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The commitment I envision must be in our Catholic bones: the need to assemble each Sunday, to make common our prayer in song, to hear the scriptures and reflect on them, to intercede for all the world, to gather over the bread and wine which are for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and finally, to go from that room to our separate worlds...

~Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

Get Involved

Do you sing, play an instrument, or want to help in another way at Mass? We are looking for student readers, music ministers, eucharistic ministers, and sacristans to serve on Sundays at the 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. Mass at the Sheil Catholic Center chapel in Evanston.  Email Angela Stramaglia, the Director of Music and Liturgy, for more information: a-stramaglia@u.northwestern.edu

Eucharistic Ministers

Distributing the consecrated bread and wine at liturgy is an integral part of our communal identity. Through this sharing of elements we not only acknowledge, but also become the presence of Christ for one another as His Body and Blood. Those interested in serving are required to attend a training session scheduled at their convenience.

Music Ministry

At Sheil, our Music Ministry is comprised of a choir, cantors and instrumentalists who assist the assembly in its sung prayer at all of our Sunday Masses, Holy Days and special liturgies. We encourage anyone interested to offer their gifts to the Music Ministry, when and how their schedule permits. A weekly mandatory rehearsal for the ensembles takes place an hour and fifteen minutes before each Mass on Sunday. Although no past experience is required, some sense of musicianship is necessary in order to support the community in this task. Rehearsals for special liturgies are scheduled as needed

Readers

Readers are our storytellers, proclaiming the Word of God and drawing our community into the scriptures. Interested readers are required to attend a training workshop in order to participate.

Sacristans

The Sacristans at Sheil are responsible for the general preparation of resources used during any given liturgy. They assist the presider, as well as serve as the initial minster of hospitality to the community. Those interested in serving are required to attend a training session scheduled at their convenience.

Bread Baking Ministry

The instruction of the Church tells us that, even though unleavened and baked, the Eucharistic bread used at celebration should truly have the appearance of food. Therefore, we use what is commonly referred to as substantial bread at Sheil. The bread we receive each week is the work of our assembly's hands. Anyone who would like to follow the recipe is invited to participate in this ministry. Students without available kitchens are welcome to use the facilities at Sheil.

Contact Angela Stramaglia, a-stramaglia@u.northwestern.edu Director of Music & Liturgy for more information or visit our Contact page.