Grandma and Grandpa probably never heard of it. Before 1965 most Catholics thought it was a Protestant word and never used it, what a change!
From St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (4:11-12)
“As for His gift, to some Jesus gave to be apostles, to others prophets, or even evangelists or pastors and teachers. So he prepared those who belong to Him for the ministry in order to build up the Body of Christ.”
Today, ministry is a word used in every Catholic parishe and there are thousands of Church ministers in New York.
Ministry is: doing something, for the coming of the kingdom of God, in public. It is for the good of the Christian community. It is a gift received in faith through Baptism. (and ordination for some) It is to serve a need of the Mission of the Church in order to build up the Body of Christ.
In short, ministry is our response to our baptismal call to serve one another. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit with specific talents to carry out that service.
As Pope Benedict XVI said: :The laity are called to recognize we share in the responsibility of the church’s ministry.
Here are some of the places you offer your service:
Hospitality—to greet and make people feel welcome at our Sunday Masses; to serve at the refreshment table
Choir—to use our talent for music and voice to uplift the congregation at Sunday Mass.
Lectors—To proclaim the Word of God in a holy and effective way to those seeking God’s message
Eucharistic Minister—to distribute Holy Communion at Mass, to visit homes of the ill with communion
Catechist—to teach adults and children the beautiful truths of our faith from scripture and our faith tradition as Catholics.
Altar Servers, Children and Adult —assist the priest on the altar during the Mass itself
Visitors to the homebound—to bring the love and compassion of Christ to our members who can no longer come out to join us in our worship space. To let them know they are not forgotten
As a church community we are also called to be aware of and active in the pursuit of social justice. How do we pay attention to those issues as a congregation?
Preparation for Ministry:
Talk with a staff member if interested in a specific ministry to learn what particular training is required.