“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor…to proclaim liberty to captives…recovery of sight to the blind…to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18)
In summary, the Church does not exist for its own sake. Rather it is an assembly of the Pilgrim People of God on a journey that takes them into the heart of the Mission of Jesus Christ.
Through its members, the Church:
- Connects the faithful to God through prayer, ritual, community, and action
- Proclaims good news to a world that often glamorizes evil
- Offers healing words and services to the wounded or broken
- Dispels loneliness and estrangement by building inclusive faith communities
- Provides a beacon of truth and a call to integrity through its teaching ministries
- Answers the call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless
- Cares for the most vulnerable, espousing human dignity, and sharing the fullness of life that Jesus came to offer
It is the task of the pastoral council to keep before the faithful of the parish their baptismal commitment to make Jesus’ Mission the Mission of the parish. All these actions, like the love they manifest, begin at home and in our parish settings.
“One Body, One Mission”
—Diocese of Pittsburgh pastoral council guidelines