ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH
Altar Care, Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters, Lectors, Musicians
The call to serve.
In 2005 Bishop Sylvester Ryan said in his pastoral letter YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST, "The work of the baptized includes both the special ministries in the celebrations of Liturgy, but also to work for the transformation of the world in which they live and work. In fact, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Greeters, Altar Servers, Cantors and Choirs are a sign of the baptismal and confirmation vocation of all the baptized. These two sacraments define the people of God not only for their roles in the Liturgy but as people entrusted with the mission of the church as well.
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal tells us: In addition, the nature of the ministerial priesthood also puts into its proper light another reality, which must indeed be highly regarded, namely, the royal priesthood of the faithful, whose spiritual sacrifice is brought to completeness through the ministry of the Bishop and the Priests in union with the sacrifice of Christ, the one and only Mediator. For the celebration of the Eucharist is an action of the whole Church, and in it each one should carry out solely but completely that which pertains to him or her, in virtue of the rank of each within the People of God . . . Finally, it is a people made one by sharing in the Communion of Christ's Body and Blood. Though holy in its origin, this people nevertheless grows continually in holiness by its conscious, active and fruitful participation in the mystery of the Eucharist.