Ministry of a Deacon by NCCB–“By ordination, particularly and officially committed to service, the deacon is to inspire, promote and help coordinate the service that the whole Church must undertake in imitation of Christ. The deacon has a special responsibility to identify to the Church those who are in need and particularly those who are without power of voice at the margins of our society. Among such people, the deacon is to speak about Christ and to offer them the Church’s varied assistance. But in the Church, the deacon is also to speak about the needy, to articulate their needs, and to inspire and mobilize the whole community’s response. The deacon thus becomes a representative figure in whom the Church reaches out to the needy and the needy challenge the Church.”
This ministry of love is also a ministry of justice that aims not only at meeting needs but also at addressing their structural and institutional causes. Action on behalf of social justice is thus an integral part of the deacon’s ministry of love. The Deacon must not only assist the powerless and speak for the voiceless, but also help them find their own voice and to assume power over their lives. This prophetic role of social criticism and reform can be carried out in specific ministries, but deacons who have secular occupations also have many opportunities to carry it out in their everyday work.”
Let’s Break it Down –
All that is hidden will be made clear; all that is dark now will be revealed; what you have heard in the dark, proclaim in the light; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the house tops.
Thanks Kayla- “Opportunities to preach are as common as grass.”
Thanks David- “What do you ask to be done in Jesus’ name?”
“I want you to do everything in my name” says Jesus
Thanks to Suz – “ Live into it. Have alternative house churches; live this for one another; not as a confrontation; how can we be before one another. See what happens? What comes out of it? It is who I am.
Thanks to Rose-“Remember those who put on the breaks; they are part of church too”. Thanks for giving us grace to remember all those we must continue to welcome. Really WISE!
Let’s break it down into GOALS to live into the ministry of love and justice—a deacon.
Create new liturgy- take dreams and ideas and weave them into other spaces to create holy spaces outside of the church mass.
WINGS( Women in God’s Spirit Group)- opening prayer service
Advent by Candle Light– prayer service at our church
Benefit- draw on the gifts of the spirit; create a holy space.
Obstacles- afraid that it won’t be “good” or “accepted.”
Skills and knowledge needed- Help from my mother in law who is a liturgist or my good friend who is a liturgist.
Group to work with- WINGS leadership.
Plan- set time table for first event which would be October and second one would be December
- Local women preach group– invite women together once a month
Benefit-draw on those women already in our circle on the WEST coast
Obstacles- how to present ie tape or via zoom as start for gatherings.
Skills and knowledge- create a preaching group maybe from GTU or other; talk to those already at GTU or have connections.
Group to work with-WINGS leadership; people at GTU or USF or St. Mary’s; maybe this type of group exists already in the East Bay ??
Plan—set up time table to talk with people
- Alternative house church or prayer groups-
This last Sunday our “church” was in the car.
My two kids did the readings and the gospel. Then as my 19 year old son said, “Let’s break it down.” Our homily was an interchange of voices that melded the readings with the everyday as we tried to hear God speaking. We listened to the Aramaic “Our Father” and my daughter closed with a poem A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay –
Is that Eric Garner worked for some time for the Parks and Rec Horticultural Department, which means perhaps, in all likelihood, he put gently into the earth some plants which, most likely, some of them, in all likelihood continue to grow, continue to do what such plants do, like house and feed small and necessary creatures, like being pleasant to touch and smell, like converting sunlight into food, like making it easier for us to breathe.
Benefit- involving my kids and “youthful ideas”
Obstacles-people thinking we are trying to compete
Skills and knowledge-what Agape and small churches look like
Group to work with—Start with my own family and also engage my friends who have kids in similar age group.
Plan—Start with our Sundays and write down ideas.
- Social Justice Committee- Work with local Catholic Worker and St Vincent De Paul and Catholic charities to come up with projects to address poverty or homeless.
Partner with St. Theresa School and Bishop O’Dowd for more projects
Look at how to support Black Live Matters, LGBTQ communities,
Do food drive for St. Vincent Pantry, buy groceries for refugee families
International- CRS, IRC, Doctors without Borders, Corazon
Benefit—help others in need
Obstacles—Time, buy in by our congregation and pastor
Skills and knowledge—Seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching; Catholic Worker mission.
Groups to work with – from other local groups doing the work already.
Plan- Meet with pastor; start with small group and build
“Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be at home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you”.- J.Donahue