Ministries

LITURGY

 LECTOR

The ministry of lector is a sacred responsibility which requires careful preparation, prayer, meditation and practice. At the ambo the lector proclaims the readings that precede the gospel reading. Proclamation of God’s Word requires good communication skills. A lector does not merely read, but communicates with reverence God’s message to his people.   

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF COMMUNION

The ordinary ministers of communion at Mass are Bishops, priests and deacons, by virtue of their ordination. Extraordinary Ministers serve whenever an ordinary minister

(Bishop, priest or deacon) is unavailable, whenever the usual minister is unable to administer communion without difficulty because of poor health, advanced age, or the demands of the pastoral ministry, or whenever the number of faithful wishing to receive communion is so great that the celebration of Mass would be unduly long.

Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist exercise their ministry during the Mass, at a Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest, and to the homebound, hospital patients, and nursing home communities outside Mass. Extraordinary ministers are ministers of both the bread and the cup. Extraordinary Ministers are not simply distributing items to individuals, but participating in an essential moment in the mystery of faith, a moment of inviting others and self to recognize and reverence the body and blood of Christ. Extraordinary ministers help in the distribution of Communion in order that the faithful, who wish to share in the Sacred Banquet, may not be deprived of this sacramental help and consolation. Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic must be examples of Christian living in faith and conduct; they must strive to grow in holiness through this sacrament of unity and love.

 

ALTAR SERVERS

St. Christopher Parish Altar Servers are boys and girls who have been called by God to assist the Priest and the Deacon primarily at weekend Masses, funerals, weddings and special celebrations. This ministry provides an opportunity for Catholic youth to serve God and their parish family. Youth who have completed First Holy Communion are eligible to serve. Among the tasks these boys and girls perform are: lighting of the candles, assisting with the gifts and carrying the Processional Cross. Anyone interested to wanting more information or to sign up please contact the parish office.

USHERS

Extend hospitality. Become a greeter and usher. An usher is more than a money collector or door opener. Ushers exercise a true ministry of hospitality that helps build community and assist in preparing our brother and sisters for participation in the sacrament of unity. It originates with the Order of Porter, one of the steps to the priesthood. Women are welcome and encouraged.

Choir

 

Charismatic Prayer Meeting-Friday's 6:30PM
Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is a spiritual movement within the Catholic Church that emphasises the availability of the power and the many gifts of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer, and the need for a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ in order to live life to the fullest.

CCR has its international office in Rome, and consists of thousands of local prayer groups and communities, as well as special ministries and services, in almost every country around the world.

Praising God at a prayer meetingCCR emphasises the goodness of God, and proclaims, with the Church, that God’s grace is freely given to everyone. Jesus Christ fully revealed God, enabling each person to know God as good, as totally giving, and as one who shares fully in the human experience.

The experience of the first followers of Jesus was that they were empowered by God through the Holy Spirit to live a new kind of life — life in a fuller dimension whereby God’s power worked in them and through them in order to bring God’s love and grace to all who would receive it. Essentially, it is this experience of God that is at the basis of the Catholic faith.

The Church has experienced through the centuries the power of God working in and through imperfect people, all seeking to know God. CCR lies firmly within this tradition.