Hello to all the St Josephs readers.
It is very important to prepare for your reading.When you are revising it is a good idea to read the whole chapter in the Bible. This
gives you indepth background which enables you to deliver the message with greater understanding and spiritual meaning.
Take time to revise and reflect on what you are reading.
Notes from Readers & Welcoming Ministers meeting
Sunday 5 September 2010
- Father Zaba asked all welcoming ministers and welcoming families to make an effort to welcome existing families to Mass, and to especially notice and welcome visitors and new members to the parish.
- It was decided that new parishioners could be referred to the parish secretary, Gail Browne, for further details on the Parish and it’s structures.
- It was suggested that Father Zaba could introduce by name, or invite new parishioners to stand at the end of Mass, once they had attended Mass a few times.
- A small booklet shall be compiled by Jane Blackbeard, Gail Browne and Wendy Gray, detailing contact numbers, Mass & Catechism times, Cell group details, website, PPC etc to be given to new parishioners.
- As from Sunday 12 Sept, there shall be 2 changes to the way our Liturgy is performed:
- An introduction to Mass shall be read before the entrance hymn.
- A reader shall read prepared Intercessions, followed by parishioner’s own prayers, and concluded by Father Zaba.
- Both the Introduction and Intercessions shall be prepared by Father Zaba. Father Zaba shall prepare these 1 month in advance, and they shall be kept in a folder in the Sacristan’s cupboard. It is kindly asked that these are not removed.
- The reader who is proclaiming the 1st reading shall read the Introduction. Father Zaba has asked that this be performed in a respectful manner. The reader shall approach the alter, bow, and read the Introduction from the lectionary. The reader shall end the Introduction with the words “Please stand for the entrance hymn.” They shall depart the alter in the same manner as for approaching.
- The reader who is proclaiming the 2nd reading shall read the Intercessions. The reader shall respectfully approach the alter during the last few lines of the Creed, bow and stand prepared at the lectionary. Father Zaba asked that the Intercessions should not be rushed. It is very important that the reader wait at the lectionary until Father Zaba has concluded all the Intercessions, and then solemnly bow and depart the alter, and return to their seat.
- Father Zaba emphasized the importance of proclaiming and behaving in a respectful, solemn manner, without rushing while performing all ministries during Mass. He asked that we make an effort to be well prepared for Mass. He also requested that the lectionary be used at all times.