That is why I consider an important part of our PARISH ministry to be the prison visits I do twice a month (others are planning to become involved), and pastoral visits to places in need, such as Ft Hood. These things are not my ministry; they are our ministry, because the support I receive in many different ways enables me to help others. In the same way, any of our efforts to minister to others from within our parish, such as visiting the sick, those in prison, the "fatherless" (as we just read this week in St James!), parish or privately organized alms giving, etc, ALL contribute to the welfare of our parish.
Parish ministry can be with the priest, guided by the priest, helped by the priest, but it must never be ONLY by the priest!
I am very proud of our little parish. We are gaining momentum, and many are becoming involved in many ways. May God bless us to live the life in Christ together.