Introduction

 They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. (Acts 2:42)

 

This simple verse from the Acts of the Apostles describes what occurred within the first parishes.  These communities served to support one another, they were where they socialized, but more importantly it was where they worshipped God, and where they learned about God, the Gospel and living the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.  We are told that as a result of these activities “…every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47b) In other words, the local communities (parishes) and the Church itself grew.

 

These words from Acts not only describe what happened in the early Church, they provide us with a framework of what a parish is about.  It needs to be a community that teaches the faith, that provides opportunities for the faithful to gather to worship and to socialize, to pray and to grow.  While everything we do is directed first and foremost to the worship and praise of God, we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, have a responsibility to share and teach the faith with others.  In 2018 we call this ‘faith formation’.  We have a responsibility to introduce others to Jesus Christ, to help one another grow in their knowledge and love of Christ and to prepare men, women, youth and children to receive the Sacraments.

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