Preparing for Our New Church
For the Entire Parish Community
The Order of the Dedication of a Church tells us, “Because the church is a visible building, this house is a special sign of the pilgrim Church on earth and an image of the Church dwelling in heaven.” It goes onto say that “when a church is constructed as a building destined solely and permanently for gathering the People of God and for carrying out sacred functions, it is fitting that it be dedicated to the Lord…” (2). Our new church building, the work of human hands, the work of St. John the Baptist Parish Community and so many others, will be dedicated to God and sanctified for our worship and gathering as God’s holy people. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr will celebrate The Order of the Dedication of a Church on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 3:00pm. This will be a day of great joy and celebration for St. John the Baptist Parish Community!
As we prepare to celebrate the Eucharist in our new church, liturgical ministers have begun to attend formation sessions on their various liturgical roles in our new worship space. They are learning what to do and how to do it so that they will be ready to perform their liturgical ministry with grace and decorum. At the first of the liturgical ministry sessions on May 8, Fr. Kemper reminded liturgical ministers that the dedication of our new church provides us the opportunity to rededicate our lives to giving worship to God and living out his call to serve others in love. This is true for all of us, members of the worshiping assembly.
To help the entire parish community prepare for our new liturgical space, Fr. Kemper is writing bulletin articles on the liturgy and on The Order of the Dedication of a Church. Fr. Kemper will help us as a parish community to appreciate more fully the various spaces and items used in the liturgy and sacramental life of the Church. Perhaps more importantly, these articles will help us to deepen our understanding of the liturgy and enable us to participate more fully in the mystery of the Eucharist, especially as we gather in our new worship space.
As we prepare to celebrate the Eucharist and other sacraments in our new church, let us all dedicate our lives to giving worship to God and to being a sign of Christ's presence to all who join us in worship
Following are links to Fr. Kemper's articles:
Now, That's What I Call Dedication: Part I
Now, That's What I Call Dedication: Part II
Now, That's What I Call Dedication: Part III
Links to Liturgical Minister preparation:
Liturgical Ministry Formation Flyer
Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Guidelines for Lectors
AOC This Holy and Living Sacrifice: Frequently Asked Questions (for EMsHC)
Liturgical Ministers' Information Form - for scheduling of liturgical ministers