TIME COMMITMENT: On weekends when scheduled, approximately 1—2 hours: Eucharistic ministers and lectors should both be present and ready for their ministry 15 minutes prior to Mass.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Our conduct of the Liturgy is a value statement to God, our brothers and sisters, and ourselves. To assist us, the Church provides particular texts, prescribes postures and gestures, and assigns particular roles.
In our Catholic teaching, we speak of the Mass as the foretaste of the heavenly liturgy. In every Mass on earth, we join Jesus Christ in His solemn prayer to the Father. We approach the celebration of the liturgy with an obligation to follow the directives given by the Church. This is done with an awareness of options available and specific freedoms granted, some interpretation of those directions, and with matters of taste and preference. Additionally there are the more subtle dimensions of style, attitude and tone. Within the legitimate parameters provided by the Church, every celebration of the Mass will not be exactly alike.
All of this leads us to some specific practical guidelines for those engaged in liturgical ministry. All liturgical ministers are expected to engage in active and informed participation in the Mass. Their attention to posture and gesture, exemplary use of the missalettes and hymnals, and praying aloud and singing should be an example to all. They should be attentive to the flow of the liturgy, which recognizes their ministry as fitting integrally into a whole.
A FINAL WORD ABOUT ATTIRE: Attire should bespeak the special dignity of the role of the liturgical minister as well as the Sunday liturgy itself. This is especially true of those who have a high degree of visibility. Our special participation in the “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” ought to be accorded the same degree of attention to dress as would our attendance at the wedding of family or friends.
Training of new volunteers is scheduled by the pastor periodically through the year. For more information, please contact the parish office at 885-7780 or by email.