The Liturgy Ministry Committee seeks to facilitate and enrich worship and worship life here at Corpus Christ Church during the occasions when we can celebrate ourselves as the Body of Christ. We share in these communal moments of worship at weekend liturgies, seasonal liturgies, Advent and Lenten reconciliation services, and celebrations of baptism, first communion, confirmation, healing, and other sacraments of the Church.
Members of the Liturgy Ministry Committee reflect the broad make-up of Corpus Christi parishioners and share a common interest and commitment to service to Word and Sacrament. They willingly offer their time and talent as lay liturgical ministers whether as lectors, leaders of intercessions, extraordinary eucharistic ministers, or greeters and ushers at liturgy; facilitators of Children’s Liturgy of the Word; stewards of liturgical supplies, resources, and environment; or liturgy coordinators and planners.
The Liturgical Ministry Committee also recognizes the special gifts of the music ministry in the worship life of the parish. As such, it supports the men and women who generously provide song and music for our weekend liturgies, Advent and Lenten rites, and other sacramental celebrations that are essential to the life of the parish.
The committee seeks to identify men and women in the parish who are interested in assisting with liturgy planning and who have the time to devote to any of the ministries named above. It meets regularly once a month and at special planning meetings for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. It also provides training and ongoing formation for the various liturgical roles that lay people are able to fulfill.
Please refer to this page if you are interested in information relating to:
• Mass readings for Sundays of the year (this includes mass readings for Saturday vigil masses)
• Serving as a lector, leader of intercessions, extraordinary communion minister, or a member of the music ministry
• Workshops and schedules for liturgical ministers
• Special ongoing educational and formational opportunities for liturgical ministers
We have a variety of ministries that help provide relief for members of our larger community struggling with food insecurity. Orientation and training is provided for all of these opportunities. Some assignments can be done individually, in groups, or as a family.
Food list is provided. You purchase the items and bring them to the rectory. Time to shop is determined by the parishioner.
Make sandwiches at home or make with a group of parishioners in the rectory.
Food Bag Packer
On a Sunday morning or weekday before 5 pm, as an individual or with a team, pack grocery bags in our rectory basement to be used for our Monday food bag distribution.
Food Bag Distributor
On Monday from 9:15 am to 10:30 am distribute food bags at the St. Francis Center. Only need to volunteer on a monthly basis.
Distribute lunch to our guests Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:30am and 12:30pm.
If you have a suggestion or would like to do something other than what is on the list, please contact Beth Steinrock.
The Corpus Christi Choir is a great way to become involved in our worship service. The choir performs every week at Sunday mass. We welcome vocalists and instrumentalists to join our ensemble.
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is conducted by parents and other interested parishioners every Sunday throughout the school year for children ages 3 to first grade, in the church sacristy during the 10:30 Mass. The leader creates an interactive atmosphere to enhance the children’s understanding of the scripture passages of the day and to evoke conversation and responses from them. Activities such as drawing or singing may be used. After the opening rite in church, the children gather at the altar while the leader receives the Children’s Lectionary from the celebrant. All are blessed as the entire congregation sings “Open our ears, open our hearts, open our lives to you, O Lord” to signify that everyone, not just the children, are about to be nourished by God’s Word. The children’s time follows the order of Mass that is occurring in the main church until they rejoin their families at the Offertory. This ministry requires a commitment of only two or three Sundays in a five-month cycle. We always welcome new leaders who will experience the satisfaction of seeing our children grow in God’s Word.
The Children’s Religious Education Program at Corpus Christi is comprised of classes for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Classes are held before Sunday mass from 9:15 am to 10:15 am. The school year begins in September and ends in early May. Children learn in a classroom environment about their Catholic faith through textbook instructions, prayers, and crafts. Children in second grade are prepared for their First Holy Communion, which is celebrated the first Sunday in May. Third grade students prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which is celebrated in the winter of the school year.
Our children are blessed to have dedicated teachers who are not only teaching their faith to their students, but living their faith as well.
Corpus Christi has joined with Brown Memorial and Memorial Episcopal for the Tri-Church Youth Group. Students in grades 6-12 gather once a month for a community meal followed by games, activities, and small group discussions around a central topic. Meetings are typically the 4th Sunday of the month from 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM. Currently, we are meeting at Memorial Episcopal, just a few blocks away at 1407 Bolton Street. Students attend many of the different schools in Baltimore, so everyone is most likely to see someone they know!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults become Christians in the Catholic Church through the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. It also serves as a means for those Christians who have been baptized in other traditions to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church and to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist.
At Corpus Christi, the preparation to receive these sacraments involves weekly meetings for prayer, shared reflection on Scripture, and instruction in the Catholic faith. Meetings typically run from September to May. The initial meetings are for the purpose of inquiry and casual inquirers are welcome. As the time of preparation progresses, various rites celebrated at the liturgy mark the inquirer’s deepening commitment. For those who believe that God is calling them to the sacraments of initiation, the season of Lent serves as a final period of preparation, culminating in the reception of the sacraments at Easter.
“To care for and cultivate all that God has given to us”
The Rebirth of the Gardens of Corpus Christi Church.
Over decades the garden areas surrounding Corpus Christi Church and Rectory have contributed to the beauty of the structures, both aesthetically and environmentally, and the neighborhood. These garden efforts have involved memorial donations, professional consultations, volunteer efforts, and grants from Festival on the Hill and Mount Royal Improvement Association. Now the rectory garden is filled with plantings from different parts of our community, past and present. With the hope of restoring the footprint of a 1982 plan for the Mount Royal facade of the church, grant money has been received.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
Corpus Christi belongs to Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (link http://www.interfaithchesapeake.org/ ) and hopes to implement a plan to make environmentally wise use of water from the roofs of the buildings for our gardens.
The Corpus Christi gardens are maintained through volunteer efforts. To learn more, or become involved, contact Charleye Dyer at email@example.com, or Mary Anne Wylie @ firstname.lastname@example.org