GDC 49: Essential Moments

What do the six qualities described in GDC 48 mean? How do they inform the pastoral ministry of bishops, clergy, and catechists?

Section 49 summarizes what the evangelical effort looks like, mindful that this is a flexible undertaking. Wise catechists and pastors are aware how these three stages or essential moments can be applied for maximum effect.

Pope John Paul II uses the adjective “essential,” Any (and probably every) parish’s catechetical ministry must be strong in these three aspects:

49. The process of evangelization, (cf. Evangelii Nuntiandi 24) consequently, is structured in stages or “essential moments”: (cf. Catechesi Tradendae 18)

  • missionary activity directed toward non-believers and those who live in religious indifference;
  • initial catechetical activity for those who choose the Gospel and for those who need to complete or modify their initiation;
  • pastoral activity directed toward the Christian faithful of mature faith in the bosom of the Christian community. (cf. Ad Gentes 6f; Redemptoris Missio 33, 48)

These moments, however, are not unique: they may be repeated, if necessary, as they give evangelical nourishment in proportion to the spiritual growth of each person or of the entire community.

Y’all have been quiet the past few posts on GDC. Still with us?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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