October 21, 2018 – A View from the Rectory Window

 
Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers and Musicians needed.
 
Eucharistic Minister and Lector Training Sessions (1hour): Tuesday, November 6, 7pm or Saturday, November 10, 10am at the Church of the Resurrection. (Please choose one session to attend).
 
Altar Server Training (1hour): Sunday, November 4, 12pm or Tuesday, November 6, 5pm at the Church of the Resurrection. (Please choose one session to attend).
 
“The Eucharist constitutes the very life of the Church, for the Lord said, I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me shall ever be hungry, no one who believes in me shall ever thirst.” The Eucharistic Minister is a response to our Baptismal call to serve the people of God. To offer the Eucharist is to recognize the Body of Christ in those to whom you offer Eucharist and ultimately to act as the Body of Christ by fully participating in the life of the parish and the wider community.
 
Proclaiming the Word of God as Lector has always been a fundamental part of Christian liturgy. The earliest Christians, firmly rooted in the traditions of the Jewish temple, incorporated the stories of God’s mighty and saving deeds into their own worship rituals. They knew, as we do today, that God’s word is powerful and active, “achieving the end for which (God) sent it” (Is.55:11). God’s word continues to reach the ears of the weary through the voice of the lector for “when the Scriptures are read in Church, God himself is speaking to his people.” Effective lectors, above all, must be “doers of the word, not hearers only” (Jas. 1:22), with a mature and lively faith that is evident from the way they live. Blessed are they whose well-trained tongues still speak to the weary on God’s behalf.
 
Altar Servers are, in fact, already apostles of Jesus! To serve at Mass is to strengthen your bond of friendship with Jesus. You are very close to Jesus in the Eucharist. The Altar Server’s Ministry is a unique one in the Catholic Church. Other than priests and deacons, no one else is allowed to so closely play a part in the preparation of the Eucharist. Your participation as an Altar Server is special. When you serve the priests and deacons, you serve the people of God, and above all, you serve Christ.
 
I have found that worshippers go home talking mainly about two aspects of the Sunday Liturgy–the homily and the music. Musicians/vocalists have received letters from parishioners describing how the music of a particular celebration has changed their lives. Musicians/vocalists connect the celebration of the Mass and other liturgies with God and the life of faith of the people of God.
 
If you can assist in any of these essential ministries, I ask you to contact the parish office at(609)390-0664 to schedule our training sessions. Thank you for all you do on behalf of our parish family.
 
Fr. Pete