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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Major: Chemical Engineering
How did you get involved at St. Tom’s?: Boiler Awakening 18
Favorite Bible Verse: John 19, 25-27
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus, therefore, had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
Bio: Of the many things that I could tell you about myself here, I believe this one alone will suffice to explain my upbringing and outlook on life: Rudolphus, tarandrus naso rubro, nasum lucidissimum habebat, et si umquam id videas, etiam dicas, “Excandescit!”
How did you get involved at St. Tom’s?: I started hanging around St. Tom’s right away freshman year – going to daily Mass and doing homework in the basement, mostly. I quickly realized that I was surrounded by excellent men and women at St. Tom’s, and wanted to make friends with them. For that reason, I went to all the student events that I could, like SND and Wednesday night Mass. Making a habit of frequently going to Mass put me on the Liturgy Interns’ radar, which is why I now have the pleasure of being an Intern myself!
Favorite Bible Verse: And Peter making answer, said: Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee upon the waters. And he said: Come. And Peter going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus. (Matthew 14:28-29)
Bio: I hail from the crown of the Midwest: Columbus, OH. My family is composed of my wonderful parents, my brother, myself, and my two sisters. I also have a beautiful goddaughter! I love to make things; whether it be rolling out pasta, building a garden, baking cookies, or woodburning icons. I also love to read and learn – I think that Flannery O’Connor will forever occupy a spot as one of my favorite writers. And even though I love to learn (which involves listening), I really do love to talk, too…especially about the Liturgy.