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Saturday, January 25, 2014

What are you doing for your parish?

I guess I am feeling a call to get others involved even though I am not involved in my own parish.
Read this and reflect and see how you feel:

From Pope Francis' Gospel of Joy:

"The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be "the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters". This presumes that it really is in contact with the homes and the lives of its people, and does not become a useless structure out of touch with people or a self-absorbed group made up of a chosen few. The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a center of constant missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented."

Well, I guess I can at least pray for pastors and for all of us to heed the Pope's words and become open and creative and in touch with the reality of our lives. 

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
Saint Catherine of Siena

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