We need to do everything we can to help put our young people in a position to be successful, as all people of God deserve the the finest we can provide. There are eight essentials for involving our youth as Liturgical Ministers. They are:
Informal training, grab people on the spot. Have youth greet parishioners and visitors and hand out worship aids. The goal is to make every person feel welcomed.
2. Altar Servers
Invite youth to become altar servers and include them in parish training.
Hold a training session for youth lectors. Talk about the Mass, why lay people have the dignity to lector, and practice reading to go over the technical aspects of reading at the Mass.
Assign three youth lectors for each Mass - 1st and 2nd readers and an alternate, who could proclaim either reading in an emergency, but who is assigned to read the Prayers of the Faithful.
Meet prior to Mass to discuss the readings and to practice them each week. This is a great ministry for someone to coordinate who cannot make the time commitment as a Core Team member.
4. Homily Involvement
Work with the homilist and plan how the Liturgy can involve the youth. Have the youth minister be responsible for organizing. The young people can hold up signs, answer questions, etc.
5. Bring up the gifts
Ask the youth before Mass, walk them through the responsibility. Try to get different young people to bring forward the gifts every week.
Have a group of young people who are trained in the duties of an usher. One teen or adult can organize the usher ministry each week.
7. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EME)
Our Diocesan requiement is that the EME has been confirmed. Invite confirmed youth to participate in parish training.
8. Music Ministers
This is at the discretion and discernment of the Music Minister. Most youth (even the musically gifted ones) are not spiritually mature enough to lead worship, but there are exceptions. Quality and commitment are essential.