Per­sonal com­mit­ment to en­sure the vi­tal­ity of the Catholic Church

Jamaica Gleaner - - THE CATHOLIC OPINION - Most Rev Ken­neth D. Richards

THE PRECEPTS of the Catholic Church high­light the re­quired prin­ci­ples to be prac­tised as marks of al­le­giance by mem­bers of the Catholic faith. These precepts are: I. To at­tend Mass on Sun­days and Holy Days of Obli­ga­tion, rest­ing from servile works. II. To ob­serve the days of ab­sti­nence and fast­ing. To con­fess our sins to a priest, at least once a year. To re­ceive Our Lord Je­sus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at least once a year, dur­ing the Easter Sea­son. V. To con­trib­ute to the

sup­port of the Church. VI. To obey the laws of the Church con­cern­ing mat­ri­mony. VII.To par­tic­i­pate in the Church’s mis­sion of evan­ge­li­sa­tion of souls. This Pas­toral Ex­hor­ta­tion will fo­cus on the pre­cept five: ‘Con­tri­bu­tion to the sup­port of the Church’, with im­pli­ca­tions for the pre­cept seven – the ‘Church’s Mis­sion of Evan­ge­li­sa­tion’. The present in­ten­tion is to en­sure that these precepts are prac­ti­cally ex­pressed in the Arch­dioce­san Five Year Strate­gic Plan fo­cused on: (1) Faith For­ma­tion (Catechesis) and Faith Shar­ing (Evan­ge­li­sa­tion), (2) Mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources for mis­sion (Ste­ward­ship), and (3) For­ma­tion of strong lead­ers (Pas­toral Lead­er­ship) to carry out the Church’s man­date. As a genuine tes­ti­mony of faith, each Catholic must con­sider the ques­tion: ‘What dif­fer­ence must be noted in my liv­ing be­cause I am a Catholic Chris­tian?’ The an­swer must be rooted in the el­e­ments of Faith which


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