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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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The parish

THE PARISH

AN EVANGELISING COMMUNITY


Evangelisation

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


Evangelisation1

EVANGELISATION

  • Ultimately the Good News is a person

  • Whose name is Jesus, the Christ the Anointed One of God

  • At the heart of evangelisation is the sharing of our experience of encounter with Christ

  • Nothing less


Evangelisation2

EVANGELISATION

  • We cannot give or share what we never had

  • ‘Those who have come into genuine contact with Christ cannot keep him to themselves, they must proclaim him.’

    John Paul II


Evangelisation3

EVANGELISATION

  • The desire in us to communicate Christ comes from the compelling power of God’s love within us

  • Jesus asks his disciples: Who do you say I am? Peter replies: You are the Christ

  • Each disciple needs to be able to speak this answer of the Tradition not as something to be parroted but from their own experience of encounter with God in prayer


Evangelisation4

EVANGELISATION

  • We need to be touched by the holiness of God

  • In the holiness of God’s people the Church

  • We are immersed through baptism into the life of the thrice holy God in the family of the Church


Evangelisation5

EVANGELISATION

  • This community/family we call Church does now what God does in and through Jesus

  • God loved the world so much that He sent his only Son

  • I have come that you may have life, life to the full Jn 10:10

  • This is the Good News he brings to the poor


Evangelisation6

EVANGELISATION

  • The work of evangelisation is at the heart of the Churches life

  • ‘She is linked to evangelisation in her most intimate being.’ EN15

  • ‘it is the essential mission of the Church.’ EN14

  • Evangelisation is not something extra but the ‘pulse’ of the Church’s life and ministry


Four core ministries of parish life

FOUR CORE MINISTRIES of PARISH LIFE

  • Koinonia

  • Demanding that we be a community of living witness to Christian faith


Four core ministries of parish life1

FOUR CORE MINISTRIES of PARISH LIFE

  • Leitourgia

  • Requiring the public work to worship God together


Four core ministries of parish life2

FOUR CORE MINISTRIES of PARISH LIFE

  • Diakonia

  • Filled by care for people’s physical and spiritual welfare


Four core ministries of parish life3

FOUR CORE MINISTRIES of PARISH LIFE

  • Kerygma

  • That requires evangelising, preaching and sharing God’s word that comes from Tradition and Scripture


Four core ministries of parish life4

FOUR CORE MINISTRIES of PARISH LIFE

  • Tom Groome describes these four core ministries as

  • Witness

  • Worship

  • Welfare

  • Word


Four core ministries of parish life5

FOUR CORE MINISTRIES of PARISH LIFE

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


Witness

WITNESS

‘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


Witness1

WITNESS

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


Witness2

WITNESS

  • PERSONAL

    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


Witness3

WITNESS

In arenas of influence in business or political life to act in accord with gospel truth

  • INSTITUTIONAL

    Engaging with others in a process of dialogue, discernment and action in the interest of the common good


Worship

WORSHIP

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


Worship1

WORSHIP

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


Public worship liturgy

PUBLIC WORSHIP-LITURGY

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


Public worship liturgy1

PUBLIC WORSHIP-LITURGY

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?


Welfare

WELFARE

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?


The parish

WORD

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?


The parish

WORD

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?


Called to share good news

CALLED to SHARE GOOD NEWS

How do you respond to the Good News in your life?

How can you become a bearer of Good News for others?


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