The ACN parish representatives are some of our most diverse and active volunteers. Spread across the nation and working completely in their local parish area, these wonderful individuals are our arms and legs on the ground forming a network of passionate supporters who act as a contact point between ACN and the parish priest and parish community. The ways that a parish representative can assist are limited only by their imagination, but some of the most common activities they are involved in are:
- Ensuring that ACN materials are stocked and displayed in the appropriate places around the parish. Apart from the parish church this may also include schools, nursing homes and other church-related entities where the parish representative is able to build a relationship.
- Speaking about the mission and work of ACN both informally and formally as best suits the individual and the parish.
- Building prayerful support for suffering Christians by promoting ACN prayer campaigns and including specific prayer intentions in the prayers of the faithful.
- Liaising with the priest and parish council to consider ‘adopting’ a parish project or sending a contribution from Christmas and other fundraising activities.
- Bringing devotional items from ACN into the parish and/or the piety stall in order to help raise funds.
- Engaging with the parish catechists to share with them the needs of the suffering Church and providing them resources to take into their classes in the local State Schools.
- Arranging for an annual parish talk to be held so parishioners can learn more about the suffering Church.
- Planning for the Diocesan Outreach Assistant to make a parish visit so as to speak to parishioners at a weekend of Masses and share our modern-day martyr display.
- Selling ACN Easter and Christmas cards as a special seasonal fundraiser and opportunity to share the work and mission of ACN.