Non-Practicing Catholics


The Lost Sheep

Jesus tells us about the parable of the lost sheep, where one out of a hundred sheep is lost and the shepherd goes out in search of it. When he finds the lost sheep, there is great rejoicing. Jesus then says that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine people who have no need of repentance.


Indeed, if only one out of a hundred was lost, that would be cause for great rejoicing. But unfortunately that is not the case. It is in fact the reverse, where ninety-nine are lost and only one can be said to be secure in the sheepfold. These are the lapsed Catholics, those who have left the Church, who have joined sects and cults, who are just nominal or cultural in their faith, who may go through the motions of being a Catholic but are not living true Christian lives.


How truly unfortunate that is. The ninety-nine were already in the sheepfold, in the one true Church, when they strayed and are now lost in the world and outside the protective embrace of the body of Christ on earth. They must be found and brought back.


This is the work of the New Evangelization. Lapsed Catholics need to meet Christ anew, having an intimate encounter with the Savior, being transformed in his Spirit, and becoming his friends. Then they need to live Christ, living according to his ways and his teaching, striving for holiness and Christian perfection. Finally, they need to share Christ, to participate in the work of finding and bringing back other lost sheep, to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus to all.


To meet Christ, to live Christ, to share Christ.A priority in this Year of the Laity. A crucial work of mainstreaming Catholic lay evangelization as we look to the jubilee year 2021. We look to a great celebration in 2021, and may the angels of God in heaven rejoice with us at that time.


Towards Family Renewal

While the program starts with individual renewal, since each individual needs to personally meet Christ and begin to experience transformation in Christ, it must move on to renewing marriage and family life. Family is crucial to the well-being of individuals and of the whole nation. Family is also the most basic educational institution for raising God-fearing men and women.


Objectives/Goals

To create opportunities for encounters with perceived non-practicing Catholics, even non-Catholics and Inter-faith encounters;


To bear witness to them about the love of Christ.


Formation

  • Life in Christ Seminar (integrated course intended to lead seminar participants into a renewed understanding of God’s call to them as Catholics)

  • Basic Catechism “I Believe”

  • Sacraments

    • Baptism

    • Confession


Celebration

* Live Christ, Share Christ Assemblies

* Devotion and Popular Piety

* Parish Activity amongst parishioners and basic ecclesial communities

* Parish community festival/fiesta

(e.g Fathers’ or Men’s Sports fests for various encounters

* Mothers’ Festivals for interreligious encounters)

Family Activities such as:

  • Men’s Sports Fests

  • Mother’s Festivals

  • Parish Family day


Legacy

* Live Christ, Share Christ Movement (It is mainly intended for nominal, cultural or lapsed Catholics to meet Christ, to live Christ, and to share Christ.)


*Appreciation of the Sacraments


The Live Christ, Share Christ Movement


www.livechristsharechrist.net


Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) is a lay parish-based movement for massive evangelization, in response to the call to the New Evangelization. Its basic goal is to bring Catholics back to Christ and to the Church. Its intent is to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization. Its focus is on mounting Life in Christ Seminars (LCS) aggressively and persistently, till every Catholic in the parish is reached. The LCS is an integrated course intended to lead seminar participants into a renewed understanding of God’s call to them as Catholics.


LCSC helps bring lapsed Catholics back and starts the transformation of an individual in Christ. After the LCS, the parish and its wide array of groups, ministries, programs and services are supposed to provide for the ongoing growth to maturity of the individual.


However, LCSC is also ready to provide formation as needed. We have ready programs for youth, for married couples, for migrants, for Bible appreciation, for pro-life advocacy, for work with the poor, and for leaders’ formation. In particular, LCSC would like to present 4 basic pillars that can supplement its work in the parish. These are: (1) Live Pure, (2) Live the Word, (3) Live Life, and (4) Live Full.


1. Live Pure


www.livepuremovement.org


Proclaiming the gospel of PURITY


“Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.” (1 Jn 3:3)


The challenge:The culture of death will more and more bring young people into sexual licentiousness. The next generation is seriously under threat. How can we protect and empower our young people to live for Christ?


Live Pure is a movement for chastity for the youth. Young people are helped to strive for purity of mind, eyes, speech and body, as they live out the values of human dignity, relationships, waiting and love.


2. Live the Word


http://liturgicalbiblestudy.com/


Proclaiming the gospel of PERFECTION.


“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48)


“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tm 3:16-17)


The challenge: Catholics are very weak on knowing and using the Bible, the very word of God. But ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ. How can Catholics grow to Christian perfection without the Bible?


Live the Word is a program that promotes the Liturgical Bible Study method of appreciating and studying the scriptures. It is a practical method of doing Bible study in small groups, as well as in the family setting.


3. Live Life



Proclaiming the gospel of PROSPERITY.


“Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity” (Dt 30:15a)


“Then the Lord, your God, will generously increase your undertakings, the fruit of your womb, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil; for the Lord, your God, will again take delight in your prosperity” (Dt 30:9)


The challenge: Life and prosperity go with having a covenant with God. On the other hand, the culture of death brings with it economic woes, hitting the poor the hardest. How can we defend and promote the culture of life, thereby ensuring the prosperity that God desires for His people?


Live Life is advocacy for faith, family and life. It staunchly opposes reproductive health forces that promote a culture of death.


4. Live Full


http://nooneinneed.net/


Proclaiming the gospel of POVERTY.


“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.” (Lk 6:20b-21a)


The challenge: Most of the people of the world are poor, and living beneath their dignity as children of God. But there are enough resources in the world to satisfy the needs of all. How can Christians share what they have so that there is no one in need, so that all may be fulfilled (full-filled)?


Live Full is about building the Church of the Poor. As the icon of poverty is hunger, then the opposite is a full stomach. More than that, this work looks to building parish-based communities through holistic development, providing shelter, health, education, livelihood and values formation.This is done through the No One In Need movement. The ultimate solution to poverty is not necessarily to make the poor rich, but to have their basic needs met, so no one is in need (Acts 4:34). In the model of the first Christian community, the haves share with the have-nots, thus also sharing in the blessing. “Those who give alms will enjoy a full life.” (Tb 12:9b).


Time Frame

*Opportunities are developed on a monthly basis

*Parish family day can be done during summer (2nd Quarter of the year)

*Fiesta Season


Others

While the program starts with individual renewal, since each individual needs to personally meet Christ and begin to experience transformation in Christ, it must move on to renewing marriage and family life. Family is crucial to the well-being of individuals and of the whole nation. Family is also the most basic educational institution for raising God-fearing men and women.



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