As a Deacon, Ron will assist the Church in many ways. He will prepare families for the baptism of their children and preside at the celebration of the sacrament. He will also assist couples in the preparation for the celebration of marriage, and witness marriages when deemed appropriate. He will also counsel couples whose marriages are troubled in some way, and will also counsel those whose marriages have not endured for one reason or another. He will advise them to seek the healing they need, especially when appropriate through the Catholic process of annulment.
Deacons are also called to be servant leaders, and Deacon Ron will serve our faith community by visiting the sick and by participating in various outreach projects including working with the Saint Vincent DePaul Society and other important ministries. Serving on the altar and preaching the word of God are also very important responsibilities given to our Deacons. Deacon Ron will assist on the altar at Mass and will preach at Mass at times deemed appropriate.
The following prayer composed by Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, a seminary Rector, reflects the essence of the ministry of Deacon:
FILL US WITH YOUR COMPASSION, THAT WE MAY SEE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AS YOU SEE THEM.
FILL US WITH YOUR COURAGE, THAT WE MAY GIVE OUR LIVES IN SERVICE TO THE CHURCH AS YOU GAVE YOUR LIFE FOR HER.
FILL US WITH THAT SPIRIT WHICH WILL MAKE US PREACHERS OF YOUR WORD, MINISTERS OF YOUR SACRIFICE,
TRANSFORM US THROUGH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT