For some, the parish is just the church building – nice backdrop to wedding and funerals. For others, it is where we go to Mass on Sunday – a sort of sacramental service station. But for most of us, the parish is the place where we experience God’s loving presence in a whole variety of ways. It is also a community of people in which we grow, our whole life long, in faith, hope and love. And it is the home base, from which we are sent out as disciples of Jesus and his Gospel into the world around us.
BECOME A PART OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
The parish family is a living community and a part of the Body and Blood of Christ. As a family it includes young and old, married and single. As a community, it includes people from a wide variety of social, racial and political backgrounds, people with special needs and difficulties, people who are active and people who are passive. And as a Body, it is composed of many members, with many qualities, yet all dependent on each other for the wellbeing of the whole. For as with the human body which is unity, although it has many parts – all the parts of the body, though many, still making up one single body- so it is with Christ. Now Christ’s body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole.
(1 Corinthians 12:12 & 27)
HOW DO WE CARRY OUT THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH ?
We share the tasks among us. Priest and people together are involved in a continual process of maintenance to mission. Prayer, Scripture-study, celebrating the sacraments and reaching out to the needs of society, all have their part to play. The task embraces family life, religious education in schools, ongoing catechesis, ecumenical dialogue and through involvement in parish activities.
BE PART OF OUR FAMILY
There is still a tendency to think that lay people are the Church to help priests. On the contrary, priests exist to help lay people to live their own unique vocations in the world. Very little good is achieved by ceremonies, however beautiful, or societies, however flourishing, if they are not directed towards encouraging people to reach their full maturity in their Christian vocation. To that end, we are dedicated to making this vision a reality.
Every parish requires the active involvement of people in a variety of Ministries that help us to be Parish and Church. We ask for volunteers as: Readers; Eucharistic Ministers; Altar Servers; Passkeepers; Cleaners; Counters; Parish Council members; etc. etc. The Diocese could also do with more priests—and priests come from ordinary families in ordinary parishes like our own.