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The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power
All the faithful should be led to that fully conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations … Such participation by Christian people as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people", is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.
#4 Sacrosanctum Consilium 1964
The Liturgy Team Prepares
Our Liturgy (the Mass) was planned many, many years ago and is
the same throughout the world. The Liturgy plan is contained in the Roman Missal, that red book we see on the altar each week.
Liturgy preparation is the ongoing work of a very large number of parishioners. Liturgy preparation is done both seasonally and weekly. Long term and seasonal Liturgy preparation is organized by the OLL Liturgy Team which meets monthly. The OLL Liturgy Team is comprised of both staff and volunteers who work on everything from music and flowers to altar servers and safety.
It is through the efforts of scores of our fellow parishioners, mostly volunteers, that the Sunday Mass runs smoothly in a dignified environment conducive to prayer and reflection.
Preparation for Mass
Many are involved in what goes on before Mass so that all can fully participate without distraction or interruption in a prayerful and reflective environment.
The interior preparation of the church for daily, Sunday, and Seasonal Liturgy is managed by the Art & Environment Group (A&E). These volunteers plan months in advance and “set up” the church each week to visually speak to the season, Holy Day, or time of year.
When we walk into the church the visual appearance should embrace us with the Mass plan for today.
Our Sacristans, most of whom are volunteers, deal primarily with the immediacy of setting up the sanctuary so that everything that is needed for the priest and for the congregation is in place. Through their often last-minute fixes the Sacristans assure that all can fully participate in the Mass without interruption or distraction.
Music is an enormous part of Liturgy preparation. Our staff Music Director works tirelessly with the choir, the cantors, Life Teen musicians, parish staff, and others so that the selections and arrangements are appropriate both for the day and for the nuances of the different Masses beginning with Saturday Vigil and concluding with the Sunday Evening Life Teen Mass.
The Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion is the bishop, the priest, or the deacon. Some decades ago, the Second Vatican Council recognized that there were not enough ordained clergy to effectively distribute Holy Communion. The Council Fathers also acknowledged
that through Baptism all are called to be priestly people. Through this acknowledgement and recognition, the ministerial service of
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion was established.
Colloquially, we refer to this ministry as Eucharistic Ministers or EM’s. The EM’s are essential for the smooth flow of the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. Also, EM’s carry the Body of Christ to our sisters and brothers who cannot attend Mass.
Participation in the Mass through service during the Mass brings us closer to the Table of the Lord. Altar Servers, both adult and youth
servers, bring our gifts to that table. Weekly they assist the presider with the Roman Missal and the sacred vessels. Throughout each year
servers assist with incensing, with the sprinkling of holy water, and in leading processions. A volunteer member of the OLL Liturgy Team trains these Altar Servers and guides them in their extra roles at Triduum, Christmas, Confirmation, and other special occasions of the
Ushers provide a hospitality service for the entire parish. Their welcoming manner, their service with hearing devices, safety, and seating assure all a comfortable environment for prayer and Mass participation. The task of recruiting, training, and communication changes to the Ushers is handled by another volunteer member of
the OLL Liturgy Team.
The two parts of the Mass are the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Jesus Christ is just as present in the Liturgy of the Word as he is in the Eucharist. The bishop or priest, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, consecrates bread and wine and they become the Body and Blood of Christ. The Lector, through the Sacrament of Baptism, PROCLAIMS the Word of the Lord and Jesus Christ is present in the Lector’s proclamation. Lectors study and practice to grow in their ability to proclaim, a skill development well beyond merely reading the scripture. The oversight of this large number of active Mass participants falls to another volunteer member of the OLL Liturgy Team.
Father Joseph McMahon often said, “Good Liturgy requires good logistics”. The OLL Liturgy Team and the Staff Liturgy group work daily to assure that the Liturgy plan is executed through detailed
and ongoing Liturgy preparation.
Help is always needed by all the “at-Mass” ministries as well as by those ministries working in the background. Volunteer!
The Liturgy Team Meets
2nd Tuesday of each month
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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