Liturgical Ministry

The worship of God is an action of the whole Church, and of Christ acting in the Church which is his body. Perhaps the most obvious liturgical ministry is that of the Priest who presides at the celebration of Mass in the name of Christ and the Church. But various other members of the community take on different functions in our liturgy so that our worship may be worthy, beautiful and fruitful:

Altar Servers

Altar Servers help with the smooth and reverent carrying out of the liturgy by assisting the Priest in the sanctuary with the book, candles, thurible, sacred vessels, etc.

It’s possible to start serving at the altar from about the time of First Communion; it’s a great way to learn from close up what is going on in the Mass.  Find out more…

Children’s Liturgy

At the 10:00am Mass each Sunday during school term, there is a special Children’s Liturgy of the Word at which the younger members of our community hear the Word of God proclaimed and explained to them in an engaging manner, thanks to our devoted team of Children’s Liturgy leaders.  Find out more…


St Augustine is reputed to have said that one who sings well prays twice. Certainly our Choir and musicians who sing at the 10:00am Sunday Parish Mass (and at certain other celebrations) greatly enhance the liturgical prayer of our community.  Find out more…

During Durham University term time, the 6:30pm Student Mass is served by the Catholic Chaplaincy choir – see for more details.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Priest with the administration of Holy Communion at Mass, and may be called upon to take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound of our community. A devotion to prayer and the Eucharist is required; new extraordinary ministers attend a training course over two evenings and a Saturday, and are required to take part in an annual day of recollection.  Find out more…


Readers proclaim the word of God in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament. An attentive preparation with prayerful reading of the text is important, so that the reader can communicate God’s message to his people effectively. Find out more…


Sacristans are responsible for the care of the various items needed for the celebration of Mass, and for ensuring everything is ready for the liturgy… and cleared away afterwards!  Find out more…


We want to make sure that all who join us at St Cuthbert’s – whether regulars or visitors – are warmly welcomed, and helped with texts for the Mass and readings etc.; this is the vital task of the our welcomers.  Find out more…

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To volunteer or to find out more about any of these ministries, please fill in the form below, and we will get back to you.

Please note that roles which entail privileged access to children and/or vulnerable adults are subject to the safe recruitment procedures of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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