“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message
is heard through the word of Christ.”
Our mission, as disciples of Jesus, is to “proclaim Christ to all people” (Redemptoris Missio, 3). In fulfilling this role, our Parish Lenten program, “Living the Eucharist,” fosters spiritual growth and discipleship as all those participating come to know more profoundly the love of Christ in the Eucharist. This small-group sharing event deepens our faith as we come to more fully understand the life and mission of the Church that flow from and lead to the Eucharist.
To then become true disciples of Christ we must take responsibility for nurturing our faith that it may grow and enable us to be the welcoming parish we profess to be. Our focus must be Catholics who’s practice of the faith has become cold and distant. “Fallen away” Catholics are rapidly becoming a larger group than those who profess the faith. Matthew Kelly reports that 70% of Catholics no longer practice their faith or even believe in the “true presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. Further, he warns, 85% of those young people making their Confirmation will leave the Church within 15 years.
Clearly, we’re doing something wrong. We need to rebuild our parish, discern our mission, make disciples, and reach out to the un-churched and the no longer practicing Catholics in our parish. We need to live our faith and share it with others. We all are called to share in the threefold ministry of Jesus by virtue of our Baptism. We can’t sit by idly letting others do the work. Are you aware that all the ministry and service accomplished by our parish is performed by less than 10% of our members, and only 30% participate in some degree of parish life on a regular basis? Where do you fit in?
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made the New Evangelization a focus of his teaching. In heralding in this Year of Faith with a Church synod on evangelization he highlights the importance of this mission to fulfill Christ’s mandate to “go and make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19). We are in the “disciple making business,” and all our efforts will be directed to that goal. We pray that the new evangelization taking place right here at Corpus Christi will allow every parishioner to become a “better version of yourself” and become all that God has created you to be.
In His peace,