St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church

What is Lay Ministry?

All lay men and women are called to participate in the mission of the church, to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ by their actions and words, and to work toward the transformation of the world. Most respond to this call in 'secular' arenas - in family life, in their workplace, and in the civic community.

Some also work within the church, to build up the Christian community through various forms of "ministry." Some do this on a limited, voluntary, or temporary basis - as catechists, liturgical ministers, parish council members, visitors to the sick, youth workers, advocates for the poor, and so on. Some serve on a more stable basis and may even be employed in the church. "Lay ministry" is a broad term that encompasses all these forms of service within or on behalf of the church community.