DRVC Catechetical Congress 2013

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The key note presentation by Fr. John Hurley, CSP at the Catechetical Congress for the Diocese of Rockville Centre at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY

Transcript of DRVC Catechetical Congress 2013

  • Rev. John E. Hurley, CSP, D.Min Executive Director Department of Evangelization Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Proud to be a founding parishioner of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish South Huntington
  • as Disciples and Leaders in the New Evangelization 3
  • Matthew 28:19 Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
  • Discipleship Disciple of Whom Disciple for what
  • Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And, behold, I am with you always until the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! Luke 12:49 6
  • We learned that there is a chasm the size of the Grand Canyon between the Churchs sophisticated theology of the lay apostolate and the lived spiritual experience of the majority of our people. And this chasm has a name: discipleship Sherry Weddell 2012, Our Sunday Visitor 7
  • Fishing We have been at this all night and have caught nothing Same forum, different fish Challenges & Opportunities
  • In our day, what has happened to that hidden energy of the Good News, which is able to have a powerful effect on ones conscience? To what extent and in what way is that evangelical force capable of really transforming the people of this century? What methods should be followed in order that the power of the Gospel may have its effect? 9
  • Mission effectiveness is always at risk in leadership The vitality of our parishes and the church rests on our ability to answer the three questions
  • We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church. It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present-day society make all the more urgent. 11
  • Bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individual and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself. Its essence is the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, both being the work of the Spirit of God. 12
  • Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the church, her deepest identity. She exists to evangelize (EN, 14) 13
  • 1983 CELAM The commemoration of the half millennium of evangelization will gain its full energy if it is a commitment , not to re-evangelize but to a New Evangelization, new in its ardor, methods and expression.
  • Synod of Bishops Lineamenta the New Evangelization is primarily addressed to those who have drifted from the Church in traditionally Christian countries.
  • To underscore that at this moment in the history of the Church she is called to carry out a New Evangelization, means intensifying missionary action to correspond fully with the Lords mandate.
  • The New Evangelization is a frame-of-mind, a courageous manner of acting and Christianitys capacity to know how to read and interpret the new situations in human history which in recent decades, have become places to proclaim and witness to the Gospel. These sectors concern society, cultures, economics, civic life and religion. Benedict XVI, #6 Lineamenta 17
  • Pope Paul VI The Church exists to evangelize Pope John Paul II new in ardor, methods and expression Pope Benedict XVI re-propose faith in a culture which has lost the instinct to believe
  • We wish to remind the entire Church that its first duty is that of Evangelization 19
  • Catechesis is a work of evangelization in the context of the mission of the Church. Henceforth, Catechesis would be considered as one of the enduring concerns of the Churchs missionary mandate for our times. (GDC, 4) 20
  • This is the principal objective of Catechesis, which by its very nature, is an essential aspect of the new evangelization (Catechesi Tradendae) 21
  • This is the principal form of catechesis, because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form. (CT, 43, 1979) A Proposal to ConsiderOne cannot speak of the New Evangelization if the catechesis of adults is non-existent, fragmented, weak or neglected. When these defects are present, pastoral ministry faces a very serious challenge. 22
  • He/She facilitates communication between the people and the mystery of Godamong themselves, as well as with the community. For this reason, ones cultural vision, social condition and lifestyle must not be obstacles to the journey of faith. (GDC, 156) 23
  • The new and unique situation in which the world and the church find themselves at the threshold of the third millennium, and The urgent needs which result, mean that the mission of evangelization today calls for a new program which can be defined overall as a NEW EVANGELIZATION (EIA, 66) 24
  • a form by which the Gospel is proclaimed with new enthusiasm, in a new language, which is comprehensible in a different cultural situation and with new methodologies that are capable of transmitting its deepest sense, that sense which remains immutable. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, America Magazine, October 15, 2012.
  • Re-proposing the faith in a culture that has lost the instinct to believe.
  • An encounter with the Lord brings about a profound transformation in all who do not close themselves off from him. (EIA, 68) 27
  • The Light of Faith comes from an encounter with the living God and lights the entire journey for believers. 28
  • 1. Acknowledges that all disciples need ongoing formation. 2. Understands that people come from a variety of backgrounds 3. Value of Lay Ministry 4. Acknowledges that it is not about clocking hours to become competent. 5. Everyone in the church teaches one way or another and witness is the issue. Competent?
  • Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.
  • Culture of Formation is the Work of the Church
  • AGE % Going to Mass Weekly 70 years and older 52 69 31 51 18 30 45% 24% 15% 18% 32
  • Mission effectiveness is always at risk in leadership The vitality of our parishes and the church rests on our ability to answer the three questions
  • 1. Ministry of Jesus 2. Current Situation 3. New Evangelization 4. Positive Developments 5. Areas of Growth
  • Challenge Opportunity A. Christs call to all people B. Welcome the stranger, heal the sick C. Urgent vigilance of the father of the prodigal son D. Focus on mission E. Think generationally F. Reaching out to who are estranged is a light to those who are new
  • Challenge Opportunities 23% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass each week 77% absent are not strangers Challenges of busy life and priorities Feed my people Engagement ongoing formation for preachers & liturgists Schedules
  • Challenge Opportunities Call to deepen ones faith The lens through which people experience the church and the world We want to welcome back to the table Education to a culture of formation Change ones experience It is about listening, invitation and engagement
  • Challenges Opportunities A. Creation of formation programs in evangelization and catechesis B. B. Parish rightsizing C. Communications D. Focus on the 23% in ways that animate them E. What are we willing to do for the sake of the mission F. Technology