A THEOLOGY OF LAY LITURGICAL MINISTRY
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Pt. 2:9).
All liturgical ministers are, first and foremost, members of the Body of Christ. Through their baptism they are the "holy people and royal priesthood,” whose right and privilege it is to participate in the ministry of Christ.
How the lay faithful exercise this ministry in the world varies, but the fullest and most fundamental expression of it has always been "conscious, active and fruitful participation in the mystery of the Eucharist."
Since the celebration of the Eucharist is the "action of the whole Church,” everyone in the assembly has "an individual right and duty to contribute their participation."
Some of the faithful are called to serve God's people in a more particular way through one of the many liturgical ministries that have flourished in the Church since the Second Vatican Council. This diversity of roles, functions and ministries enriches our celebrations and assists us in our prayer.
Serving in one of these ministries is both an honor and a responsibility, and those who commit to it need nurturing and support. This handbook has been prepared to help you grow in a deeper understanding and love for the liturgy, your ministry and ultimately the Lord whom we all serve.
PURPOSE STATEMENT / GREETER MINISTRY
The Ministry of Hospitality animates the spirit of welcome to all who come to our church
for the celebration of Word and Eucharist, which is the source and summit of our faith.
The Greeter evokes the presence of the Spirit of the living God
distilled in a smile, a handshake, and a joyful greeting.
Ministers of Hospitality Should:
1. Uphold our parish mission and our values, and should consider registering to be a parishioner.
2. Have a deep sense of the spirit of the liturgical life of the parish;
3. Believe in the tenants of the Catholic faith;
4. Be a leader of prayer for our community, preparing for the Mass by reading/meditating the readings of the day;
5. Be capable of assuming the duties of the ministry.
1. Arrive 30 minutes before the liturgy begins.
2. Wear name badge and pick up any signs of welcome at the Working Sacrsity.
3. Weather permitting, be stationed at each of the entrances of the church. Please do not remain in the Working Sacristy.
4. Be familiar with the church layout (restrooms, parish office etc.).
5. Greet all who enter with a smile of hospitality and welcoming.
6. Greet people by name if you know them, and get to know names of any newcomers.
7. Be aware of people with special needs and let ushers know of any special requests, such a seating preferences and requests for communion.
8. Take your seat in the church when the second bell toll rings.
9. Please available to assist in various parish programs of hospitality, as assigned by the Pastor and Pastoral Staff.
10. Assist with tidying the pews after Mass. Place worship aids in hymnal racks. Take any lost-and-found items to the Working Sacristy, ensuring
the Liturgical Associate or his designee (such as a Mass Coordinator or Liturgical Ministry Assistant) knows the items is for lost and found.
* Usually ministers at the Mass normally attended
* Up to 1 or 2 hours of initial and ongoing formation, as needed.