Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion
It was in 1987 when Father Nicolas Salvatierra, OAR, the incumbent parish priest, realizing that the number of priests is quite small to distribute holy communion during the mass, invented some lay people to attend a seminar for Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion. Seven lay parishioners who were active in church activities responded to the invitation. They were sent to Pope Pius XII for their formal training. Thus marked the beginning of the existence of Lay Ministers for Holy Communion in this parish of San Sebastian. In the course of all these years, the Lay Ministers dedicate themselves to the following apostolates:
- Assist the priest in giving the Holy Communion of the faithful.
- Accompany them during visitation of the sick.
- Bring Holy Communion outside the church, to the disabled and bed ridden.
- Help in the imposition of the ashes on Ash Wednesday.
The Ministry of Lectors and Commentators
The San Sebastian Lectors and Commentators Group was organized by then Father Nicolas Salvatierra, OAR, followed by Father Hermenegildo Cerniza, OAR in the year 1991.
The main objective of Lectors and Commentators is to render meaningful readings for each Eucharistic celebration and involve the faithful by leading them to respond while participating during Holy Mass. In this Ministry, the members strive to grow in holiness through prayer and meditation on the Word of God. Year round, they are encouraged to participate in various activities that will enliven their spiritual needs.
Other spiritual activities of the guild are: Hour HOur in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus every First Friday of the month and weekly novenas to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. They are the ones directly responsible for planning the liturgical celebrations on special occasions as feast days of Mt. Carmel, St. Augustine, St. Ezekiel Moreno and St. Sebastian, also Christmas and Holy Week.
To be attuned with the policies of the Archdiocese, the members are required to attend the Formation and Renewal Programs for Lectors and Commentators organized once a year by the Archdiocese. There are also seminars conducted for new members. The workshops are held in order to teach them to make liturgical celebrations, especially the Holy Eucharist, more meaningful, attractive, and part of the lives of the people.