Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord:

Today in parishes, schools, Church institutions, and diocesan agencies, laity serve in various “ministries, offices and roles” that do not require sacramental ordination but rather “find their foundation in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, indeed, for a good many of them, in the Sacrament of Matrimony.”

What Pope Paul VI said of the laity thirty years ago—and what the Catechism of the Catholic Church specifically repeats-has now become an important, welcomed reality throughout our dioceses: “The laity can also feel called, or in fact be called, to cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life. This can be done through the exercise of different kinds of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to bestow on them.”


Source: Paul VI, On Evangelization in the Modern World ( Evangelii Nuntiandi )(EN), no. 73, as quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 2nd ed. (Washington, DC: USCCB–Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2000), no. 910. See also 1 Cor 12:11and LG, no. 12.

There are different gifts but the same Spirit; 
there are different ministries but the same Lord; 
there are different works but the same God 
who accomplishes all of them in everyone. 
To each person the manifestation of the 
Spirit is given for the common good.    

                                              1 Corinthians 12:4-7