Liturgical Ministry

Is a special commitment to sustaining the vibrant core of our Church’s identity. Liturgy derives from the Greek word, “liturgia,” which means work of and for the people. The worship of our Christian community is the most important work that we can do with and for each other and for the world. To facilitate a proper and beautiful celebration of service, there are a number of roles that the laity may undertake. We encourage each community member to consider how he or she may participate to the wondrous prayer life of the Church.

Eucharistic Ministers

More properly, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion – Ministers of the Eucharist help with the distribution of the sacred Body and Blood of Christ at Communion time. They arrive at least fifteen minutes before Mass time and usually serve once a month. Eucharistic Ministers need to be Catholics who have already received the sacrament of Confirmation.

Contact: Ellen Ford e-mail: stmatthewsscheduler@gmail.com phone: (305) 528-9559 (cell)

Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound

The Ministry to the Homebound provides Holy Communion to those who are unable to join the community at Mass, either temporarily or for an extended period. Lay ministers visit homes, hospitals, and nursing homes, uniting the homebound to the other members of the parish through the body of Christ. To request a visit or to volunteer for the ministry please contact Eva Hart using the contact information below.

Contact: Eva Hart: e-mail stmatthewsscheduler@gmail.com phone (954) 458-0717 (evenings)

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word at the Sunday liturgies. There are two readings and also petitions at each week-end Mass. The Lector is responsible for at least one of these selections. Lectors are expected to prepare the reading or petitions before Mass. Lectors arrive twenty minutes before Mass and serve once a month.

Note to Lectors

For the full text of the readings from the Catholic Lectionary, arranged according to the liturgical calendar, visit the web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the following address: www.usccb.org/bible. This is a great way to familiarize yourself in advance with the readings for your assigned Mass date. Please be aware, however, that the Mass at which you read may use a different reading from the one listed in the Lectionary. The scheduled readings for St. Matthew church can be found in the Weekly Bulletin.

Contact: Ellen Ford: e-mail stmatthewsscheduler@gmail.com phone (305) 528-9559 (cell)

Ushers

These ministers of hospitality also take up the collection and distribute service leaflets and announcement bulletins. All parishioners are encouraged to volunteer for this ministry, scheduled in advance for service about once per month.

Contact: Ellen Ford: e-mail stmatthewsscheduler@gmail.com phone (305) 528-9559 (cell)

Music Ministries

Singers and instrumentalists assist the congregation in worship by leading the singing during Mass. We have a variety of contemporary and formal music settings.

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