“The ecclesiology of communion requires the bishop to involve all Christians in the one mission of the Church. In fact, all Christians, individually and collectively, have the right and duty to cooperate in the mission which Christ entrusted to his Church, each according to his own or her own particular vocation and gifts received from the Holy Spirit.”
Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops (2004) n59
The Mandate of the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry tells us that in fulfilling this responsibility, lay Catholics are encouraged to assist priests and deacons in fulfilling the mission of the Church. The ministry of the ordained is inseparable from building up the community of the Church in its faith in Jesus Christ so that each member of the Church might become more committed to living as a disciple.
Just as Ordination enables a priest and deacon to fulfil their particular vocation, so too does baptism enable all Christians to fulfil their vocation to make the Kingdom present in the world. The development of ministries for the non-ordained is a source of joy since it enables the Church to grow as a community of co-responsible members in which the contribution of all is encouraged and valued.
In the Ipswich Catholic Community, our ministries respond to this in three ways; through formation, through mission, and through liturgical celebration. Ministries that are available in our Community are outlined below. To assist you in identifying what might be right for you, please select one of the following buttons.