On Holy Thursday of April 5, 2012 Bishop Earl Boyea issued a pastoral letter titled: Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord in which he begins by writing:
“This proclamation reminds us that the Mass does not end there. Strengthened by the Body of Christ, sanctified by the Blood of Christ, and enlightened by the Word of God, we are called to take that Word and change our world. Bishop Boyea further writes; “We are being challenged, my sisters and brothers. Every year in our diocese we see fewer and fewer of our community members joining us in Sunday worship as we listen to the Word of God and are fed at his table. This situation led to the establishment of a task force early last year to offer some suggestions about how we might engage our Catholics more deeply, re-engage our fallen-away sisters and brothers, and be an evangelizing force in our families and within our parish community.”
Bishop Boyea goes on to say that after further reflection on a report from a task force that studied why this was happening he offers this letter to all parishes in the hope that each parish with assistance from their parish pastoral councils and boards will be able to use this letter for the specific purpose of engaging the faithful (that’s us) in the life of the Body of Christ.
Therefore the past year before Advent, as you may recall, at the end of our Prayers of Petitions during Sunday masses we prayed the “Come Holy Spirit” prayer to ask for God’s guidance to be his disciples. For you see, beyond calling forth the Spirit into our hearts through prayer, the next step is to Embrace the Spirit fully in both our words and in our deeds.
Or as Bishop Boyea writes;
“Many today do not know Jesus. Let us evangelize our world! There are sisters and brothers, family members and friends who have left the Church. Let us re-engage them in the life of the Body of Christ! We cannot do this unless we ourselves are converted more fully to the Lord Jesus. Let us be his disciples!”
With this Lenten Season, our Parish Pastoral Council with the parish staff created this logo of a dove (representing the Spirit) and the proclamation message MISSIONPOSSIBLE: Embracing the Spirit to be our theme for this next year of evangelization for our parish community. Our MISSION is a POSSIBLEMISSIONif we allow ourselves to be open to His Spirit and are willing to Embrace the Spirit of our Lord more fully.
To read the full text of Bishop Boyea’s pastoral letter go to: http://www.dioceseoflansing.org and click on the small picture of him. I think it is worth reading for all of us. As we enter this Lenten season, my prayer is that you & your loved ones will fully Embrace the Spirit. “Let usbe his disciples!” Fr. Bob
Embrace the Spirit Prayer
create in us an ever-growing faith,
with hearts open and centered in you.
May we embrace within us the fire of your Spirit,
so that your love may fill us more fully,
and flow throughout our lives,
May we embrace within us a desire to reach out,
to invite and to share,
to welcome and accept.
May all your children embrace the faith,
especially those who have grown distant from you,
those ready to hear an invitation
to the love you alone can bring.
As we embrace you, may you embrace us, loving God,
to see the fullness of your grace and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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