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Liturgical Ministry Committee

The Liturgy is at the very heart of parish life for it is in the Liturgy that “the work of our redemption is accomplished,” and especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, that the faithful “may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church” (Sacrosanctum Concilium ¶2). This will best be accomplished, if  “. . . the entire celebration is planned in such a way that it leads to a conscious, active, and full participation of the faithful both in body and mind, a participation burning with faith, hope and charity (GIRM Chapter I, ¶18).”

The Liturgical Ministry Committee is composed of heads of liturgical ministries. They are a collaborative and dedicated team who work on our weekend liturgies and plan for various special liturgies throughout the Liturgical year. 

Chair of Liturgical Ministry Committee/
Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy and Music
Dr. Frederick B. Mabalot, D.M.A.

​For all inquiries regarding our various Liturgical ministries below, please send e-mail to: drmabalot@assumption.org.

Altar Server Ministry
Altar servers assist the celebrant and assembly in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Mass, special liturgies and celebrations, and the celebration of the Sacraments. They are blessed to have an intricate role in the Mass and to have the opportunity to learn more about their faith and the Mass.  This ministry provides a strong foundation for evangelization and stewardship. This ministry is open to all people in grade 4 and above who have received First Holy Communion.

Head of Ministry: Dr. Mabalot (Interim)
Formation/Training: Fr. Moore
Scheduling: Dr. Mabalot

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, commissioned by Church of the Assumption under the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle, assist at Mass in administering the Eucharist with the utmost respect and reverence. We also serve those who are not able to take their rightful place at the Eucharistic Table due to illness or physical challenge. We let them know that our Catholic Community of Church of the Assumption does not forget them. We commit ourselves to the service of God and to our fellow parishioners to support the spiritual life of the soul.

Head of Ministry: Susan Roland
Formation/Training: Dr. Mabalot and Fr. Moore

Scheduling: Susan Roland

Hospitality Ministry / Greeters and Ushers
Hospitality Ministers are a dedicated team of parishioners who welcome us as we arrive to worship, helping us find our way around the worship space and into comfortable seats, facilitating our processions (especially at Communion), and handing out worship aids and bulletins. They help all of us be responsible stewards by taking up the collection at the liturgy and cleaning up after Mass.

Team Leaders
5:00p.m. Saturday Mass: Elizabeth Suel and Susan Shuhler

8:00a.m. Sunday Mass: Jim Bergner and Greg O'Connell
10:00a.m. Sunday Mass: Bonnie Harp
12:30pm Spanish Mass: Uriel Silva and Maria Tapia

Training & Formation: Dr. Mabalot 

Lay Presider Ministry
Lay Presider ministers lead non-Eucharistic services such as Word and Communion, graveside, vigils, and occasional funerals.

Head of Ministry: Bill Attebery

Lector Ministry
Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord. This ministry involves effective preparation through practice and prayer to proclaim the Word before the celebration of the Mass or Liturgy. Responsibilities during the celebration may include introducing the celebration, proclaiming the Word through the first and second readings, reading the Prayers of the Faithful with clarity and reverence. Women and men who serve in this ministry must have received the sacrament of confirmation, are presumed to be of good faith, eager to serve their fellow Christians and willing to participate in ongoing formation for effective service.

Head of Ministry: Chris Attebery 
Formation and Training: Chris Attebery and Dr. Mabalot
Scheduling: Chris Attebery

Music Ministry
Liturgical Music helps to amplify the message of the readings of the day and prepare the individual in receiving the Gospel. It helps in creating an atmosphere in the worship space and within one’s own personal experience of the Holy Eucharist. Music supports in unifying the worshiping community into one prayer and empower the individual prayers of the faithful. When music is executed in a way that does not distract the minds and hearts of the people of God, then it has the powerful potential to uplift the spirit, speak of and invite all to peace, and nurture and empower the expression of gratitude and love for God. It is therefore important to execute the art of music in a way that allows the full and active participation of the faithful in the living and loving Eucharist.

Director of Music: Dr. Frederick B. Mabalot, D.M.A.  
Phone Number: (360) 733-1380 ext. 4221

Sacristan Ministry
As sacristans of Church of the Assumption, we serve as ministers of preparation, coordinating all that is required for various liturgical celebrations. We strive to provide an environment that aids the assembled people of God to direct their minds and hearts in praise and worship.

Formation and Training/Scheduling: Dr. Mabalot 
Daily Mass: Brenda Dunford
Funerals and 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass: Tashie Zang
8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass: Ursula Brethour
10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass: Dan Parsons
12:30 p.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: Eduardo Olguin

Art & Environment Ministry
The Art & Environment Ministry is a dedicated team who minister in our Church by transforming the Worship Space into a place of inspiration, beauty, reverence, and prayerfulness in tandem with the Liturgical Calendar. As the Liturgical seasons change, so does our Worship Space.      

Co-Heads: Jennifer Bernard and Dan Parsons

School Mass Representative
To help the Assumption Catholic School students grow into full active participants in the Eucharistic Liturgy and in their relationship with Christ, School Masses are celebrated once a week during the school year.  A schedule is created for the students and teacher of one class to plan and lead the specific ministries of the Mass that week. This is done with the support of the music teacher.

Representative: Susan Roland

Spanish Mass Representative
Our Spanish Mass representative is our liaison to the Liturgical Ministry Committee. They communicate with all ministers of Spanish Mass, highlight special Masses, advocate for special celebrations, and develop a unified spirit of community. Through collaborations, we aim to make all Masses cohesive while embracing the diversity of our worshiping community here at Church of the Assumption.

Representative: Eduardo Olguin                                                                                                     


Church of the Assumption Contact Information

2116 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Office Hours:
Tuesday-Friday (masks optional)
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (360) 733-1380