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MINISTRIES IN OUR PARISH

St. Francis of Assisi is an engaged parish connected in Christ and moved by the Holy Spirit. We believe in a living faith and express that through participation in multiple ministries that enhance the spiritual, social and service aspects of our lives. Please visit each ministry's page for details on what they are all about and how to get involved!

ALTAR SERVERS

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church offers young Catholics an opportunity to grow in their faith and become more active in the Mass by serving as Altar Servers. Altar Servers are young people who assist the priest and deacon during Mass.  

It is a great honor and privilege to serve at the Altar of our God as Pope John Paul II's indicated in his inspiring address to altar servers on August 1, 2001. In that address the Pope encourages altar servers to understand the responsibility they have in this service to the Church. He said, “The altar server has a privileged place in liturgical celebrations. Those who serve at Mass present themselves to a community. They experience from close at hand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgy . . . In the liturgy you are far more than mere “helpers of the parish priest”. Above all, you are servants of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest.

While assisting at the weekend Masses and other liturgical celebrations, it is important that servers be active participants in the liturgy that they listen, sing, and pray with the entire assembly. Boys and girls who have received first communion, are invited to become Altar Servers. 

CHOIR / MUSIC

The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Col 3:16). Great importance should be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass. Every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people is not absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on holy days of obligation. 

Pastoral musicians should consider how best to encourage the full, conscious, and active participation of the whole assembly. All musical choices are made in line with the three-fold Liturgical, Musical, and Pastoral judgement.

CWL
(CATHOLIC WOMAN'S LEAGUE)

“I believe in the genius of women. Even in the darkest periods that genius is found, which is the leaven of human progress and history.” Blessed Pope John Paul II

The Catholic Women’s League  (CWL) is the national peak body representing the League's six member organisations addressing social justice and ethical questions is one of our primary tasks. We seek to influence legislative and administrative bodies at all levels in order to preserve the dignity of the human person. We strive to be a voice for the voiceless.

We are a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) and have consultative (Roster) status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

We are a member organisation of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and work together with 5 million women in more than 60 countries to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development. In 2006, WUCWO was erected by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful.

Our work is dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians and the Holy Spirit.


EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION

The extraordinary minister's function is to distribute Holy Communion, either within Mass or by taking it to a sick person, when an ordained minister (bishop, priest or deacon) is absent or impeded.

In order to avoid confusion about this function, an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is not to be called a "special minister of Holy Communion", nor an "extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist", nor a "special minister of the Eucharist".

Ten years before publication of the present Code of Canon Law, some of these expressions were used in the instruction of the Sacred Congregation of the Sacraments Immensae caritatis of 29 January 1973. They are now reprobated.

The only minister of the Eucharist is the priest.

HOSPITALITY

Providing hospitality to strangers is a hallmark of Christian stewardship. In the Gospel of Matthew good stewards were commended for their hospitality: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matt. 25:35). St. Benedict directed his followers to receive guests and travelers as if they were Christ. Extending hospitality is especially important when it comes to welcoming visitors who may be attending mass at our parish for the first time.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence suggesting that the ability of a first-time visitor to have a meaningful experience of Christ in the liturgy is directly impacted by the warmth of the welcome extended by the local worshipping community. When people say hello, the worship experience is enhanced. A warm welcome is part of evangelization, work necessary in a church’s mission to help people discover or renew faith in Christ.

How do we treat the unknown person who walks by us in church, or who sits next to us at mass? Do we ignore them? Talk around them? Look at them and say nothing? Do we take the initiative to greet them, smile, extend a warm handshake?

Remember, we are Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Our actions and reactions toward visitors at mass communicate who we are and who we represent. Let us take time to welcome visitors to our parish this summer. Welcoming gestures, however small, will not only have a positive impact on visitors, they will make us more hospitable ambassadors of Christ.

NEOCATECHUMENAL WAY

The Neocatechumenal Way, also known as the Neocatechumenate, NCW or, colloquially, The Way, is an organization within the Catholic Church dedicated to the Christian formation of adults. It was formed in Madrid in 1964 by Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández and received approval from the Holy See in 2008.

Taking its inspiration from the catechumenate of the early Catholic Church, by which converts from paganism were prepared for baptism, it provides post-baptismal formation to adults who are already members of the Church. It also runs 100 seminaries in various locations, and is responsible for hundreds of "families in mission," living in many cities around the World.

The Neocatechumenate is implemented in small, parish-based communities of between 20-50 people. In 2007 there were around 40,000 such communities throughout the World, with an estimated million members.

SACRISTANS

The word Sacristan comes from the Latin word, sacer, meaning sacred. This sacred and essential parish ministry is most often work performed behind the scenes, but very visible if not performed with diligence and accuracy.

In order for the members of the faith at Our Lady of The Lake to take their full, conscious and active part in the liturgy, sacristans need to gather the items necessary for Mass and place them in accessible areas for the celebration. Additionally, sacristans need to ensure that these items will be available for future celebrations of the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of our lives as Christians. 

Role of the Sacristan

Participation in the Mass through service during the Mass brings us closer to the Table of the Lord. SACRISTANS serve the “servants of the Lord” by setting up the church, the sanctuary, and the altar before every Mass.

VISITING THE SICK

Often Catholics wonder what to do when they are unable to go to Mass anymore. They want to know if they are sinning by missing Mass on Sundays, or adult children want to know if their parents are sinning.

We care for our homebound Catholics to receive the Sacraments and are a phone call or notify us with the link below.


ADDRESS
150 Rossini Blvd
Vanderbijlpark
1911
South Africa

CONTACTS
Email:   info@catholictvb.co.za
Phone: +27 (0)16 933 2563
Fax:       +27 (0)86 659 7799