The Second Vatican Council emphasized that the church is the whole people of God. Most members of this people are not ordained and have not devoted their lives to a religious state through special vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The church is mainly comprised of baptized believers who follow the call of Christ to live his gospel in the midst of the secular world, with occupations often not directly related to the church. The people who respond to this call, either in the married or single state of life, are the laity.
Today, the laity are called and equipped to be active in service and leadership in the church, working in willing cooperation with the church’s ordained pastors. To get involved in such service and leadership in our parish check the right of the page.
Excerpt from Basics of the Faith: A Catholic Catechism by Alan Schreck