PARISH PASTORAL AGENDA
BACKGROUND TO FOUR-YEAR PARISH PASTORAL AGENDA
All human beings are born of women, but of those baptised we say are ―Born Again‖ into the Church. Hence, as born again Christians, we have a higher responsibility to fulfil first and foremost as humans, then, above all as baptised children of God. It is my humble opinion that, we in the Catholic Church are those who have the greatest number of the baptized. But sadly that is about all we can boast of in terms of the people in the Church. There is no doubt that the Catholic Church is the one Church where the fullness of the revelation of Christ subsists. The Catholic Church lacks nothing for the salvation of her children. I personally believe in what I term the ―Catholic Extras‖. Thus, whatever is relevant for salvation that you may find in a Christian denomination, the Catholic Church has more! For example, the books of the bible, we have more! The Sacraments, we have more! Discipline or rules, we have more! Doctrines, we have more! The list is unended and it’s a proud list because not only do we have more but I believe they are of the best quality and most efficacious.
The greatest problem, however, that plagues us is ―the sickness of a rich family” as I term it, that is complacency. We are so rich that we do not feel the urgency and personal effort to work out our salvation in ―fear and trembling‖ (Phil 2:12). We have become like the proverbial ―children of a great teacher‖. We pride ourselves merely in what we have by inheritance not by what we have by personal sweat or acquisition. We forget that merely having will not save us. Indeed, ―he to whom more has been given more is expected‖ (cf. Lk 12:48). This is where many Catholics are found wanting. It’s about time we arose to ask ourselves, ―after baptism what next?‖ How come after so many years of being in the Church, many of us still have our knowledge of the Church, Scripture and Moral values just the same as when we were in Catechism class? This is inexcusable, because every living thing, Born Again, must grow!
In preparation for the 70th Anniversary of St. Kizito Parish in the year 2013, this year’s theme forms the second phase of a four-year spiritual plan to fight this post baptismal complacency canker for those of us in Kizito, keeping in mind the Archdiocesan Synodal theme: ―Go therefore and make disciples of all Nations baptising them... teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you‖ (Matt 28:19-20) in preparation for the year 2018 as the Archdiocese celebrates its 125th Anniversary of foundation.
2010 Theme- Not just Baptism, but Growth after Baptism‖ (cf. 1 Pet 2:2-3)
2011 Theme - Not just Growth after Baptism, but Maturity (cf. Heb 5:12; 6:1-2)
2012 Theme - Not just Baptism, but Evangelisation after Baptism (cf. Evangelii Nuntiandi 14)
2013 Theme - Not just Baptism, but Bearing Fruits after Baptism (cf. John 15: 2)
God bless Kizito, the ―AU‖ Parish and Shepherd us to our 70th Anniversary in 2013 and beyond!