Mission

Catholics for Christ has a three-fold mission:
  1. To come alongside Catholic Pastors to assist them in fulfilling the Mandate outlined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  2. To assist local parishes in transforming their Catholic Communities by instilling a DEEP PASSIONATE desire to re-establish a personal relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To build a foundation of service in the church faithful by instilling the basic principles detailed in Vatican II Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.
  3. To organize a Catholic movement focused on reaching those who don’t know Christ, to follow in the Lords foot steps by leaving the comfort of the 99 to go out to seek and save the one that is lost. “It is not the will of our Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish”(Matt 18:12-14).

For two thousand years followers of Jesus Christ have endeavored to follow His command to “make disciples of all nations.” Through baptism and the proclamation of the truth, those who have been drawn to the Christian faith are brought into the fullness of grace and established as Children of God.

The work of Christ does not end there. His people are “graced to grow”  ?in their personal relationship with the Triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – living out the reality of that relationship on a daily basis.

He also is calling us to bring others to an awareness of the good news of Christ’s saving grace.

Catholics for Christ, in response to the instruction from Pope John Paul II to participate in the new Springtime of Evangelization, has aligned its work to conform to the goals set forth by the U.S.  Conference of Catholic Bishops through the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

Go and Make Disciples
From their publication Go and Make Disciples, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington: USCCB Publishing 2002):

Why we evangelize:

We must EVANGELIZE because the Lord Jesus commanded us to do so. He gave the Church the unending task of evangelizing as a restless power, to stir and to stimulate all its actions until all nations have heard his Good News and until every person has become his disciple (Matthew 28:18-20). [Paragraph 28, Emphasis Added]

What is evangelization?

The simplest way to say what evangelization means is to follow Pope Paul VI, whose message “Evangelii Nuntiandi” (“On Evangelization in the Modern World”) has inspired so much recent thought and activity in the Church. We can rephrase his words to say that EVANGELIZING means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to CONVERT individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself. (“On Evangelization in the Modern World” {“Evangelii Nuntiandi”}, no.14) At its essence are the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit of God. [Paragraph 10, Emphasis added]

What is conversion?

CONVERSION is the change of our lives that comes about through the power of the Holy Spirit. All who accept the Gospel undergo change as we continually put on the mind of Christ by rejecting sin and becoming more faithful disciples in his Church. Unless we undergo conversion, we have not truly accepted the Gospel. [Paragraph 12, Emphasis added]

How evangelization happens:

The Holy Spirit is the fire of Jesus. The Spirit, the first gift of the risen Christ to His people (John 20:22), gives us both the ability to receive the Gospel of Jesus and, in response, the power to proclaim it. Without the Holy Spirit, evangelization simply CANNOT OCCUR (“On Evangelization in the Modern World,” no. 75). The Spirit brings about evangelization in the life of the Church and in the Church’s sharing of the Gospel with others.?[Paragraph 34, Emphasis added]

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