John Paul II Foundation for the New Evangelization seeks to give glory to God through mission-driven parishes working together for evangelization. To that end, we equip, empower and employ Parish Evangelization Leaders.
“The Church exists to evangelize. The Church belongs to Jesus and He gave her only one mission, the salvation of souls.” He then quotes Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
The parish is designed to be the center of evangelization and discipleship. An evangelizing parish offers every person in its community a life-changing encounter with Jesus. All aspects of parish life, from the Sunday homily, the music, hospitality, to faith formation and community building events– explicitly in various creative ways– invite people to make Christ the center of their lives.
“It is more necessary than ever for all the faithful to move from a faith of habit, sustained perhaps by social context alone, to a faith which is conscious and personally lived. The renewal of faith will always be the best way to lead others to the Truth that is Christ.”– Pope St. John Paul II
GROWING IN DISCIPLESHIP
A parish that focuses on evangelization and discipleship invests time, energy and resources in the spiritual formation of parishioners and newcomers. Those who have committed their lives to Jesus are given various opportunities to grow in their prayer life, in their knowledge of Scripture and Church teachings, and in virtuous living. They are encouraged to support one another in small communities of faith where they can grow as authentic disciples of Christ.
A mission-driven parish does not stop at forming intentional disciples. Committed disciples are trained and empowered to evangelize—to go and make other disciples. All parishioners are formed as missionary disciples who take the fire of their Faith out into the world.
Millennials are active participants in the life of a mission-driven parish. Young people exercise their God-given gifts in the Body of Christ. In the heart of a mission-driven parish, youth and young adults who have been away find a home.
When disaffiliated young people show up at a mission-driven parish for Christmas, Ash Wednesday or Easter, or even when they attend a wedding or a funeral, their hearts are awakened to the truth, the beauty and the goodness of God. When couples come to get married, when parents and godparents prepare for a child’s Baptism, or when parents enroll children for school or religious education, they encounter Jesus and seek to know Him more.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
GUIDED BY THE SPIRIT
Mission-driven parishes cooperate with the Spirit who animates the transformation of a maintenance-oriented culture to a culture that is focused on the one mission Christ has given the Church. And when, in unity, mission-driven parishes work together to evangelize those who don’t come to church, God is surely glorified.
Will you please help fulfill our vision?
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