The ministry of Lector is paramount to the Liturgy of the Word. The Lector is responsible for announcing the Word of God well. The Church teaches that Christ is truly present in the Word proclaimed. The Liturgical Minister should articulate the Scripture readings at an audible (but not overpowering) volume, with clear diction and enunciation, appropriate vocal inflection, at a reverent, even pace, and above all: prayerfully. The Lector is essential in facilitating the congregation’s devotion to God’s Word and helping them toward prayerful reflection on Sacred Scripture.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
The Eucharistic Minister is adjunct to the ordained minister (priest, deacon, bishop) in communicating the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to His faithful. This ministry is essential as it allows the congregation to receive Communion in a timely fashion, so as not to risk their reverent, prayerful disposition waning due to a prolonged reception line. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Church’s life; the distribution of the Eucharist enables the communion of the faithful with Christ Himself and also signifies communion among all the People of God who make up the Church. First, by the example of their own reverent reception of Communion at the altar, the Extraordinary Ministers set a tone of dignified piety for the congregation to enter into; then, by giving out Communion to the congregants, they generously share the most holy gift of the Eucharist with their fellow faithful.
The ministry of Altar Server is of great value to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. By ministering to the sacred vessels and the altar of the Lord, the Server allows the celebrating priest to remain focused on leading the community in the prayer of the Mass. The Server also provides a visible reminder that the entire Church is involved in offering the sacrifice of the altar. The Church teaches that the Mass is “a foretaste of the liturgy in Heaven,” and the Server demonstrates this by being a counterpart to the host of angels that attend to the Heavenly banquet.
The Greeter is the vanguard of the Sunday Mass. It is the Greeter who is the first ambassador of the parish that the faithful will meet upon arriving at Mass. In the ancient Church, the gathering of the worshipping community was a rite unto itself. Today, it is this individual who greets the People of God as they arrive for the liturgy; a welcoming, pleasant reception is perhaps the most fundamental ministry we have and certainly the most basic way of communicating the Good News of our faith. St. Paul, in fact, makes a point to the Corinthian Christians that showing hospitality and fraternity to one another is an essential component of their celebration of the Eucharist. The Greeter should be warm, convivial, both proactively hospitable and approachable, and helpful to everyone who comes to praise the Lord with us, especially those who are worshipping with us for the first time. “Do not neglect hospitality,” we read in Hebrews 13, “for through it some have entertained angels unawares.”
The music ministry at Mass is an integral part of worship. Dedicated cantors lead the congregation in singing. The music is diversified to reach our very heart and soul, featuring contemporary praise-and-worship music as well as traditional hymns sung by our choir.
Our endeavor is to proclaim God’s word in song, to sing His praises, to worship with our voices and to encourage the congregation to do the same. We love the Lord and believe what we sing. We sing from the depths of our hearts with conviction in the hope that others will feel God’s presence and love though music. As St. Augustine says, “Those who sing pray twice!”