There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
...whatever you do, in word or indeed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 13:171)
Lay ministers foster the mission of Christ that flows from baptism and put their gifts at the disposal of the community for the common good and in response to specific needs. Since the Second Vatican council new opportunities have emerged for lay men and women in the Church.
When the faithful of our community gather, we become a visible sign of the Body of Christ. During this "sacrament of unity" the whole Body of the Church is involved in many different ways. Many of the important Liturgical functions of our celebrations are entrusted to the laity, who are drawn from the community, trained by the parish, and entrusted with the sincere devotion and decorum expected of them by God's people. Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers and Greeters) and Music Ministers all exercise a genuine liturgical function and are an integral part of our celebrations.
The Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious and active part in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people" (1 Peter 2:9, 2:4-5) is the right and duty by reason of their baptism.
Lay people's right and duty to be apostles derives from their union with Christ their head. Inserted as they are in the Mystical Body of Christ by baptism and strengthened by the Power of the Holy Spirit in confirmation, it is by the Lord himself that they are assigned to the apostolate.
As Members of the Body of Christ through baptism, in addition to life as Christians in the secular world, it is our right and duty to participate in the various roles and ministries of liturgical celebrations appropriate to our status. Baptism calls us to a way of life in Christ. It is a call to holiness shaped by the Paschal Mystery, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. All our intentions and activities are to be formed by the teachings of Christ to give glory and praise to God. It is our responsibility to live a life worthy of our baptismal call. Because of baptism, we expect to join together in prayer to give witness to the blessings we receive from a gracious and loving God.
Mary Queen Catholic Church is blessed to have many dedicated, competent men, women and children, who generously share the gifts entrusted to them by the Holy Spirit to serve the People of God. When people with particular qualities are matched with the liturgical roles that call for those qualities, the liturgy can speak powerfully to us, moving us to prayer.
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