The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy (hymns, responses, etc.), by looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.
Servers should be seated in a place from which they can easily assist the priest celebrant and deacon. The place next to the priest is normally reserved for the deacon
Technically, the Eucharistic minister is the "acolyte”. - The one who serves at the altar, preparing the altar table and the vessels and who gives communion to the faithful. Eucharistic ministers are not "almost priests'. The roots of their ministry are in the fact that they are Christian men and women. Baptism is our title to our ministry. By baptism and confirmation all Christians share in the priesthood of Christ and have the potential for taking significant responsibility for the public worship of our community.
Eucharistic ministry is not given as a reward in recognition of one’s past contribution or because someone is better than another is, rather, Eucharistic ministers are called from the community as its representative. He/she is to be what they are. All are called to be the presence of Christ.
Each of us is called to worship God with our entire life, including our time, talents and resources. Sharing those resources is an important way to worship the Giver of all good things. We pledge to be good stewards of your gifts, taking great care in how we manage and track the resources entrusted to us.
Methods of Giving
Ministries there are many ministries within HFP for you to give of your time and God given talents.
Offerings (offering basket, drop off at church office)
Direct Deposit (have funds automatically deducted from your bank account or Visa/MC)
Mail (send to Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Rd SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B-4V3)
The Liturgical Reader (Lector) serves the members of the liturgical assembly by proclaiming the texts of sacred scripture during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Through this proclamation, God speaks to the gathered community in a special way. The worthy exercise of this role enables the Church to hear the Word of God more clearly and receive it with more open hearts. Such regular public nourishment with the biblical Word helps to sustain the community and contributes to its ongoing conversion and mission.
Ministry to the Aged & Shut-In
As we grow older the need to affirm life’s meaning continues. This affirmation is achieved through a strengthening of our relationship with God, others, self, and our environment. Through “life review,” the elder can discern the meaning of life. In one whose spirituality has been a positive influence in life, the result is a life of integrity, not despair.
Opportunities in our parishes that can provide for a deepening spiritual life for our elders are some of the following:
Eucharistic liturgies geared to the older members of our parish
More frequent communal celebrations of the sacrament of anointing
Where possible, entering the places where our elders live, e.g. apartment buildings, private homes, assisted living and long-term care facilities
What 'Children's Liturgy of the Word' means…
The term 'Children's Liturgy of the Word' refers to the practice of children leaving the Sunday assembly during the Liturgy of the Word and gathering elsewhere to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.