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  • The New
    Evangelization Began with Him...
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  • QUOTES FROM POPE PAUL VI ON EVANGELIZATION

    Quotes from EVANGELII NUNTIANDI
     

    We wish to do…. a new. Of evangelization

    Anyone who rereads in the New Testament, the origins of the church, follow her history step-by-step and watches her live and act, see that she is linked to evangelization in her most intimate being.
     
    Thus, it is the whole church that receives the Mission to evangelize common and the work of each individual member is important for the whole.

    The church is to evangelize , but she begins by being evangelized herself. In brief, this means that she has a constant need of being evangelized if she wishes to retain freshness, vigour and strength in order to proclaim the gospel.

    The church is the depository of the Good News to be proclaimed.

     Above all the Gospel must be proclaimed by witness.
     
    Finally, the person who has been evangelized goes on to evangelize others. Here lies the test of truth, the touchstone of evangelization: it is unthinkable that a person should accept the Word and give himself to the kingdom without becoming a person who bears witness to it and proclaims it in his turn.

    But evangelization would not be complete if it did not take account of the unceasing interplay of the Gospel of man’s concrete life, both personal and social.

    This is why evangelization involves an explicit message, adapted to the different situations constantly being realized, about the rights and duties of every human being, about family life without which personal growth and development is hardly possible, about life in society, about international life, peace, justice and development: a message especially energetic today about liberalization.
     
    The question of “ how to evangelize” is permanently relevant because the methods of evangelization vary according to the different circumstances of time, place and culture, and because they thereby present a certain challenge to our capacity for discovery and adaptation.
     
    Without repeating everything that we have already mentioned, it is appropriate first of all to emphasize the following point: for the church, the first means of evangelization is the witness of an authentically Christian life given over to God in a communion that nothing should destroy and at the same time given to one’s neighbour with limitless zeal.

    As we have recently said to a group of lay people modern man listens more willingly to witness than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers it is because they are witnesses.

     It is therefore primarily by her conduct and by her life that the church will evangelize the world, in other words, by her living witness of fidelity to the Lord Jesus: the witness of poverty and detachment, of freedom in the face of the powers of this world, in short, the witness of sanctity.

    Our century is characterized by the mass media or means of social communication, and the first proclamation, catechesis or the further deepening of faith cannot do without these means, as we have already emphasized.

    For this reason, side by side with the collective proclamation of the gospel, the other form of transmission, for the person to person one, remain valid and important in the long run, is there any other way of handing on the Gospel than by transmitting to another person one’s personal experience of faith?

    It must not happen that the pressing need to proclaim the good news to the multitudes should cause us to forget this form of proclamation whereby an individual’s personal conscience is reached and touched by an entirely unique word that he receives from someone else.

    The role of evangelization is precisely to educate people in the faith in such a way as to lead each individual Christian to live the sacraments as true sacraments of faith: and not to receive them passively or reluctantly. In other words, our religion effectively establishes with God and authentic and living relationship which the other religions do not succeed in doing, even though they have, as it were, their arms stretched out towards heaven. She does she seeks to deepen consolidate, nourish and make evermore mature the faith of those who are  faithful or believers, in order that they may be still more.
     
    It would not be an exaggeration to say that there exists a powerful and a tragic appeal to be evangelized
     
    The second sphere is that those who do not practice. Today there is a very large number of baptized people who for the most part have not formally renounced their baptism but who are entirely in different to it and not living in accordance with it.

    The phenomenon of not practising is a very ancient one in the history of Christianity; it is the result of a natural weakness, a profound inconsistency which we unfortunately bear deep within us. Today however it shows certain new characteristics it is often the result of the uprooting typical of our time. It also springs from the fact that Christians live in close proximity with nonbelievers and constantly experience the effects of unbelief.

    Furthermore, the non-practising Christians of today more than those of previous periods, seek to explain and justify their position in the name of an interior religion, of personal independence or authenticity.
     
     
    Atheistic secularism and the absence of religious practice are found among adults who among the young, among the leaders of society and among ordinary people, at all levels of education, and in both the old churches and the young ones. The church is evangelization action cannot ignore these two worlds, nor must it come to a standstill when faced with them; it must constantly seek the proper means and language for presenting or representing, to them God’s revelation and faith in Jesus Christ
     
    We have remarked that the church is entirely and completely evangelizing; this means that in the whole world; and in each part of the world where she is present, the church feels responsible for the task of spreading the gospel.
     
    Evangelization loses much of its force and effectiveness if it does not take into consideration the actual people to whom it addresses, if it does not use their language, their signs and symbols, if it does not answer the questions they ask, and if it does not have an impact on their concrete life.
     
    Laypeople whose particular vocation places them in the midst of the world and in charge of the most varied temporal tasks, must for this very reason exercise of very special form of evangelization.
     
    Their own field of evangelizing activity is the vast and complicated world of politics, society and economics, but also the world of culture, of the sciences and the arts, of international life, of the mass media. It also includes other realities which are open to evangelization, such as human love, the family, the education of children and adolescents, professional work, suffering.
     
    One cannot fail to stress the evangelizing action of the family in the evangelizing apostolate of the lady.
     
    In a family which is conscious of this mission, all members evangelize and are evangelized. The parents not only communicate the gospel to their children, but from their children they can themselves receive the same Gospel as deeply lived by them.
     
    Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit.
     
    Yes, the destiny of evangelization is certainly bound up with the witness of unity given by the church.
     
    The work of evangelization presupposes in the evangelize or and ever-increasing love for those whom he is evangelizing.
     
     

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  •    Parish Outreach
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    This Christmas our church will be organizing a parish outreach initiative
    called the:
     "GOOD NEIGHBOUR OUTREACH PROJECT". We are so excited to connect with the 2200 homes and apartments within our parish boundary of St. Veronica. This project is in need of  sponsors, volunteers, prayer and financial support. Click outreach picture above for more information on volunteering.

    Our gift to each household will include a spiritual book, information about our parish, our great website, an invite to our next Alpha Program and of course some Christmas goodies.
    The total cost per household is $2.00 Anyone wishing to sponsor one or more of our 2200 households or even your own street please click the blue  donation button below .

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