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, visitors & friends,

It is indisputably true that the human nature has never been the same since the sin of our first parents- Adam and Eve. The first chapter of the Book of Genesis (1:26-31) describes the creation of our world as it relates to God’s purpose for the human person. We were created sinless and with perfect nature, when God said: “let Us make the man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…. And God saw all that God had made, and behold, it was very good….” The beauty and goodness, which were inherent in creation and in the human beings God created, were lost due to sin. ‘Through Adam and Eve sin entered into the world and death through sin; in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— Romans 5:12. The transmissible nature of sin underpins the Catholic doctrine of original sin and our practice of infant baptism. In our Church, we baptise infants to welcome them into the Christian faith and to free them from the original sin they were born with. In the gospel of this weekend, as Jesus called the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs, He asked them to preach the message of repentance. Christ was not presumptuous when He asked the Apostles to preach the message of repentance. Jesus knew how human nature has been flawed by sin following on from the sin of Adam and Eve. The message of repentance seems just appropriate and ad rem. Christ began His own public proclamation with the call to “repentance”, (Matthew 4:17, Luke 5:32). The call for repentance is a clarion call. It is one we all need. We are born broken and we live everyday trying to mend what is broken in us. To pretend to live without sin is to mask one’s life and to assume a false identity. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us,’ (1 John 1:8). While we may not always be guilty of any of the seven deadly sins like: “pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth, we can, however, be guilty of venial sins. Sin is simply an integral part of human life. It is not out of place that we begin our celebration of the Mass, which is always a celebration of the feast of heaven on earth, with acknowledgement of our sins. The penitential rite is not intended to make us wallow in guilt but rather to bring us home to ourselves and to usher us into the enduring and inexhaustible mercy and love of God. As Catholics, we are blessed with the sacrament of reconciliation, which gives graces so that we able to grow in virtue and avoid occasions for sins, if we cooperate with these graces. Without getting into any form of scrupulosity, it is spiritually healthy to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation regularly. There is nothing, which can give us more certain security of eternal salvation than a regular cleansing of the soul of any form of sin even venial sins. The late Spanish Archbishop, missionary, and founder of the Claretians, Saint Anthony Claret (1807 – 1870), gave, not an exhaustive list of sins, but a general approach to the examination of conscience. They include: “the sin of giving entrance into one’s heart to any unreasonable suspicion or unfair judgment against a fellow human person. The sin of introducing talk about another’s defects, or offending charity in any other way, even lightly. The sin of omitting, out of laziness, our spiritual practices or of performing them with voluntary neglect. The sin of having a disordered affection for somebody. The sin of having a vain esteem for oneself, or of taking vain satisfaction in things pertaining to us. The sin of receiving the holy sacraments in a careless way, with distractions and other irreverences, and without a serious preparation.

Impatience, resentment, any failure to accept disappointments as coming from God’s Hand all put obstacles in the way of the decrees and dispositions of Divine Providence concerning us. The sin of giving ourselves an occasion that can even remotely blemish a spotless condition of holy purity. The sin of seeking to pursue the road of virtue, not under the direction of obedience, but under the guidance of one’s own whims.’ As 21st century disciples of Christ, if we must be faithful to the propagation of Christ’s message of repentance, we will need to first and foremost realise our own need of mercy, healing and forgiveness. 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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