On Saturday November 5th Brs. Matthew Farrell and Jesse Maingot received the ministry of lector while Br. Gaweł Włodarczyk of the Province of Poland received the ministry of acolyte.
Fr. Gregory Carroll reminded those receiving the ministry of lector that as readers and hearers of God’s word, they had the responsibility of proclaiming the word of God in the liturgical assembly, as well as instructing children and adults in the faith and preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily.
Fr. Gregory reminded all the brothers that in proclaiming God’s Word to others, that they should accept it themselves in obedience to the Holy Spirit. He encouraged all the brethren attending that they should meditate on the Word of God constantly, so that each day they would have a deeper love of the scriptures and in all we as Dominicans say and do show forth to the world our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
When speaking to Bro. Gaweł, Fr. Gregory reminded him as a man chosen for the ministry of acolyte he would have a special role in the Church’s ministry. It was now his responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry, and as a special minister to give Holy Communion to the faithful at the liturgy and to the sick. By receiving this ministry Br. Gaweł should endeavour to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what he was undertaking and to offer himself daily to God as a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to him through Jesus Christ.
Again meditating on this ministry Fr, Provincial reminded all the brethren that in performing our various ministries we should show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people, and especially for the weak and the sick.
Bro. Aaron Zahra OP of the Province of Malta assisted Fr. Gregory and Fr. Terence Crotty OP, student master.
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