10 Ways You Can Get Involved in On Mission for The Church Alive
We are One Body of Christ with many parts. We need all parts of the body to be involved, to be working, to be fully alive. Here are ten ways that you can get involved and learn Jesus, love Jesus and live Jesus.
- Start a prayer group at your parish to pray for a greater understanding of the Church’s mission, everyone’s role as members of the Body of Christ and vocations – lay, religious and consecrated. Prayer, which Pope Francis says is the first door to Jesus, is a great way to deepen your relationship with Christ.
- Celebrate Jesus through the Sacraments. The Mass is a foretaste of the heavenly wedding feast! When we say Amen after taking the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, we are saying “yes” to Christ – “yes” to being his bride, the Church! Ways we can celebrate Jesus include going to Daily Mass, going to confession more often, going to a praise and worship festival with Eucharistic adoration and making a commitment in marriage or religious life.
- Read Scripture and imitate Jesus’ life. Scripture is God’s very Word. We can only have a relationship with our God when we read, listen to and live out His word. Read the Bible every day, as well as the Catechism, and commit yourself to living it out. Reading them will help you to “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15) Check out these Catholic plans for reading the Bible in one year:
- Participate in parish ministries. Ask your pastor about getting involved in a ministry at your parish. Ministries include lecturing, cantoring, CCD, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, quilting, visitation of the sick, ushering, parish council, social service ministries and more. If you’re a young adult, consider starting a young adult ministry at your parish if you don’t have one already. Check out yampgh.org for how to get started.
- Start or attend a ChristLife group at your parish. This series is dedicated to forming both parishioners and those who may be far from God into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. The ChristLife Series is a three-step evangelization process divided into three 7-week segments focused on discovering Christ, following Christ and sharing Christ. Discovering Christ helps participants develop or renew their personal relationship with God and offers ways of fostering relational support within the parish. Following Christ offers a time of prayer, education and support centered on essential truths and disciplines of the Church. Sharing Christ moves participants to evangelize, sharing their relationship with Jesus with other people. Learn more at christlife.org.
- Invite family and friends to Mass and to church gatherings. Imagine what would happen if every Catholic invited one person they knew to Mass or a church gathering? People are thirsty for true happiness. They just need to be invited! According to research done by LifeWay Research, 67% of Americans say a personal invitation from a family member would be very or somewhat effective in getting them to visit a church and 63% of Americans say a personal invitation from a friend or neighbor would be very or somewhat effective in getting them to visit a church. Read more by clicking here.
- Learn and live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The corporal and spiritual works of mercy help us to live out all that Christ taught us – to serve others, to evangelize, to share our faith and to love. Read more by clicking here.
- Corporal Works of Mercy
- To feed the hungry;
- To give drink to the thirsty;
- To clothe the naked;
- To harbour the harbourless;
- To visit the sick;
- To ransom the captive;
- To bury the dead.
- Spiritual Works of Mercy:
- Volunteer or contribute to a local organization like Catholic Charities. Read more about Catholic Charities here. Mercy Community Health also runs homeless shelters downtown on cold nights and are often in need of assistance.
- Participate or organize a festival of praise or evening of recollection. Combine praise and worship and/or traditional music with prayers and reflections centered on the mission of the Church for a vibrant Festival of Praise. You can also invite engaging speakers to lead brief talks or meditations on themes related to being a Church on mission, an evangelizing Church, a Church that reaches out. Visit our prayer toolkit for more information.
- Attend a parish planning meeting about On Mission for The Church Alive! later this year. We’ll soon be announcing ways for you to get involved with planning for the future of On Mission right in your parishes. Stay tuned! We need you!