PARISHES MUST EVANGELIZE

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

(Part 140)

PARISHES MUST EVANGELIZE

July 19, 2015

We agree. Parishes must become evangelizing communities. Especially since our Catholic Church is a missionary Church. There are too many Catholics who are lapsed or non-practicing. They are within reach by their co-parishioners.

This is the thrust of LCSC. It is not just CFC-FFL serving the parishes or being present in parishes. It is about actually helping parishes have, on their own and for their own, an effective but simple methodology for evangelization, especially focused on the initial proclamation of the gospel. This is to bring lapsed Catholics back to God and back to the Church.

Pastors and parish leaders know that there are very many lapsed Catholics. How are they to be reached? First is to recognize their existence, and not just be lulled into complacency by busy parishes and packed Sunday Masses. Second is to decide that a big part of parish focus should be on reaching them. Finally, there needs to be the delivery system, the how-to. This is the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS) of LCSC.

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Parishes must evangelize, says English cardinal

Catholic World News – July 15, 2015

In an address at a national evangelization conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster challenged parishes to become evangelizing communities.

“Our mission always starts in our prayer, flows from prayer, from our daily openness to the great mystery of the life of God,” he said. “It cannot start anywhere else.”

“Evangelization is not about superior planning, greater efficiency and high-class management,” he continued. “It is about love, and trust and openness to the Holy Spirit.”

The prelate suggested “three C’s” in evangelizing: reaching out to colleagues, answering the questions of the curious in everyday discussions, and responding to “the cry of the human heart; the cry of confusion, pain, hunger, loneliness, need, anger.”

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