On Lay Ministries
A. LAY MINISTRIES
One of the central teachings of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is the important role that ordinary baptized persons the Laity — have in the Church. They are full-pledged Members of the People of God, full- time constituents of the Church. And they have a proper role to play both within the Church and in the mission of the Church to the world (Cf. VAT II: Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People, 18 November 1965).
Subsequent to the Council, this cardinal teaching on the Lay Faithful progressively became a reality both in the institutional observances within the Church and in the perception of lay persons themselves (Cf. Paul VI, Apostolic Letter “Ministeria Quaedam, 15 August 1972). This Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction wherefore now officially addresses and formally recognizes the existing, emerging and possible Lay Ministries in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan.
Lay Ministries are services — functions or tasks — undertaken by the Lay Faithful and exercised for the good of many, whereby they share in the Church’s institutional responsibility of manifesting the presence of Christ’s saving action among the people through their formal Installation into the Ministries concerned by the competent Church Authority as a guarantee of ecclesial communion (Cf. Asian Colloquium on Ministries in the Church, 27 February-March 1977, No. 32).
B. LAY MINISTERS
Subject to the definition of their proper functions according to the nature and implications of their respective tasks, and without prejudice to other lay ecclesial functions in the future that the Church could recognize, the Laity in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction now have the following Ministries:
1. Laity in the Worship Ministry
a. Existing Lay Worship Ministers
(1) Special Eucharistic Ministers
(2) Lectors and Commentators
(3) Music/Choir Ministers
(4) Knights of the Altar
b. Emerging Lay Worship Ministries
(1) Interior Liturgical Artists
(2) Liturgical Writers/Translators/Publicists
(3) Church Ushers/Usherettes
c. Possible Lay Worship Ministries
(1) Bible Service/Sunday Worship Presiders
(2) Emergency (Danger of Death) Baptizers
(3) Family Altar Servers
(4) Funeral Service/Prayer Presiders
(5) Sacred Triduum Presiders
2. Laity in the Catechetical Ministry
a. Existing Lay Catechetical Ministers
(1) Professional School Catechists
(2) Volunteer School Catechists
(3) Volunteer Student Catechists
b. Emerging Lay Catechetical Ministers
(1) Pre-Cana, Cana, Post-Cana Catechists
(2) BEC Catechists
(3) Formators on Advanced Ecclesiastical Courses
c. Possible Lay Catechetical Ministers
(1) Catechists on Sacred Scriptures
(2) Catechists on Church Social Doctrine
(3) Catechists on Christian Ecology
(4) Catechists on Liturgy
(5) Catechists on the Sacraments/Sacramentals
3. Laity in the Social Action Ministry
a. Existing Lay Social Action Ministers
(1) Ministers for Livelihood Programs
(2) Ministers for Scholarship Programs
(3) Ministers for Health Programs
(4) Ministers for the Poor
(5) Ministers for the Disabled
(6) Ministers for the Sick
(7) Ministers for the Aged
(8) Ministers for the Orphans
(9) Ministers for Disasters/Emergency Situations
(10) Ministers for Fund Raising
b. Emerging Lay Social Action Ministers
(1) Ministers on Parish Church Temporalities
(2) Ministers on Church Construction/Preservation
(3) Ministers on Prisoners’ Welfare
(4) Ministers for Public Affairs
(5) Ministers for Sectoral Apostolates
c. Possible Lay Social Action Ministers
(1) Ministers for OFW Families
(2) Ministers for Skills Development
(3) Ministers for Legal Aid
C. QUALIFICATION, FORMATION, INSTALLATION OF LAY MINISTERS:
To quali1y for basic formation and eventual installation into a Lay Ministry, the faithful concerned should be:
a. A practicing Catholic both in private and public, personal and professional life with good moral standing in the community.
b. An intellectually, physically and emotionally fit subject of the Ministry concerned.
c. A genuinely interested and committed, able and available person to carry out the tasks/functions of the Ministry.
The Candidate for a Lay Ministry should undergo an initial and thereafter an on-going formation on:
a. Human Formation: Self-knowledge as a human person, understanding of human relations, development of human virtues, and the like.
b. Christian Formation: Knowledge and appreciation of Christian Faith and Morals, Church Magisterium, observance of Christian virtues, and the like.
c. Apostolic Formation: Catechesis on the mandate of apostolic service, on the nature and significance of the Ministry concerned, development of the needed ministerial skills, and the like.
The Installation of Lay Ministers is their own personal acceptance of and formal commitment to the Ministry concerned, their official recognition and public admission into the Ministry by the competent Church Authority, subject to the following particulars:
a. That the due attire/vestment is defined.
b. That the Installation Rite is properly observed.
c. That the needed evaluation is made.
d. That the Installation is on a yearly basis.
e. That the necessary ID is given.
CHRIST OUR GOOD SHEPHERD, BE WITH US ALWAYS!
The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
(Central Pangasinan, Philippines)