Liturgical Ministries

The Eucharistic Liturgy is the source and summit of the faith life of Siena College. Sunday and weekday Masses offer the campus community -- faculty, staff, and students -- the opportunity to gather in prayer and give thanks for all that God has done for us.


To make these Liturgies true celebrations, we take advantage of the many talents of our student body to serve our Liturgies through a variety of ministries. 


The Chaplain's Office offers the following ways for students to become involved in the liturgical life of Siena College:





Readers serve as those who proclaim the Word of God to the community at every Liturgy.  It is the task of the Readers to proclaim the scriptures so that they command the attention of all.  Proclaiming the Word is different from any other reading.  Eye contact and presence is of the essence -- God speaks to people through the Reader.  A period of silence and reflection after the reading is very important.



Eucharistic Ministers


Eucharistic Ministers serve as those who help to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembly during the Mass.  They are also Ministers of Hospitality who greet the assembly as they arrive for the Liturgy. 



Altar Servers


Altar Servers take the responsibility of freeing the Presider from various details during the Mass so he may give his full attention to presiding.  The various tasks of an Altar Server include:  assisting with the Sacramentary when the Presider needs to read from it; preparing the Altar table with the vessels of bread and wine; and helping others to share in Holy Communion, both Body and Precious Blood, taking care of candles, incense, and the Processional Cross.  This ministry is open to both men and women.



Training sessions for all Liturgical Ministries take place in the Fall Semester for both experienced ministers and new-comers. Each of these Liturgical Ministries manifests the connection between the Food we receive at Mass and the food we are for one another in companionship and hospitality.




Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel Choir


Our Music Ministry provides the music leadership for the Liturgical celebrations on Sundays and special feast days at Siena College.  


The Chapel Choir is composed of men and women, instrumentalists -- guitars, bass, drums, cello, violin, flute, brass -- and vocalists, whose repertoire encompasses a wide variety of contemporary and classical liturgical music.  The Choir sings at the 7:00 p.m. Mass in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel on Sundays. Additionally, members of the Choir -- both vocalists and instrumentalists -- provide the music for the 11:00 a.m. Mass in the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel on Sundays.


The Chapel Choir, under the direction of Kate Kaufman Burns, Director of Liturgical Arts, places great emphasis on the full, active participation of all the faithful at every Liturgy.  To that end, much of the music performed is lyrical, responsive, and easy to be a part of.  The Choir also shares in reflection on their ministry, the importance of music in Catholic rituals, and training for musical leadership in assembly.


Membership is open to all students of Siena College and training in voice and sight singing is offered to new-comers and interested persons. 



If you are interested in learning more about any of our Liturgical Ministries please contact the Chaplain's Office.  To sign up to serve as a Liturgical Ministrer, please follow the link to the Liturgical Ministry Interest Form.