Called to Serve
By Anne Marie Jauch
At the time of our baptism we become members of the Catholic community. We are anointed as priest, prophet and king. This means we all are called to reach out and minister to others, to spread the Good News. It is the heart of being a Catholic Christian, this call to action.
But, we ask ourselves how do we do this? How do we minister to others? In a parish as large as St. Thomas More it can seem daunting to figure out how to serve. It is also easy to think that seeing so many people involved at the liturgy: ushers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, musicians, altar servers, that it is not necessary for me to get involved.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In order for a parish to survive it is necessary for all to heed the call to ministry. We all have been blessed with talents to share. The big question remains, how do I do this?
St. Thomas More has opportunities available in our Liturgical Ministries. Steve Raml, firstname.lastname@example.org, is always available to help one figure out where he can best serve. If you wish to serve as a family, being Ushers is a perfect ministry. You welcome and assist people as they come together to celebrate Mass. If you feel the call to proclaim God’s Word, becoming a lector would be the way to serve.
Altar servers assist in the order of the liturgy during the Mass. As an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist you share the real presence of Jesus by distributing his body and blood. As a family, you can serve as Sacristans. This ministry involves setting up the vessels for Mass.
If your talent is playing an instrument or singing, our Music Ministry is always open to new members. There are a variety of music groups and room for many different ages.
In addition to the ministries listed above, we have opportunities to serve in other areas. Once a year our parish hosts a Ministry Fair. The purpose of this fair is to educate and recruit parishioners for Outreach and Pastoral Ministries. This year the fair will take place on October 8. There will be information available and people to talk with about the different areas where we can serve.
St. Thomas More has a number of ministries that serve our immediate community, such as Stephen Ministry and Funeral Ministry. There are opportunities to work with the youth of our parish through religious education. These are just a few of the areas where you can serve.
Our parish is very active in Outreach Ministry. St. Vincent De Paul, St. Joseph the Worker, Andre House, Habitat for Humanity are a sampling of organizations we support as a parish. On October 8, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow parishioners who use their talents helping these organizations, and, perhaps, one of these areas will speak to your heart.September 28, 2017