The role of the ministries in our parish is to enable a wide range of pastoral, community and charitable activities to be carried out, These ministries are usually led by laypersons under the guidance of the parish priest. The ministries in St Hilda’s parish have evolved over the years, now with active groups both within the parish and in the wider community. These rely mainly on volunteers with appropriate training to carry out these activities on behalf of the parish.

Clarification of the role of ministers can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and some key points have been extracted below. More detail is available through the following link and referencing the relevant CCC numbers listed: Click link for more details

  • The Cathechism speaks of lay believers as “in the front line of Church life” (CCC 899). Incorporated into Christ by Baptism and integrated into the People of God, we are all “sharers in (our) particular way in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of Christ, and have (our) own part to play in the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the World.”(CCC 897)
  • Whether parish priest or laity, we are all the body of Christ (1 Cor 12), each with our own gifts, and as such everyone of us is called to be, as the Cathechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says, a ”living instrument of the mission of the Church itself” (CCC 913).  
  • Everyone is therefore called “to cooperate with (our) pastors in the service of the Church community, for the sake of its growth and life.” We do this through “different kinds of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to bestow” on us. (CCC 910) 
  • Whatever we do, Christ is central. “Christ, sent by the Father, is the source of the Church’s whole apostolate (and thus) the fruitfulness of apostolate for ordained ministers as well as for lay people clearly depends on their vital union with Christ.” (CCC 864)
  • “In keeping with (our) vocations, the demands of the times and the various gifts of the Holy Spirit, the apostolate assumes the most varied forms” (CCC 864).  
  • Additional volunteers and donations are always welcome to maintain and expand these ministries. Please contact the relevant ministry leader if you wish to help in anyway.

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Ministry of the Eucharist

Ministry of the Word

Ministry to Families (including Adults and Children)

Ministry to the Vulnerable (including SVP and Street Angels)

Ministry of Maintenance

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