An Opportunity to Serve

Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all. (Mark 9:35)

Washing of the FeetToday’s gospel reminds us of the centrality of service to Jesus’ identity, and thus the centrality of service to our living the mission of Christ.  Sharing in the death and resurrection of Jesus means that we share in the work of the one who knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples.

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.

14642123_10154646129558256_4872787870172841618_nEach year, we seek to support people in these ministries through formation opportunities.  This year, we would like to gather all liturgical ministers together for a workshop to clarify and refine our practice at Sunday Masses, so that we are supporting the assembly in its prayer as effectively as possible.  Parishioners who are thinking about joining a ministry are also most welcome to come.

Please claim these dates in your diary now!

Ministers can choose from one of two times:

  • Wednesday 17 October at 7:00 pm or
  • Saturday 20 October at 10:00 am.

You can register online now.  Paper sign-up will be available in the parish centre from next weekend.

We will also asking people soon to consider joining a renewed ministry of hospitality; welcoming people as they come to Sunday Mass.

Keep reading over the coming weeks to find out more.

20/1/12 – Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry Formation Workshops

Our parish’s liturgical celebrations depend on the generous service of our liturgical ministers.  One of our responsibilities as a parish is to ensure that we provide our ministers with support and resources as they engage in their ministry.

In February, we will be supporting our Ministers of Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  Formation workshops will take place at the following times:

  • Saturday 2 February at 9:45 am in the parish centre, or
  • Tuesday 5 February at 7:30 pm in the parish centre.

Ministers are asked to register in the parish centre to indicate when they will be attending.  Alternatively, you can register online at

At 9:00 am Mass on Sunday 10 February, we will commission our Ministers of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word to serve for the coming year.  Children’s Liturgy of the Word will then commence on Sunday 17 February.

We look forward to being able to support our parishioners in their service to our community.

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.

Parish Mass Settings Workshop

This morning, music ministers from our parish gathered together to learn more about some of the Mass settings that are available and recommended for use.  This is an integral part of the formation we’re providing in our parish as we implement the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Our parish has generally been using the revised edition of Mass Shalom since the beginning of this year.  After being introduced to several other settings this morning, they can now move ahead with using more settings with their liturgical assemblies.

While our workshop attracted a relatively small number, we had at least one representative from each of our various music groups.  This means that these representatives can take the music back to their groups and start work.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this morning.  I hope you found it to be informative and productive.  Thanks also to Frank, who took a few pics with his iPad.

Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011
Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011
Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011
Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011

28/11/10 – Reminders from the Ministers of the Word Workshops

During October, our Ministers of the Word 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.

Organising a replacement reader is essential if you are unable to read or commentate on the date assigned to you on the roster.

The reader is part of the Entrance Procession and carries the Book of Gospels (the large, green book), which is placed on the altar.  The Lectionary (the smaller, brown book) should be placed on the ambo before Mass.

Before each reading, the commentator gives a short introduction.  The reader then names the source of the reading, e.g. “A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians”, then proceeds with the reading.  The small excerpt printed before the reading in italics is not read.  There is also no need to announce that it is the “First Reading”, “Second Reading” or even “The Responsorial Psalm”.

The reader does not carry any book out in the recessional at the end of Mass.

Ministers of the Word will also be aware that a new roster is due this weekend.  Please ensure you collect it from the noticeboard near the kitchen window in the parish centre.  From this roster onwards, it will also be available from our website.  We still recommend you collect a copy, however.  This is because phone numbers will not be included on the website edition, out of respect for your privacy.  If you would like to receive an email to advise you when the roster is available, please email Lyn in the parish office at ocarms (at) tpg (dot) com (dot) au

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.