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
Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,
 
The spirituality of Jesus Christ had its foundation and inspiration from the Jewish Scriptures. Jesus was a Son of the soil. As a Son of the soil, Jesus was no foreigner to the Jewish laws, though Jesus’ knowledge of the law was frequently tested. Jesus was frequently involved in confrontational situations with some of the religious groups of His time, who were always out to show Jesus’ lack of professional knowledge of the law. In the gospel of last weekend, the Pharisees and the Herodians asked Jesus a tricky and embarrassing question in order to trap Him: “is it permissive to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” It was obvious that the question had little or nothing to do with paying taxes, but sheer hypocrisy. Jesus outwitted them with the answer: “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” In the gospel of this weekend, when the Pharisee heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they got together to draw Jesus into their own interminable and sterile dispute. A lawyer, an expert in the interpretation of the law, confronted Jesus with another question, ‘Which is the greatest of the commandments?’ In the religious culture of the time of Jesus, the law was not only the Ten Commandments but also the comprehensive system of ritual purity, and these were 613 prescriptions. Everything, including time, space, people, food and all things were ordered and arranged according to their degree of importance. In other words, of the 613 big and small prescriptions of the Jewish law, the lawyer wanted to find which was the most essential? In theory, all prescriptions in the Jewish Scriptures were supposed to be observed with equal seriousness. But it appeared that within the 613 commandments of the Law, the people had developed and divided them into heavy and lighter categories. There were degrees of applications. While some were regarded and treated as heavy prescriptions, some were seen as lighter in nature and in application. Hence, what the lawyer who came to Jesus wanted to achieve was to trap Jesus into making a damaging statement that would implicate Him and make Him unpopular. But Jesus cut the ground from under his feet when He drew from His vast knowledge of Jewish tradition and quoted two passages: “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Deuteronomy 6: 5), and “you shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). What is remarkable in Jesus’ reply is not just His vast knowledge of the law but the fact that Jesus placed ‘love of God and love of human beings’ side by side. It is astonishing that Jesus linked the two prescriptions. In fact, Jesus insists that the whole law and the prophets depend on these commandments. As Christians, Jesus’ answer opens up for us a new lifestyle, a way of living that draws us so close to God that we become God’s living and active presence to our fellow human beings. It may have been that the lawyer came to Jesus with a malicious intent; however, we are indebted to him for the crystal clear answer which Jesus gave. The basis of human love is firmly grounded in the love of God. Humans are incapable of loving, unless we have known and experienced love from God, who is the source of love. On the other hand, we have no valid claim to any genuine love for God unless we have love for our human beings who are made in God’s image and likeness.  
 
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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