The word ‘ministries’ comes from the Latin word meaning “to render service”. Ministries is used in the Church to describe, not only the ordained ministry of priesthood, but also to describe the different ways in which Catholics exercise various functions within the Church – answering a call to serve. A ministry has the ultimate aim of building up the kingdom of God as revealed by Christ.
Instituted ministries at St. Patrick’s include those of Altar Servers, Children’s Liturgy, Eucharist, Music and the Word.
Other ministries provided for at the Cathedral, without a formal commission from Church, include the care of flowers, the candle stand and small cleaning and maintenance jobs. If you feel a call to participate in any of the ministries outlined below, please contact the Cathedral Office.
Altar servers (or acolytes) are an important part of the celebration of Sunday and special event Masses.
Altar servers carry the processional cross at the beginning of Mass and assist the presiding priest on the sanctuary during Mass.
Ministers of Children’s Liturgy have an important role to play in the formation of children that attend the Cathedral.
At the 8am, 11am and 4.30pm Sunday Masses the presiding priest call on all children to gather at the foot of the sanctuary to receive a candle (Light of Christ) and book (Word of Christ). The children then retire with the teacher to learn about God’s goodness as presented in that Sunday’s readings.
Ministers of the Eucharist
Ministers of the Eucharist assist the presiding priest with the distribution of the Eucharist at communion. Ministers also take the Eucharist to the homes of the sick and infirm.
The Cathedral encourages people to become involved in this ministry.
Ministers of the Word
“Those who proclaim God’s word in the liturgy are ministers. When you answer the call to be a minister of the word, you enter a deeper relationship with God revealed in sacred scripture. You take upon yourself the awesome duty and privilege of bringing the printed word of life, making it flesh. Your proclamation enables God’s word to achieve the purpose for which it was sent.”
Rosser, A.R. 2003. Workbook for lectors and gospel readers. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Publications. Ottawa, Canada.
The Cathedral welcomes people with the gift of proclaiming the Word. Bi-monthly readers’ rosters are published for all Sunday Masses.
For Roster for July/August CLICK HERE
The Cathedral is blessed with some wonderfully dedicated and gifted friends when it comes to flowers. A small number of volunteers purchase, set out and maintain flowers each day at our Lady’s altar as a service to Our Lord and to enhance people’s enjoyment of visiting the church. For Sundays and other celebrations such as weddings, the Cathedral florist, Mr. David Bell-Booth, makes the church a very special place.
David is a top Auckland florist and can be contacted on (09) 525-2514 for any flower requirements you may have.
The candlestands at the Marian Shrine and Holy Family Shrine are significant devotional features of the Cathedral. People are asked to be careful with the candles, matches and wax and to be reasonable in the number of candles they light at any given time.
Repairs and Maintenance
Working bees are held periodically at the Cathedral. Keep an eye on the bulletin and join us to lend a hand when the time arises.