Liturgy  & Spirituality Committee

Description of Liturgy:

Worship is our way of relating to God as individuals and as a community. There are times when we pray privately, and there are times when we pray as a Church in the name of Christ. This prayer of the Church is called liturgy. The word liturgy means the “people’s work.” In the Church this expression has come to mean the work of God’s people as they worship. In liturgy we ritualize or symbolize the great events of Jesus’ life, bringing these events into the present, and powerfully linking them with our daily lives. When we come together as a community of faith to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, it is through the grace of the Holy Spirit that we are renewed in faith. God speaks to us in the scripture readings. We speak to him through our prayers, songs, responses, and active participation in the Mass. The Eucharistic celebration is a sacrament of love. Holy Communion is the Bread of Life that nourishes our souls and fills us with grace. In all of this, the liturgy embraces our celebration of Mass and the sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the liturgical year, music and art.

Purpose:

Since a parish’s first responsibility is to its liturgical celebration, the liturgy committee assists the clergy and the community in this vital aspect of church life. The committee meets monthly from September to June. Discussions are informal, and the committee works to enrich the public prayer life of the parish. Lectors, Special Ministers of the Eucharist, Cantors, Choir, Organist, and Congregation are important participants in the Liturgy. The committee reviews how each ministry can enhance the parish worship. It also assists in the planning of liturgies for special occasions, as well as train and assign Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors for weekday and Sunday Liturgies.

Committee Members:

New members are always welcome. Join this committee and share your thoughts and ideas on making the liturgy truly a prayer in praise and thanksgiving to the Risen Lord. The current members are as follows:

  • Fr. Mastrolia, Pastor
  • Doris Ciufo
  • Maureen Conroy
  • Joe Furnari
  • Margaret Kleinlercher
  • Eileen McCabe
  • Nina Miller
  • Gail O’Rourke
  • John Poli
  • Vickie Ross