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The symphony of faith
There is no melody without a variety of notes, no painting without different colours, no sketch without lines, no beauty without various shapes, no words without a sound, no books without pages, no time without rhythm, no waves without movement, no sun without light, no harmony without a system, not a “whole” without the “partial”.
Likewise, there is no Church without the baptized, no humanity without the persons, no human being without a face, no society without a community, no cities without inhabitants, no state without citizens and no Christians without Christ.
The parish is the heart and the meeting place of man with the Incarnate Word of God!
The parish is a microcosm of the melody of faith’s symphony, of the human vocation’s beauty, of the divine glory, of God’s plan, of the continual rhythm of human work and activity, of the comings and goings of human sin and regret, of sinning and repentance, of human effort and divine grace.
The parish is but a community of the citizens of heaven, who receive their life and movement from the Holy Spirit.
No one is ever alone.
No one is ever forgotten, no one is ever ignored.
All support each other, all pray for each other, and together they are a light for the world and the call of salvation towards all and everyone.
On this rock I will build my Church
«You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
(Mt. 16. 18-19)
The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful
Lumen Gentium, ch.III, §23
The living cell of the Church
At the beginning of the Christian era the parish was not distinct from the area of the jurisdiction of the Bishop (bishopric).
However, that soon changed, due to the rapid growth of the Christian faith.
The Bishops needed more presbyters (priests) to help them in their pastoral work, so they created several parishes under their jurisdiction within and without the geographical borders of their territory.
This system is still followed in our days.
The parish is the “living cell” of the Church, and it is within the parish that normally take place the genesis, increase and spreading of the faith and the spiritual life of its members, as well as its influence further afield into the society and the world at large.
The Church is Christ’s body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way (Eph. 1, 23).
Let us, therefore, love our parish and those in it who labour for us.
And, in our turn, let us offer whatever we are able to, for the good of others, thanking God for his bountiful goods, talents and possibilities He gives us, so as to get to now Him better and to love Him more,
Did you know…
The word parish defines a particular geographical area where a parish priest has been given charge of the faithful by his bishop.
The word is derived from the Greek paroikia (παροικία) i.e. from παρά + οικία, para (=beside) + oikia (=house), meaning transitory sojourn.
It reflects well what Saint Peter says: “Beloved, as foreigners (paroikoi) and exiles, I urge you to abstain from the desires of the flesh which wage war against your soul” (1 Pet. 2, 11).
Indeed, each parish gathers in it all the people of God who live in its territory, in order to help them fulfill their duties towards God. These are: Praising God, proclaiming the Good News and serving the needy.
So, the celebration of the Sacraments, the teaching of the Doctrine of Faith and works of Charity are the indispensable and essential tasks of the parish.
The lay faithful have an increasingly important role to play by assisting the parish priest through their various talents and aptitudes.
The parish is the concrete presence of Christ in situ, so to speak.
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