PARISH RECRUITMENT DAY - APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS 24th September
With fewer priests available in most parishes than ever before, the role of the layperson is now vital to maintaining a living and vibrant church community for all. Particularly since Vatican II, the Church has called for a renewal in the life and role of the laity.
Many think that the role of the laity is to help out around the parish and that they are not called to play an integral part in the mission of the Church. In fact, the actual teaching of the Church is that laypeople have a distinct and very real role in the spreading of the Gospel - by the power that the Holy Spirit gave to them in Baptism. The Church teaches that in dignity, lay people are absolutely equal to those in ordained and religious life. The work of the laity is one of the chief means by which the world encounters Christ.
In our own parish, our many parish groups are doing trojan work - some members having served for 'more years than they care to remember'. However, they all struggle to attract new members.
With this in mind, the Parish Pastoral Council have organised an open day in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Sunday 24th September from 11am to 2pm to sincerely appeal for volunteers.
Representatives from each of the Parish groups will be available to explain what they do and to take contact details for anyone who can assist in any way. In the challenging times in which we live, it is now up to each one of us to play our part - big or small - in making our parish the best it can be. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th. Complimentary tea/coffee will be available.
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