Apart from the family where the name of God is first heard, the parish is home to our Catholic faith. It’s in the parish that the baptized encounter the Risen Lord in the proclamation of his Word and the celebration of the Sacraments. The parish is the home of mercy, the school of prayer, the teacher of wisdom and justice. The parish forms a community of witnesses, who, driven by the Holy Spirit, become light and salt for the world.
Because our parishes are essential to the life of the Church and of every Catholic, we must do all that we can to make our parishes effective communities of faith with a strong sense of mission. We must also exercise good stewardship so that all our parishes will have the solid financial ground they need to fulfill their mission.
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