Saturday Sessions – What is Lay Pastoral Ministry?

23 March 2021


Saturday Session is an initiative of the Diocese of Parramatta held every Saturday and Monday via Zoom. All members of our Diocese and friends are welcome to attend.

The Saturday Session below was held by the Diocese on the 13 and 15 March 2021. If you missed it, we invite you to watch the video and consider the discussion questions in your own time. You may even wish to organise your friends or parish group to watch and discuss the topic at a time convenient to you.


In this week’s episode, the Saturday Sessions community hear from Dr Aoife McGrath, Director of Pastoral Theology at the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland, as she introduces us to the foundations of Lay Pastoral Ministry.

Parish Pastoral Councils, Diocesan and Deanery Pastoral Councils, Pastoral and Parish Leadership teams – are invited to explore best practices for lay pastoral ministry.

Saturday Sessions invites participants to watch a pre-recorded presentation in their own time or at a set time prior to discussion. A designated hour is set for a period of discussion about the presentation in small groups via an online video conferencing platform.

Sessions are held every Saturday at 9.15am and then repeated on Monday nights at 7.15pm. Check out the Diocesan Facebook page for weekly updates on the topic of the week.

The video, part of the Saturday Sessions series, alongside videos and other prayer resources are available on The Well, the popular video streaming site of the Diocese of Parramatta.

The Well can be found at


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