The Parish Liturgy Team (PLT) works as one body through different cells. As a team we play an important role in assisting the Priests in assessing and enhancing the liturgical life and experiences in the parish. With representation from the various Liturgical Ministries i.e. (Extra-ordinary Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Music Ministry, Ushers). This body works together toward the goal of vibrant liturgy that is celebrated.
The Liturgy team tends to the fruitful soil of liturgical prayer so that the seeds of faith, and the faithful, may grow, as (1 Cor.3:8.9) says that “we may plant, but it is God who causes the growth…For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” LITURGY means:“The work of the People”.
We begin to realize that the Eucharistic celebration is not only a way that we express ourselves to God, but it is also a practice that forms us into Christ likeness. The way we come for Eucharistic celebration shapes us into certain kinds of people. And so the role as a Parish Liturgy Team (PLT) is not simply to get people to join their hands for worship during mass, but to help them become the kinds of people who will use their hands for the good of others all through the week. We believe that the purpose of gathering together is the realization of God’s dream for reality, the rebuilding of all things of God’s creation. We come together as a family of God in our Father’s presence to offer him praise and thanksgiving, to hear his holy word, to ask his forgiveness of our sins, and to seek his grace, that through his son Jesus Christ we may give ourselves to his service.
The Parish Liturgy Team is a dedicated team of 10 members. Three members of our team have done the Basic Liturgy Course. The role of the team is:
a.To Plan the liturgical year and its activities.
b. To Be aware of the different moods/times/senses of the liturgical year.
c. To Ensure that there is initial and on-going formation and support for all liturgical ministers.
d. To Connect with the other ministry groups to ensure good communication and clarity.
e. To Evaluate our liturgical celebrations and make whatever decisions are needed for our upcoming celebrations.
f. To works as mass coordinators, plan and prepare the liturgy for Sundays / Feast days of the Year, as per the Ordo (reference book of the church), on a rotation basis, allocation of lectors etc.
The Liturgy Team meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after the 5.30 pm Mass.
Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.
General Guidelines for Liturgical Ministers at Mass
The schedule for the Altar Servers, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and Ushers is prepared weekly. You may serve in more than one ministry, however, you may only serve in one ministry at any given Mass.
Dress and Appearance :
General appearance, apparel, and accessories worn during the liturgy should reflect the dignity of the role of one called upon to assist in the sacred liturgy. Accordingly, liturgical ministers should dress nicely and modestly.
Nothing a minister wears should distract from the community’s prayer. Proper dress and appearance whenever one attends liturgy is an important commitment of a liturgical minister. All ministers will maintain a level of reverence and decorum in their Liturgical Minister’s attire or they will not be allowed to minister.
Arrival Promptness :
The liturgical ministers i.e. Altar servers, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and Ushers should arrive at church no later than 20 minutes prior to the start of liturgy.
Absences and Substitutes :
When you know in advance that you will be absent, the preference is that you arrange a substitute. If it is a last minute need, at the very least, inform your ministry coordinator so they can advise the Sacristan who can plan for your absence.
Prayer before Liturgy :
The celebrant and liturgical ministers gather in front of the Priests’ Sacristy five minutes before the start of liturgy for prayer. As liturgical ministers, much of our focus is on tasks and procedures that are important to the liturgical celebration but potentially can distract from our own worship. This time of prayer help us to re-focus our mind and heart on the presence of Jesus in the liturgy.
Musicians / Cantors / Choir
Liturgical music is an integral part of our worship celebrations. The musical styles of our various choirs present a unique and spiritual element that enables our congregation to lift up their voices in praise. Although the various groups have different styles, different rehearsal times, different commitment levels, and different Mass schedules, they all strive toward a common goal: to lead the congregation in sung prayer and to glorify God through the music they each produce.
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Parishioners assist with the distribution of the Eucharist at weekday, weekend and Holy Day Masses. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (formerly known as Eucharistic Ministers) must be 18 years of age, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church and, if married, must be recognized by the Church. Training is on-going, which is conducted on a Diocesan level
Contact : Mrs. Leena Pereira
Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy and, the General Intercessions. A lector must have a passion for Scripture; an ability to interpret and understand Scripture; and, sufficient public speaking skills to proclaim the Word to the assembly. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided during the year. Parishioners are trained to proclaim the Word of God at all Masses. Lectors for weekend and Holy Day Masses consist mainly of adults; Sunday school Masses have children serve as Lectors.
Contact : Mrs. Geeta Menezes
Altar Servers offer service to God and the community by assisting the priest during Mass. The ministry is open to all teen youth of the parish who have made their First Communion and whose parents believe they are ready and responsible enough to be trained. Young men and women assist the Priest and Deacon at the Altar for all weekend, and Holy Days. Adults assist at Masses. Training of the young people begins in summer.
Contact : Fr. Donald Fernandez
Ushers assist at each Sunday Mass, Holy Day Mass, and other special occasions as needed. The ushering staff is made up of adult men and women who are capable of directing crowd flow and movement, take up the collection, and assist those with special needs.
Contact: Mr. Antony Fernandes
Contact : Miss Rini Aranha and Miss Crystal Dmello