Go Forth and Proclaim the Good News

"“The New Evangelization is this: to be aware of the merciful love of the Father so that we also become instruments of salvation for our brothers.”         Pope Francis

As baptized Catholics we have received the commission to evangelize - we are called to proclaim the Good News to all people, everywhere and at all times. That includes that co-worker, or that fellow student or even your relative who has misunderstandings of what the Church teaches. The Year of Mercy is an opportunity for all of us to experience a conversion, a renewal of faith, an opportunity to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with Him. We must get to know Him personally; to encounter Christ in a deeper more meaningful way. We must continue to renew and deepen our faith so that we can share it with others. We share it through our mercy to them. 

It is time to really and truly know what the Church teaches and why. What do the encyclicals say? These documents are rich in wisdom from the great minds of the Church Fathers guided by the Holy Spirit. Once we have overcome any obstacles and fully embrace the teaching of the Church, then we can share it confidently as part of our journey; our own personal testimony is a powerful way to teach others about what we believe. We don't have to be theologians but we do need to know and live the basics. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. We must both talk the talk and walk the walk in our own lives. 

We live in challenging times. We don't have to go to distant lands to evangelize but have opportunities all around us. We may feel ill equipped to evangelize but we have been called and as Pope Paul VI tells us in his encyclical on Evangelization, Evangelli Nuntianndi, "put aside the excuses" that stop us from evangelizing.

The mission of Catholic Family Ministries is to evangelize families and as married couples and as family we have the awesome responsibility to be a witness of God's Love. We rely on the Sacramental Grace God pours upon us. The example of the relationship of the Holy Trinity is the model of Christian Marriage. It is within the Sacrament of Matrimony that as husbands and wives we evangelize, through our witness of faith and love to our children and to society. Family, the 'Domestic Church', is the first place where one experiences and is formed in the faith (Familiaris Consortio). It is through family - through the joys and struggles, witness of mother and father, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and extended family, that one most witnesses how to live a Christen life.

Take a step!

  1. Attend our conferences to grow deeper in your understanding of the beauty and truth of our Catholic faith and be supported by a vibrant Catholic community.
  2. Invite men to the Annual Men of Integrity Conference held annually at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove, AB
  3. Invite women to the Annual Women of Dignity Conference held in November at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove, AB
  4. Invite families to the Family Life Conference held on the July long weekend each year at the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage Site

"Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to all creation." Mark 16:15