Liturgy & Worship
Altar serving is one of the oldest ministries in the Church. It is a great opportunity to grow closer to God and to serve in a very solemn manner at the Mass. This ministry helps to assist the priest throughout Eucharistic celebrations and is for children (10 and over). [Coordinator: Robert Durai]
The Children’s Liturgy is the Liturgy of the Word suitably adapted to make it relevant to the lives and experiences of young children. It gives them the opportunity to understand the Gospel message and participate in the Eucharistic Celebration at their own level. Children’s Liturgy is provided during the 10:30am Mass on Sundays for ages 4-9. Copies of the Gospel of the day and worksheets for the children are supplied each week to the team members. Those volunteering in this ministry need to have a Working with Children Check, which is obtained free of charge. [Coordinators: Br Angelo Abela]
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
During Mass, designated lay people assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. This ministry is called Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC), which is the official name used in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The term "extraordinary" distinguishes such a person from the ordinary (normal, regular) ministers of Holy Communion, namely bishops, priests, and deacons. (RS*, nn. 155-156) [Coordinator: Mary Borg]
Among the faithful, the schola cantorum or choir exercises its own liturgical function, ensuring that the parts proper to it, in keeping with the different types of chants, are properly carried out thereby fostering the active participation of the faithful through the singing. What is said about the choir also applies, in accordance with the relevant norms, to other musicians, especially the organist. (GIRM**, n. 103) [Coordinator: Manny Angel]
The Living Springs Choir
This Choir sings on the Third Sunday, every two months at the 10:30am Mass and is for children between the ages of 7 and 14. [Coordinator: Robert Durai & Dawn Quintal]
The reader is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. They may also announce the intentions for the Prayers of the Faithful and, in the absence of a psalmist, proclaim the Psalm between the readings. In the Eucharistic Celebration, the reader has their own proper office (cf. nos. 194-198), which they must exercise personally." (GIRM, n. 99) [Coordinator: Regina Endaya]
* Redemptionis Sacramentum, On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist, CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENT, 2004.
** General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 3rd Typical Ed. CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENT, 2011.