Fall 2016 we will begin YEAR THREE! See below for more information about what this year will bring.
CHRISM Initiative Chart (PDF)
We are in the middle of our CHRISM initiative of the New Evangelization which has been the driving force behind adult Faith Formation and Stewardship. Coordinating efforts is key to making this work well, and for expressing a unified message throughout the parish.
The goal is to draw this parish family together, grow together in our understanding of what it means to be Catholic Christians, and then work together to fulfill our mission in the world. This will require us to focus on:
Each of the three years will focus on a different facet of our being and our relationship with God:
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
“By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)
First we focused on what it means to be baptized Catholics, to be “Easter People” – freed from sin, reborn as children of God, and called to share, as members of Christ’s Body, in His priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission.
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct." (1 Peter 1:14-15)
“Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.” (1 Peter 1:16)
Next, we focused on why we are called, what we are to be doing each day to glorify God, what it means to “live as free men,” using our freedom excellently. How do we grow in virtue and holiness, as individuals and as a parish?
“And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipment of the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro … Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.” (Ephesians 4: 11-16)
This year we will focus on how we live our life of divine charity and human solidarity by fulfilling Jesus’ mandate to preach the Good News to all people. How do we live morally and draw others into the Truth?