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Pastor's Ministry Message
Living out our Baptismal Call to Serve One Another
PASTOR’S AUDIO MESSAGE ON MINISTRY
Greetings in the Lord Jesus. The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Called by Pope John XXIII in 1962, the Church leadership gathered in Rome for what is called an Ecumenical Council. After much discussion over the next few years, a total of sixteen documents were issued. Over the 2,000 year history of the Church, this was the first council to specifically address the laity with a document. In addressing the laity it gave the people an important role in ministry, no longer approaching ministry as assisting the clergy in their role, but the laity would have their own role to minister. The laity is raised up to take their role to serve God in an important way.
Because of this, the Church should not refer to its people as "volunteers" but rather they are given the vocation to"minister." To volunteer can give the impression that this is something one does when one has time or feels compelled to be involved or consider serving God's people. To "minister" reminds laity of the vital role they have in the life of the community; it is the call and duty of every Christian to be willing to serve.
By our baptism we all are given the vocation to ministry; to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ, one needs to serve others. Below is a list of ministries through the parish influence that one may serve the community. Please pray and consider how you will serve in some way through these ministries.
Ministry performed through the laity may also include ministry done outside the parish influence, such as out in the greater community, neighborhood, at work, school or in the marketplace. Serving God’s people can be done as well by giving time and talent freely to great causes that serve the common good.
With over 102 ministries in the parish, our hope is that there is a ministry that can be effective by the gifts you bring. The word we use is not volunteer, but the greater vocation given to you by the Church is to minister in His name.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Eric Tellez