This is what we are about: We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.
Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero
For many of us it is enough that we attend church regularly and receive the sacraments at the due time. But for increasing numbers this is simply not enough. We feel the need to respond to the vocation we received at baptism.
Years ago a vocation was seen as a calling to the priesthood or the religious life. Nowadays we have rediscovered a truth that had been lost sight of; the truth that as Christians we are all called in various ways to be active in the church and in the mission of the church in the wider world.
It is up to the church to provide structures in which we can express our vocation and commitment. The church must also offer leadership to guide us on our way.
One way of expressing our individual vocation is through small communities.
Small communities offer a good way for lay people to participate in the day to day activities of the parish and community and experience a sense of belonging. In our parish, small communities have been formed over the years. Some continue to meet because the bonds that developed were too strong to break.
These are just groups of ordinary parishioners who get together for a particular purpose but found that there was much more that they could do and wanted to do. They have stumbled upon a profound truth – that we are the church. We are responsible, under the leadership of our priest, for the life and continued well-being of the parish and for fulfilling God’s mission for it. We have to be willing to take our place on the journey of the pilgrim people of God. The gentle guidance and inspiration of the Spirit will grant us wisdom and discernment as we struggle to give expression to Jesus’ mission for our day and time.
So much for the vision but what about the practicalities?
If you have time or talent, no matter how small, please join us.