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PUBLIC COMMITMENT Confirmation commissions a Christian to be a TO THE GOSPEL


witness to the Gospel. At the time of Confirmation an individual is called by the bishop and sent on a mission. He/she publicly receives the grace to activate the rights and obligations given at Baptism. At Confirmation each person accepts the responsibility and receives the grace to witness to the Gospel in “word and deed.” Even people who are unable to be physically active must cultivate a desire to serve in the apostolate. They bring the good news to others through prayer. To deny the gifts given to us by the Spirit is unacceptable. We must act on those gifts and use them to bring others to the Lord.


THE BISHOP CALLS US TO MINISTRY


Some members of the community are called to


assist the bishop in the work of caring for the physical and spiritual needs of the local Church. These public ministers can be lay or ordained. All are called by the Church in the person of the bishop. The bishop provides order among these ministers and they in turn provide order among those who exercise the ministry of witness by virtue of baptism and confirmation.


THE BISHOP PROVIDES ORDER


Lay minister, deacons and priests are called by the


bishop to do a particular service in the Church. There are no self-appointed ministers. All ministry is directed and coordinated by the bishop. The bishop must ensure that there is a good working relationship among the community of ministers, commissioned and ordained.


OBEDIENCE TO THE BISHOP


Ministry is always difficult because we do not set


our own goals and execute our own ideas. Just as Jesus came not to do his will but that of the Father, so too those who enter into formal ministry must be obedient to the bishop. After discharging our responsibility by representing clearly our prayerfully considered ideas and opinions we must


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