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 4 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 own lives
  • Sharing in the work of evangelisation to promote a living relationship with Jesus Christ for all
  • Co-ordinating faith development initiatives 
  • Promoting understanding of the Church and its mission
  • Providing opportunities for various people to deepen their understanding of their Catholic faith
  • 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 
  • 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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  1. Is it possible to get on-line training i.e. study, exams etc.?

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