Aparecida 202: Lay People Also Responsible

Notice a shift begins here from paragraph 201: we’re now highlighting how the laity are expected to engage a personal responsibility for mission:

202. But the commitment of the priest and communities of religious is clearly not enough. All lay people should feel jointly responsible for the formation of disciples and in mission.

What do you make of the emphasis on the Rite of Penance and not the Eucharist:

This means that parishes must promote and foster missionary diversity and generously devote time to the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Adding numbers:

A renewed parish multiplies persons who provide services and add ministries. Imagination is likewise required in this field to find a response to the many and ever changing challenges posed by the situation, requiring new services and ministries. Combining all of them in the unity of a single evangelizing project is essential for assuring missionary communion.


I’m sure it’s not just about adding warm bodies to programs, but throwing the nets wide and forming committed lay people for the effort of evangelization. Imagination and creativity go hand in hand with unity of purpose.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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