The 2019 Jhb Archdiocese Synod document is available at the back of the church (R10)
The next Justice and Peace Personal Empowerment Workshop, entitled “Can I become my own best friend?” will be offered in the Parish Centre on Saturday 2 November from 2-5pm. For further details and registration consult the Notice Board at the back of the Church and Tel Marisa: 083 278 5578
We Must Bring Christ into the World
For the Extraordinary Month of Mission and Mission Sunday, ARCHBISHOP STEPHEN BRISLIN reflects on how the People of God can bring Christ to the world.
Christ entrusted the Church to continue his mission shortly before his Ascension to heaven.
He spoke the words well-known to us: “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you” (Mt 28:18-20).
This is the Divine mission given to the Church: to go, to make disciples, to baptise, and to teach.
Similarly, Jesus said: “You are the salt for the earth….You are light for the world….your light must shine in people’s sight, so that seeing your good works, they may give praise to their Father in heaven” (Mt 5:13, 14, 16).
Every baptised person shares in the mission of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213). Indeed, the mission has its roots in the Old Testament: “And now YHWH has spoken, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him and to re-unite Israel to him… He said, ‘It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I shall make you a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of earth’” (Is 49:5-6).
These are the roots of the missio ad gentes, “the first proclamation to people, places and nations not yet transfigured by the Passover of Jesus”.
It is the evangelisation of the Church guided by the Holy Spirit in its inalienable task of penetrating, converting and transfiguring the world to the ends of the world, so that it may be saved.
The Church proclaims Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, with the unshakeable belief that he is the Saviour of the world, that his love can overcome all barriers and obstacles, that conversion is possible, and that, in fact, the world is hungry and thirsting for his Word, his love, his acceptance, his forgiveness, and his truth. Read more …………..