FROM OUR PASTOR
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
CHURCH = MISSION
The Second Vatican Council took place from 1962-1965, at a time of great social upheaval in the world. These were the years of the Beatles, the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, the beginning of the space program. In the midst this period of historic change, the Council offered a renewed vision to the universal Church, and reminded the Church that the reason for our existence is Mission.
“The pilgrim Church is missionary by nature. For it is from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit that the Church takes its origin…It has pleased God to call us to share the divine life not merely as individuals without any mutual bonds. Rather, God desires to mold us into a single people in which his children can be gathered together.” (Vatican II, Document on Mission)
The Bible is a history of how humanity has come to realize the truth about God. God is love – a community of persons we known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The names of the persons are not as important as what they represent – the way that God is intimately involved in the history of humanity. We know the love of God as Father, the common origin of all human beings created in the divine image. We know the love of God through the life of Jesus, who shows us the image of God in which we have all been made, and teaches us to be true to it. We know the love of God as Holy Spirit in the united human family that is made possible when we base our lives on the truth of the love of God.
The Church exists to make the love of God known, and to work for the unity of humanity. The Catholic community of St. Raymond is dedicated to this mission. To achieve this, there are essential things that we all must do.
PRAY: The community of the love of God comes about mainly through prayer – as we gather to worship God in Eucharist (thanksgiving), and as we support one another in depending on the power of God in our lives.
LEARN: To carry out our mission, we must grow in our knowledge of how God is acting in human history and what that means for us. The most important source of the this knowledge is the Bible.
SHARE: We make the unity of humanity a reality as we gather in communities of mutual support where we listen to one another and encourage one another to follow the Christian way of life.
HEAL: We make the unity of humanity a reality as we reach out to those who are struggling to live indignity as persons created in the image of God because of the challenges that life has brought to them. SUPPORT: We show that we are personally committed to the mission of the Church by offering our resources to ensure the continued quality of the many ministries of our community. Without your generosity, our mission cannot be fulfilled.
Please join us in this great mission! Ask God how you may be called to Pray, Learn, Share, Heal and Support, so that God’s desire for the peaceful unity of humanity can be realized here among us.
Peace by with you,
Fr. Scott Hebden
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