Pope Francis says that he wants to make it evident that the Church’s mission is to be a witness of compassion.
“Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always,” Francissaid. “Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.”
The Pope continued, “I am convinced that the whole Church — which has much need to receive mercy, because we are sinners — will find
in this jubilee the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man
and woman of our time.”
We are an Eucharistic community comprised of the children of God, incorporated into the Body of Christ through Baptism, who worship the Father in Spirit and truth and who are actively serving humanity in view of fostering the Reign of God. As thriving diocese; comprising a sufficient number of accessible, selfreliant, interacting, interdependent, growing parishes; where priests, deacons, religious and an increasing cadre of lay leaders collaborate; to evangelise, deepen the faith, enhance the communion, and satisfy the spiritual needs of, multi-ethnic, multi cultural, multi-lingual Catholic congregations; who reach out as individuals and a Church to make a societal impact, and to provide moral leadership, consistent with the teachings of Christ and the Church; with particular emphasis on youth and the family, and the poor and the marginalised.
‘In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19).[…] Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”. If we are not convinced, let us look at those first disciples, who, immediately after encountering the gaze of Jesus, went forth to proclaim him joyfully: “We have found the Messiah!” (Jn 1:41). “So what are we waiting for?’ “Christians have a duty to proclaim the Gospel without excluding anyone.” Pope Francis – The Joy of the Gospel
POPE PAUL VI APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
As an evangeliser, Christ first of all proclaims a kingdom, the kingdom of God; and this is so important that, by comparison, everything else becomes “the rest,” which is “given in addition.” Only the kingdom therefore is absolute and it makes everything else relative. The Lord will delight in describing in many ways the happiness of belonging to this kingdom (a paradoxical happiness which is made up of things that the world rejects), the demands of the kingdom and its Magna Charta, the heralds of the kingdom, its mysteries, its children, the vigilance and fidelity demanded of whoever awaits its definitive coming. As the kernel and centre of His Good News, Christ proclaims salvation, this great gift of God which is liberation from everything that oppresses man but which is above all liberation from sin and the Evil One, in the joy of knowing God and being known by Him, of seeing Him, and of being given over to Him. All of this is begun during the life of Christ and definitively accomplished by His death and resurrection. December 8, 197
How can we respond?
Run regular evangelistic courses – form a bridge to the community & have something rolling across the year. Eg. Alpha, Youth Alpha Film Series, Catholcism 201, Cursillo, Life in the Spirit Seminar, Renew Africa – Why Catholic? Bible Study Sessions.