Liturgical Ministry

The lifeblood of much activity can be attributed to the endless service given by individuals in the service of others. These make our overall community what it is.

Come and be a part of the Parishes of Our Lady of the Way There are many opportunities for you to get involved and help build up our parish communities.  

Acolytes / Priest Assistants

Assist in providing a prayerful atmosphere for those gathered for Mass, through service at the Altar. Your duties include:

  • assisting the priest at Mass and involvement at times in other liturgical celebrations
  • ensuring that things such as the chalice, communion breads and wine are ready for the
  • celebration of Mass
  • assisting in the distribution of Holy Communion either under one or both species of bread or wine
  • organising parishioners to carry the gifts for the Offertory Procession
  • cleaning up and putting away of liturgical vessels after Mass

Training and mentoring is available for both learning and experienced acolytes.

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Eucharistic Ministers

Assist in the distribution the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembled congregation when required on a roster basis. On-going training will be provided for new and experienced Eucharistic Ministers

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Ministers of the Word

As a Reader, you will proclaim the first reading, the Responsorial Psalm (when not sung) and the second reading. You may also be asked to carry the Word of God in the processions, accompanying the priest. As a Commentator, you will formally welcome the assembled congregation and lead the Prayers of the Faithful. At the end of the mass, you also announce information that is important to our parish community. Appropriate training and background will be provided including the use of voice from our experienced voice trainer.

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Your main role as a Welcomer is to greet people as they arrive for Mass to celebrate the Eucharist, hand out the parish newsletter, and to make all feel welcome in our parish community.

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Family Mass

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The 9am Family Mass at St Mary's
This mass has a long and lively tradition.  All are welcome and we endeavour to engage and encourage the participation of children and their families in all aspects of the liturgy.  We rely on the strong involvement and initiative of parishioners and prepare ministry rosters twice a year (February and August).   We are always looking at ways to refresh and develop the liturgy. 

At present parishioners participate inwelcoming, hospitality, collecting, serving as acolytes, communion ministers and ministers of the word.  We have regularSacristy Sundaysessions, when the children are invited to go to a dedicated Liturgy of the Word.  This is facilitated by two parent volunteers with support from the parish.  Parish-based formation and training are provided .

We seek to grow themusic ministryand extend an invitation to any keen singers and instrumentalists as well as parishioners who can assist our existing team in a technical and coordinating role.

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Sacristy Sunday

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Sacristy Sunday occurs once a month during term time at the 9am mass at St Mary's.
It is a special session for young children which takes place during the Liturgy of the Word. The children are invited to the sacristy and very young ones are accompanied by a parent or grandparent. A candle is lit and the scripture of the day might be read and discussed in a simple manner. There follows an activity, some prayer and sometimes  a song. In conclusion the children return to the church and bring forward their activity as part of the gifts of the offertory.

The session is conducted by a parent who prepares in advance with assistance and resources from the parish office.

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We are always looking for volunteers to lead the sessions, so come and experience the next one and see whether you might like to give it a go.  All are welcome. 

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You will be responsible tor taking up the collection during offertory and after communion.

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Money Counters

You will join a team of volunteer men and women who are responsible for sorting, counting and bagging the loose money from each of the collections and checking and tallying the money in the planned-giving envelopes.

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PowerPoint Preparation

Prepares computer based visual presentations required to aid the flow of the mass, encourage parishioners’ participation in prayer and song, and enrich liturgical celebrations. Your duties include: Coordinating with the Choir for selection of songs to be included in the visual presentation Coordinating with the pastoral associate for the mass prayers to be included in the visual presentation. Turning over the presentation to the person who will be operating the slides for the particular mass.

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PowerPoint Operator

Operates the computer based visual presentation previously prepared for the mass. Training for the usage of the computer equipment and visual presentation aids will be provided.

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