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Our readers asked:

How do people get to bring up the gifts for the offertory?

Julianne Wallace Answers:

Bringing up the gifts at the offertory is a great ministry mainly because it is so simple—there is no training needed. And as for actually getting to participate sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time! In most parishes, an usher or Mass Coordinator will flag down someone as they are walking into Church and ask if they would be interested in bringing up the gifts. There are some parishes that have sign-up sheets in the Parish Center or at the front of the Church. If this is the case, all you have to do is sign-up for a particular Sunday (and don’t forget which Sunday you signed up for!). Finally, if you still have not found a way to bring up the gifts just ask your Pastor. He will know exactly who you can speak with to get your name on the list. Lastly, if the mass is offered for the repose of the soul of a particular person, that person’s family members may be asked or even request to bring the gifts up at the offertory.

The Author : Julianne Wallace
Julianne E. Wallace is the associate director of faith formation, worship, and ministry at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. She earned an M.T.S in Word and Worship from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Julianne is passionate about sharing the joy of liturgy with others and helping everyone to worship well.
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  • Kristan

    As someone who is a liturgy coordinator at my parish, PLEASE come offer to bring up the gifts!!! Otherwise, we are pouncing on people as they walk in for Mass :)

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