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"The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount [source] from which all the Church’s power flows."

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 10

All liturgical ministers need a deep understanding of the Mass to help lead the parish community to recognize the Eucharist as the source of nourishment for their lives as Christians. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the power of the liturgy for themselves and those they serve. The Mass is not simply an event or an occasion in which a Catholic Christian visits the parish church; it is a celebration of their communal role in the missionary aspect of the Church. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ will help participants identify "the activity of the Church" and then examine their role in it, both at liturgy and in the world.

Opening Talk

The opening talk will introduce the day's theme, "Liturgy as Source and Summit," exploring the role of the liturgy in both our lives and the life of the Church. Inspired by the expectation of formation placed before us by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, this 55-minute session will invite participants to imagine how their local church might come closer to "that heavenly liturgy" toward which we always aspire (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 8)... More

Breakout Sessions

The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ affords the opportunity for further reflection on the theme of “Liturgy as Source and Summit” in smaller, more focused breakout sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to select sessions from... More


The mid-day prayer serves as an opportunity to contemplate the theme of "Liturgy as Source and Summit" in a communal setting... More

Discussion and Closing

At the end of the day, participants of the Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ will either be invited to sit with (a) other members of their parish community, or (b) according to thier ministerial role in the liturgy... More

Liturgy as Source and Summit