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. The Children’s Liturgy team members are supplied with copies of the Gospel of the day and worksheets for the children. Those volunteering in this ministry need to have a Working with Children Check, which is obtained free of charge. [Coordinators: TBA]
Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion (EMHC)
During Mass, designated lay people assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. Although we use the term Eucharistic Ministers in our Parish, the priest is the only minister of the Eucharist. Hence, the proper name for this ministry is Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)—not “special minister of Holy Communion” nor “extraordinary minister of the Eucharist” nor “special minister of the Eucharist”. EMHC 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 and 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: Wendy Ross]
The Living Springs Choir
This Choir sings on the Fifth Sunday of the month at the 10:30am Mass and is for children aged 7-14. [Coordinator: Robert Durai & Dawn Quintal]
The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful and, in the absence of a psalmist, proclaim the Psalm between the readings. In the Eucharistic Celebration, the lector has his own proper office (cf. nos. 194-198), which he 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.