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,
 
Generosity is not determined by the amount of wealth someone has, but by the attitude of someone’s heart. People with a generous heart never see anyone in need without doing something to help whereas people bereft of a generous heart are hardly ever generous even when they are wealthy. The woman from the Sidonian town of Zarephath, and the woman in the gospel showed acts of extraordinary generosity not because they had plenty of wealth but because of their generous hearts. They were both widows. As widows, they lived in a patriarchal society which left them destitute and poor. With the death of their respective husbands, they lived in a precarious situation. When Elijah first approached the Sidonian widow and begged her for some food, she was very polite to point out the extremity of the situation in which she and her son had found themselves with the impeding famine. However, she didn’t need much persuasion, before she shared the little food she had with Elijah. Elijah had assured her that “the jar of meal and jug of oil will not fail until the famine is over”. She showed faith and trust in the promise made to her by Elijah. Faith is the channel through which the generosity and power of God flow into our hearts. According to an old saying, “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” When the poor widow shared the little food they had with Elijah, God greatly rewarded her and her son. In this life, there is nothing we do for God that will ever go unrewarded (1 Cor 15:58). The woman in the gospel also acted with generosity. While the rich were giving out of their surpluses, the poor widow gave all she had to live on. The contrast between her and the rich was obvious. The rich gave out of their abundance but she gave all she had to live on. Her faith and trust in the God of providence spurred and motivated her. It takes faith for us to realise that everything we have is nothing but pure gifts. “What do you have that you did not receive, “Saint Paul writes (1 Cor 4:7). While this might sound like a rhetorical question, Saint Paul stirs up in us a sense of stewardship and right attitude towards everything about our life. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father (James 1:17). Therefore, when we put money into the collection baskets or use our gifts for the good of the Parish, we are simply giving back to the God from whom we have received the gifts we have. And when we give until it hurts, we have not only shown an act of great generosity, but also an act of trust and gratitude to God. We only give from our need if we trust that God will provide for us. The Missionaries of Charity, the Religious Order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta depend on the goodwill and generosity of many good men and women to survive. I am not suggesting that married couples with kids live like the Missionaries of Charity, but we can all live a life that is underpinned by deep trust in God. It takes great faith and trust for anyone to be so generous to a point were it hurts. Meanwhile it is not the size of the gift that matters but the cost and the sacrifice involved. As a parish, the day we realise that “givers never lack” or that our wealth and everything we own are nothing but pure gifts from God, we will not only begin to have a more “Silent Collection” with more notes and less coins, but almost everyone will be happy to get involved in the affairs of the parish.
 
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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