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“[M]issionary activity renews the Church, revitalizes faith and Christian identity, and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive. Faith is strengthened when it is given to others! It is in commitment to the Church's universal mission that the new evangelization of Christian peoples will find inspiration and support.
But what moves me even more strongly to proclaim the urgency of missionary evangelization is the fact that it is the primary service which the Church can render to every individual and to all humanity in the modern world, a world which has experienced marvelous achievements but which seems to have lost its sense of ultimate realities and of existence itself. "Christ the Redeemer," I wrote in my first encyclical, "fully reveals man to himself.... The person who wishes to understand himself thoroughly...must...draw near to Christ.... [The] Redemption that took place through the cross has definitively restored to man his dignity and given back meaning to his life in the world." […]
Peoples everywhere, open the doors to Christ! His Gospel in no way detracts from man's freedom, from the respect that is owed to every culture and to whatever is good in each religion. By accepting Christ, you open yourselves to the definitive Word of God, to the One in whom God has made himself fully known and has shown us the path to himself.
The number of those who do not know Christ and do not belong to the Church is constantly on the increase. Indeed, since the end of the [Second Vatican] Council it has almost doubled. When we consider this immense portion of humanity which is loved by the Father and for whom he sent his Son, the urgency of the Church's mission is obvious.
On the other hand, our own times offer the Church new opportunities in this field: we have witnessed the collapse of oppressive ideologies and political systems; the opening of frontiers and the formation of a more united world due to an increase in communications; the affirmation among peoples of the gospel values which Jesus made incarnate in his own life (peace, justice, brotherhood, concern for the needy); and a kind of soulless economic and technical development which only stimulates the search for the truth about God, about man and about the meaning of life itself.
God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”
Excerpt from the Introduction of Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical “Redemptoris Missio: On The Permanent Validity Of The Church's Missionary Mandate”
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Even before you open your eyes in the early mornings don’t you think about the day ahead? To wake up to the fact that it is Sunday and a day not like the others in feeling and spirit means that you have a way of celebrating this day; that you know the art of celebrating a feast. You know that Sunday is a day created for our benefit. It means to give us a taste of heaven. But if Sunday is merely a day to make it to church on time, then you may need some ways to make Sunday special.
A special Sunday begins on Friday night. By sundown on Friday, try to have a clean slate. Complete what needs doing—finish off the unpleasant chores. Clean off your desk. Get the grocery shopping done for the weekend so you don’t have to shop on Sunday (thereby asking others to serve you in the shops on Sunday). It is important to take time to repair your relationships with the rest of the family.
Use Saturday to ready your home for Sunday. Put the house and yard in order. Wash the car. Change the linens. Cook something special for Sunday’s brunch. Bring fresh flowers to brighten the table. Read tomorrow’s gospel as a family and talk about it. Put the children to bed with greater attention. Saturday night is a special opportunity for the adults to spend time together repairing and enjoying their relationships.
On Sunday, begin the new week in a special way. Put Sunday music on the stereo. Avoid all unnecessary talk. Go from bedroom to bedroom speaking the ancient monastic greeting: “Let us arise and bless the Lord.” Dress in your “Sunday best;” if you’ve recently bought new clothes, wear them for the first time on a Sunday. Sunday clothes are a metaphor for our baptismal garments. Don’t watch TV or read the Sunday papers before Eucharist.
At brunch, use a special meal prayer. Then change from your “Sunday best” to clothes for relaxation and play. Resolve to do no unnecessary work. Go to a museum, the park, the beach, the zoo, or the mountains. Play the piano, read a book, go swimming, play ball, read the fat Sunday papers. Family members or friends can take turns planning Sunday’s recreation. If there is a special ball game or television program that is truly worth watching, watch it together. Preparing Sunday dinner can be a cooperative undertaking—and Sunday dinner can be one day in the week you can count on everyone being together. It’s also a good meal to invite a friend. Use the good table cloth and the good dishes. Whatever you undertake to do on Sunday, do it without haste or anxiety. Sunday is a day meant to restore and refresh us. Sunday is a day to become fully human.
Copyright © 2001 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1800 North Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 1101; 1 800 933 1800; www.ltp.org. Text and art by Gertrud Mueller Nelson. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
We invite you to consider our new electronic giving program as a way to automate your regular weekly offerings.
Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides much-needed consistency for our church. There is no cost for you to participate.
As an example, if you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year, instead you can set up online donations and simply drop your empty envelope into the basket each week as an attendance record. And when illness, or other circumstances prevent you from attending mass, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis.
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We are a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled family. Responding to the Father's loving invitation, we gather together as a diverse community to worship, to minister to others, and to celebrate our faith through the sacraments, community outreach, education, and personal witness.
To deepen and enhance the spiritual life of the parish through liturgy, personal prayer, and devotions.
To provide religious education and spiritual formation.
To minister to those within the parish family and community.
To reach out to returning Catholics and unchurched persons.
To deepen our commitment to stewardship of prayer, time and talent, and treasure.
To celebrate our diversity and our commonality.
Sts. Peter & Paul Parish was established on July 27, 1967. We celebrated our first Mass on August 13, 1967, on the grounds of Camp San Pedro. During the following two years, Pastor Michael Troy and 200 families were a community on the road, celebrating Mass in San Pedro Center, New Hope Baptist Church and Aloma Elementary School. On November 1, 1969, we celebrated the first Mass in the domed recreational building. It served not only as our church, but also the rectory, church offices, ministry meeting room and community auditorium.