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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Weekly Reflection

Dear Parishioners, friends & visitors,

The thought and fear of death can be daunting. I can affirm this with some degree of certainty given the number of end-of-life calls I have attended to in over a decade of pastoral ministry. However, what have been discovered to be scarier and more haunting in the hour of death are regrets of time lost, and talents unused. My experience and encounter with the dying have enkindled my admiration for this prayer of Saint Joseph the Patron Saint of workers: “O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labour, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honour to employ and develop by means of labour the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.” Most nights before I retire for the day, when I review my day, I do ask myself about time wasted or time used well, about how well I used my God given talents or how badly I employed them, and the good done or the good undone. We are not on this earth by chance or on our own. There is a reason and purpose for every human life. Not to realise the reason and purpose for our life is to miss that basic concept, which underpins everything we do. The late Bahamian evangelist, author and motivational speaker, Dr Myles Munroe once said; “the greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” Whether we realise it or not, we were all given the life we have today as a gift. Human life is not just any sort of gift but a fundamental gift upon which other gifts are built. We are all made for more. The gifts, we have been given, are given to be shared as stewards. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). How we live and what we do with the gifts we have matter. Given the uncertainty of death, we do not need to wait until the hour of death before we take stock and make sure we are living as stewards of God’s gifts. As stewards of the gifts, resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, a day will come when each of us will give an account of how we lived and managed the gifts God has given to us. The first part of the gospel of this weekend is about stewardship and accountability. In this gospel pericope, Luke the Evangelist wrote: “Then he also said to his disciples, ‘A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’ Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’ And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently,” (Luke 16:1-8). While the steward might have appeared to act smartly, he was caught unaware. He didn’t see the summons to give account of his stewardship coming.

He was a rascal, who lived a life of embezzlement with no accountability to anything or anybody. Maybe he would have prepared for the audit of his stewardship if he knew from the get-go that he was a steward and caretaker of someone’s gifts. In our nation today, there is a wide range of efforts by some human beings, to ensure that the rise of secularity leads to abandonment of traditional beliefs in God. These people are doing everything possible to hypothetically kill God. This is why as Greg Sheridan once put it, ‘Christianity today appears to be under siege. We are on the verge of becoming an anti-Christian nation.’ The new champions of the death of God movement are doing everything possible to remove and eradicate God and the foundational Christian principles upon which our nation was built and founded from our collective and private consciousness. In the midst of all the anti-God movements, one cannot but wonder what we stand to gain in our dominant flight from God and the ideals of God. Do we think we would become freer to live life with no consequences-probably not. We are stewards of God’s gifts and to God we will give account of our stewardship at the end of this mortal life. In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, wrote: “every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given to you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.” The world is not the creation of human beings. We are at the service of God’s creation. The world and all there are in the world are not the creations of humans. The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. “The world and all its people belong to him,” (Psalm 24:1). Let’s live and walk humbly as stewards and caretakers of God’s countless gifts.

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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Christmas Message from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

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