“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (Acts 2, 46-47).
Liturgical worship is as old as religion itself. And, the response to God has lifted hearts, voices, and souls to reach out to God. Over time this outreach was formalized in rituals, psalms, and hymns of praise. As communities gathered, the formal organization of these acts of worship became liturgy, as shown by the opening quote from the Acts of the Apostles.
For us, as Catholic Christians, liturgy has become so full and rich that lay ministries have been organized into readers of the word, extraordinary ministers of Holy Eucharist, music ministers, and Ushers
As described in the Vatican II document, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, “We are called to “full, conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy.”
We all celebrate the Mass, and many of us are also called to serve in roles of liturgical ministry at liturgy. St. Catharine’s diverse body of over 300 liturgical ministers serve faithfully and reverently in many roles, and you are invited to explore how you can best use your gifts to enhance worship at St. Catharine Church. Browse through the ministry descriptions, and consider which ministry may be the best fit for you. Contact the parish office at 732-842-3963 or email parishofficestcatharine.net for more information.