Liturgy Ministry Mission Statement
The mission of the Liturgy Committee is to support and promote the spiritual development of the worshipping community by:
- fostering spiritual growth through the celebration of life-giving liturgies
- celebrating the diversity and unity of the parish community.
The Committee is concerned with the liturgical, sacramental, and devotional life of the parish. The Committee is responsible to the pastor to:
- develop, assess, and evaluate the vision of liturgy and the sacramental life of the parish
- plan the liturgical and sacramental life of the parish; implement liturgical planning by the committee and its ad hoc subcommittees
- assess and evaluate all programs sponsored by the Liturgy Committee
- work collaboratively with other parish committees with regard to the liturgical life of the parish; contribute to the assessment and evaluation of all programs in which the Liturgy Committee collaborates (i.e., parish-wide events); provide liturgical oversight and assist in the coodination of the liturgical aspects of special parish events such as Ministry Day and the Tent Revival
- ensure the recruitment, training, formation, coordination, communication with, and scheduling of lay liturgical ministers
- encourage the participation of parish youth and young adults in liturgical celebrations and ministries
- consider the various multicultural populations within the community and seek to enrich the parish’s liturgies through their contributions
- work in collaboration with the Diversity Committee and Spanish-speaking community to provide leadership in designing liturgical celebrations
- develop and implement parish-level liturgical policy and implement diocesan and national liturgical policies.
The Committee seeks membership that represents the diversity of the parish.
Committee procedures are detailed in Appendix A.
The Liturgy Committee provides leadership and guidance in the liturgical life of the parish. The Committee is committed to liturgies that are prayerful, life-giving, dynamic and grounded in the best liturgical principles of our time. In our search for excellence, we use the very best of our traditional prayer and musical forms, as well as new and experimental forms afforded by technological breakthroughs. The Liturgical Life of the parish encompasses:
- celebration of Sunday, weekday, and holy day liturgies
- Childrens’ Liturgies and Childrens’ Liturgies of the Word
- funeral masses
- blessings (World Marriage Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Appalachian Service Project, Thanksgiving blessing of food, blessing and commissioning of pastoral council members and religious education catechists, etc.)
- Liturgy of the Hours
- celebration of sacraments
The Committee has a special responsibility to coordinate themes for each season of the church year, keeping in mind that there are pre-existing liturgical themes in each season and in each liturgy.
The committee seeks to create a liturgical environment that is welcoming and yet invites contemplation, challenge, and creates a sense of the holy. The liturgical environment reveals the themes or symbols of worship and season, appealing to the senses and emphasizing the wholeness or oneness of the community by including the whole worship space, not just the sanctuary as the area to be considered. The Committee strives to express the cultural diversity of the People of God through the use of decoration.
The Liturgy Committee, in its planning of liturgical events/seasons, works with the Director of Music and other representatives from the music department to create coordinated liturgies in which the music enhances and amplifies the readings and special themes of the liturgical year.
Our teaching efforts extend to the entire parish, and are not limited to the Committee and liturgical ministers. The Committee seeks new and creative ways to teach the parish about current liturgical issues, and to inform parishioners about significant liturgical changes.
Life The Committee also encourages the devotional life of the parish, e.g., Eucharistic adoration, the celebration of the Marian solemnities (Mother of God, Assumption, Immaculate Conception), recitation of the rosary, Lenten Stations of the Cross, Tenebrae.