Lay ministry is part and parcel of our call to minister within the world as Baptized Christians. We have been called to mission, and mission requires that we serve one another, using the gifts we have been given. Within the parish community there are opportunities for such service:
In the context of liturgical service, there are opportunities to serve the parish community in the following ways:
This role is a permanent one, the Acolytes are installed by the Archbishop and are called Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist.
Men and women who offer themselves to bring Communion to the sick and housebound, as well as assist with Communion within the Eucharist when needed.
People who are willing to act as ushers, assisting people to find places in the Church and Collectors, who are willing to help with taking up the collection at Mass.
People whose role is to greet and welcome the community gathered for the Celebration of the Eucharist. They are responsible for giving a few notices to ensure a prayerful worship environment and to advise the community of any special considerations that may need to be made at a particular celebration.
This is an important role within the liturgical celebration. When bringing the gifts to the altar, Gift Presenters represent the whole community.
Readers: Who proclaim the Scriptures during Mass.
Christ is present in his Word, the reader is the one who will make God’s Word come alive for those who are gathered to hear it. There is usually one reader for the First Reading and another for the Second Reading. They also lead the Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation when they are not being sung
There are a variety of groups within the parish that are concerned with Pastoral outreach. St. Vincent de Paul, the Legion of Mary, the Young Adult Group, are among those groups which are actively involved in providing support to those less fortunate, or to the lonely and isolated. Ministers of Hospitality: Men and women of the Parish who provide hospitality to the community in many different ways: Morning Tea, support and outreach to the aged in the community, assisting in Parish celebrations. These men and women make life worth living for others. If you are interested in assisting in any of the ministries of the Parish, please contact the parish office to be put onto the relevant person.
Love in service to the Community
Love in supporting Liturgy
Love in Sharing the gifts