with the General Norms of the Church and the customs of other local Parishes.
- First, during the Offertory we will ask the people to stand at “Pray Brethren…,” remain standing until the end of “Holy, Holy, Holy” and then kneel.
- After the “Amen” at the end of “through Him, with Him, and in Him,” we will stand as we presently do. But then we will remain standing after the Sign of Peace up until Communion. This emphasizes the idea that we who receive the Body and Blood of Christ are ready to take Him with us as we go out into the world. (The norms call for the people to stand all during Communion but we leave that up to the people).
Another change that does not effect the congregation is that the cups will be brought to the altar at the Offertory and we will pour the wine into the cups at that time. The empty wine cruet will return to the side table. The wine in the cups will be changed into the Blood of Christ at the words of Consecration.
Watch Liturgical Reminders...Just a few comments on what we should already be doing at Mass.
Interested in learning more about the Mass and the church's liturgical rituals while at the same time helping to plan our parish's liturgical celebrations? You don't need a degree in liturgy to be a part of this committee. Join us and learn as you go. This committee usually meets the first Monday of a month. Watch for invitations to participate in the weekly bulletin. Or for more information, please contact Father Wheeland or Mary Jo DiNoto through the parish office.
Liturgical ministry is a ministry to God's People who gather in prayer. It finds many expressions of service in our celebration of the Eucharist. All ministries blend and complement one another as we give Glory to God. Thus, while some liturgical ministries have more visibility than others, all are essential to the preparation for and the celebration of our daily and weekend liturgies.
Liturgy Planning Committee
The Liturgy Planning Committee meets with members of the parish staff to prepare weekend and holy day liturgies that reflect the character of Holy Cross Parish. Preparation of readings, music, banners, symbols, etc. are included. The committee oversees the ministries of Liturgical Coordinators, Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality, Lectors, Ministers of Communion, and Musicians.
The only "prerequisite" is a sincere desire to create a warm, welcome, and prayerful environment in which to celebrate the Eucharist. All are welcome!
Liturgical RemindersCell Phone Etiquette
In order to put ourselves truly in the presence of our Lord at the Mass we should be aware of a few things. Cell phones should not be used in Church, this includes texting or just checking your messages.
Seeing that the Eucharist is a community event, talking is acceptable before and after the celebration. We should not be talking during the celebration of Mass. Also before and after Mass we should always be mindful of those who want to spend this time in personal prayer. We should give them a respectful environment.
Please remove gum or candy from your mouth before entering church as part of your preparation to receive Christ.
Preparation for Receiving the Eucharist
When one receives the Eucharist they should make a simple bow of the head and respond “Amen” to the words “Body of Christ” or “Precious Blood of Christ.”
Protocol for Receiving the Eucharist
To receive the host in your hand, place one hand on top of the other and extend your hands towards the Minister. In this way, we truly “Take and Eat.” The host should always be placed in your mouth before you turn to go back to your seat. Receiving communion on the tongue is also acceptable.
We should approach the Precious Blood in the same manner as described above. Then we take the cup from the minister and drink just a sip from the cup and return the cup firmly back into the hand of the minister. Again truly carrying out the exhortation “Take and Drink”.
You need not receive both the Host and the Precious Blood for Christ is completely in each of these species. But receiving both makes us more mindful of sharing this great gift. If you have a cold or other illness you should forgo drinking from the cup.
Intinction, where a person dips the host into the Precious Blood is not a recommended option. At one short point in history, before we were able to receive communion from the cup the priest sometimes would administer the Body and Blood of Christ by dipping the host in the Precious Blood. But it was never intended that the communicant would do that.
If someone is gluten intolerant we have special hosts that they can receive. They are medically approved for those who have this problem. Please talk to Anne Johnson or one of the priests to set this up ahead of time.
Receive a Blessing
If you have not been prepared for receiving the Eucharist you may come up at communion time and receive a blessing. You indicate that by just folding your hands across your chest and the minister will bless you.
The celebration of the Eucharistic is the center of the life of our Church. We encourage all to actively participate each week.