PATH TO COMMUNION (continued)
Prayer ~~ "Come Spirit of Love! Come that we may be one, as the Father and You are One. One united with You!
One united through our Baptism in FAITH and in LOVE!"
OUR LOCAL PARISH IS A
CATHOLIC LIFE ~~
It is where we come to be continually instructed
and enlightened through
the Word of God
the traditions of our Faith.
It is where we find time to meet with our fellow Catholics and take part in social activities and programs that help to foster and strengthen the life of our faith community.
where we gather together
and be refreshed by
partaking of the
Pope John Paul II feels that not only the CHURCH IN AMERICA,
but the CATHOLIC CHURCH throughout the world is experiencing certain obstacles in fulfilling its mission of being a privileged place where we may concretely experience the CHURCH!
We must keep in mind that each parish has its own unique needs because each one is made up of different people, different attitudes and different social economic conditions.
Our Holy Father reminds us that our parishes
means that "...PARISHES ARE CALLED TO BE
WELCOMING AND FRATERNAL PLACES
of Christian initiation of education in and celebration of the faith,
OPEN to the full range of charisms, services and ministries,
ORGANIZED in a communal and responsible way,
CAPABLE of utilizing existing movements of the apostolate,
ATTENTIVE to the cultural diversity of the people,
OPEN to pastoral projects which go beyond the individual parish, and
ALERT to the world in which they live."
Our Pope feels that special attention should be given to parishes in large urban areas because they may find it more difficult to fulfill the above attributes than suburban or rural parishes.
That is why some suburban
parishes have financially and spiritually "adopted" a poorer
inner-city parish in order to help them to better meet the above criteria.
He also suggests that small church communities and groups should be formed so that more personal relationships could be fostered.
In that way, each parish becomes a loving "community of smaller communities and movements."
A parish that has fulfilled its
mission of being a privileged place where we may concretely experience the
is one that has been 'renewed'.
This type of parish is able
to be a source of great hope
to other parishes
"...it can GATHER people in community,
ASSIST family life,
OVERCOME the sense of anonymity,
HELP them to be involved in their neighborhood and in society."
Because a renewed parish fosters a more personal evangelization these parishes are able to cooperate better with other social, educational and community work.
That is why, for ALL THE ABOVE REASONS,
this means that
the pastor exhibits
A renewed parish also needs the help of the
It is necessary for the CHURCH IN AMERICA
It is through our local parishes that we are able to experience the
OPPORTUNITIES of GRACE.