What is Ministry?
As Catholics we strive to live the message and mission of Jesus Christ. We are called to be Disciples just as the original twelve were, yet ours is a challenging time in which to embody such a vocation. In the Pastoral Letter on Stewardship the US Catholic Bishops give an overview of what it means to follow Christ as a modern day disciple. ‘Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter what the cost to themselves.’ To be a Christian Disciple means to be committed to the faith of Jesus Christ and intentional about living the Christian life in loving service of and fellowship with others.
Ministry is a way of understanding why and how we serve others. It acknowledges that each person is gifted in a particular way by God, and that we are destined to share this with others. St. Paul speaks of this in his letter to the Corinthians: ‘There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.’ (1 Cor 12:4-6) By the example of our lives and the witness of our words, we have an obligation as Christians to manifest the life of Christ in us that we received through baptism. It is through our good works that others will come to recognise ‘the true meaning of human life and the universal solidarity of humankind.’ (The 2nd Vatican Council on Missionary Activity)
The following pages are an example of the many ministry opportunities available to parishioners of the Southport Catholic Parish. You are strongly encouraged to find a ministry that you think you could contribute to in the service of the parish and wider community.