THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION - 2
December 19, 2014
A key word in our vision for our evangelization work is “massive.”
Most Catholic groups and parish ministries do one or two of
their programs a year (some may do a bit more) and bring in
a few dozen Catholics or so (some a bit more). CFC injected
“massive” into the work of evangelization in late
1989 and did carry out such work. But even this is hardly
enough. 99 out of 100 sheep are still lost.
Take a typical parish in the Philippines. There are 20,000
parishioners. Say 18% go regularly to Sunday Mass. So 16,400
are lapsed. How many does that parish bring back to active
Church life in a year? 100? How long then will it take to
reach everyone else? 164 years!! This is totally unacceptable.
But that is what is happening in Catholic parishes. Unless
the parish in fact continues to lose even more Catholics.
See the problem? Thus the need for an even more massive work
of re-evangelization. Why massive? Here are ten reasons why.
Because 99 of 100 sheep are lost.
a major percentage of Catholics do not go regularly to
Sunday Mass (thus in effect not being a real Catholic
everyone needs to have the opportunity to hear the gospel
(nominal Catholics need to hear the kerygma again
and thus meet Christ).
people are dying in their sins, every day.
the proclamation of the gospel is the missing first step,
which leads to participation in the pastoral feast (programs,
ministries, formation, etc.) that the parishes offer.
the assaults against faith, family and life are growing
even more intense, and a first line of defense is knowing
Jesus and his salvation.
a major apostasy is underway, and there is really no time
we are called to proclaim the gospel to every creature
(Mk 16:15), to preach the gospel as a witness to all
nations (Mt 24:14), to make disciples of all
nations (Mt 28:19).
we are in the end times and need to prepare for Jesus’
we want to hasten the Lord’s return, and the preaching
of the gospel throughout the world is a prerequisite before
the end will come (Mt 24:14).
do you see all this? Do you have a sense of the great urgency?
Can you ever go back to your comfortable ways knowing that
God is counting on you as one of the needed workers?
Note: I have an assignment for you. Ask your parish priest
or PPC member how many parishioners the parish has. Then ask
how many attend Mass on Sunday and anticipated Saturday, or
estimate it yourself. Divide that number into the number of
parishioners and you have your % Mass-goers. The balance can
be considered lapsed Catholics. Given that the church is full
at Sunday Mass, did you ever think there were so many Catholics
who simply are not there? Does that shock you?