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What is a Deacon's role in the Catholic church?

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Deacons are called to serve. The very word "deacon" is taken from the Greek word diakonia, meaning service. However, exactly what a deacon does varies depending upon the needs of those he serves. Deacons have a number of roles and responsibilities within the liturgy or Mass. They include announcing the Penetential rite, proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the Homily, voicing the general intercessions (or petitions), assisting with the Eucharistic gifts, serving as a minister of the Eucharist, purifying the vessels after communion, and dismissing the people at the conclusion of the Mass. Deacons are permitted to assist the Pastor of a parish by Baptizing and officiating at the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. They may also preside at Funeral services (although not at a Funeral Mass) and prayer services including Liturgy of the Word services, morning prayer, and evening prayer (also known as vespers). The roles of deacons outside of the liturgy varies greatly, depending upon the needs of the parish(es) in which they serve. These include: * Administrative roles - such as managing parishes when there is no priest available * Ministry to the sick and aged - pastoral ministry in hospitals and nursing homes. A number of deacons serve as chaplains. * Ministry to the poor * Ministry to those with drug or alcohol problems * Prison Ministry * Ministry to the mentally/physically disabled * Christian education - including teaching CCD, classes for the Order of Christian Initiation, and sacramental preparation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, and Marriage) * And many more. There are a number of things that deacons cannot do (they are reserved to priests): * They cannot consecrate the Eucharist * They cannot hear confessions * They cannot administer the Anointing of the Sick Most deacons are not paid for their service and volunteer their time out of love for God and the Church.

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