From Mychael Jones
The satirical website The Eye of the Tiber posted a humorous article addressing the often unsuccessful attempt in locating anyone willing to bring up the bread and wine for the presentation of the gifts at Mass. “Obviously the presentation is as important to the Mass as the consecration is…everyone knows that,” said one parishioner. The ushers searched, frantically, for a willing family to present the gifts with no success. The offertory, or collection, at Mass is an integral part of the Sunday liturgy, not just because it is the primary means by which the parish receives financial support from parishioners, but because it is also an expression of our gratitude to God for the blessings He has given us to return a portion of them back to Him for use by His Church.
By our baptism as Catholics we are called to be stewards of God’s gifts to us, to use them in ways that build up our families, our parish, our community, and our world. In that stewardship, we are encouraged to be deliberate and intentional in weighing our various obligations against our limited resources as we decide where we spend those resources of time and money and effort. When we give to our parish and to the greater Church, we are witnessing to our children and to the world about our values and about what’s important to us in our actions.
The presentation of the gifts, the bread and wine, is an integral component of our liturgy. At St. Edward’s Church, in combination with the bread and wine, a brass basket is also brought forth to the altar. The manner in which these gifts are presented can vary from parish to parish. The faithful are called to bring the gifts up to the altar for the spiritual significance. Participation in the Mass benefits the individual and the community. One of those ways would be to bring forth the gifts. To volunteer for this important liturgical role, please use the sign-up book or talk with me or an usher.