“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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; and behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age.'” (Matthew 28.18-20)
From the time of the Great Commission, the Catholic Church has echoed the teaching of the Lord Jesus to the ends of the earth, and from Christian antiquity, the work of handing on the teaching of Christ has been called catechesis, from which we also get the word catechism — a compendium of Christian teaching. Here at St. Mary’s Church, we invite each man, woman, and child in our parish by evangelization and catechesis to become a disciple through personal conversion to the Lord Jesus and fidelity to his Gospel. Ongoing catechesis and continuing conversion are the best means we have to help every Catholic meet Christ in the sacraments and be transformed by God’s grace to live the life of the new creation.
“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8.31-32)