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Our Lady of Perpetual Help
14 Bedford Road, Ringwood, Vic 3134

ABN 18 645 161 579
Rev Dispin John
Priest: 0413 683 153 BH: (03) 9926 2330 AH Mobile: 0468 589 039
9:30am-2:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday

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Serving Others
Serving others is central to being a Christian. At the Last Supper, after he had washed the feet of the disciples, Jesus said: If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other's feet (John 13:14). The word ministry comes from the Latin word for service. Every Christian should take this instruction of Jesus seriously. Most Catholics serve others by participating in a ministry in their parish. Are you following the challenge of Jesus? In what way do you serve? It does not matter if you are new to Our Lady’s Parish or if you have been here for a long time, there is a ministry for you. Please read the following description of some of the liturgical ministries here at Our Lady’s Parish, and then make a one year commitment to at least one Ministry.
Extraordinary Minister of Communion
For over fifty years it has been possible for non-ordained persons to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. People called to this ministry have the honour along with the priest of offering the Body (or Blood) of Christ to worshippers. It is therefore self-evident that a person called to this ministry must have a love of the Eucharist themselves. Holy Communion must always be distributed with reverence. There are proper procedures. Looking at these procedures at a training session will deepen your understanding of Eucharistic theology and help us to realise it is a privilege to minister the Body or Blood of Christ to another person. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are required to have a Working with Children Check.
Reader
When Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people, and Christ, present in his own Word, is proclaiming the Gospel...this quote, from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, perhaps best catches the importance of Proclamation in Catholic Liturgy. The Ministry of Reader needs first of all a love of God’s Word. Liturgy demands a proclamation, so it follows careful preparation goes hand in hand with this ministry. There will be formation sessions for all readers. Why not experience the thrill of Proclaiming God’s Word to the assembly? Readers are required to have a Working with Children Check.
Leader of Children's Liturgy of the Word
Leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word serve the younger members of our worshipping community by leading them in an age and stage appropriate celebration of the readings at Mass, helping children prayerfully reflect on the way we live our lives in the light of God’s Word. It is not a lesson or activity time with children. Leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word are required to have a Working with Children Check.
Music Ministry
Being part of a choir is pure joy for many people. You might be a couple or a single person or perhaps a family; by joining a choir you will get to know and make friends with other talented parishioners. Our Lady’s Parish is blessed to have many people already involved in our music ministry. Each of our choirs and singers have their own distinctive style. All our choirs welcome new members. Or you may wish to form a new group of singers or choir. You may be able to play an instrument with a current or new group. Choir members, singers and instrumentalists are required to have a Working with Children Check.
Laptop Operator
The laptop and data projector in the church have provided a new way to serve others. At masses when there is no choir available, our laptop operators play recorded music to assist with the worship of the congregation. This means setting up before the 6pm Mass on Saturday night and packing up afterwards. On Sunday, it means setting up before 9.30am Mass and packing up after the 11.00am Mass. You need to arrive about 15 minutes early to set up. Training will be provided – an ideal way for young people to be involved. Laptop Operators are required to have a Working with Children Check.
Hospitality - Refreshments after Mass
Hospitality and Christianity go together. It is never just an add-on. One of the ways traditionally which Our Lady’s Parish has shown hospitality is by the cuppa after Mass. The simple act of making a cup of tea for someone could be the difference between a miserable day and a day marked with an experience of God’s love for the parishioner whom we serve. It may be their only social interaction for the whole day. In this way, we preach the Gospel by what we do rather than by what we say. Ministers of Hospitality responsible for refreshments after Mass serve tea and coffee, clean up afterwards, and set up for the following Mass. Ministers of Hospitality are required to have a Working with Children Check.
 

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