As a baptized Christian, each person is called to participate in the sacred liturgy through worship and sacrifice. Ordained ministers or priests lead the assembly in this worship and sacrifice, but those who are not ordained or “laity” are also called to this sacred rite. We are indeed One Body, the Church, and the sacred liturgy requires many participants. Some of these participants are called to be active with the priest in fulfilling the rites. The holy mass is an act of Sanctification by God through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Mass we are called to sainthood.
HOLY MASS OR LITURGY.Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1070 The liturgy then is rightly seen as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. It involves the presentation of man’s sanctification under the guise of signs perceptible by the senses and its accomplishment in ways appropriate to each of these signs. In it full public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members. From this it follows that every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others. No other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree.
ROLES OF MINISTRY.
Along with the ordained priest, the laity (non-ordained) are called to divine worship. During a mass there are several roles which are held by the members of the Church. Greeters, those who welcome the faithful; Readers, those who proclaim God’s word from the lectern; Altar Servers, those who serve the priest; Ushers, those who assist with the offertory collection, and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, those who assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion.
Greeters and Ushers. This ministry helps make people feel welcome, help find available seats and introduce people to each other, take up the collection and ensure its safekeeping. They hand out bulletins or other material, assist those who need special help, and answer questions. These tasks provide a wonderful opportunity for families to minister together. Ministry formation and training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance.
Readers. The spirit of the parish community will be nourished through the meaningful proclamation of the Word of God. The lector clearly and understandably proclaims the Word of God to the assembly. Lectors must feel comfortable standing in front of the assembly, have good oral communication skills and the ability to read effectively. Lectors are called from the assembly and minister to and with the assembly. Lectors are expected to attend continuing ministry formation and training sessions throughout the year.
Altar Servers. This ministry is open to boys and girls from the 3rdgrade and above. Altar servers serve at all weekend liturgies and special celebrations throughout the year, such as weekday morning masses. The various tasks of an altar server usually include assisting with the book of prayers, carrying various objects in procession, The main task of the server is to model liturgical prayer with grace and reverence and enter whole-heartedly into the public worship of the community. Altar servers are expected to be familiar with the ebb and flow of liturgy, to anticipate each movement, cue and need. Altar server training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion: By “extraordinary” we do not mean special, distinguished or set apart. The ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are the priests and deacons. Those who are called to this ministry must, above all else, know how to be truly present to others in the moment they have. They are brothers and sisters in this very body and blood they are sharing, and not only speak their own faith in saying “body of Christ,” they call forth the faith of the one receiving. They may also bring the Holy Eucharist to those who are home-bound, in nursing homes or hospitals, or in prison.
To be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion: you must be a Roman Catholic, at least 16 years old, who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If married, you must have received the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church. Ministry formation and training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance.
Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are chosen by the Pastor when there is a need.
LITURGICAL Scheduling Ministry
The Scheduling Ministry is responsible for providing the opportunity for all parishioners to participate in the celebration of the masses at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church. Participation in any one of the five ministries that are regularly assist at each Mass often provides the participant with an enhanced sense of fulfillment. The Mass can become a more meaningful activity in the life of anyone who actively serves the Lord.
There are five ministries that are involved in the celebration of every weekend Mass. The five ministries include the following:
- Rosary Leaders;
- Altar Servers;
- Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist.
Each schedule is developed for a four month period (February through May, June through September, and October through January). Participants are always provided with an opportunity to be scheduled only as frequently as desired. Each participant is also provided with the opportunity, in advance of the development of the schedule, to exclude any weekends that might be inconvenient.