Liturgical Day

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Liturgical Ministries

The Eucharistic celebration is an action of Christ and the Church, namely, the holy people united and ordered under the Bishop. It therefore pertains to the whole Body of the Church, manifests it, and has its effect upon it. It also affects the individual members of the Church in different ways, according to their different orders, offices, and actual participation. In this way, the Christian people, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,” expresses its cohesion and its hierarchical ordering. All, therefore, whether they are ordained ministers or lay Christian faithful, in fulfilling their office or their duty should carry out solely but completely that which pertains to them (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 91)

In the celebration of Mass the faithful form a holy people, a people whom God has made his own, a royal priesthood, so that they may give thanks to God and offer the spotless Victim not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him, and so that they may learn to offer themselves. They should, moreover, endeavor to make this clear by their deep religious sense and their charity toward brothers and sisters who participate with them in the same celebration. Indeed, they form one body, whether by hearing the word of God, or by joining in the prayers and the singing, or above all by the common offering of Sacrifice and by a common partaking at the Lord’s table. This unity is beautifully apparent from the gestures and postures observed in common by the faithful (GIRM 95-96).

The faithful should not refuse to serve the People of God gladly whenever they are asked to perform some particular ministry or function in the celebration. We are grateful to the many parishioners who exercise liturgical ministries in St. Joseph Parish, including that of altar server, reader (lector), extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, or member of one of our parish choirs. All parishioners, who have gifts for the various ministries and who receive the required diocesan preparation and commission, are invited to these ministries in service to our parish community.