What makes a Parish?


List three words or concepts you identify with parish:

Church, Community and Coming together to form a catholic family.

Explain the words and images on the bulletin board. From the bulletin board list three ideas or messages that you get about this parish:

Through all the images and messages I can see that the Parish all of the people are in seems very welcoming and humble. They have a nice music group, Children’s Liturgy, Morning playgroup and they encourage giving to the less fortunate.

– they are very welcoming

– they are inviting and compassionate

– they support their fellow parish members.

Compare your two lists and determine how they are similar.

Both of my lists say that a parish is a community and that every one is welcome. that you wont be judged if you like to sing or if you are apart of the children’s liturgy.


Test Your Knowledge

What is the term that St Paul uses to describe the Church? What do you think it means?

St Paul refers to the Church as the Body of Christ. He means that all members are part of the church are united with each other. Everyone who is part of the church has a role and are needed for the church to run.

Why is the church sometimes called “the People of God”

As members of God’s people, we each have a role to plat in the church and in the wider society. This also means that as a part of God’s Family, we have responsibilities to ourselves, each other and to God.

Who is the head of the church?

In the Catholic Church the head of the Church is the Pope.

What is a lay person?

Most Catholics are lay people. This means that the have not been ordained as a Bishop, Priest or Deacon.

What is the role of the Pope in the Catholic Church?

The Pope makes the final decisions about wether the act is still worth to be a religious rule.

What is the main role of a Bishop?

Bishops are the successors of the apostles, the bishop is in charge of the diocese/religious are. He makes sure all the churches and Priests in the area are doing the right thing.

How is the Pope elected?

After the Pope dies, a group of chosen Cardinals gather in front of the Vatican. Secret ballots are conducted until one cardinal has enough support to become the Pope.

List the three levels of ordained ministry:

Priest, Bishops and Deacons.

Name the Bishop of the dioceses where you live?

Bishop  = David Walker


Vatican II: The Role of the Laity

Laity comes from the Greek word “laos” which means people.

When Catholics speak about the church, they are not talking about a building. the church is made up of people and each individual has a role to play and a story to tell about his or her own faith journey. one of the most powerful ways of describing the church is as “the people of god”. This is a term that is used at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), a meeting of the Pope and all the bishops of the Catholics Church. As member of the god’s people, we each have a role to play in the church and in the wider society. this also means that as part of God’s family, we have responsibilities is a call to holiness, that is, to become more like Christ in everything we do, so that we can serve others.


The church is stronger when all the members are working together, we all have a role in the world and going to church and participating in the community. The heart of the church is all of the people. Everyone has responsibilities as members of the church and everyone should strive towards becoming more like Jesus.


Acts 2:42-47

42 They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers.

Life among the Believers

43 Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe. 44 All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. 45 They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. 46 Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, 47 praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.

– The fellow ship groups

Acts 3:1-10

A Lame Beggar Is Healed

3 One day Peter and John went to the Temple at three o’clock in the afternoon, the hour for prayer. There at the Beautiful Gate, as it was called, was a man who had been lame all his life. Every day he was carried to the gate to beg for money from the people who were going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John going in, he begged them to give him something. They looked straight at him, and Peter said, “Look at us!” So he looked at them, expecting to get something from them. But Peter said to him, “I have no money at all, but I give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I order you to get up and walk!” Then he took him by his right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong; he jumped up, stood on his feet, and started walking around. Then he went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. The people there saw him walking and praising God, 10 and when they recognized him as the beggar who had sat at the Beautiful Gate, they were all surprised and amazed at what had happened to him.

– Helping the poor by donating money, going to soup kitchens and donating possestions

Acts 4:32-37

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 The group of believers was one in mind and heart. None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God poured rich blessings on them all. 34 There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money received from the sale, 35 and turn it over to the apostles; and the money was distributed according to the needs of the people.

36 And so it was that Joseph, a Levite born in Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “One who Encourages”), 37 sold a field he owned, brought the money, and turned it over to the apostles.

– The collection basket, tithing

Acts 5:12-15

Miracles and Wonders

12 Many miracles and wonders were being performed among the people by the apostles. All the believers met together in Solomon’s Porch. 13 Nobody outside the group dared join them, even though the people spoke highly of them. 14 But more and more people were added to the group—a crowd of men and women who believed in the Lord. 15 As a result of what the apostles were doing, sick people were carried out into the streets and placed on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.

– Missionaries,

Acts 6:1-7

The Seven Helpers

6 Some time later, as the number of disciples kept growing, there was a quarrel between the Greek-speaking Jews and the native Jews. The Greek-speaking Jews claimed that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of funds. So the twelve apostles called the whole group of believers together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the preaching of God’s word in order to handle finances. So then, friends, choose seven men among you who are known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and we will put them in charge of this matter. We ourselves, then, will give our full time to prayer and the work of preaching.”

The whole group was pleased with the apostles’ proposal, so they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a Gentile from Antioch who had earlier been converted to Judaism. The group presented them to the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on them.

And so the word of God continued to spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem grew larger and larger, and a great number of priests accepted the faith.

– The work of charities


Ways of Describing The Church

Matthew 9:10-13

10 While Jesus was having a meal in Matthew’s house,[a] many tax collectors and other outcasts came and joined Jesus and his disciples at the table. 11 Some Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such people?”

12 Jesus heard them and answered, “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. 13 Go and find out what is meant by the scripture that says: ‘It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.’ I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts.”

Paul describes the church as the body of Christ. Jesus came to teach everyone, especially the ones who may not understand or do the wrong thing. The church is made for everyone, it is guided by God. Jesus believed that the tax collectors need his help because they were lost and didn’t know what was right.

Matthew 9:2-6

2 where some people brought to him a paralysed man, lying on a bed. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the paralysed man, “Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven.”

Then some teachers of the Law said to themselves, “This man is speaking blasphemy!”

Jesus perceived what they were thinking, and so he said, “Why are you thinking such evil things? Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? I will prove to you, then, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “Get up, pick up your bed, and go home!”

Jesus believed that the paralysed man was worthy of being healed. People doubted the powers Jesus posset and said he was speaking in an evil language, Jesus proved them wrong y telling the paralysed man to get up and take his bed back to his home, so the no longer paralysed man did.

Luke 7:41-50

41 “There were two men who owed money to a moneylender,” Jesus began. “One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other owed him fifty. 42 Neither of them could pay him back, so he cancelled the debts of both. Which one, then, will love him more?”

43 “I suppose,” answered Simon, “that it would be the one who was forgiven more.”

“You are right,” said Jesus. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your home, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You did not welcome me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since I came. 46 You provided no olive oil for my head, but she has covered my feet with perfume. 47 I tell you, then, the great love she has shown proves that her many sins have been forgiven. But whoever has been forgiven little shows only a little love.”

48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The others sitting at the table began to say to themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”

50 But Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Jesus the more you have sinned and the more you have asked for forgiveness, the more forgiven you would be. Your spirit would be cleansed and all your bad deeds would vanish. The person who has the deepest troubles, the more grateful you would be.


People and Ministries in the Church

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[b]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

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