MINISTRY OF WORSHIP AND LITURGY
The Ministry’s mission is to teach, mold and deepen Christian spiritual life through live, colorful and creative liturgical and para-liturgical activities, so that everyone may be alive and active members of the Church. Its objective is to disseminate among members of the community that the whole of life must be an act of worship and to nurture a true personal relationship with Christ through liturgical renewal. It is composed of the following organizations.
ADORACION NOCTURNA FILIPINA
Adoracion Nocturna is a religious society which is mandated by the Holy See to be established in every parish to propagate the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament as the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ here on earth. Once a month, it conducts a nighttime vigil (turn or “turno) inside the Church or the Adoration Chapel, during which it has the distinct privilege of having the Blessed Sacrament exposed at the Altar for adoration during the vigil.
The motto of the Organization is “Piety, Unity & Charity”, while its official greeting is “The Lord be Adored – Forever.”
March 3rd, 1987 marks the date Adoracion Nocturna was established in Parang. Our Parish Turno Number is 1359 under Section 54, with 95 active adorer members.
While the titular Patron Saint in all Dioceses and Archdioceses in the Philippines is Saint Paschal Baylon (the Patron Saint of all Eucharistic Assemblies throughout the world), the titular Patron Saint of our Parish Turno is Mary Help of Christians.
APOSTOLADO NG PANALANGIN
The Apostolado ng Panalangin or Apostleship of Prayer is an international organization which takes direct communication and monthly prayer intentions from the Vatican. Its main objective is to spread the devotion of the Sacred Heart.
A member is distinguished by the wearing of the Sacred Heart of Jesus scapular during Eucharistic celebration and other church activities. Responsibilities include daily morning offering which unites them with the Eucharistic sacrifice, participation in all Sacred Heart of Jesus and Marian activities such as vigils, processions and house-to-house transfers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus image and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. An annual renewal of membership is done during the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is celebrated on the Friday after the Corpus Christi celebration.
In the 1980s during the term of Father Marcel Prudente, the Apostolado ng Panalangin Movement was a “rider” to the Adoracion Nocturna. Today, under Father Lawrence Paz, Apostolado has 46 members.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF THE HOLY COMMUNION
Commonly known as the Lay Ministers, they assist the officiating Priest in ministering the Holy Communion to the faithful inside and outside the Church, particularly to the sick, old, handicapped and the homebound.
Distributing Holy Communion was a function that used to be reserved for the clergy. It was only after the Second Vatican Council in 1972 that lay ministers were called upon to serve the Church. Due to the nature of their function, i.e., handling the Body of Christ, these ministers are expected to possess a spiritually elevated devotion and utmost respect to the Holy Eucharist.
LEGION OF MARY
The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all graces, have formed themselves into a “legion” for service in the warfare which is perpetually waged by the Church against the forces of evil.
The legionaries aim to render themselves worthy devotees of the Blessed Mother by their loyalty, courage, and imitation of the Her virtues. The Legion of Mary is organized on the model of an army (as in ancient Rome), although the army and the arms of legionaries of Mary are not of this world. Its apostolate includes home visitation, guidance and counseling for the aged, sick and invalid; marriage and baptismal validation; encouragement of people to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and holidays of obligation; organization and monitoring of block rosaries in and distribution of Catholic literature to communities.
There are five (5) presidia in the Parish of the Holy Family: Mary Mother of the Church, Virgo Fidelis, Our Lady of the Assumption, Mother of the Divine Providence, and Queen of the Apostles.
MINISTRY OF ALTAR SERVERS
The Ministry of Altar Servers is composed of volunteer youths aged 9-18 who assist our priests in the Eucharistic celebration. Their services center on the altar, which is the focal point of liturgical celebrations.
These young boys internalize Catholic formation by allowing them to actively participate in the liturgy as altar servers and develop personal prayer life that becomes a life-long habit.
These young followers are exposed to several areas of growth, to wit: in their understanding of God’s Word; in their knowledge of the Liturgy and practical skills to serve the Church; in the true spirit of brotherhood through interaction with fellow servers; and in awareness of and actual service towards people around them.
They currently have more than 60 members.
MINISTRY OF GREETERS AND COLLECTORS
The Ministry of Greeters and Collectors is regarded as the “Welcome Face of the Holy Family Parish”. Organized in 2006, its role is one of offering a cheerful welcoming presence to parishioners and maintaining an environment conducive to worship.
The group provides seating assistance during Holy Mass, takes up collection, ensures orderliness during Holy Communion, helps disseminate parish bulletins and flyers and participates in the clean-up of the Church after the Mass celebration. They are also called upon to extend assistance during emergencies and undertake outreach projects in the community.
MINISTRY OF LECTORATE
The Ministry of Lectorate is one of the most visible ministries in the service of Liturgy. Members of Lectorate Ministry are called to proclaim the Word of God during daily Masses and other special services throughout the liturgical year.
Eligibility to become a lector includes any baptized Catholic who attends Holy Mass weekly, is living in accordance to the moral teachings of faith and possesses the ability to speak publicly. A lector should have a genuine love of God’s Word, embracing the Scriptures as part of his/her daily prayer life. In essence, God speaks through these Lectors who proclaim the living Word and making the text come alive for those who are gathered for Worship.
Prior to 1985, Holy Masses were held with only a lector and commentator assisting the officiating priest. Today, five (5) lectors are present during the Mass celebration: the 1st Reader, Psalmist, 2nd Reader, Reader for Prayers of the Faithful and a Commentator.
Currently, the Holy Family Parish Ministry of Lectorate is composed of more than 90 dedicated members serving the Lord, the Parish Church and its 10 satellite chapels under the guidance of our parish priest.
MOTHER BUTLER GUILD
The Mother Butler Guild Apostolate is composed of women disciples who silently but efficiently provide for the needs of the parish altar and sacristy. They also maintain cleanliness and help in the beautification of the Church.
They ensure the upkeep and orderliness of Sacred Vestments for the Eucharistic celebrations, the Sacred Linens used for the Altar table and the overall look of the liturgical area. Their tasks also include the sewing of vestments worn by the priest in performing liturgical functions.
Our mother butlers operate the “Body and Soul” store in the parish patio, to generate funds for the purchase of altar supplies such as candles, wine, hosts and linens.
SACRED MUSIC MINISTRY
The Sacred Music Ministry is an organization of lay people who give glory to God through music and meaningful renditions of uplifting songs during liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations.
Its mission is “to lead and inspire the parishioners of the Holy Family Parish to worship in prayer through refined, polished and excellent singing in the Holy Eucharist and evangelize them through liturgical music, so that the mission of Christ may be lived and shared in the total community which is the Church”.
In the Holy Family Parish, we have thirteen (13) active choir groups comprising the Sacred Music Ministry. These choir groups are: Banal na Puso ni Hesus, Couples for Christ, Familia, Familia Singles, Fortune, Handmaids of the Lord, Korus, Munting Kristo, Mystical Rose, Parish Youth, Seraphim, Servae Spiritu Sancti and Te Deum. They perform during Holy Mass, weddings & funeral services, fund-raising concerts, various outreach programs, and offer music lessons as well.