Ministries of Service
“Ministry is the activity of the Church – it is carried out by all members of the Church at every level and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, enabling to carry on the mission of Jesus Christ to the world.” St. Paul wrote to the people of Corinth in the early Church. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit and then there are varieties of services, but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities; but the same God activates all of them in everyone.
We are an active parish which relies on the volunteers from within to help. Each Ministry is an invitation and an opportunity to serve and to be involved in the Parish community. Please contact the Parish office email@example.com if you wish to be a member of any of the ministries below or have a talent or ministry not noted that you would like to share.
Assist couples to prepare for the Baptism of their children.
Primary and Preschool Children’s Liturgy
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is celebrated with preschoolers (3-5 years) and children (K-6) at 9:30am Sunday Mass. Children reflect on the Sunday Gospel through age appropriate activities. We are in desperate need of volunteers to assist with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Megan Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist the priest at Mass and Liturgical celebrations. They are trained and appointed by the parish. They assist in the sanctuary as acolytes or senior servers, with the distribution of the Eucharist at mass, as Presiders at the Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion, and by taking Communion to the sick in their homes or in nursing homes.
Being an altar server is an honour and a privilege; it is a chance to answer the invitation of Christ to draw nearer. Your service at the altar is a gift to the Church that we could not do without. Girls and boys are able to serve in this Ministry after they have received their First Holy Communion. Training is required before serving. Thank you for saying yes! May God bless you as you take this step to grow in holiness.
A small group of parishioners form a Liturgy Group that meets about every two months to review liturgical ministries and to plan for coming festive seasons or celebrations.
Members of the Eucharistic Assembly lead the congregation in singing at the weekend liturgies and also gather as a special choir for special liturgical celebrations.
Ministers of the Word
As lectors, they serve as Proclaimers of the Word at the Eucharist. Training is essential and they are appointed by the Parish.
“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15)
We acknowledge over 1900 catechists (or scripture teachers) and 400 High School catechists who give their time generously to teach the Catholic Faith to 28,000 primary and high school students. We recognise their response to their baptismal call to evangelise, the voluntary nature of their generosity and their love for the children in a work which is often unseen and unrecognised yet crucial and rewarding.
In our St Ambrose Parish we have 9 catechists teaching 250 Catholic children in our 3 local public schools – Concord West, North Strathfield and Victoria Avenue Public Schools.
We are always looking for catechists! We are flexible – so if you are only able to teach a couple of terms a year or if you would be able to do every 2nd week or if you and a friend want to share a class, do not hesitate to contact us to further discuss.
Classes are 30 mins long and are as follows: Strathfield North Public School on Wednesday mornings, Concord West Public School on Tuesday mornings and Victoria Avenue Public School on Tuesdays at 11.45am to 12.15pm.
All catechists receive training, lesson manuals, books and all necessary resources and support from the Archdiocese plus great friendship/support from our St Ambrose catechists.
So why be a catechist?
- Share JESUS with others.
- Contribute to your parish and community.
- Have the opportunity to deepen your personal faith.
- Meet new friends who will support you.
- Great opportunity to work your mind and attend workshops and quality training courses.
Please contact Megan Harris through the Parish office 97431023 or email email@example.com if you would like to chat about becoming a catechist.