Living mission together

17/07/2014

Faith in Our Future Blog News Story
When we proclaim and witness to the fullness of life that God offers in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit we are ‘living church’, being that community of disciples that God calls us to be.

From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang

One of the most striking elements of Pope Francis’ papacy to date is the way in which he has drawn attention to both the Church’s identity and mission and shown each to be essential to the other. In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (‘The Joy of the Gospel’) and in his preaching, interviews and personal witness, Francis has reminded us that the Church’s identity comes about by its focus on something other than itself – its focus on Christ whose body it is and is called to be, and on the world for whom that sacramental body exists as a sign and reality of hope. Christian life and the life of the Church only grow through an expanding engagement with others.

Faith in Our Future Blog News Story
Pope Francis has reminded us that the Church’s identity comes about by its focus on something other than itself – its focus on Christ whose body it is and is called to be, and on the world for whom that sacramental body exists as a sign and reality of hope.

This is why one of the central aims of our new pastoral plan, Faith in Our Future, is to better share our faith. When we proclaim and witness to the fullness of life that God offers in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit we are ‘living church’, being that community of disciples that God calls us to be.

Mission gives us our identity as Church. To ‘go forth’, as Pope Francis puts it, reminds us who we are and deepens who we are – a people of faith responding to God’s gift of life and seeking to rouse in others that an awareness and receptivity to that gift offered to all.

Collaboration within our Diocese is just one way that we can share our faith with others. We know that each of our parishes is unique in its gifts and needs. It is this diversity that makes working together a rich opportunity to accomplish missionary goals that we could not achieve on our own.

In the Dialogue of Catherine of Siena, God shares that he could have given to each person an abundance to meet all their spiritual and material needs but he gave different gifts to different people so that we would all need one another.

So it is with our parishes. Each community will have its own gifts, ways of prayer, priorities and forms of pastoral outreach but each is also limited by its own experience of faith and practices of mission.

We grow by giving to and receiving from one another. We invite parishes, our clergy and lay leaders, to continue to explore options for collaboration in their region.

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