Emmaus Christian Community

Emmaus Christian Community
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The Shrine of St. Joseph

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Liturgy And Spirituality Ministries

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The single most important aspect our intentional community is spirituality and liturgy. Community radiates from liturgy, which is a source of nourishment to our spiritual life.

We believe people respond to liturgy best when they have personal involvement. This area of community life needs the most support from its members. Broad involvement in all aspects of liturgy, from thematic creation to preparation and execution, is a goal.

Children's Sunday Liturgies
The Children's Sunday Liturgies ministry reflects our commitment to helping our children participate as fully as possible in the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. While members of our adult community meet to share the Liturgy of the Word and dialogue in the Auditorium, our children from Kindergarten through Grade 8 meet to hear and discuss the Word of God, bringing with them their unique insights and interpretations. There is no Children's Liturgy Program on the last Sunday of each month, which is reserved as Community Sunday, a day in which our entire Community worships together. The children present "Walk to Bethlehem", usually on the last Sunday of Advent. Participation in the Children's Sunday Liturgy Program is optional. Volunteer Community members teach monthly and are essential to our program. New volunteers are always welcome.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Linda Bianco

Community Retreat
Community members come together once a year, usually in January or February (prior to Lent), for spiritual renewal. The retreat begins on Friday evening lasts all day Saturday culminating on Saturday evening with Liturgy, followed by dinner. Meals and Refreshments are also provided during the retreat. Community members volunteer their time to select a theme for the retreat and to organize and plan retreat activities around the theme. Meetings are held as needed in the weeks leading up to the retreat. The retreat is scheduled for Friday evening and all day Saturday, but these are not separate retreats. Friday and Saturday are planned as one retreat, and to get the most out of the retreat requires attendance on both Friday and Saturday.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Diane Gallo & Al Pach

Eucharistic Ministry
The Eucharistic Ministers help gather the Community to Eucharist. They assist in making the Eucharist a personal commitment, as well as a Community commitment. The Ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ, prepare the altar for Liturgy and put the sacred vessels away afterwards. They also provide the Eucharist for the sick. Training workshops for Eucharistic Ministers are held in early March each year.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Jody Pfeiffer

Ministry-related documents for download are available for this Ministry.
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FIRE Program
The Emmaus Christian Community at the Shrine of St. Joseph utilizes the FIRE curriculum ( F amily I ntergenerational R eligious E ducation) for children and their families to explore, deepen and celebrate their faith. It is felt that family and intergenerational groupings are a more effective way of sharing religious truths and developing communities. Lesson preparation and sometimes location of each meeting is alternated within groups from October to May. The FIRE Administrator works with Leaders of the small groups to develop the curriculum based on a 5-year cycle. The themes: Becoming Community; Celebrating Community; Believing Community; Living Community; and Responding Community focus on our beliefs, revelations from God, guidelines in Christian living, our JudeoChristian heritage and the Sacraments. Large group meetings may be incorporated, combining all the groups in a more communal experience. Background and Take Home sheets are included in each lesson to provide more in-depth theological information as well as carryover suggestions for families. Sacramental readiness is judged by individual FIRE groups with their families and preparation is held apart from the FIRE meetings. The sacraments of 1st Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation are handled in this manner.
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Ministry Administrator(s): Karen Lee & Mike Wiley

Lector Ministry
Each week lectors will be scheduled to perform the four "standard" lector duties (the 1st and 2nd Readings, the Prayer of the Faithful, and the Communion Meditation); however, the Liturgy Coordinator is responsible to organize and as appropriate author the readings and might intervene with specific lector substitution(s).
Ministry Administrator(s):
Carl Maulbeck

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Liturgy Ministry
Recognizing that liturgy is the one experience of Community we all share, the Liturgy Ministry strives to make this time a meaningful spiritual expression. Members plan Sunday, seasonal, and special liturgies by choice of theme, optional prayers, environment of the sacred place, and coordination with the Music Ministry. It is the intent to involve members within the Community as writers, readers, prayer leaders, and Offertory-gift bearers.

Believing that liturgy is "the work of the people", members of the ministry plan ways to give as many Community members, who are interested, an experience not only of participating in the liturgy but also of shepherding it. When this is the case, ministry members act as mentors and provide help as needed.

Meetings are held once a month, usually in the residence. Participation and commitment by Community members is most welcomed.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Frank Pasquariello

Ministry-related documents for download are available for this Ministry.
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Music Ministry
Music presented as part of Mass is offered in support of the scripture for the day or the message of the homily. On other occasions, it supports the theme or the reason for the gathering. Our community is culturally, religiously, and socially diverse. It follows that our music should be varied in order to reach as many of these different backgrounds as possible. Varying musical approaches are used, including vocalists and instrumentalists. Varying musical styles and genres are used, including music from different historical periods so that we might both celebrate our musical past and explore today's creativity.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Marge Leonard

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