Mission Statement of the
Office of Evangelization and Adult Ministry
at Ste. Marie Parish
“The Church was founded for the purpose of spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men to share in His saving redemption, and that through them the whole world might enter into a relationship with Christ.” Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity #2
The Office of Evangelization was founded with a two-fold purpose. The first duty of the office is to take up the mission left to all Christians by Christ Himself in the final exhortation in St. Matthew’s Gospel - “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded
you.” Matthew 28: 19-20
Through a variety of catechetical programs and events, Bible Studies as well as our website enterthenarrowgate.org the office hopes to inform and educate others in the teachings of Holy Mother Church in order that we all may take more seriously this call of the Gospel.
Pope John Paul II explained, in his encyclical Familiaris Consortio, that the “New Evangelization” and the “New Springtime” of the Church would begin with the individual, with marriage and with the family. He firmly stated that there would be no renewal in the Church or the world without a renewal of marriage and family life.
It is our hope and our prayer that the work of our office will encourage our parishioners and all those who use our website to “pray without ceasing,” to immerse themselves in the teachings of Christ in Holy Scripture, in the Magisterium and in the Sacramental life of the Church that they may be informed and empowered to take up the mission of Christ with enthusiasm and zeal.
For more information on the call of all the baptized to share in the work of evangelization and how to evangelize (that is share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others) please consult the “Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity” and “At the Beginning of the New Millennium” in the navigation menu to the right. May God bless you abundantly!
“Do not be afraid.”