Sent to Minister

The entire assembly of the Church is sent out into the world to (1) evangelise and proclaim the Gospel, and (2) to glorify the Lord by our lives, especially in charity to the poor and the needy.


Within this broad mission there are formal public liturgical ministries sent to evangelise by building up the liturgical assembly, and to minister communion to the sick and the home-bound. Some of these ministries require time spent during the week in preparation and rehearsal; some ministries require time spent in visitation.


Discerning Your Gifts for Ministry

There is a diversity of spiritual gifts with which we have been gifted, and a diversity of ministry to which we are all called.


The Diocese of Wollongong has produce a two-volume Guide for Parish Ministry resource. It is intended for everybody in the Diocese of Wollongong, young and old, to help you understand your gifts and calling to ministry. The two-volume Guide is available in your Parish, or can be obtained by contacting the Liturgy Office, or can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:



Liturgical Ministry Authorisation

Liturgical ministry authorisation varies from ministry to ministry and from region to region, depending on the nature of the ministry and the needs in the particular area.


In the Diocese of Wollongong, the following high profile liturgical ministries require formal authorisation:



“The service of Church Workers has its origins in the Gospel and in particular in Jesus’ statement that he had come that all might have life, ‘life in all its fullness.’(John 10:10). The principles and standards put forward in this document are extensions of five basic principles for Church Workers in which they:

  • are committed to justice and equity
  • uphold the dignity of all people and their right to respect
  • are committed to safe and supportive relationships
  • reach out to those who are poor, alienated or marginalised
  • strive for excellence in all their work.


Service, given according to these principles, is life-enriching for both providers and recipients”

(Integrity in the Service of the Church, National Committee for Professional Standards, a Committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops & the Leaders of Religious Institutes in Australia, 2011, p3)



The objectives of formal ministry authorisation for these ministries are two-fold:


  • To effectively invite, screen, prepare, nurture and support volunteer ministers in these key ministry areas
  • To ensure the safety of children and vulnerable people in the communities where we minister


Interested in Becoming a Minister?

If you are interested in becoming a minister in one of the liturgical ministries requiring formal authorisation, please complete the Expression of Interest form. Your response will be forwarded to your Parish Priest or Ministry Coordinator.


If you have any questions regarding the use of the form, please contact Paul Mason, Coordinator of Liturgy, 02 4222 2462, or email the Liturgy Office.



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