LEARNING ABOUT THE MASS WITH KATH AND QUMEN
At every Mass you will notice that some members of the assembly have different jobs. We call these jobs ‘ministries’. Let’s look at some of them:
THE PRIEST: At Mass the priest leads us and encourages us to play our part in the celebration. How does he do this? He:
ä Leads us in prayer
ä Invites us to listen to God’s word
ä Helps us understand & make sense of the Word of God in our daily lives through his homily
ä Takes our gifts, the bread and wine, offers them to God and prays that by the power of the Holy Spirit they will become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
THE SERVERS: Servers are normally boys and girls who have received their First Communion. Their job is to help the priest during Mass. They can carry books, bring water and wine, wash the priest’s hands and ring bells.
MINISTER OF THE WORD: Even though we sometimes call this person the reader, the proper name is ‘Minister of the Word’. The readings of Mass come from the Bible. They are the Word of God and so we can say that we hear God speaking to us through the voice of the Minister of the Word.