Recently Professor Ralph Martin has written:
There has been a tendency, however, in post-Vatican II Catholicism to drift into an understanding of this call to lay mission that diverges significantly from what Vatican II actually says. On the one hand, there has been a tendency to interpret the call to apostolate as a call to “power sharing” and assign roles that aren’t really evangelistic to laypeople within the Church. A lot of the focus has been, and continues to be, on laypeople becoming “active” within the church — that is, doing readings at Mass, becoming “extraordinary” ministers of the Eucharist, and giving Communion, joining parish councils, serving on committees, etc.
Close study of recent intiatives on the evangelization front reveal that organizations such as the St. Paul Street Evangelization are more like what the Holy Spirit has in mind. Visit their website, Like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter #ShareTheFaith. I intend to become a member ASAP-after all, I talk the talk pretty well on these pages, but need to start walking the walk (on the street??)