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Liturgical Ministers at St. Barnabas
"But you are a 'chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises' of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Pt. 2:9). All liturgical ministers are, first and foremost, members of the Body of Christ. Through their baptism they are the "holy people and royal priesthood" whose right and privilege it is to participate in the ministry of Christ. How the lay faithful exercise this ministry in the world varies, but the fullest and most fundamental expression of it has always been "conscious, active and fruitful participation in the mystery of the eucharist" (General Instruction Of The Roman Missal - GIRM, Introduction #5). St. Barnabas parishioners serve in a variety of roles at Mass. Full training is provided for all servers.
Are you called to serve in one of these roles? Please prayerfully consider your participation in the Holy Mass in one of these capacities:
The ministry of Lector is a charism for the building up of the community, and it does require some native abilities such as confidence, poise and sensitivity to the assembly. Reading skills, the ability to develop proclamation techniques and a clear and steady voice are attributes of a Lector.
The words "minister" and "liturgy" come from words in two ancient languages which mean "serve." As a liturgical minister, you are serving in several ways:
·Serving the priest as he presides over the liturgy.
·Serving your parish family by assisting in the celebration of the liturgy as a mirror and model for the gathered assembly.
·Serving God through your worship and prayer.
The Greeter's Ministry is multi-faceted. Greeters provide service to all who visit our parish. They greet you with a smile and are prepared to offer assistance in finding seating, directing you to where you need to go, and responding in case of an emergency. Greeters assist the congregtion during liturgies by preparing and presenting the offertory. They make sure non-ambulatory parishioners receive Communion, and they hand out bulletins and another smile after Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist:
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are called to serve the Body of Christ that is the Church, as well as the Body of Christ in the Eucharist species. Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Body and Blood of our Lord to the assembly during Holy Communion and assist with putting away the sacred vessels after Mass. Inspired and moved with care for our sisters and brothers not present at the liturgy, ministers take the Body of Christ to the homebound.
Ministry of Hospitality:
St. Barnabas has a wonderful gathering area where parishioners may mingle and have coffee and doughnuts after Mass. The minsters of hospitality prepare and serve those refreshments, as well as assist in other receptions during the year. This ministry is very important in fostering the sense of community in our parish.
Would you like to serve your parish as a Liturgical Minister? Please click below to sign up or, if you are an existing Liturgical Minister you may access the online schedule by clicking the SCHEDULE link below: