Ministers of the Word

Ministers of the Word are those who are commonly referred to as readers but they are much more than that.You read a newspaper or a novel, you might read to your children. But with Ministers of the Word it is different. They are proclaiming the Word of God. This is God speaking to all of us….. This is what I believe The following is a copy of a document from The Liturgical Commission Of The Catholic Church

MINISTERS OF THE WORD

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40: 8) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119: 105) The Word of God endures, creates, gives life. The importance of scripture in liturgy was perhaps lost to some extent in the Catholic Church until the reforms of the second Vatican Council reminded us of its central place.“The Church has always venerated the Divine Scriptures just as she venerates the Body of the Lord.” (Dei Verbum 21)“Christ is present in his Word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church.” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 7)The Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass spells out the link between scripture, faith and worship.“The preaching of the word is necessary for the sacramental ministry. For the sacraments are sacraments of faith and faith has its origin and sustenance in the word. The Church is nourished spiritually at the table of God’s word and at the table of the eucharist.” (LMI 10)

The only contact that many Catholics have with the living word of scripture occurs at Sunday Mass. It is vital that this encounter be a positive experience so that they will develop over time a “warm and living love of scripture”.

Those who are called to be readers at Mass, then, take on an important ministry. In fact they are not ‘readers’ at all. Almost everyone can read, but only some can effectively proclaim the word of God. Those people who serve the liturgical gathering by proclaiming the scriptures are best described as ‘Ministers of the Word’.

What is needed to someone to carry out this role effectively? The basic requirement is faith in the word of God. A reader must be someone with a love of scripture who believes that it is alive and active and gives guidance.

Readers must understand what they are reading in order to clearly convey the meaning of a passage to others. Such understanding is achieved by careful preparation, starting well before the person is scheduled to read. This involves reading the scripture passages through several times, slowly coming to grips with what the words are saying. Readers should also have access to a readers’ workbook or scripture commentary to assist them. Practising reading the passages aloud is another important aspect of the preparation process.

Finally, ministers of the word need to have the skills required for reading aloud in public, including a strong voice which can be projected clearly and the ability to use speech techniques such as pace, pause and pitch to give vitality and variety to their reading.

I am often asked by parishes to recommend resources for training their ministers of the word. It seems that not everyone has discovered the addition that was made to Break Open the Word, the preparation book for readers published by The Liturgical Commission in Brisbane, several years ago. In the back of the book are a number of Readers’ Formation pages covering topics such as the arrangement of the lectionary, reading skills and a model for preparation. This material may be used with groups of readers in a parish setting or by readers individually who wish to improve their understanding and skill.

The Word of God is proclaimed rather than just read, which involves the Minister reading the text in prayer and reflection beforehand, so that the Word is actively heard, rather than passively listened to by the Assembly. Training and resources are provided and a current Blue Card is required. New Ministers are welcome. Please contact the parish office to register your interest in this Ministry.

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John

April 22-23, 2017

Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,

I invite us to share Tan Le’s journey to the Catho-lic Faith. Read with the delight.
Fr. John
My name is Tan Le. I was recently baptized, confirmed and received my First Holy Communion with Raina, Rakai and Nicholas at the Easter Vigil celebrated here in this wonderful Parish of St Mary’s.
I am 42yrs old and the story of my journey in becoming a Catholic began when I was a young boy. By way of background, my family made an escape by boat from the turmoil of post-war Vietnam when I was 4yrs old. I am one of five children; the youngest of my siblings at the time was a newborn in the arms of our courageous mother when we made our exodus alongside many others.
After many days on the South China Sea and the inevitable spate of pirate boardings and robberies, our boat made it to Thai shores in the darkness of night with rough seas tipping our rickety fishing vessel violently onto the beach. Miraculously all my siblings survived. However, other families that we journeyed alongside were not so lucky losing loved ones, including young children in such a tragic landing.
On those same shores, many families became refugees camping along the beach but, for-tunately, our plea for help was heard by many communities around the world including the Sancta Maria Catholic Parish of Christchurch, NZ. This parish sponsored our family’s resettlement to New Zealand and after spending months going through the usual detention processes, we were finally introduced to our sponsors who provided our family with all that we needed to commence rebuilding our family life together.
This was my first experience of the extraordinary compassion, generosity and warmth of the Catholic community. I recall that throughout all of my primary schooling years, although we were a family that belonged to the Buddhist faith, we would attend Mass every Sunday and we spent much time with a number of families of that parish.
In 1989, we emigrated to Australia to be closer to family and friends from whom we had separated during our journey. At this time, we stopped attending church. However, in accordance with God’s plan, as a young adult my career in Law led me to Mel-bourne, Victoria, where I eventually married my wife, Tam, who comes from a Roman Catholic family and serendipitously I found myself regularly attending church again – still as a Buddhist! We have 2 children now, the youngest of whom at 5 months old, was also baptized alongside myself at the recent Easter Vigil.
that I am excited about in beginning the next chapter of living a life to honour Christ and the sacrifices that he made for us on the cross.

I have nothing but praise for Anne, the RCIA team, and all those who contributed to and
are responsible for the RCIA program. My journey of faith in Our Lord is one that I am
still learning much about and developing. I am grateful that I can lean on the faith of such
fine examples of Christian families and individuals that I see in this amazing Parish as I
continue to learn more and develop my own unwavering faith. I feel blessed to have found
such fine role models at St Mary’s especially Father John for his commitment to God and
the community that he continues to serve. There is so much that I am excited about in beginning
the next chapter of living a life to honour Christ and the sacrifices that Christ has
made for us on the cross.
God bless you all

Tan Le

God bless you all.

Fr. John Ikechukwu Echewodo

Parish Priest

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Christmas 2016

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS 2016

All  events and holy mass  will be held at the St. Mary’s Worship Center, Upper Coomera

Saturday, 24th December (CHRISTMAS EVE)

4.30pm –  Carol Singing   | 5:00  – Holy Mass 

9.30pm –  Carol Singing  | 10:00 pm –  Holy Mass 

Sunday 25th December 2016 (CHRISTMAS DAY)

7.30am Holy Mass

9.30am Holy Mass

Saturday, 31st December (NEW YEAR’S EVE)

6pm – Holy Mass 

Sunday 1st January 2017 (NEW YEAR’S DAY)

7.30am Mass  |  9am Mass | 5pm Mass 

 

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Lenten Progam

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 

SAINT MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

COOMERA

Ash Wednesday – Mass at 7pm

Stations of the Cross – Every Friday at 7pm

Mass Times :

                (NO 5 PM EVENING MASS ON EASTER SUDAY)

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