challenges of parenting and communicating Christian values in our society. Team couples rotate throughout the year at the monthly Wednesday night class.  Each team takes about two sessions a year and also assists approximately eight times per year during the administering of the sacrament of Baptism.

Contact:  Bob & Penny Rounay 215-256-0163