What Can Deacons do? (Part 3 of 10)

It is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the
various ministries of charity.” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium #29)
The deacon’s liturgical ministry includes:
• assisting the bishop and priest at Mass
• presiding at baptisms and weddings outside of Mass and
at the Liturgy of the Hours
• blessing objects and persons usually within liturgical celebrations
• proclaiming and preaching the Word of God
• providing pastoral care of the aged, sick, and dying
Deacons also play an important catechetical role, often being involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and in preparing parents for infant baptism. His liturgical ministry of proclaiming and preaching the Word of God is often extended beyond liturgy to parish meetings and religious education sessions.