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"The celebration of the Liturgy is the primary activity of Our Lady of Mt. Virgin. Coming together as a parish to praise and worship God is the main reason why we exist. Proper and complete celebration of the Liturgy necessitates a number of people willing to serve the community in various functions. There are many ways you can get involved"

"Description of Liturgy"

Worship is our way of relating to God as individuals and as a community. There are times when we pray privately, and there are times when we pray as a Church in the name of Christ. This prayer of the Church is called liturgy. The word liturgy means the "people’s work." In the Church, this expression has come to mean the work of God’s people as they worship. In liturgy we ritualize or symbolize the great events of Jesus’ life, bringing these events into the present, and powerfully linking them with our daily lives. When we come together as a community of faith to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection, it is through the grace of the Holy Spirit that we are renewed in faith. God speaks to us in the scripture readings. We speak to him through our prayers, responses, hymns and active participation in the Mass. The Eucharistic celebration is a sacrament of love. Holy Communion is the Bread of Life that nourishes our souls and fills us with grace. In all of this, the liturgy embraces our celebration of Mass and the sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the liturgical year, music and art.

Ministers of the Word - Lectors

Ministers of the word proclaim the scriptures with clarity, understanding and conviction. They enter the temple of God carrying the Book of the Gospels in procession and are often asked to lead the prayer of the faithful during Mass.

Persons interested should be practicing Catholics and are asked to attend in-house and diocesan training.

If you are interested, please contact Maria Ingraffia at (201) 703-0044.

Lectors Schedule

PLEASE, IF YOU ARE PRESENT AT A PARTICULAR MASS AND YOU NOTICE THAT THERE IS NO LECTOR FOR THAT MASS, PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO COVER THAT MASS.

PLEASE BE SURE TO GET A SUBSTITUTE WHEN NEEDED

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Responding to their baptismal call to Christ’s ministry, parishioners who serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Priests and Deacon in distributing the Eucharist at weekend and Sunday Masses.

Ministers also bring the Eucharist to the sick and homebound of our parish. Periodic training takes place at the Archdiocesan Center during the year. Once mandated the minister is placed on the schedule. Persons interested in serving in this ministry should have a devotion to our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist and a willingness to serve others.

Contact Angela D’Angelo at (973) 772-7372

Altar Server

Altar Servers perform most of the functions of the “minor order” of ordained clereics know as acolytes (from the Greek Word akolouthos or attendant). Church writings from the second and third centuries discuss the role of acolytes, giving the office great importance and honor in the history of the Church. Altar Servers today are not ordained, but are “Commissioned” by their parish priest (Book of Blessing, Chapter 62).

The Primary role of the altar server is to assist the pries in the celebration of the Liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example for the congregation by active participation in the Liturgy, by looking alert and by sitting or standing at the appropriate times. Children in our parish in grades 6-8 are welcome to become altar servers. Adults are also welcome. Contact Donnna Coleman at 973-253-0536 and Josephine D’Angelo at 973-262-3295.

Parish Ushers

Men and women are needed to create an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality at our parish liturgies. The Ministry of Ushers or Hospitality helps to welcome parishioners and visitors to our Liturgies.

Greeting everyone and welcoming them to God’s house, seating everyone, helping the disabled, helping with the offertory collection and directing the distribution of communion are all tasks performed by the ushers during Liturgies.

If interested, contact Mike Manicone at (973) 471-8333.

Adult Choir

The choir, under the direction of our music director and full-time cantor, Evan Tintle-Charpentier, consists of volunteers from the parish. Please call Evan Tintle-Charpentier at (201) 978-4885 or email her at evanmakesmusic@gmail.com, if interested in becoming a member.

 

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