The Office of Pastoral Ministry provides programs, initiatives, and resources which support the initial and ongoing formation of the laity in living out their baptismal call to ministry in the local Church. The Office provides opportunities for enriching one's knowledge and understanding of Catholic tradition, growth in the spiritual life, and development of skills necessary for lay ministry, and for effective leadership in ministry.
Indeed, everyone should painstakingly ready himself or herself personally for the apostolate, especially as an adult. For the advance of age brings with it better self-knowledge, thus enabling each person to evaluate more accurately the talents with which God has enriched each soul and to exercise more effectively those charismatics gifts which the Holy Spirit has bestowed on all for the good of others (30).
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Vatican II
In the last fifteen years many of the lay faithful have moved beyond the learning laboratories of ordinary life to more systematic education in theology, Scripture, spiritual life, religious studies, and spiritual direction. This development has been beneficial to growing numbers of lay women and men who, in turn, have helped the whole Church understand and communicate the truths of our faith in new ways.
Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium
Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the 30th
Anniversary of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
and the 15th Anniversary of Called and Gifted.
THEO 3053 Sacramental Theology
Tuesdays, January 17 - May 2; 7-10 PM; Instructor: Peggy Dooley
Available at all locations
THEO 1013 New Testament Literature
Thursdays, January 19 - May 4; 7-10 PM; Instructor: Sheila Mueller
Available at Oklahoma City, Altus, Ardmore, Clinton, Guymon, Lawton and Woodward
THEO 4883 Church History 1
Mondays, January 23 - May 8; 7 - 10 PM; Instructor: Bill Gorden
Available at all locations
**New Students please select the above link to download the registration form
After filling out the registration form please send it in by mail to: Pastoral Ministry Office, P.O. Box 32180, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-0380
A series of occasional programs offered to members of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for adult faith formation and formation for ministry.
Parish Faith & Ministry Formation Series, 2016 - 2017
Parish Office Staff In-service, Third Thursdays, 10:00 AM - Noon
Each month from October through April, on the Third Thursday, an in-service program is offered from 10:00 AM - Noon, for parish office staff members.
Note: the 2016 - 2017 series will begin in October with the sessions beginning a half hour later than previous years for those who travel a distance.
Dates and Topic
October 20 Culture and its influence on our working together
This session will introduce the concept of the "iceberg" as a symbol of the depth of issues that cause cultural conflicts and a panel presentation.
November 17 The Business of Ministry
This session will foster understanding of many Archdiocesan requirements about facility usage, insurance, etc. that impact many parish procedures.
January 19 Church Office 101
This session will be a panel presentation of experienced colleagues, sharing best practices and worst failures of parish office management.
February 16 Compassion Fatigue
This session will address the signs and feelings of "weariness" in our work, and suggest strategies for helping those who come into the parish office when you can't help.
March 16 Mini-retreat Morning
This Lenten day will be on to refresh and re-invigorate your mind, heart, and soul! This is as important, if not more so, than any practical matters we could present.
April 20 Navigating Parish Transition and Change
This session will address how to deal with sudden pastoral changes, maintaining apprepriate "secrecy", and appropriate responses during challenging times, etc.
These sessions will be available at the Catholic Pastoral Center, Oklahoma City and one or more of theses locations of the Archdiocese: Prince of Peace, Altus; St. Mary's in Ardmore; St. Mary, Clinton; St. Francis Xavier, Enid; St. Peter, Guymon; Holy Family, Lawton; St. Peter, Woodward.
This series is co-sponsored by the Parish Engagement Office, Catholic Charities; and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministry Office.
From time to time, resources for online, personal enrichment study in theology will be posted here.
STEP, Notre Dame's Satellite Theological Education Program, www.step.nd.edu
VLCFF, Dayton University's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation, https://vlcff.udayton.edu
PROMOTING PROFESSIONAL, COMPETENT AND FAITHFUL MINISTRY
National certification is available to lay ecclesial ministers serving in the following roles:
For more information click on the Links button then National Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Keep checking back with us...We'll keep you posted on upcoming events!