Liturgy is an action of the Christus totus – head and members. It is the eternal liturgy in heaven in which the Spirit and the Church enable us to participate whenever we celebrate the mystery of salvation in the sacraments. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1138)
It is the whole community – the Body of Christ united with its Head – that celebrates the liturgy. (CCC #1140)
Led by our bishop and by the priests ordained to assist him in representing Christ and leading liturgical worship, the parish community of St. Max joins the Church of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the many Churches of the world in communion with the Church of Rome each time we celebrate the liturgy. For the liturgy to be celebrated well, and so that the People of God may be led to that full, conscious, and active participation that the Second Vatican Council called for, many other liturgical ministers are needed.
To assist the assembly of the faithful in exercising its baptismal priesthood in celebrating the liturgy, liturgical ministers such as lectors, choir, psalmists, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, ushers, greeters, etc. are needed. Together with the priest and deacon, these and other ministers serve the liturgical assembly.
Each lay liturgical ministry is led by a parishioner coordinator, who together with the Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music, form the Liturgical Ministry Coordinators Team. This team provides for the ministerial needs of the parish’s worship and meets quarterly with the Worship Commission for effective collaboration and evaluation of the parish’s liturgical life.