Mass Coordinators / Lectors / Communion Ministers - SIGN UP
REMINDER : If you cannot attend your scheduled Mass, please arrange for a substitute. If you are NOT scheduled and attend Mass, please check in with the Mass Coordinator to see if you can be of help.
PLEASE ALWAYS DRESS IN YOUR SUNDAY BEST, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT SCHEDULED.
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INSTRUCTIONS : Please click on any of the Masses below. It will open a Google Spreadsheet document with multiple tabs. Click on the tab to sign up for the Mass and role you would like to minister. To verify, please look at the top of the page for the time that you are signing up for. Please bookmark this link on your browser for easy access.
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Are you interested to serve as a liturgical minister? Please contact Ana Collins - 408-629-3030 x 104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The liturgy touches every aspect of the parish—its catechetical work, its sense of community, its service to the poor, and its personal prayer life. Good celebrations strengthen our faith. Poor celebrations may weaken it. One of the ways we can be actively involved is through the various liturgical ministries available to us. These include Mass Coordinators, Lectors, Eucharistic ministers, and Greeters.
Mass Coordinators / Master of Ceremonies
If any public event or celebration is to have meaning, careful "behind-the-scenes" preparation is necessary. Our parish liturgy is no exception! It is a very important and public event, the heart of our parish life.
The primary work of this ministry is to serve the presider (priest) and the assembly (those who gather to celebrate) by enhancing the readiness of our parish community to celebrate liturgy, most notably, Sunday Mass. This minister serves "behind the scenes" on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings before each Mass to assure that all the items needed for the day's liturgy are in place, that the appropriate ministers are present, know their roles and are ready to serve. This minister makes sure that everything required for the celebration of special rites or rituals during the Mass is in place before Mass begins. This minister is available to the presider to attend to any special details or last minute preparations.
The impact of the message of God will depend significantly on the conviction, the preparation and the way the message is given. The reverence for the scriptures is important because the church is an intimate connection between “The Word of God” and “The Eucharist.” “There are two tables at Mass, the table of the word and the table of the Lord’s body and blood. Together they constitute a single place of worship before God. And it is from each of these tables that we are fed, that we receive the bread of life.” (Schellman, James M. “The Ministry of the Lector.” American Magazine Vol. 190 No.11, Whole No. 4646 (March 29, 2004))
“The Eucharist is a gift to be given and received. The ritual interaction between the giver and receiver is an expression of the communion that lies at the heart of the church’s identity…’the cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread’ (1 Cor 10:16-17). Paul’s reminder to the church of Corinth continues to be pertinent for every liturgical assembly gathered to celebrate the Eucharist and share in the body and blood of Christ. The Eucharistic ritual action of each assembly is intended to be a manifestation and realization of its shared life in Christ.” (Kelleher, Margarite Mary. “Ministers of Communion.” American Magazine Vol. 190 No.14, Whole No. 4649 (April 19, 2004))
Greeters - Hospitality Ministers
Greeting people alerts those attending the liturgy to the fact that we are going to do something together. “Welcome” implies “I am happy that you have come.” Hospitality Ministers are entrusted with promoting a sense of welcoming and belonging to all the faithful gathered for the liturgy. They are the first point of contact for the communal celebration of the Liturgy. “The ministry of hospitality that we exercise at the Eucharist is not simply a sales device. It must be the liturgical enactment of the hospitality that permeates our daily living. Hospitality is not an add-on; for the Christian, it is the bottom line: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me’ (Mt 25:34-35)”. (Richstatter, Thomas. “The Ministry of Hospitality.” American Magazine Vol. 190 No.15, Whole No. 4650 (May 3, 2004))