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Carmel Parish Bulletin articles from the Liturgy Committee


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10/2/13 – Liturgy Committee Meeting Report

Liturgy CommitteeThe Liturgy Committee met on Wednesday evening.

The committee began by finalising details regarding preparations for the season of Lent, which begins on Wednesday.  Feedback was also given regarding the recently completed formation workshops for Ministers of Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  We look forward to more parishioners taking part in this worthwhile ministry in the future, and to be able to provide continued support and formation to all ministers.  Parishioners who regularly attend 9:00 am Sunday Mass will notice some small changes to the celebration of Children’s Liturgy of the Word over the coming weeks, particularly in developing a common practice for dismissing the children, and acknowledging their return for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  These will be trialled and evaluated in coming months.

Also addressed at the meeting were the preparations for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.  Existing practices were evaluated and reviewed, with many being continued this year.  Some new initiatives from last year, such as the celebration of Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday, proved to be effective, and will also be maintained.

Reports were received on the first meeting of sacristans held last Saturday, and on the Guild of St Stephen Altar Servers Conference, which two of our junior servers attended.  The committee began some initial consideration of matters it wished to explore in further detail during the year.

Parishioners are always welcome to raise matters with the Liturgy Committee at any time by emailing litcomwenty@gmail.com, or by speaking to Fr Paul or any member of the committee.  If you are corresponding in writing, please ensure your correspondence is signed and return contact details are provided, so that we can respond appropriately.


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29/4/12 – Liturgical Responsibilities of the Acolyte

Bishop Anthony receiving the gifts, with acolyte assisting

Bishop Anthony receiving the gifts, with acolyte assisting

Last week, we looked at the liturgical ministries of altar server and acolyte.  Altar service is a ministry that is open to all, whilst adult men can choose to serve as instituted acolytes.

Acolytes have some exclusive responsibilities.  On the other hand, other duties can be carried out by altar servers if acolytes are not present, or if the number of acolytes at the Mass is so few that it is not possible for them to carry out all their duties effectively; especially given that they may need to attend to several matters at once.

For example, the acolyte may take responsibility for carrying the cross in processions.  It is their role to be the first point of assistance to the priest and deacon during Mass, particularly by ensuring that the liturgical books such as the Missal are presented to the priest or deacon for them to follow.  He also assists the priest with the incense at the preparation of the gifts, should it be used.

It is typically the role of the acolyte to prepare the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist if a deacon is not present.  Furthermore, if a deacon is not present, the acolyte can assist the priest with the purification of the sacred vessels after communion.  This is one duty of the acolyte that cannot be delegated to other lay ministers.

Often during Mass, you will see the altar servers assist with several of the duties I have outlined above.  Again, this is to be expected as at Wentworthville we have only one active acolyte.  It becomes necessary, then, for altar servers to take on these additional duties to assist the priest and the assembly and ensure the Mass is celebrated in a fitting manner.

Reference: General Instruction of the Roman Missal, articles 187-193


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18/7/10 – Unity, Hierarchy, Order and Ministry

At present, we are exploring the liturgical principles which underpin our work in the Church Renewal Process.  Having considered active participation, we now consider the third principle, namely:

Unity, hierarchy, order and ministry

This principle is a reminder to us that every person has a role; a part to play in the life of the parish community, especially in its liturgical celebrations.

The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (see article 28) insisted that in the liturgy, each of us should do all, but only those things that our role requires us to do.  In other words, there should not be one or a few people doing everything.  Furthermore, as we’ve emphasised recent weeks, the celebration of the Mass is not task of the priest, but is an action of Christ and his Church (AKA: us!)

This means that our parish needs to have a full range of ordained and lay ministers who are properly formed and prepared to carry out their duties.  To celebrate the Mass, we require a large number of people – sacristans, art and environment ministers, altar servers, acolytes, music ministers and projector/computer operators, ministers of the word, collectors and ushers, people to present the gifts, extraordinary ministers of communion and the like.  These are a very significant way in which lay people can participate in the life of our community.

It also means that when someone is engaging in one of these ministries during Mass, they should not be doing any other ministry.  In our parish, for example, a number of Ministers of the Word are also Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.  It is fine for these people to carry out these ministries on different occasions.  Yet, when they are required to read or commentate at Mass, they cannot minister communion during that same celebration.

The various liturgical ministries of our parish are necessary for the effective celebration of the Mass.  They reflect our belief that we, the entire assembly gathered to worship, celebrate the Mass in unity with Christ and with each other.  We all have particular ways in which we participate in the celebration of Mass, and we need to encourage others to find ways in which they can serve the community through liturgical ministry.


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4/10/09 – Formation Workshops for Liturgical Ministers

We are now into the month of October. The last month has been a wonderful time of celebration, as our young parishioners completed their sacramental initiation into the Catholic Church.

We now take some time during the month of November to focus on some of the liturgical ministries in our parish.

Altar Servers. The time to register to participate in this ministry is now. To register, visit our parish website, www.olmcwenty.org.au/altarservers or call Fr. Paul on 9631 8302. This ministry is open to any male or female parishioner who has been fully initiated into the Catholic Church (i.e., has received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and communion).

Ministers of the Word and Ministers of Communion. Each October, these ministers take time to engage in continuing formation for their ministry. Attendance at the annual formation workshop is one of the expectations of those who participate in these ministries and is required of every minister. People interested in becoming a Minister of Communion may also attend the workshop in preparation. The dates for the workshops are below.

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


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5/10/08 – Ministry Formation

We are now into the month of October.  The last month has been a wonderful time of celebration, as more than fifty of our young parishioners completed their sacramental initiation into the Catholic Church.

We now take some time during the month of November to focus on some of the liturgical ministries in our parish.

Altar Servers. The time to register to participate in this ministry is now.  We wish to begin the process of forming and training our servers once the school holidays have concluded.  Remember to visit the display in the parish centre, complete a form and place it in the box provided.  This ministry is open to any male or female parishioner who has been fully initiated into the Catholic Church (i.e., has received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and communion).

Ministers of the Word and Ministers of Communion. Each October, these ministers take time to engage in continuing formation for their ministry.  Attendance at the annual formation workshop is one of the expectations of those who participate in these ministries and is required of every minister.  People interested in becoming a Minister of Communion may also attend the workshop in preparation.  The dates for the workshops are below.

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

FORMATION WORKSHOPS FOR MINISTERS OF THE WORD
Ministers of the Word must attend either session:
Saturday 25 October at 9:30 a.m., or Tuesday 28 October at 7:30 p.m.

FORMATION WORKSHOPS FOR MINISTERS OF COMMUNION
Ministers of Communion must attend either session:
Saturday 1 November at 9:30 a.m., or Tuesday 4 November at 7:30 p.m.


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14/9/08 – Altar Servers

“So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’” (Luke 22:8)

Altar servers and MC at the World Youth Day 08 Final Mass, Randwick Racecourse

Altar servers and MC at the World Youth Day 08 Final Mass, Randwick Racecourse

The Liturgy Committee would like to invite parishioners to consider volunteering for the role of Altar Server, which we wish to re-establish.

The role of Altar Server is an important one.  Servers assist the priest in the celebration of Mass, allowing him to focus completely on his role of leading the assembly in prayer.  They help to ensure the dignified celebration of the Mass.  In the past, servers may have been known as “altar boys”, but a contemporary understanding of the role is much broader.

What age can an altar server be?

Altar servers must be fully initiated, that is, have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  Children in Wentworthville Parish, therefore, can be junior altar servers once they have received their First Communion.  We are also seeking the support of adult or senior servers who would support and encourage junior servers.  Ideally, we would like to have a senior server and two junior servers at each Sunday Mass, and have a roster in place to share the role.

Do altar servers have to be male?

No.  We encourage both boys and girls, men and women to serve at the altar.

Will there be acolytes?

Not at this time.  Acolytes can only be male and must be ritually instituted by the bishop.  For now at least, we would rather focus on a service ministry that is inclusive of all.

Please visit the Altar Servers display in the parish centre and complete an expression of interest form if you wish.  Junior servers will naturally need the support of their parents.  We hope to begin formation and training of servers in the first week of the next school term (starting 13 October).

Please speak to Fr. Paul or myself if you have any questions about this important ministry.