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, visitors & friends,

There is a confronting message in the Gospel of Luke, a warning from the Lord to be constantly on our guard. Let us be reminded that as long as we are followers of Jesus Christ, we cannot be oblivious to the reality of death. The Lord speaks boldly about how death can overcome us when we least expect it. He warns us specifically that if we are not alert during our time here on earth while still alive, it might be too late then to enter the kingdom of heaven if we haven’t been living faithfully in the Lord’s way. Perhaps we may look at it in a simpler way. A young man who has always wanted to become a professional soccer player trained really hard during his childhood and kept up his strict training program to become the very best in the league. Finally he made selection into the best club in the English Premier League. Thanks to his hard work he had finally fulfilled his dream because he was committed and on guard in every aspect of his life. With great dedication and determination to the sport that he loved, he truly had lived the life of a professional soccer player. But later on in life, he let down his guard. He gave into the wonders and glory of his fame and wealth and began to neglect his training and, hence, he lost the mind-set of a professional in the sport. The young man had given into a life of pleasure and fun which worsened his condition as a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, he lost his condition and didn’t make the selectors cut for the next competition. The analogy may be understood in similar regards to the Lord’s message about life and death. Each and every one of us has hopes and dreams about life. We can pursue and soar as high as the sky for those endless goals that we would love to achieve. But even though we may pursue those goals, how about our goal to live life with God? Am I really living according to the ways of the Lord that are not only filled with prayer but also with works of charity, mercy and love towards others? The Lord has said “Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.” It is difficult to enter the kingdom of heaven if we haven’t been living faithfully to the Lord’s ways. It is also difficult to pursue ambitious goals such as becoming a professional athlete, or a career in law or medicine if we don’t train, learn and study. The principle of dedication and determination is just the same as living with God. None of us is perfect and the road to God is very difficult when we are against sin every step of the way. But we can always try our best to be with God in each of those steps. Our commitment to live with God and to live his ways is more than enough to keep us alert and ready if death should take us. If our faith is truly alive and active, we can be hopeful that we are actually living with God and that death is not something we should fear, but opens up for us our new reality to finally live with God in the kingdom of heaven. God bless you all. Fr. Jeremy Santoso, OSPPE Associate Pastor

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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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