Listed below are some common questions many Catholics have about participating in different ministries. Please read on to understand more about Catholic ministry.
QUESTION: What is “Ministry”?
ANSWER: The Scriptures teach that “ministry” is an act of service that we render to others in the name of Christ, and that it is expected of all Christians. St. John Berchmans is blessed to have many ministers – which is why God is working such miracles through and in our parish community. The role of our Pastoral Staff is to train, support and challenge the members of the parish to do ministry.
QUESTION: Why do we volunteer?
ANSWER: While there are many personal benefits to volunteering in service to Christ, we do it primarily because Christ expects all who follow him to share the light of his salvation with others. We call this “Ministry”.
QUESTION: Does any good deed we do qualify as “ministry”?
ANSWER: There are times for all of us when the good we do does not go under any particular label. We are simply letting our Christian values and our priorities shine through. “Ministry” is service rendered explicitly in Christ’s name.
Each member of St. John Berchmans Church is asked to volunteer in at least two areas of ministry each year. Through each of our ministries, we are able to find a sense of belonging, uncover new gifts we may not have realized we have, participate in tasks which have real meaning and make a difference in people’s lives, make the church our family, and above all, experience the truth in Christ’s promise: “…it is in giving, that we receive…”
“We long for heaven where God is, but we have it in our power to be in heaven now; to be happy with him at this very moment. To be happy with him simply loving as He loves, Helping as He helps, giving as He gives, Serving as He serves, rescuing as He rescues. And in that act being with Him twenty-four hours a day. For we touch Him as we touch other for Him.” (Mother Teresa)