Outreach ministry is the Church at work in God’s name, stretching out to meet needs in the wider community. Our daily lives are filled with outreach ministry, whether or not we have a formal role in the Church. As Catholic Christians, we engage in outreach whenever we answer our baptismal call by serving the needs of others. Parishes celebrate and support outreach ministry in as many different ways as they have people.
While there examples such as St. Vincent de Paul and visiting the sick are familiar to many, the vast majority of Christian outreach is provided by parishioners in our daily lives. Work, school, home and community commitments provide endless opportunities to meet the needs of others.