A parish cannot proclaim the Gospel if it’s message is not reflected in its own community life, say the U.S. Bishops in their document Communities of Salt and Light. The biblical call to charity, justice and peace claims not only each believer, but also each community where believers gather for worship, formation and pastoral care.
The congregation at any usual Sunday Mass is as diverse as the cornucopia of gifts it has to offer. People come from all walks life, all age groups and all backgrounds. Some come to church in extended families, others have lived alone for years. Some are content, while some are still searching. But each individual brings to the Church his or her own special gifts.
We, disciples of Jesus Christ, are a portion of God’s people, assembled by the call of the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing. In communion at the Lord’s altar and with each other, we form a “… particular church in which the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church of Christ is truly present and operative.”
(Decree of Bishops’ Pastoral Office in the Church, Ch. 3, Sec. 11)
We are called by God:
To hear and respond to the Word and reform and renew our minds and hearts,
To grow in holiness,
To form a community of faith, and
To witness God’s love and saving presence in this world.
We are sent by Christ:
To praise, thank and worship God,
To proclaim the Word,
To celebrate the holiness of life through his sacraments,
To heal and reconcile all people,
To promote God’s justice and peace in the church and in the world,
To teach truth by word and deed,
To serve and liberate the poor, the alienated and the oppressed.
We give thanks for the uniqueness and the diversity of our many ministries which strengthen our diocesan church. Anointed and empowered by the Spirit in our baptism, we accept our mission to proclaim the kingdom of God and to be on earth a “… seed and beginning of that kingdom.”
(Constitution on the Church, Ch. 1, Sec. 5)
With mutual respect and accountability,
We will enter into a partnership
with parishes and regions
to be a catalyst in fulfilling
the prophetic, priestly and servant role