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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, May 11, 2009
03/05/2009 WHAT IS A DEACON
(Coming here: May 11th: Talk; June 20th: Ordination. See inside.)
He is a man called by the Bishop of the Diocese to Ordination.He is ordained to serve the Church in a threefold ministry

The Ministry of Charity –He is particularly called to serve the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalised.He will coordinate the local church’s response to their needs.He will have a special care for matters of social justice.He will foster and support parish groups and organisations.

The Ministry of the Word – He will proclaim the Gospel and sometimes preach at Mass and other Services.He will preside over Services other than the Mass.He will lead the people in PrayerHe will officiate at Funeral and Burial Services.

The Ministry of the Altar –He will offer Service at the altar at Mass assisting the Bishop or Priest.He will distribute Holy Communion at Mass, in hospital and in the homes of the sick, the housebound and the dying.He will Baptise and prepare people for that sacrament.He will officiate at Marriages and prepare couples for that Sacrament.

The Acts of the Apostles 6: 2-4 tell us about the selection of St Stephen and six others:
The twelve summoned the disciples and said; ‘It is not right that we should give up preaching the Word of God to serve tables Therefore brothers, pick out seven men of good repute full of the spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty.

Some Deacons are transitory – that is, they are ordained for a relatively short time as part of their journey to Ordination as a Priest. Indeed over time this became the norm in the Church until the Second Vatican Council. Some Deacons are Permanent. They remain in this calling for the rest of their lives. They can be single or married.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 11:29 am