Church Ministeries

Ministry of Reading

As Readers, God speaks to the congregation through us. A Reader has the responsibility for not simply reading the Word but proclaiming it in a way that makes the text clear to the faithful. In other words, our role is to deliver the Word in a way which will not only assist the congregation to hear it, but also to understand it.

The Ministry of Reading is therefore very important. Readers need no special qualifications, just a willingness to prepare the reading in advance and then to proclaim it to the congregation in as clear a voice as possible. Some may be worried by the thought of standing in front of the congregation, but please do not let this stop you from volunteering. If you are concerned about how you will sound or how to use a microphone, we can assist. The variation of voices enriches our celebration, so why not let your voice be part of that enrichment. We have a range of Readers from different backgrounds and ages and we are always looking to add to their number.

If you are 13 and over and would like to join our team of Readers or simply want further information, please contact Mike Cooper on 01202 471204.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Ministers of the Eucharist have the privilege of assisting the Priest in the distribution of Holy Communion. Sometimes these Ministers are referred to as Extraordinary or Special Ministers and often people feel put off by this title as they feel that they couldn’t possibly be sufficiently worthy for such a role. An important point to remember here is that the word extraordinary is not used in the way we normally use the word. It simply means “extra to the Ordinary”. The Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist is the Priest or Deacon and anyone else who participates in the Ministry is, by definition, extra.

In addition to the normally seen role of the Minister, one of the other privileges of carrying out this role, is being able to take Holy Communion to sick and housebound members of our community. Not all Ministers are able to do this because of other commitments, but if you are able to do so, it is a highly rewarding part of this Ministry.

If you have been Confirmed and would like more information about being a Eucharistic Minister, in the first instance please call Mike Cooper on 01202 471204.

Altar Servers

As an Altar Server you have a very special ministry in the Church. Although remaining part of the congregation and despite sitting in a different place, being an Altar Server means serving God and His people at Mass. That is what makes serving Mass a wonderful experience, and worth doing well. What you do and how you do it, can help other people to understand the Mass better and make their love for God grow stronger. The people in church will be watching you carefully, not to see if you make mistakes, but to see what it means to be really involved in the Mass. People will take more interest in the Mass if they see you taking interest in it.

The role of the Altar Server is very important because he/she is one of the closest persons to the Altar and to the Priest who represents Jesus Christ during the celebration of the Holy Mass and the administration of the Sacraments.

The service of the Altar Server is greatly appreciated. Good Altar Servers give their service with attention and respect. Once started, it is amazing how it becomes part of you with many servers having given a lifetime of service in this role, some in excess of 60 years.

If you would like to know more, please contact Deacon Hugh via the Church Office. The only qualification is to have made your first Holy Communion.

Baptism

The Rite of Baptism is a sacrament in the Catholic Church, the first of the seven.

St Augustine gave us the definition of a sacrament as “an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace,” 1500 years ago. We may not be able to see what is inside, but we should see the results of allowing ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit by our actions on the outside.

Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself was baptised in the River Jordan by John the Baptist (unworthy though he thought he was to do so). Jesus required John to perform this act as He had become a man like us and wanted to set the example of what He wanted for us.

Baptism is normally carried out during infancy when Parents and God Parents take the vows on behalf of the child. For adults, the process is different as the person to be Baptised is making the vows on their own behalf and this is often performed at the Easter Vigil Mass.

Infant Baptism can be carried out during mass or in a “stand alone” ceremony. Either way, the baptised will attend a Mass either on the day of Baptism or soon after to receive the welcome of the Parish community.
Further details can be obtained from Deacon Hugh via the Church Office.