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LAY LITUGICAL MINISTRY


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As a Parish, St. Joseph’s will be conforming ourselves to the new Lay Liturgical Guidelines. In order to do this we will be offering several courses over the next several weeks to form ourselves properly to these lay liturgical ministries in the Church. All ministers as well as those interested ministries must attend the courses listed under the Formation of Liturgical Ministers section. 

Once the individual has attended the required formation courses they will be given a mandate for ministry at St. Joseph parish. This mandate will be required for Lay Liturgical Ministers to be placed on the parish ministry schedule. These policies will be effective the weekend of January 1, 2017

A commissioning for Lay Liturgical Minsters who have attained the mandate will take place at all Masses on New Year’s Weekend on December 31st, 2016 and January 1st, 2017.

What is a Lay Liturgical Minister?
Lay liturgical ministers may be deputed to serve at the altar and assist the priest and the deacon; they may also be deputed to distribute Holy Communion as extraordinary ministers. Other laypersons may be commissioned to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture. They should be truly suited to perform this function and should receive careful preparation, so that the faithful by listening to the readings from the sacred texts may develop in their hearts a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture.

Becoming a Lay Liturgical Minister
Becoming a Lay Liturgical Minister at St. Joseph’s includes four elements of preparation:

       1.     Selection
2.     Formation
3.     Pastor’s mandate
4.     Commission

Selection
Those who are selected to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors must:

·       Be at least 18 years old;

·       Be a Catholic who has received First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be assumed;

·       Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

·       Be reverential, respectful of his/her faith and the Blessed Sacrament, and of good moral character; and

·        If married, be in a valid marriage according to the law of the Catholic Church.

·       Complete a Diocesan Application for Ministry and Volunteer Service (Available in the Parish Office)

·       Attain and Maintain a Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment (CMSE) blue certification card.

Special care should be exercised in the choice of Extraordinary Ministers who will bring Holy Communion to the sick. These individuals should be able to minister to the sick in a compassionate, prayerful, and sensitive way. They should possess psychological maturity and the ability to keep confidences, not discussing indiscriminately the condition of patients or their homes.

FORMATION OF LAY LITURGICAL MINISTERS
Responsibility: St. Joseph Catholic Church requires that a person participate in a program of formation before being mandated as a Lay Liturgical Minister. These courses will be offered within the next several weeks.

Topics covered include:

Course

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Lector

Sacristan
(Mass Coordinator)

# 1

Ministry, Ethics and Theology of the Eucharist 

Ministry, Ethics and Theology of the Word

Must attend Courses Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors

# 2

EMHC Ministry Practicum

Lector Ministry Practicum

Sacristan Practicum

 

Lector
To be a Lector a candidate must attend Course 1 and Couse 2.  A list of times for the courses is listed below. You only need to attend 1class for each course.

Course #1: Ministry, Ethics and Theology of the Word

Date

Time

Location

November 15 2016

10am to 11am

St. Peregrine Hall

November 17, 2016

6pm to 7pm

St. Peregrine Hall

Course #2: Lector Ministry Practicum

Date

Time

Location

November 29, 2016

10am to 11am

Church Building

December 1, 2016

6pm to 7pm

Church Building

 
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
To be a EMHC a candidate must attend Course 1 and Couse 2.  A list of times for the courses is listed below. You only need to attend 1class for each course.

Course #1: Ministry, Ethics and Theology of the Eucharist

Date

Time

Location

November 15 2016

11am to 12pm

St. Peregrine Hall

November 17, 2016

7pm to 8pm

St. Peregrine Hall

Course #2: EMHC Ministry Practicum

Date

Time

Location

November 29, 2016

11am to 12pm

Church Building

December 1, 2016

7pm to 8pm

Church Building

 
Sacristan
Candidates for Sacristan should attend the Courses necessary for Lectors and EMHC.  In addition to this Sacristans should attend 1 of the scheduled classes of the Sacristan Practicum Course.

Course #2: Sacristan Practicum

Date

Time

Location

December 6, 2016

10am to 11pm

Church Building

December 8, 2016

6pm to 7pm

Church Building

 
THE PASTOR’S MANDATE
The mandate is a written statement by a Pastor certifying that a person has completed the required preparatory course and may function as a Lay Liturgical Minister in a designated parish. The mandate is nontransferable (i.e., one who is mandated for service in one parish or institution is not necessarily mandated to serve in other parishes or institutions).  Mandate will be distributed before commissioning.

Terms for Service

 The mandate to serve as a Lay Liturgical Minister, in most cases, is given for a term of three years.

The mandate may be renewed for additional terms. This practice has certain advantages: 

·       It encourages turnover among such ministers, ensuring that no individual feels that he/she has a monopoly on this ministry and giving other qualified parishioners an opportunity to serve;

·       It prevents the situation wherein an individual may be called to indefinitely sacrifice his/her own personal time for this service; and 

·       It ensures, as a matter of course, the option to review all Lay Liturgical Ministers in a parish or institution, making it less difficult to conclude the service of those who may be less well suited for this role. It is possible that Lay Liturgical Ministers might serve one or more terms, take time away from this service, and then later return to it.

Commissioning

At St. Joseph’s, new and returning Lay Liturgical Ministers are commissioned by the Pastor according to a Rite of Commission (Book of Blessings, Ch. 63). This commissioning will normally take place once a year. This ceremony serves to mark the beginning of the service of each commissioned individual. Service as a Liturgical Minister may begin, however, as soon as the mandate is received, even if this takes place before the commissioning ceremony. The ceremony of commissioning must never resemble sacred ordination in any way (Redemptionis Sacramentum, 155).


Lector

What is a Lector? (This ministry may also be called reader or proclaimer of the word.)

 

A lector is the person who proclaims the first and second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass.

 

A lector must have the qualifications listed below and have a desire to minister in this capacity at the Eucharistic liturgy. This ministry in the Church requires a person who is of excellent character and serious about the practice of their faith.

 

The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God's presence in that Word.

 

Who can be a Lector?

·       Be at least 18 years old;

·       Be a Catholic who has received First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be assumed;

·       Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

·       Be reverential, respectful of his/her faith and the Blessed Sacrament, and of good moral character; and

·        If married, be in a valid marriage according to the law of the Catholic Church.

·       Complete a Diocesan Application for Ministry and Volunteer Service (available in the Parish Office)

·       Attain and maintain a Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment (CMSE) blue certification card.

What is Required for Formation?

Current Lectors and new candidates for lector must receive training, either from the Pastor or his delegate (normally done in a parish workshop) or through a diocesan workshop. No person, no matter how well educated or trained, may be excused from formation for the ministry of lector.
 


 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

What is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC)?

 
Under certain circumstances, members of the faithful may be delegated to distribute Holy Communion by a bishop or priest. These persons are known as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Instituted acolytes (usually seminarians and candidates for the permanent diaconate) become Extraordinary Ministers through their institution.

The role of an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion does not replace that of an Ordinary. Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are bishops, priests, and deacons. These persons distribute Holy Communion by virtue of their ordination. "It is first of all the office of the priest and the deacon to minister Holy Communion to the faithful who ask to receive it. It is most fitting, therefore, that they give a suitable part of their time to this ministry of their order, depending on the needs of the faithful" (Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass, 17).

Who can be a EMHC?

·       Be at least 18 years old;

·       Be a Catholic who has received First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be assumed;

·       Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

·       Be reverential, respectful of his/her faith and the Blessed Sacrament, and of good moral character; and

·        If married, be in a valid marriage according to the law of the Catholic Church.

·       Complete a Diocesan Application for Ministry and Volunteer Service (available in the Parish Office)

·       Attain and maintain a Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment (CMSE) blue certification card.

What is Required for Formation?

Current EMHC and new candidates must receive training, either from the Pastor or his delegate (normally done in a parish workshop) or through a diocesan workshop. No person, no matter how well educated or trained, may be excused from formation for the ministry of lector.

 


Sacristan

What is a Sacristan?


The Sacristan has three main roles: Security–(of the sacristy and most importantly, the Eucharist), Mass Set Up and Clean Up, and Mass Coordinator. The Sacristan serves all three roles each time they serve as Sacristan, though some of the roles may play a bigger part than others, depending on the mass. Below is a brief explanation of each role:

Security: Sacristans are responsible for assuring proper treatment of the Holy Species, namely that of the Sacred Blood and Blessed Sacrament during and after the celebration. They are also responsible for keeping the Holy Tabernacle secure.

Mass set up and clean up vary slightly depending on the individual mass and presider. At every mass, the Sacristan is responsible for opening and closing the church and setting up for both Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist which means preparing all the books and vessels.

As mass coordinator, the Sacristan also assists the presider with whatever details/duties he needs done. The sacristan will check to make sure the altar servers are ready and in place as well as making sure the assigned Lectors and key Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are present and ready to serve.

Who can be a Sacristan?

·       Be at least 18 years old;

·       Be a Catholic who has received First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be assumed;

·       Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

·       Be reverential, respectful of his/her faith and the Blessed Sacrament, and of good moral character; and

·        If married, be in a valid marriage according to the law of the Catholic Church.

·       Complete a Diocesan Application for Ministry and Volunteer Service (available in the Parish Office)

·       Attain and maintain a Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment (CMSE) blue certification card.

What is Required for Formation?

Current Sacristans and new candidates must receive training, either from the Pastor or his delegate (normally done in a parish workshop) or through a diocesan workshop. No person, no matter how well educated or trained, may be excused from formation for the ministry of lector.

 

The instruction must include the following:

·       Ministerial Ethics and Theology of the Eucharist;

·       Ministerial Ethics and Theology of the Word;

·       Practicum: Distributing the Body and Blood of Christ;

·       Practicum: Proclamation of the Word;

·       Practicum: Preparing for the Sacred Liturgy.

 

 

 
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