Liturgical Ministry Formation Workshops

Carmel Bulletin, 6 October 2019

We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.

Luke 17:10

Today’s gospel reminds us of the humility of serving others.  One way that we can place ourselves at the service of God and our neighbour is through engagement in liturgical ministry. 

The Second Vatican Council reminds us that “in the liturgy the whole public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members.” (Constitution on the Liturgy, no. 7).  Every one of us has a role in offering worship, in union with Jesus, to God the Father. 

From the assembly of all the baptised, people are called to help lead our prayer through particular ministries.  Serving as a liturgical minister allows us to follow St Paul’s words from the second reading, to “fan into a flame the gift that God gave you.”

Each year, we seek to support Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion through formation workshops.  These workshops are an important part of serving God and our community, and all ministers are asked to participate.

Please claim these dates in your diary now!

Ministers of the Word can choose from one of two times:

  • Wednesday 23 October at 7:00 pm or
  • Saturday 26 October at 9:30 am.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion can choose from one of two times:

  • Saturday 26 October at 10:45 am or
  • Wednesday 30 October at 7:00 pm.

Register online now

Formation Workshop for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Carmel Bulletin, 2 November 2014

Over the past week, thirty-four of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion participated in the annual formation workshop.

Parishioners coming forward to receive communion
© Alphonsus Fok, 3.2.1 Photography

We reflected upon the participation on everybody in the liturgical celebration.  The Mass is the celebration of Christ and his Church – the Church present at this time and place, united in prayer and faith with the Church universal and those gone before us marked with the sign of faith.

The focus of this workshop was to consider some of the qualities that our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion possess.  Blessed (Pope) Paul VI, in his 1973 instruction, Immensae Caritatis, described those suitable for this ministry being people “whose good qualities… recommended them”.  We shared a number of qualities that are displayed by our ministers, and focused on four in particular:

  • Humility
  • Hospitality
  • Gratitude
  • Reverence

Parish Vision noticeboard in narthex - with reflections from formation workshopWe will discuss these qualities in greater detail in the coming weeks.  We also considered how these qualities, displayed and modelled by our ministers (and hopefully by all our parishioners), allow us to contribute in a small way to the realisation of our parish vision that all families feel connected, supported and valued as they live and grow in their faith.  That is why you will find some of our discussion recorded and displayed on our parish vision board in the narthex today.

18/11/12 – Church Renewal Committee Report and Name Tags

Church Renewal Process

Church Renewal Committee Report

The Church Renewal Committee met this week with architect Jesse Mowbray.  Jesse outlined to the committee the terms of the Client and Architect Agreement and responded to questions.  The committee passed the motion that Fr Paul sign the agreement, which formally commissioned Jesse to develop three possible design concepts for the internal renewal of the church.  After completing exploratory work on the building, and spending time within the parish community during the rest of this year, Jesse will spend the first half of next year developing proposals of how the church can best be arranged to realise the vision articulated by parishioners through the consultation process.

Name TagName Tags

Following the recent formation workshops, Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been issued with name tags.  As time goes on, name tags will be provided to other ministers and parishioners who request them.

Your name tag, of course, is only useful if you wear it!  Fr Paul would like to see everybody who has a name tag wearing it so we can all get to know each other a little more, and at least be able to call people by name more often.  It’s a simple way of strengthening our relationships with each other and building up our parish community.  So please remember to bring your name tag with you to Mass.

4/11/12 – Ministry Formation Workshops

Over the last week and a half, Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have participated in their annual formation workshops.

It was pleasing to see so many ministers participate (our last workshop was the biggest with 26 people in attendance).  Some great insights were shared, and hopefully we were able to clear up for ministers a number of “grey areas” that have existed in the past regarding procedures.

Fr Paul would like all ministers to ensure that they have made themselves familiar with the instructions provided for their ministry.  Consistency is important to ensure that the Mass is celebrated well, and so that all ministers can work together confidently.

Ministers will be commissioned to serve for the next year at Sunday Masses this weekend.  Ministers who have participated in the workshops will also be able to collect their certificate and new name badge from the parish centre.  Please note that there are letters for all Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to collect.

Thank you to all the ministers who took part.  We appreciate the commitment you make to serving our community.

5/12/10 – Reminders from the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Workshops

During October, our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion participated in their annual formation workshops.  This week, we are taking a moment to remind you of a few important matters we raised at the workshops.

The Breaking of the Bread and other preparations at the altar for communion are undertaken by the priest, assisted as required by acolytes and servers.  The Extraordinary Ministers move forward to the altar to receive communion once the priest receives communion.

The Extraordinary Ministers distribute communion, holding up the host or chalice before each communicant and saying “The Body of Christ” or “The Blood of Christ” respectively.  Other words such as “Receive…” or “This is…” are not permitted, as these change the meaning of what is being said.

Once communion is finished, the Extraordinary Ministers return the Eucharistic vessels to the credence table and return to their seats immediately.  Extraordinary Ministers are not to consume any remaining consecrated wine or purify (rinse out) chalices.  This will be done after Mass in the sacristy.

The assistance of all Extraordinary Ministers is required after Mass to ensure that patens, chalices and cruets are washed and put away in the correct locations, and that linen is placed in the laundry basket.  This only requires about five minutes of your time.

Thank you once again to all the ministers who participated in our workshops.  Your commitment to our parish community and its liturgical celebrations is greatly appreciated.