In the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (CSL) we read that the liturgy is not a private act and that the entire church, the sacrament of unity, is called to active, conscious participation in the rites. (CSL, 14) The Holy Spirit pours out gifts which make it possible for every Christian man and woman to assume different ministries and forms of service that complement one another and are for the good of all. (Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium, p. 15)
Since the Second Vatican Council, our parish has been faithfully committed to this liturgical principle and has fostered a spirit of community involvement not only in the worship rites but also in all aspects of parish life and service.
The purpose of these Provisional Guidelines is to help all liturgical ministries in our parish work together at worship. Each minister is asked to carry out her or his role with confidence and in a spirit of prayerfulness. After a while we will ask you to help us evaluate these guidelines in the interest of serving one another in the best way possible.
NOTE: If your ministry is not outlined in this issue of Guidelines please continue to carry out your ministry in the way you have been accustomed to. Guidelines for your ministry are forthcoming. Thanks for your patience.
Periodically training sessions will be scheduled for each liturgical ministry. All ministers are asked to attend at least one session per year. Self-study exercises are encouraged and may include listening to a tape, watching a video, reading a book, or attending a regional or national workshop dealing with a liturgy related topic.