Our Catholic Faith Series 2017 Week 6
Week 6- February 18 & 19, 2017
Our Catholic Faith is a series of responses to questions being raised in our local faith community. We hope these responses will help deepen your understanding of our Catholic faith, strengthen your commitment and draw you closer to Jesus himself. (See www.celina-ic.org for additional responses)
How do we share faith in the Catholic Church and what does that look like?
Whenever we receive an amazing gift in our lives it is hard to keep it quiet. As children we can’t wait to try it out and show it to our friends. As adults there is a deep sense of gratitude and joy when we receive something special. We not only want to express our sincere thanks, we also want to share the blessings of that gift with others.
Our Catholic faith is one of the most amazing and special gifts we receive in our lives. It touches and shapes every fabric of who we are, how we think, how we live and how we love. It is a truly awesome gift that literally spans every moment of our lives and prepares us for the gift of eternal salvation. It is a gift that impels us to give thanks and to share it with others. How we share the Good News of Jesus Christ is called Evangelization.
We share the Good News of our Catholic faith by the way we talk, by the way we interact with family and friends and by the way we live and love, worship and work, pray and play every day of our lives. Many of us just know when we are in the presence of a faith filled person, one who is deeply connected to the Lord Jesus. They are the ones who are passionate about what they believe and committed to sharing that with others. They are ones impelled to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
While evangelization has been around for a long time, Saint Pope John Paul II introduced us to the “new Evangelization.” “According to the pope, ‘The expression New Evangelization was popularized in the encyclical of Pope Paul VI Evangelization in the Modern World, as a response to the new challenges-that the contemporary world creates for the mission of the Church.’”
“The new evangelization like all evangelization must be founded on the person of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Missionary evangelization is the responsibility and calling of all Christians. JPII named three types of evangelization – The first is bringing the gospel to peoples, groups and socio-cultural contexts in which Christ and his Gospel are not known. Second, there are healthy mature Christian communities that are fervent in their faith, have a sense of the universal mission, and in which the Church carries out her activities and pastoral care. Here he seems to describe a situation that requires pastoral care and not evangelization. Third, there is what the pope calls an intermediate situation. Within countries there are entire groups of the baptized who have lost a living sense of the faith, or no longer consider themselves members of the Church. ln this case what is needed is a “new evangelization” or a “re-evangelization.” In this third situation people need to be socialized into situations of vibrant faith. Some need their faith to be renewed and enlivened. Others have had little or no training in the Christian faith and essentially need to be evangelized with the basic gospel and receive formation in the faith (catechesis). The basis of sharing the life of Christ with others is life in Christ. We are called to know Christ and to make Him known.” Copyright (c)Dave Nodar – www.christlife.org
Sometimes even the most treasured gifts of our lives get set aside, lost or even broken. Once found again, they are a cause for great joy and renewed energy. Join us for Contagiously Catholic: Practical Ways to Share your Faith with Sean Ater on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7 PM in the Parish Activity Center. May this be a wonderful opportunity for all of us to be reminded of the great gift we have in Christ Jesus and how we are called to share that gift with others.
We are a Eucharistic community rooted in faith and gifted by God with time, talent and treasure. Liturgy is at the heart of our faith, and our response is love in action. We share the gift of faith through our Catholic elementary school, religious education for children and adults and by reaching out to those who are lonely, hungry or hurt. We invite you to join us in worship and any of our parish ministries. If you have any questions, suggestions or would like more information about our parish family, please send us an email at email@example.com or give us a call at 419-586-6648.
Lent 2017 Faith Discussions
Join us for the second phase of our Catholic-Lutheran dialogues which began last Fall. During Lent 2017, St. John Lutherans and IC Catholics will continue to explore and discuss what our two faith communities have in common and how we can dismantle the walls that have separated us for nearly 500 years. Discussions will spring from the book One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ, a collection of essays written collaboratively by three Catholic and three Lutheran scholars and pastoral leaders. The essays explore experiences and activities that both faith communities share and that can help us better communicate with each other and understand and appreciate the richness of both faith traditions.
Discussion groups will meet for five weeks on Thursdays starting on March 9 at IC. To better accommodate work and family schedules, two group sessions are planned for each day, one starting at noon and a second at 6:00 PM. (Both sessions will begin with a light meal for those interested, discussions begin at 12:30 and 6:30 PM.) Meeting places will again alternate between St. John’s and IC. For more information and/or to reserve a book, call Charlie Mescher at 419-586-or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details will be forthcoming soon.
The Face of Mercy with Bishop Joseph R. Binzer
Pastoral Council nominations are being accepted through February 23. A nomination may be made by any member of the parish who is 18 years of age or older. Please speak to the person you wish to nominate, seeking their approval and submit all nominations in writing,...read more
The Case for Life: The Pro-Life Movement - Join us for a night to prepare you to speak intelligently and graciously on the issue of abortion on Thursday, February 23, 7:00-8:15 p.m. at the Celina K of C Hall, 129 N. Vine St. Guest Speaker Mike Spencer is a gifted and...read more
St. John Builders are accepting applications for the next house to be built. Applications are available at St. John Builders office, 1100 North Main St., Celina. Applications may also be found at www.purpledoorchurch.org. The deadline is February 28.read more