What is Evangelization?
The Catholic Church’s mission is to respond to Jesus’ command, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Evangelization refers to this proclamation of the Gospel message of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection as the way to salvation and eternal life. The proclamation of the Gospel invites individuals to respond by repentance, the reception of the Sacraments and living a life in communion with the Body of Christ, the Church.
Through the sacraments of Christian Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, all Catholics are called to participate in the Church’s mission to make disciples of all nations through the witness of holy lives and proclamation of the Gospel. St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians apply to all Catholics, “For if I preach the Gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Cor 9: 16). This mission is based on the power of the risen Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit.
What is the New Evangelization?
Recent popes have sensed an urgency to refocus on the Church’s mission to evangelize. Toward the end of 20th century, St. John Paul II wrote, “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission to the nations. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples” (Redemptoris Missio 3). St. John Paul II not only desired that the Church continue to grow evangelization efforts in the areas of the world where the Gospel has yet to be preached, but also to parts of the world where Christianity has been abandoned. The New Evangelization calls the Church to re-evangelize these parts of the world that have lost a living sense of the faith, and individuals who, although baptized or raised Christian, have chosen to leave the faith.
The Cathedral of the Epiphany is responding to the call for the New Evangelization. The Sacraments and liturgies provide a way for all to encounter Christ in a tangible and intimate way. In addition to the liturgies, the Cathedral of the Epiphany offers many opportunities for individuals to grow closer to God and deepen their understanding of the Catholic Church.
All 6th-12th grade students are invited to participate in the Cathedral’s Youth Group. The Youth Group meets on a regular basis to grow as a community and grow closer to God. In addition, the youth are encouraged to join Discipleship Groups made up of 5-10 youth who meet for discussion, Bible studies, catechesis, social, service, and leadership development. For more information, contact Karmen Darwin at (712) 255-1637.
Interested in Becoming Catholic?
The Cathedral of the Epiphany welcomes those who are interested in learning more about joining the Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process for initiation into the Catholic Church. RCIA is for those in need of Baptism, those baptized in another Christian faith but interested in becoming Catholic, and baptized Catholics in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation. For more information, contact Santa Fernandez at (712) 255-1637.
Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation
The Cathedral of the Epiphany’s Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation programs are an important part of assisting parents in their task of catechizing their children. For more information, contact Santa Fernandez at (712) 255-1637.