What is the role of the Deacon?
Our role is one of service to the parish, the marginalized,
homeless, widows, orphans;
and performance of corporal acts of mercy. In
addition, there are liturgical activities which include proclaiming the Gospel,
preaching, voicing the needs of the people in the general intercessions,
assisting in the presentation of the gifts and distribution of Holy Communion.
By our ordination we are a representative symbol of the inner-connection
among the three great areas of the Church's life: word, sacrament, and
service. However, our role has been expanding over the past several years as the number of parish priests diminish. As Deacons we are assuming greater responsibilities in the area of church administration and ministry formation. In addition we are helping to promote and motivate the laity to become more involved in the mission of the Church.
Ministry to one another in the sacrament of marriage, is the springboard of our ministry and to those we serve in the wider community. As married Deacons we understand
the stress of marriage: children, home, work and the difficulty in balancing church ministry with family. Today’s church is dependent upon the laity for more than financial support. As our priests give up the “nuts and bolts” of running parish programs such as Religious Education, sacrament preparation, etc. the laity has to help carry the load. No longer is the church being seen as a vending machine for sacraments, counseling or spiritual nourishment. The laity is gradually taking responsibility for the health and well-being of their faith. As Deacons, formed and fashioned from the ranks of the laity, we fully understand both sides of the issues facing the church and our parishioners.More than 90 percent of permanent deacons throughout the world are married, and through marriage, we are able to bring the experience and mutual sacrificial love of marriage to the service of the Church. The love bond, which we as Deacons and wives have developed in our lifelong
With the grace obtained through the sacrament of Ordination and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are well-equipped to be a complementary companion to Father Tom and our other brother priests in the service of our church. With the blessing of having four Deacons here at La Purisima Concepcion, you will see us taking on a more highly visible role as we preside at baptisms, weddings, funerals, vigils and Quinceaneras.
Your Deacons in service Rich, Miguel, Paul, and Jesus
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