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,
 
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord to wrap up the Christmas season. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ‘baptism is a founda- tional sacrament. It is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. It is also through baptism that we are freed from original sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God and also become members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church’ (1213). Saint Luke’s account of Jesus’ baptism is almost the same as that of Matthew and Mark, but Luke does differ from the others on a few things. Saint Luke is the only evangelist who added that Jesus was baptised ‘when all the people had been baptised.’ Perhaps, it might be worth asking why Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. The baptism that John the Baptist administered to the people was a baptism of repentance of sins (Lk 3:3). All who came to John the Baptist had one thing in mind – to repent of their sins. If this was the case, why then would Jesus Christ who knew no sin (Hebrew 4:15) accept to undertake a baptism which amongst other things is for the forgiveness of sins? In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism, John objected to giving Jesus baptism, “It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me.” (Matt 3:14). Jesus Christ was baptised to fulfil all righteousness. “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteous- ness.” (Matt 3:15). The sinless Christ had no personal sin to take into the River Jordan but He had the sins of the world. In other words, as Christ stepped into the water of baptism, Christ carried with Him, the sins of the world. This prefigures Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for the redemption and salva- tion of the world. The cross did not come to Christ unawares. Right from the beginning, everything in the life of Christ pointed to Christ’s salvific mission on the cross. No wonder, Jesus Christ remains the only one in history, who was born not only to live but also die. This weekend, as we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ, each of us has a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our own individual baptism and what it means to us. If we were baptised as little children, our baptism would make no sense if we do not make it a point of duty to renew and live out our baptismal vocation daily. Baptism is not a magic formula recited over us by the priest or deacon to wash off original sin and give us a chance of getting to heaven. Like the other sacraments, baptism has a lasting effect. The grace of baptism has to be lived out every day of our life. The grace of baptism marks us with a seal and makes us adopted sons and daughters of our loving God. We are special and highly privileged through the grace of baptism. “This is my beloved son, this is my beloved daughter,” was the silent voice of God which echoed when each of us was baptised. I hope and pray that just as the baptism of Jesus Christ marked the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, so too will our own baptism help us daily to realise our God-given place in the Church and in the world.
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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