Formation for Lay Liturgical MinistrySister Anne Walsh OP & Sister Karen Marguerite OP
“The [laity] are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardour of the Spirit of Christ.”
Apostolicam Actuositatem, no. 2
MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION AND MINISTERS OF THE WORD
Ongoing formation is essential to the continued exercise of every Lay Ministry. Ministers already commissioned or appointed in their parishes are invited to take part in Sessions 1 and 2 and the Day of Prayer and Reflection. The two ‘Taster’ sessions are designed for those who feel called or have been invited to exercise one of the Ministries, and/or who want to learn more about Lay Ministry. The Day of Prayer and Reflection is open to everyone.
Input from Speaker Discussion
Deepening personal spirituality
Ongoing catechesis and faith formation
Collaboration & commitment to Parish life of faith
Expanded experience and understanding of prayer, liturgy, Scripture and the Eucharist
LAY MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH
An exploration of Church teachings on the role and ministry of the Laity, including:
Documents of Vatican II
Teachings of recent Popes (Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI & Pope Francis)
By the grace of Baptism, we are anointed missionary disciples, charged to bring the Gospel to every one we meet. To be Baptised in Jesus Christ is to find in Him the source of one’s true identity. It is to accept and try to live out the purpose for which we are created: to know, to love and to serve God, and to be with God in eternal life. Many Catholics express this identity as disciples in Parish Ministry, to build Community locally and to share the Church’s project of Evangelisation and the sanctification of the whole World.
To live a good life requires us to change and to grow. In turn, growth requires that we nourish ourselves – physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
To carry out our mission effectively as Jesus’ disciples, we need to devote attention, effort, and time to our life of Faith and our relationship with God. At the heart of this is the need for on-going formation and education in the Catholic Faith and renewal in our spiritual life.
Evangelisation “is not reserved to some ‘mission professionals,’ but must be the profound yearning of all the lay faithful called, in virtue of their Baptism.”
Pope Francis, 12 November 2015