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Liturgical and Music Ministries

Campus Ministry

Liturgy at Boston College is an experience of true community. Our Masses are opportunities to come together as one and recognize the God that is with us and within us. The liturgies are enhanced by the talents and gifts of many people — including the students who welcome us, who lead us in song, and who join us in prayer.

Interested in music and song? Share your experiences and talent through the Liturgical Arts Group.

Desire to minister in other ways, such as by serving as a lector or eucharistic minister? Find opportunities via the Liturgical Ministries tab below.
 

The Liturgy Arts Group serves the community of Boston College by sharing its gift of music at Sunday liturgies and special events on campus.  With song and instruments, the Liturgy Arts Group is committed to enlivening and enriching the worship experience.  The Liturgy Arts Group believes in the tradition of music making as an expression of faith.  As pilgrims on a sacred journey, the students in LAG envision facilitating liturgical participation as responsibility and special privilege.  Through praise of God in song and prayer, the community finds its way to greater depth and joy in its service to God and others.

We welcome all students with a love for creating music. If you are a singer, instrumentalist, handbell ringer or visual artist, we invite you to enliven the experience of worship on campus by sharing your special gift at the regular weekend liturgies and at special events throughout the year.   

Through weekly meetings which include singing and playing through the music and praying together, the Liturgy Arts Group prepares for the upcoming Sunday Liturgy and for the special celebrations such as Mass of the Holy Spirit, Parents' Weekend, Baccalaureate and other special events. View the LAG event calendar here. Contact Meyer Chambers to get involved!
 

Executive Board for 2016-2017

President Meghan Leger
Vice President - Claire Messina
Treasurer - Arnav Roy
Secretary -  Kathleen Flaherty
Social Coordinator - Christian Wilson
St. Joseph Representative Molly Smith
Trinity Representative - Sarah Ratton
BC Bells Representative - Brogan Feeley

 

LAG Activities

Practices are generally Wednesdays from 4 - 6 PM and Sundays at 8 PM (for 9 PM liturgies).

St. Joseph Chapel - Upper Campus 9 PM
Trinity Chapel - Newton Campus 9 PM
Lannon Chapel - St. Ignatius Church 9 PM

University Memorial Mass
Veteran's Day Mass
Fall Baccalaureate Mass
Alumni Laetare Sunday Mass
University Advent/Christmas Mass at St. Ignatius
University/St. Ignatius Parish Confirmation
RCIA Mass
Spring Baccalaureate Mass in Conte Forum
Healing Masses
Service Trip Commissioning Masses
    Pedro Arrupe International Programs
    Appalachia Volunteers

Salvadorian Martyrs Prayer Service
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Worship Service
Service of Remembrance

LAG Retreat
Holiday Progressive Dinner
Christmas Caroling: Mount Alvernia Academy
Italian Home for Children Christmas Gift Drive
LAG Dinner in the City
Visit to MCI Framingham
Boston College Arts Festival: Mass and Concert
LAG Banquet
LAG Kickball
The Winter Trip
Freshmen E-Board Dinner
Local Parish Visit

Photo of the inside of St. Ignatius church

Weekly student liturgies at Boston College are celebrated in chapels and worship spaces in each of the three residential areas of campus: Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus, St. Joe’s Chapel on upper campus, and St. Ignatius Church and the Heights Room on the lower campus. Our student liturgies are enhanced by the talents and gifts of many people, and we encourage you to share your gifts with our worshipping communities in any of the following ways:

Eucharistic Ministers

Distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful, participating in the ministry of the table of God which feeds the hungers and the longing of our heart for truth. Eucharistic ministers must be fully initiated Catholics.

Lectors

Proclaim the true and saving word of God through the scriptures, and lead the assembly in the prayers of intercession. Lectors must be members of the Christian faith.

Sacristans

Assist with the preparation of the liturgy, and, through serving at the Mass, act as faithful witnesses within the community. These individuals hold paid positions from Campus Ministry.

Liturgical Coordinators

Schedule the Eucharistic ministers and lectors for each liturgy, as well as assigning the Eucharistic ministers to their stations for the liturgy and finding substitutes as needed.

Greeters/Ministers of Hospitality

Help to create a welcoming environment at Mass. Greeters extend a welcome and sense of hospitality by greeting arriving worshipers, distributing mass programs, coordinating the collection, and setting up post-Mass socials.

Liturgy Commission Members

Help plan for the liturgical seasons, as well as special liturgies throughout the year. Each of the main worshipping communities has its own commission which meets several times a semester. Membership is open to anyone interested in liturgy and liturgical environment.

Music Ministers

Share the gift of music with the community of Boston College at weekend liturgies and at special events on campus throughout the year. Please check out the Liturgy Arts Group section of our website, or contact Meyer Chambers for more information.

 

Photo of chalice and communion cup in St. Ignatius
How to get involved

Any student who desires to serve as a minister in any capacity (with the exception of music ministers, see above) should complete the Liturgical Ministries application. You will then be contacted by Ellen Modica to set up an appointment to talk about your interest and to learn more about the process. Training is required to participate in some ministries; more information and dates for these trainings can be found on our calendar page. You can also speak to any Campus Minister after Mass for further information.

Campus Ministry offers several formational opportunities each semester to students involved in any of our liturgical ministries, or any interested student. More information can be found on our calendar page.

Whether you have served as a minister at your home parish or school, or if you’d like to give it a try for the first time, we welcome all students to participate and hope you will find a home here with us. Please contact Ellen Modica for more information on how to get involved.