During the Liturgical Year, the Church unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from his Incarnation and birth through His passion, death, and resurrection
In its celebration of the mysteries, the Church makes these sacred events present to people of every age.
The tradition of decorating or not decorating the church for liturgical seasons and feasts heightens the awareness of the festive, solemn, or penitential nature of these seasons.
1. What is the role of the Environment Ministry? It works to enhance the interior of the church for regularly scheduled Masses, special Masses, and other liturgical celebrations so that the Liturgy can be more fully enriched for all parishioners.
2. Is the work confined to the sanctuary? No, their work covers the interiors of the church.
3. What are its responsibilities? Its main tasks are arranging for :
- plants and flowers
- decors and objects, such as the Advent wreath and other traditional seasonal appointments
- fabric art such as processional banners and hangings
and, collaborating with other groups to ensure that the interiors of the church are kept clean at, all times and furniture and fixtures are in good condition.
4. What is the purpose of decorating the church? Its purpose is to draw people to the true nature of the mystery being celebrated rather than being ends in themselves. Our minds and hearts are stimulated by the sounds, sights, and fragrances of liturgical seasons, which combine to remind us of the abundant graces unique to each of the seasons.
5. How are the Sacristans involved in the Ministry? The Environment Ministry coordinates and works closely with the Sacristans, who are the “housekeepers” of the altar and custodians of all items that are used for sacramental celebrations.
6. Are there guidelines for the Ministry? Yes, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved guidelines on Church art and architecture in 2000, entitled Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship.
7. Can I volunteer for the Ministry? Yes, you are most welcome. We are in need of volunteers to join the Environment Ministry. To learn more, please contact Suzan Desing at firstname.lastname@example.org