One of the restrictions put in place during the pandemic was the elimination of the offertory procession. Now that the procession of the gifts can return to the regular celebration of the Sunday liturgy, we are inviting members of the congregation to sign up to be gift bearers at all Sunday Masses. Those who have requested the Mass intention for a particular Mass will be invited to be or to select the gift bearers for that Mass.
There will be only 2 vessels (a ciborium with altar breads and a cruet with wine) that will be presented in the offertory, but more than 2 people can take part in the offertory procession. Gift bearers are asked to check in at the greeter’s table 10 minutes before Mass to confirm their attendance. The bread and the wine - “the fruit of the earth and the work of human hands” - represent the “stuff” of our lives that we offer in thanksgiving to God and ask to be transformed for God’s glory in the Eucharistic sacrifice. “Bringing up the gifts” is a way to offer our intentions and unite them to the offering of Christ. Please consider bringing up the gifts if you have requested the intention for the Mass. If you or members of your family would like to be the gift bearers at a particular Mass because that date is special for you or your family (birthday, anniversary, memorial of loved one's death), please sign up via this form or call the Parish Office at ext. 729.