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Invitation to Serve as a Liturgical Minister

Dear Friends in Christ,

I write today about liturgical ministry. This is serving a role during Sunday Mass for the building up of the community and at the service of God. Some examples: lector, usher, altar server.

First, I would like to make a distinction between liturgical ministry and participation at Mass. Everyone at Mass is meant to participate in the Mass. For the laity, you participate by singing, listening, responding, praying, remaining in silence, standing, sitting, etc. Participating in the Mass in these ways is the first, most important, and primary mode of worship at Mass.

Service as a minister at the liturgy (the Mass) is just that: service to the People of God for the building up of the Church. Liturgical ministry is ordered to help those present at Mass participate more fully in the Mass. This is the reason the usher welcomes people and helps orient visitors to the place. This is the reason the lectors practice the readings prior to Sunday, so that their proclamation of Scripture might be more clear and coherent. The same can be said of all forms of liturgical ministry.

I invite you to prayerfully consider serving as a minister at Mass. Specifically, I’m inviting you to consider serving as:

Lector
Usher
Altar Server (must have received 1st Communion)
Cantor (leading us in song)
Choir Member

If you would like to know more about any of these, or would like to sign up to serve at Mass, please let me know, contact the parish office, or for helping with music, please contact Fred Vipond.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Scott Nolan

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