Liturgy, in Christian tradition, means the participation of the People of God in “the work of God” (CCC 1069) and it is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows. (CCC 1074)
Liturgy is at the center of what we do and who we are. It encompasses our Eucharistic and sacramental celebrations and public prayer gatherings, through which we embody Christ’s continued loving presence.
The goal of our liturgical celebrations is the full, active and conscious participation (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: 14) of the entire worshiping community. As baptized members of the People of God we fulfill this goal as active members of the congregation and also as liturgical ministers. Therefore, the liturgical celebrations are the responsibility of the entire community utilizing our God given gifts and talents to their fullest extent.
In addition to a very full regular Mass schedule there are many other opportunities to gather at the table of the Lord such as various Religious Education Masses, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and St. Augustine Parish School Masses.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation, Baptism, Marriage, and Anointing of the Sick are celebrated regularly and/or by arrangement. Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Stations of the Cross are part of our Lenten seasonal prayer, Eucharistic Adoration is offered on the First Friday of the Month from September through June, the Rosary is prayed communally every Tuesday, and the Divine Mercy chaplet is prayed daily.
At our Eucharistic celebrations, there are many opportunities to be involved in specific tasks that are essential to our worship. These ministries include Hospitality, Lectors, Altar Servers, Musicians and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Behind the scenes assistance is welcomed on the Liturgical Arts and Environment Ministry, and during funeral Masses by participation in the Bereavement Ministry. Each of these ministries welcomes new members throughout the year. Please visit the appropriate page of the ministry in which you are most interested for contact information. For an informative and inspiring look at how rewarding being of member of this ministry is, check out our video.