12/10/08 – Ministry Formation Workshops

In liturgical celebrations each one, minister or layperson, who has an office to perform, should do all of, but only, those parts which pertain to that office by the nature of the rite and the principles of liturgy.

Servers, readers, commentators, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought to discharge their office, therefore, with the sincere devotion and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God’s people.

Consequently, they must all be deeply imbued with the spirit of the liturgy, in the measure proper to each one, and they must be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 28-29

The role of any liturgical minister is a highly important one.  Each person who serves as a minister in the celebration of Mass contributes to our parish’s most important act as a community.  Liturgical ministers serve our God, to whom we worship and who becomes one with us through the Eucharist.  Liturgical ministers also serve the people of God, the Church, with whom we join in this act of worship.

It is of the upmost importance that we have the ministers necessary to celebrate Mass in a fitting way.  It is crucial also, that each minister be properly formed and trained to carry out their ministry.

It is essential, therefore, that all Ministers of the Word and Ministers of Communion make time to attend our formation workshops.  We understand that we are all very busy people, but one meeting a year is the least we can do to ensure we minister in the best possible way, working together as a community for the glory of God.

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