The primary mission of the Church is found in Matthew 28 – the Great Commission, “Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to carry out all I have commanded you.” The second great command comes at the Last Supper when Jesus washes the disciples’ feet in John’s gospel and tells them, “As I have done, so you must do.” These missions come down to sharing the Good News, celebration of the sacraments, catechizing, and service. All that we do as a universal Catholic Church must tie back, in some way, to these Christ-centered goals.
Here at St. Mary, we try to do this in a variety of ways, and we invite you to share in the Church’s missions given to us by Christ. As you review these parish activities, discern your own gifts – what you have been given by God to offer back to the good of the Church, and honestly make a commitment of time and talent to fulfill them.
The blessings you receive will be greater than what you give. It’s part of the joy of Christianity.
-Fr. Bill Wegher