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,

The drama between Christ and some of the Jewish leaders appears to be unending. They are quite determined to trap Jesus. The gospel of this weekend says that when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they got together and to disconcert Jesus, one of them put forward the question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandant of the law?’ Their malicious intent is glaringly obvious. They want to trap Jesus into making a damaging statement against the law. Jesus cuts the ground from under their feet with His response. The verse Jesus quoted was part of the Shema, the basic and essential creed of Judaism, the sentence with which every Jewish child commits to memory. The Shema is like the Christian ‘Sign of Cross’, because every Jewish service opens with it. There are about 613 commandments, which, in theory, are supposed to be observed with the same seriousness. However, in reality there are distinctions among the laws. There are higher laws and lesser commandments. Almost all the Jewish orthodox group vary in their understanding of the laws and their degree of observances. Jesus surprised all the orthodox Jewish groups when He summarised the entire law into ‘love of God and love of neighbour’. The first part of Jesus’ response comes from the Book of Deuteronomy (6:5), which is central to Jewish faith: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus puts our love for God as the first of all the commandments. This means that to love God, we must give a total and undivided loyalty to God. Our love of God should dominate our emotions, directs our thoughts and feelings and should be the driving force of all our actions. Love of God is simply living a life that shows itself in total commitment and devotion to God. Following from the love of God is our love for our fellow human beings. ‘You must love your neighbour as yourself,’ (Leviticus 19:18). Our love of God and the love of our fellow human beings are closely interwoven. The tangible proof of our love for God is in the love we show to our fellow human beings. The order of the commandments is our love for God first followed by our love for our fellow human beings. God is love, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7). It is only when we have first known God and love God, that we can love our fellow human beings. Human beings are not an amalgamation of chemical substances or mere objects. We are all sons and daughters of God and we are all created in God’s image and likeness. Jesus did something quite radical when He summed up the whole commandments into love of God and love of neighbour. These two commandments are not new to the Jewish laws. However, what was new was what Jesus did when He amalgamated what used to be two different and distinct laws. Jesus made them one. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them,” (Matthew 5:17). Love of God and love of neighbour can no longer be observed as two separate laws. Jesus has made them one and the same. One cannot happen without the other. We cannot claim to love God when we struggle to love all human beings who are made in God’s image and likeness. In our journey of faith, may our need for love spring from our love for God and flow on into our love for our fellow human beings.

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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