Vatican II teaches that the liturgy is the “source and summit of Christian life” (Sacrosanctum Concilium). We as the body of Christ gather to give glory and praise to our God. Nourished by His Word and Sacrament, we are sent forth to bring Christ into the world, which is the mission of the laity (Constitution of the Church).
In accordance with Canon Law, the pastor is responsible for all liturgical matters in his parish.
Our Deacon and Music Director plan the actual liturgies in accordance with the liturgical calendar (Ordo), Roman Missal (Sacramentary), Lectionary, and other liturgical reference materials. The pastor reviews all liturgies prior to their celebration.
The word “liturgy” means work of the people. At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, over 200 men, women and young people are involved in the celebration of our parish liturgies. The liturgy committee consists of the pastor, deacon, music director, and the heads of our liturgical ministries and activities. Together they strive to do the following:
- Provide the assembly with liturgies that are deeply prayerful, truly celebratory and personally transforming;
- Develop and sustain the six lay liturgical ministries and three liturgical activities (planning, liturgical environment and Liturgy of the Word with Children);
- Provide consultation, advice and support for all liturgical activities in the parish.
Our Six lay liturgical ministries are:
Altar Servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Music Ministers, Sacristans and Ushers
Our Three Liturgical Activities are:
Liturgical Planning: Our Deacon and Music Director handle this activity as previously described.
Liturgy of the Word with Children: Leaders present the weekly readings on a child’s level, and explain the reading in a way that they can understand. A music minister leads the children in song.
Liturgical Environment: These ministers work behind the scenes to create the mood for each of our liturgical seasons. They work with flowers, plants, and other items to create an environment that supports the theme of the liturgy.