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What is Liturgy | Ministry of Service | The Liturgy Committee

“Liturgy is the work of God’s People”

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding Liturgy or are interested in becoming a Liturgical Minister please feel free to contact Charmaine Piane-Dame (Director of Liturgy & Music) in the Parish Office at 795-1633 (ext. 107) or email her at cpiane-dame@stcyril.com.

What is Liturgy?

Liturgy - IS the work of the church.  But to the ancient Greeks who coined the term “liturgy” meant “public work”. That is any work undertaken in service of the general populace.

Liturgy – IS worship – it is words and actions through which the Church publicly praises God in Jesus’ name.  It is everything we do in worship.

Liturgy – IS “our” work.  It makes us who we are as Christians, Catholics, and Community.  By virtue of our Baptism we are all called to be ministers (servants) to each other.

Liturgy – IS the summit   toward which the activity of the Church is directed, at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows.

The primary function of liturgy is to worship God in a full, conscious, and active participative way.

Good liturgy will enhance people’s faith; poor liturgy will be hazardous”

Ministry of Service

At St. Cyril we have various ministries that are available to those who wish to fulfill their baptismal call.

Each week Catholics from the metro-area and around the world come to worship on the Lord’s Day and Holy Days at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church.  Some people serve as Liturgical Ministers to help faciltate the assemblies during the liturgies.  Their ministry touches all who come to worship at our parish and assist the faith community in its public communal prayer as we join the endless prayer of thanksgiving in union with the whole Church.

There are a variety of ministries for the laity including ministers of music, ministers of hospitality (ushers & greeters), lectors, altar servers, sacristans, extra -ordinary ministers of the Eucharist.

Please consider offering a few hours each month in stewardship to the parish by serving as a lay liturgical minister:

Ministers of Hospitality – commonly known as greeters and ushers, provide a sense of hospitality and welcome to all worshippers.  They minster   in various ways throughtout the Liturgy.

Altar Servers -   assist the presider at the altar and throughout the Liturgy.  This ministry is open to males and females beginning after reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.

Lectors –  assist with the proclamation of the Word of God, announcements and the general Intercessions, These ministers must be able to proclaim the readings, prayers, and announcements clearly and effectively to the assembly.

Extra-Ordinary Minsters of Holy Communion - assist the presider, concelebrants and deacons with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ.  There is also  opportunities  to take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.

Sacristans - the  preparation of liturgical vessels for the liturgies,cleaning vessels after the liturgy. Checking the various ministers assigned to a particular liturgy (lectors, E.M’s, Ushers, Altar Servers).

N.B. All Lectors and Extra-Ordinary Misnters of the Eucharist must be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church (Baptism, Confirmation, Communion and Penance). Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist must be at least 16 years of age.

All ministers will need to fill out paperwork and view the diocesan video to become compliant and go through minister training.

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is an advisory commission to the pastor in liturgical matters.  The membership includes parishioners who assist with the liturgical life of the parish. The committee meets monthly on the first Monday of the month.

Committee Members:

Deacon Mario Aguirre; Mr. Tim Brown; Ms. Kati Conway; Ms. Jane Eells; Mr. Jorge Gramajo; Ms. Szarina Hernandez; Ms. Judy Kempf, Mr. Ignatius Njinyah; Fr. Ron Oakham; Ms. Mary Radkiewica; Ms. Charmaine Piane-Dame (chairperson)

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