Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical ministries include the various roles in which lay people assist at the Mass - or Eucharist. Additional help is always welcome. If you would like to explore serving in a liturgical ministry, please contact The Reverend Canon Brooks Mason (619) 298-7261 X325 or unless otherwise noted.

Acolytes – “Altar Servers”

Acolytes assist the clergy as crucifers, torch bearers, banner bearers, icon bearers and Altar servers. The team serves at Sunday morning services, Evensong, weddings, funerals and many special services. These faithful and skilled workers enhance the liturgical experience for all. Acolytes serve on Sundays at the 8:00 and 10:30 AM services and on holy days as announced.

Altar Guild 

The Altar Guild prepares the church for all worship services, setting up the Altar linens and vessels, and cares for vestments and worship equipment. This regular, careful and loving work is done outside the limelight. Contact Konnie Dadmun (619) 298-9670 or

Chalice Bearers

The Chalice Bearers assist the clergy in administering Communion. The bread and wine are the outward and visible signs, given and received according to Christ’s command. Chalice Bearers serve on Sundays and other major holy days.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

These individuals take the Holy Communion to shut-ins. They receive special training to do so and are licensed by the bishop. Their ministry reminds those who are unable to join the community for worship at the Cathedral that they are missed and belong to the Body of Christ. Contact the Rev. Dorothy Curry at 760-519-7383 or


Members of the parish are invited to read scripture lessons and to lead prayers of the people at Sunday worship services.

Thurifers – “Incense Bearers”

Thurifers carry the thurible with incense into the cathedral and cense the people during the service. The incense represents the prayers of the people rising and symbolizes the blessing of the elements (the bread and wine of Holy Communion) and the congregation. Contact Verger/Head Thurifer Don Mitchell (619) 804-3974 or


Ushers welcome and assist parishioners and visitors on Sunday and at special services, hand out bulletins, assist with the collection of offerings and facilitate the communicants to the communion rail. Their open and friendly faces are the welcoming committee. Contact Lucinda Parsons (619) 282-1462 or


Vergers work closely with the clergy to ensure ceremonies function smoothly. Their keen sense of liturgy, attention to detail, and continuous flexibility makes them the Masters of Ceremonies of the services. For more information The Reverend Canon Brooks Mason (619) 298-7261 X325 or

ACOLYTE TEAMS AND SERVING SCHEDULE: Click here for monthly server schedules for acolytes, chalice bearers, thurifers, and vergers.