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Lay ministers play an essential role in the liturgical celebrations of the Parish.
We rely heavily on the consistent, dedicated, and prayerful service of parishioners who answer God’s call to assist the community in worship.
Parishioners are always needed to serve in the following roles:
- Eucharistic Ministers
- Altar Servers
- Greeters/Ministers of Hospitality
Training is provided.
– Lectors proclaim the scripture, lead the Prayers of the Faithful, and make the Parish announcements.
– Eucharistic Ministers assist with distributing Communion under both species.
– Altar Servers assist the presider during liturgical celebrations.
– Greeters/Ministers of Hospitality welcome people to the liturgy, distribute song sheets, assist with taking up the collection(s), usher at Communion time, and distribute Parish bulletins as people leave the Church.
Please contact Lynelle at 02 9358 5229 for more information about serving as:
- Greeter/Minister of Hospitality
- Eucharistic Minister to the homebound
- Eucharistic Minister at Mass
- Altar Server
Those who come to the church for the first time often feel shy and hesitant and don’t know anyone. The greeters are the first people they meet. Greeters hand out the bulletin and hymn books, they organize for people to take up the two collections and two people to bring up the gifts. It has been a tradition in the parish to ask newcomers to bring up the gifts.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist with the distribution of the Eucharist at Parish masses and take Communion to the sick. The Parish visits St.Luke’s, Lulworth House and Elizabeth Bay Lodge as well as individual parishioners. New ministers are welcome and will be assisted with a short introductory course.
This ministry of the Word is essential to our Sunday worship. A reader is rostered for the three Sunday Eucharists and every reader is called to read about once a month. A good clear voice for proclaiming the Word and a sense of appreciation for and identification with the biblical text is essential.
The Altar Servers assist the Priest in the practical requirements for celebrating the Eucharist. They also assist in the distribution of Holy Communion.
Prayers of Intercession
The Prayers of Intercession are read out at the weekend masses. Every week they are drawn up with an eye on the week’s events and the readings. The group meets after the 7.00am Friday mass in the presbytery. The ability to type would be helpful, but not necessary.
The Parish has a strong tradition of congregational singing at the 10.30am Eucharist. A Cantor and organist lead the music. 6.00pm vigil mass is led by a choir. Musicians and vocalist are welcome. A choir regroups for special feasts and seasons. New members are always welcome.