THE PARISH. AN EVANGELISING COMMUNITY. EVANGELISATION. From the Greek for Announcing Good News Is to experience, live, celebrate and share the Good News that we are loved unconditionally by God. EVANGELISATION. Ultimately the Good News is a person
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AN EVANGELISING COMMUNITY
John Paul II
When we look at these four core ministries as we find them in the life of our parish
We need to view them through an evangelising lens
‘Modern men and women listen more willingly to witnesses than teachers
and if they listen to teachers it is because they are witnesses…..
It is primarily by the conduct of her life that the Church will evangelise the world.’ EN41
Modern people thirst for authenticity
It is only the witness of our lives that will enable the ring of truth to be heard in what we say
Witness is offered at personal and institutional level
When we makes choices which serve the well being of the vulnerable/powerless, go counter culture and in tune with the Gospel
When we form alliances with other agencies that promote the common good and challenges conventional wisdom of powerful groups that serve only the interests of their members
In arenas of influence in business or political life to act in accord with gospel truth
Engaging with others in a process of dialogue, discernment and action in the interest of the common good
Lord teach us to pray
In every parish setting providing opportunities for people to come to an initial and deeper awareness of the stirring of the divine in our lives and in our world
To experience the God who delights in us as he delights in his son Jesus Christ
To recognise the image of God in every human being
To live with a grateful heart
To grow in confidence in sharing their own particular experience of the divine at work in their lives
Encouraging each other to engage in faith-filled conversations
Is it open and welcoming?
How does it express full conscious and active participation by all the people?
Is what is to be heard audible, intelligible and in a language that is accessible – speaking to heart and head
Is what is to be seen visible and aesthetic?
What role does music have?
How does it enable us to be drawn into the mystery of God’s presence?
By this will all people know that you are my disciples
How do these people ‘care’ for their members
But more important
How is their care manifest for others in need locally and globally?
We do not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God
How do we create opportunities fro people to be nourished by the Word?
How are people led to feast at the table of the word in the liturgy?
How is the bread of God’s word broken in the homily?
How does our parish help people to ponder the word like Mary and share their reflections in small groups?
How do we celebrate the liturgy of the Word in Eucharist and other settings?
How do you respond to the Good News in your life?
How can you become a bearer of Good News for others?