Liturgical Ministry in the Parish
Participation in the celebration of the Church's liturgy "is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is fount from which all the Church's power flows" (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #10). Being the source and summit of the Christian life means the celebration of the liturgy is a vital part of the Parish's life.
The call to liturgical ministry is one of the ways in which members of the Christian faithful, the Body of Christ, exercises their baptismal priesthood. "Such participation by the Christian people ... is their right and duty by reason of their baptism" (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #14).
There are a number of ways in which parishioners can volunteer to assist with the liturgical life of the Parish. Some examples are:
- Musicians: singers and instrumentalists play a significant role during the celebration of the Parish's liturgy, and there is always room for more. If you have the skills and desire to contribute in this area, please contact the Parish Office in the first instance.
- Ministers of Hospitality: volunteers are always needed to assist in welcoming their fellow parishioners and visitors to the church building, ensuring they have copies of the Parish Bulletin, and are able to find the things that they need. Please contact the Parish Office in the first instance if you would like to be part of this important ministry.
- Ministers of Service: in order to ensure our churches buildings look presentable at the conclusion of our liturgical celebrations, these volunteers help tidy up, collect unused bulletins, and other associated tasks. There's no need to contact us about this ministry - just jump on in!
There are also a number of specific liturgical ministries that require careful formation and commissioning because they play a central role in the liturgical life of the Parish. These roles include:
- Adult Servers: (Expanding soon) these ministers closely assist the priest during the celebration of the liturgy. This ministry is open to both males and females.
- Ministers of the Word: these ministers proclaim the Scripture readings during the liturgy, and lead the assembly in the prayer of the faithful. This ministry is open to both males and females.
- Ministers of Communion: these ministers assist with the distribution of holy communion during Mass, and some also take communion to the elderly and sick outside Mass. This ministry is open to both males and females.
The Parish regularly offers formation and training sessions for these ministries for those who believe they may be called to serve. These formation and training sessions are advertised in the Parish Bulletin and on the News & Events page.
Rostering Liturgical Ministers
Ensuring the availability of appropriately formed ministers across seven different Sunday Mass times and five different locations is a mammoth task.
The Parish uses a web-based scheduling program to assist this process, allowing ministers to register their preferences in terms of preferred locations and times, as well as manage their availability if they are going to be away.
The program also sends reminder emails in the days before each time a parishioners has been rostered, and allows for substitutes to be arranged.
This software program is being progressively rolled out across the five church locations within the Parish and to cover the variety of ministries that are required to be rostered. The rollout will begin with the Sacred Heart Cathedral in time for the end of the current rosters in July 2017.
Parishioners can access the web-based program by pressing the button below.
First time users will be required to create an account and select which ministries they are currently or wish to be involved in. If you have any difficulties with the creation of the account, please contact the Parish Priest who will be able to assist you.