In his reflection on the Gospel for Pentecost
Jun 11, 2014
In his reflection on the Gospel for Pentecost, John 17: 20-26, Pope Francis said the church is made up of people with a variety of differences and gifts, and if one wants to belong to it, he or she must be motivated by love and enter with "your whole heart." He goes on to comment on those who have one foot inside the Church and one foot outside, sometimes using the Church for our own purposes.
We have celebrated the birth of the Church through the fire and wind of the Holy Spirit. We have heard of the many who jumped into the Church with both feet through baptism that first Pentecost. This same Spirit, dwelling within us, is impelling each member of the Body of Christ to mission, to service, to proclaiming and promoting the reign of God until it culminates in the Second Coming.
The Liturgy defines us as a community and sends us forth to mission. Good liturgy requires liturgical ministers in order to celebrate in an ordered and reverent manner. Our parish finds itself with a need for additional liturgical ministers to serve God and the community in worship. Is it time for each of us to jump in with both feet and give our hearts to this service – taking time to discern what the Spirit is asking of us?
Please take to prayer the possibility of serving as a liturgical minister in one of the following ways:
Usher/Greeter: The ushers are ministers of hospitality. They welcome the faithful as they enter the church, they facilitate the offertory, and they assist in the orderly reception of Holy Communion.
Altar Server: The altar server assists Father at the celebration of the Eucharist. Altar servers carry the processional cross, assist at the offertory, and hold the Missal for Father when he is praying from his chair. During Holy Days, there are other duties they may be asked to perform. Altar servers need to be in fifth grade or older.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states the “In every celebration of the Eucharist there should be a sufficient number of ministers for Holy Communion so that it can be distributed in an orderly and reverent manner.” It is indeed a privilege to serve in this ministry. Eucharistic ministers must be confirmed devoted Catholics with a great love and reverence for the Body and Blood of Our Lord.
Is it your time to jump in with both feet? If not now, when?