The evangelising mission of the Church is essentially the proclamation of the Good News that God loves us and wants all people united in his loving mercy and forgiveness as revealed to mankind through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church has this exhortation for the people of this world through witness of Christian faith and life. The nature of the Church as missionary originates "in the mission of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, according to the salvific plan of the Father" (AG 2). It is the primary task of the mission ad gentes to announce that salvation is in Christ (NMI 56). "The experience of faith and of the gifts of the Holy Spirit thus become the basis of all missionary work in towns or villages, in schools or hospitals among the handicapped migrants or the tribals or in the pursuit of justice and human rights" (EA 42).
Empowered Laity as a community of living witnesses to Christ.
Establishment of a Christ-centered community, based on love, justice, and equality through empowerment of its members.
Enlighted, Committed and United people of God.
DIRECTOR AND MEMBERS
Rev. Fr. Santosh D'Cunha
: St. Jude's Church
Anandapuram Post - 577 412
: 08183 - 262424
PROCLAMATION AND EVANGELIZATION MINISTRY
The first means of evangelising is the witness of authentic Christian life, given over to God and at the same time given to one's neighbour. Through evangelisation believers help people to realise that we are all brothers and sisters and, although on different paths, we are all on our way to the common homeland which God, through ways known only to Him, does not cease to indicate to us.
Culture is the vital space within which the human person comes face to face with the Gospel. Just as a culture is the result of the life and activity of a human group, so the persons belonging to that group are shaped to a large extent by the culture in which they live. As a culture is transformed, so too are persons and societies transformed by it. From this perspective, it becomes clearer why "evangelisation and inculturation are naturally and intimately related to each other" (EN 20). "In the process of encountering the world's different cultures, the Church transmits her truth and values and renews cultures from within. She also takes from the various cultures the positive elements already found in them" (EA 21). This is the obligatory path for evangelisers in presenting Christian faith and making it part of a people's cultural heritage. Conversely, the various cultures, when refined and renewed in the light of the Gospel, can become true expressions of the one Christian faith.
"Through inculturation the Church becomes a more intelligible sign of what she is, and a more effective instrument of mission" (RM 52). The mission of inculturation is carried on through service or the transformation of the secular world into a world permeated with Christ. It can mean inviting a fellow employee to a session or maintaining moral principles in the workplace. In carrying out their mission,
laypersons may work as individuals or as members of teams or organisations. Complete immersion of the laity in their faith through their wide-ranging occupation in the secular world could be expressed thus: The one who cleans the streets is under the same obligation to witness to the faith as the one who heals the sick.
Commission Action Plan
The main goal of evangelisation in our Diocese must be to establish a visible Christian presence in every taluk.
Orientation seminars by missionary teams who are working in mission fields are to be organised. There should be missionary thrust in the Small Christian Communities. Missionary awareness should be given to the children through school visits.
There should be meaningful celebration of Mission Sunday/ Mission Week, Holy Childhood and St. Peter the Apostle to inculcate in the minds of the Catholics the conviction that all our efforts are means to share the Good News.
Evangelisation is to be promoted through dramas, tableaux and street plays based on Biblical themes on School day, Parents day and Parish day. Co-ordinating religious
programmes on radio, television and publication of religious literature are some of the other avenues. Ways of sharing Good News could include sharing the Good News in places of popular devotions and in prayer meetings.
A Catholic Enquiry Centre should be set up at the diocesan level to impart gospel values,
dissemination of Good News through publication and distribution of Bible literature and Bible Comics with a vision to evangelise people.
Awareness programmes are to be arranged at the grass root level by way of seminars and workshops to enlighten Catholics on the need for inculturation.
We should promote Christian values that are specific to the Indian culture i.e., non-violence, respect and tolerance, compassion, simple life style and love for nature. Catholics could foster respect for local culture and tradition by integrating those elements which are free from error and superstition into the liturgical celebrations with the approval of the competent ecclesiastical authority.
Approved local devotional music like Carnatic music, bhajans and the like could be introduced in the liturgy.
Catholics should take active part in the socio-economic and political life of the people around them especially by joining others in the celebration of national festivals.
The Photo Gallery of Commission's Activities
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large1.jpg
Bishop's House, Diocese of Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large2.jpg
Mahila Sangha, SMSSS, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large3.jpg
Our Lady of Health, Hariha - The Diocesan Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large4.jpg
St. Thomas Church, Davanagere Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large5.jpg
SMSSS, Shimoga Multipurpose Social Servie Society Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large6.jpg
Don Bosco Church, Chitradurga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large7.jpg
St. Anthony's Church, Shanthinagar, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large8.jpg
World Famous Falls, Jog Falls, Shimoga District Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large9.jpg
Christ the King Church, Jog Falls Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large10.jpg
Declaration of Hariha Shrine as the Shrine of the Diocese Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large11.jpg
Faithful Praying at Harihar Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large12.jpg