The Role of the Parish Pastoral Worker

The Parish Pastoral Worker works in partnership with the priests and pastoral council of a parish or group of parishes in the areas of: 

Educating – Promoting lifelong learning in the Catholic tradition and in Christian living

Typical tasks include:

  • Proclaiming Christ and witnessing to him in their lives
  • Sharing in the work of evangelisation to promote a living relationship with God in Christ

  • Co-ordinating faith development initiatives especially with young adults

  • Promoting understanding of the Church and its mission

  • Utilising the principles of RCIA as the model for adult catechesis.

  • Providing opportunities for various constituencies of people to deepen their understanding of their Catholic faith

  • Making links between the sacred and secular and promoting encounter between faith and culture.
  • Encouraging individuals and the parish community to see the Social Teaching of the Church as integral to discipleship and mission
  • Contributing to sacramental preparation programmes.

Praying  –  Enhancing the prayer and worship of the parish community

Typical tasks include:

  • Facilitating the full, active and conscious participation of all the faithful in liturgical celebrations with a special concern for those whose participation is impaired by a disability.
  • Enriching parish liturgical and sacramental celebrations especially the Sunday Eucharist
  • Developing appropriate para-liturgy,
  • Working with teachers to resource prayer and liturgy in the parish schools
  • Supporting family prayer

Animating – As a lay Catholic, bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging involvement in existing and new initiatives expressing the mission of the Church today

Typical tasks include:

  • Encouraging and supporting other lay people in living their faith in the precise circumstances of their lives
  • Reaching out in welcome to newcomers, to those disconnected from Jesus and the Church and to those marginalised by society

  • Working with Parish Pastoral Council in fulfilling its mission.

  • Contributing to ecumenical and inter-religious encounter

Relating – Building community through quality relationships and pastoral care

Typical tasks include:

  • Serving as an ex-officio member of the Parish Pastoral Council
  • Being available and ‘present’ to individuals and their needs especially the lonely, the sick and the bereaved.
  • Supporting and nurturing parish groups especially those engaged in Catholic action and in lay liturgical ministries.
  • Participating in home visitation and working with parents and families
  • Building links between home, school and parish


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