Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist

The position of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is not a voluntary one.  The Pastor must invite the person.  That person must be at least 19 years of age, a practicing Catholic distinguished by their Christian life, faith and morals, have a deep respect for and devotion to the Holy Eucharist and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  If married, the marriage must be a valid Catholic marriage.  After a background check, the Archbishop must then approve the individual.  Initially the person attends a three-hour diocesan training session followed by a training session in their parish.  There is a formal commissioning by the Pastor during a Sunday Mass.  After three years, if the Pastor and person are willing, and the need exists, the commission is simply renewed.

  • Serve at Holy Mass
  • Take Communion to the homebound or those in facilities
  • Obliged to use their commissioning at least twice a month
  • Contact: Mary Lou Tanksi   860-659-2861

Altar Servers

Altar servers and cross bearers are generally youngsters in the fourth grade and older.  Instructional sessions are conducted twice yearly by a priest of the parish.  Several adult altar servers also assist at Masses of Christian Burial, Nuptial Masses, Saturday morning Mass and other ecclesiastical services.

  • Contact: Teresa Hart Teresa.hart@cox.net.


The lector proclaims the Scripture readings used in the Liturgy of the Word from the official liturgical book (lectionary).

  • The lectors read about every four to six weeks
  • Initial training is provided
  • In order to prepare in advance, each lector receives a handbook with all the readings.
  • Contact Melissa LaCafta:  860-633-9419 or melissa@isidoreandmaria.org


The position of Usher is an integral part of the overall operation of the church.  The many responsibilities of an usher include attention to detail and friendliness.

  • Must arrive 15 minutes before Mass and check in with Captain
  • Inspect pews
  • Be a Minister of Hospitality
  • Assist fellow parishioners with questions re: facility, medical assistance, etc
  • Adhere to dress code
  • Conduct weekly collection
  • Attend occasional meetings
  • Contact: George Jachimowski 860-568-7274 or shadownell@comcast.net.