Formation in Liturgy welcomes all involved in liturgical ministry: Lectors, Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, Greeters, Sacristans, Music Ministers, Priests, Deacons, Liturgy Commission Members, Catholic School Teachers, RCIA teams, Art & Environment Committees, Members of the Assembly.
An actor rehearsing his or her part in a play might ask the director: "What's my motivation here?" The script may call for the actor to say certain words, to perform a particular action, or to relate to another character in a specific way. But to properly play her or his part, the actor must know what is motivating the character he or she is playing.
The same is true for those who exercise liturgical ministry. Just as an actor needs more than a script and stage directions to bring the role to life, so, too, do liturgical ministers.
Those serving the liturgy of the Church need to have an understanding of the liturgy, an appreciation of particular ministries and their relationship to other ministries, and a willingness to give of their time and talent for the glory of God and for the sake of the assembly.
Liturgical ministers need to have an understanding of and an appreciation for the proper motivation of the liturgy and the various liturgical ministries. Without this understanding and appreciation, liturgical ministers may simply go through the motions like actors who do not appreciate or understand the roles they are playing.
Anyone who seeks to know more about the Mass or Liturgy is invited to this class. One may take it for credit or personal enrichment. To obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry one needs to complete the two core courses and three electives for credit. A paper or project mutually decided upon by the student and the coordinating instructor is also required.
Formation for Liturgical Ministry is part of the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program.
Formation for Liturgical Ministry Schedule
Fall 2016 - THEO 3053 Sacrament Theology (3) core
Spring 2017 THEO 4881 Music and Liturgy (1) elective
Fall 2017 THEO 4053 Worship and Faith (3) core
Spring 2018 THEO 4881 Institute "Get Equipped" (1) elective
Fall 2018 THEO 4881 Art and Environment (1) elective
Spring 2019 THEO 4881 Celebrating the Rites of the Catechumenate (1) elective
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