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Carmel Parish Bulletin articles from the Liturgy Committee


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.