Pope Francis has called on all of us to become what he calls “spirit-filled evangelizers.” In other words, he wants us to invite others and welcome them, to live convincingly and to speak up about our faith when the right moment presents itself. The starting point for such a mission is in the home. We tend toward a parish-centered approach, one in which we tend to see the church and the parish as one and the same. But in fact, the church is the people of God living their everyday, ordinary lives. It’s precisely in this “everydayness” that the invitation and welcome to faith must be given. This means we must develop household-centered catechesis - and this will require us to change.
First, it means a change how we think about faith formation.
On the part of the parish staff....
Second, it means a change in how we operate.
We want to have “great expectations for each household....
Bill Huebsch is Director of the Pastoral Center for 23rd Publications at PastoralPlanning.com.