Ways to Serve
“Christ is always present to His Church, especially in the actions of the liturgy. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, in the person of the minister (it is the same Christ who formerly offered Himself on the cross that now offers by the ministry of priests) and most of all under the Eucharistic species. He is present in the sacraments by His power, in such a way that when someone baptizes, Christ Himself baptizes. He is present in His word, for it is He Himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. Finally, He is present when the Church prays and sings, for He Himself promised: Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst” (Vatican II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 7).
The Second Vatican Council did not call the faithful to mere ‘activity’ in the liturgy, but rather to a knowing, prayerful and fruitful participation in the public prayer of the Church. Beyond the practical service that you can offer, involvement in liturgical ministry is a way to prayerfully attend to the Lord’s presence and help your brothers and sisters who are present for Mass to focus on the heart of the mystery. Thank you for your willingness to be of service to Christ and our parish as a Lector, Altar Server, Usher, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and more. Use the link to express your interest.
“A cry from deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things. As St. Augustine says, ‘Singing is for the one who loves.’ Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for Him” (Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, 2).
Most of our Lord’s Day (or weekend) Masses across our campuses are enhanced by the musical support of an organist and cantor. Some Masses have a more ‘quiet’ feel and the congregational singing may be supported by a cantor with no accompaniment. Our Polish Community hosts both a Polish Choir and a Polish Children’s Choir. Going forward, we hope to continue strengthening our tradition of sacred music and are hoping to establish some singing ensembles, beginning with a Women’s Schola. For more festive occasions we also draw on other instruments to elevate our worship of God. To express interest and to get into touch with Chris Brand, our Director of Sacred Music, please use the link below.
Pastoral Care Efforts
“What wealth it is to be in good health, as we are! But we have the duty of putting our health at the service of those who do not have it. To act otherwise would be to betray that gift of God.” –Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
Christ the Good Shepherd invites us to become ambassadors of His tender compassion to those who are isolated and lonely. We strive to be a two-way connection between our parish and those who may not be able to be regularly present. Please consider joining us in our efforts to stay connected with our sick and elderly homebound and to our area senior living residences. This outreach includes our parish intercessory prayer line, prayer shawl ministry, collaboration with our parish clergy in their efforts to bring Holy Communion to those with limited mobility and offering support to our homebound parishioners by making visits, funeral luncheon hospitality, promoting parish health and wellness and ongoing support to families who have lost loved ones.
Community Outreach and Mission
“The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2447).
Community Outreach and Mission means readiness to put into action what we believe. Our Faith enjoins us to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. These works of living faith take many forms throughout the course of seasons and remind us that we cannot be indifferent to the needs of our neighbors nor turned in on ourselves as a parish. Additionally, we need to steadily ask ourselves how we can be a force for good in Northeast Minneapolis and our broader community. To join our efforts, to share ideas and help to strengthen out parish outreach, please use the below link.