The Gift Family ministry is perfectly suited for families that wish to take a more active role in the Mass. Your whole family can be involved in the responsibility of bringing up the gifts of bread, wine, and collection money to the altar during the Offertory. Though brief, this is neither a small, nor insignificant duty. Families who wish to take on this role should prepare themselves and ensure they are present for the appointed Mass time and date.
For more information on how to participate in this ministry, please contact the Parish Office.
At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord’s command the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion: ‘He took bread. . . .’ ‘He took the cup filled with wine. . . .’ The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ; they continue also to signify the goodness of creation. Thus in the Offertory we give thanks to the Creator for bread and wine, fruit of the ‘work of human hands,’ but above all as ‘fruit of the earth’ and ‘of the vine’—gifts of the Creator. The Church sees in the gesture of the king-priest Melchizedek, who ‘brought out bread and wine,’ a prefiguring of her own offering.