Archbishop Ranjith says Lay Movements at Service of Parish
(02 Feb 08 - RV) Archbishop Malcom Ranjith is the secretary for the Congregation for
Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Speaking at a recent conference
sponsored by the Roman diocese on “New Evangelisation in Parishes; the cause of Ecclesial
movements and New communities”, he said that the parish must remain the focal point
for communal worship and mission:
“The Parish has to be missionary because
the universal church is missionary, we know that the Lord entrusted his mission to
the Church and as such the Church wherever it is found, even in the parishes, is missionary.
Parishes share in the missionary duty and responsibility of the church”.
movements are a gift of God, those lay movements must be harnessed for the mission
of the parish, the lay movements themselves must not think that they are cut off from
the parish, a special group away from the parish, but should place themselves at the
service of the parish in order to help the parish achieve its mission”.