We strive to cultivate devotion to the Holy Eucharist as the “Source and Summit” of our salvation by promoting reverence and tradition in the Sacred Liturgy.
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Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist our priests and deacons in the distribution of Holy Communion both at Mass and to our home bound parishioners. It is a very important and life giving ministry in the Church.
God comes to us in both word and Sacrament. Our lectors or readers proclaim Sacred Scripture to our assembly and make God present in his word during the first part of Mass, the Liturgy of the Word. Our readers also proclaim our intentions and prayers for our Church during the Prayers of the Faithful.
Sacristans are the unsung heroes of our liturgical ministers because their ministry is so vital to our worship. Sacristans set up and help coordinate all of our Masses and other sacramental celebrations by making sure that all of our liturgical ministers have everything they need to serve in their ministries.
Altar Servers play an important role by assisting our priests during liturgies. Open to anyone at St. Tom’s who has received First Communion.
As a body is one, though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews, or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-13
The word liturgy comes from a very old word meaning “work of the people.” We work together to make our Catholic liturgy a life giving experience for each other. Each one of us has a role to play in making this great prayer of thanks and praise to God. As baptized members of the Body of Christ, we are all members of the royal priesthood and our loving God has bestowed each of us with gifts and talents to share with others.
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From: Surabaya, Indonesia
Major: Biochemistry (Chemistry)
Favorite Bible Verse: For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
From: South Bend
Favorite Bible Verse: “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25, 38-40)
From: Pembroke, Massachusetts
Major: Nuclear Engineering
Favorite Bible Verse: He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:17)
From: Carmel, Indiana
Major: Psychology – Pre Occupational Therapy
Favorite Bible Verse: “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world” – John 16:33