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 by the Diocese:

  • Acolytes (Require WWCC, Bishop's authorisation)
  • Adult Altar Servers (Require WWCC, Bishop's authorisation)
  • Band Leaders working with children (Require WWCC*)
  • Children's Liturgy Leaders (Require WWCC*)
  • Choir Directors working with children (Require WWCC*)
  • Driver of elderly to Mass (Require criminal history check)
  • Members of Choirs working with children (Require WWCC*)
  • Ensemble Leaders working with children (Require WWCC*)
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Require Bishop's authorisation)
  • Ministers of Communion of the Sick and Home-bound (Require criminal history check, Bishop's authorisation)
  • Music Coordinators working with children (Require WWCC*)
  • Music Directors working with children (Require WWCC*)
  • Sacramental Programme Coordinators (Require WWCC*)
  • Sacramental Programme Team Members (Require WWCC*)
  • Sacristans (Require WWCC)
  • Visitation (e.g. Lay Pastoral Minister) (Require criminal history check)
  • Voice Trainers working with children (Require WWCC*)


  • Please note that an exemption from the WWCC applies for parents or close relatives if they are volunteering in an activity that includes their own child or close relative.



“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 four-fold:


  • In accordance with ACBC Faithful Stewards of God's Grace guidelines for lay ministry (p. 36), National Professional Standards and the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations, to provide for:
    • high standards of ethical practice
    • a common language for roles
    • processes of authorisation, commissioning, ongoing formation and review
  • 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, creating a safe church from within
  • To securely collect, store and maintain your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy.


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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