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