11 DIVINE RENOVATION The need of the hour! - Adele Pereira

posted Apr 24, 2019, 6:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 6:49 AM ]
“The Church exists to evangelize” - Pope Paul VI (EN)

In 1975, Blessed Pope Paul VI wrote Evangelii Nuntiandi, describing evangelization as the Church's deepest identity and mission.

St Pope John Paul II called for a "new evangelization" – not new in content, but new "in its ardour, method and expression." He reaffirmed the Church's mission to proclaim the Gospel to those who never heard it, but also stressed the obligation of the Church to evangelise those whose faith had grown cold.

Pope Benedict XVI emphasised that evangelization is not merely a programme, but rather an opening of the heart. It involves our being agents of the Holy Spirit in helping people have a profound experience of Jesus and His love, opening them to the Word of God, the Sacraments, to virtuous living, and ultimately, to their vocation to holiness.

Pope Francis wrote Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), in which he speaks of the urgency of this mission and calls each of us to "a missionary conversion". He challenges Bishops and priests to take the lead in re-creating dioceses and parishes that are alive, on fire with the mission of spreading the Gospel.

Evangelization is at the heart of the Second Vatican Council, as well as the pontificates of all Popes following the Council. Their teaching is based on Jesus' Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have commanded you." (Mt 28:19). In this Great Commission, the most important task is to 'make disciples'. Many were reached by those who went to different places in Jesus' name, baptised and even taught about Jesus. But what does it all amount to, if we are not following Jesus with our lifestyle, and others are not attracted to Him by witnessing our lives?

Well, if we are to carry out the Great Commission, where and how do we start?

Assess your parish health:

Answer these six simple questions that will help you determine if your parish is in need of Divine Renovation:

1. Total no. of parishioners in my parish:

2. No. of parishioners who come for Sunday Mass:

3. No. of parishioners who come for daily Mass: