Lay Ministry

The Church is a Field Hospital for Sinners.

Lay Ministry in our Parish

WE BELIEVE - that all Christians are called to ministry by Jesus.

WE BELIEVE - that the Sacrament of Baptism empowers us as disciples to share in the priestly, prophetic and servant roles of Jesus.

WE BELIEVE - that all ministers in a leadership capacity are entitled to have their gifts developed through theological study, spiritual reflection, and the nurturing of pastoral skills.

THEREFORE in collaboration with the diocese, we will provide opportunities for ministers, both commissioned and licensed, to prepare themselves to fully participate as effectively in the Mission of the Church.

Some of the Lay Ministries across the Parish

Sidespeople (Welcomers)

The Scriptures have numerous verses relating to hospitality and making people, especially the stranger, feel welcome. Our welcomers extend the hospitality of our community to all who pass through the door of the church.

What they do?

Welcomers stand in the porch of the church and welcome people to our Sunday Masses.  They greet them with a warm smile and pass them a copy of our the booklet they will need to participate in the Mass.  If a person is new to or visiting our parish they will help them orientate themselves providing key information as required.  Welcomers are the first point of contact with our community and first impressions count.

How you can help?

If you like meeting other people and have a passion for church then consider becoming a welcomer and joining the team.

How they can help you?

If you are considering coming to our church or new to church and have a question, just approach the welcomer at the door and they will only be happy to help.

Lectors (Those who read the Old and New Testament Lessons)

What they do?

The objective of the Minister of the Word (lector) is not merely to be an interesting oral reader of the Bible, it is to provide effective proclamation of God’s Word in Scripture. Effective proclamation of the Scriptures depends on the quality of how the lector prepares to minister to the congregation.

How you can help?

If you feel called to this ministry and have a passion for the sacred Scripture then consider becoming a lector.

Servers (Those who assist the priest at the Altar)

What they do?

The Book of Common Prayer reminds each of us that “at all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant, whether bishop or priest, be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and laypersons”. For our Servers, this includes the said and sung Masses of Sunday worship, and the daily Masses. In addition, many are called to serve for requiems and other special liturgies.

The beauty we create in our churches as part of the liturgy lifts us to God; the music we hear fills us with exultation and opens our hearts to experience God’s presence. In making worship beautiful, we are offering God our very best, standing on tiptoe and stretching as high as we possibly can to reach to Our Lord and Maker.

How you can help?

If you feel called to this ministry and have a passion for the sacred Scripture then consider becoming a Server.  This ministry is open to all baptized Christians, regular in attendance, who are deemed to serve at the Altar of God. For more information or to volunteer your time, contact the Parish Priest.

Lay Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

& Pastoral Visitors

What they do?

Lay Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (LEOMs) administer Holy Communion during weekly Masses. Pastoral Visitors (PVs) make visits to those who are homebound or hospitalised with illnesses.

How you can help?

If you feel called to this ministry and have a passion for the Blessed Sacrament and serving others then consider becoming either a LEOM or PV.  Parish training and Diocesan Licensing is required for LEOMs; Diocesan training and licensing is required for PVs.

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