TITLE II: THE MISSIONARY ACTIVITY OF THE CHURCH
Can. 781 Because the whole Church is of its nature missionary and the work of
evangelisation is to be considered a fundamental duty of the people of God, all Christ's
faithful must be conscious of the responsibility to play their part in missionary
Can. 782 §1 The Roman Pontiff and the College of Bishops have the responsibility for
the overall direction and coordination of the initiatives and activities which concern
missionary work and cooperation.
§2 As the sponsors of the universal Church and of all the Churches, all Bishops are to
have a special solicitude for missionary activity, especially by arousing, fostering and
sustaining missionary initiatives in their own particular Churches.
Can. 783 Members of institutes of consecrated life, because of the dedication to the
service of the Church deriving from their very consecration, have an obligation to play a
zealous and special part in missionary activity, in a manner appropriate to their
Can. 784 Missionaries, that is, those who have been sent by the competent
ecclesiastical authority to engage in missionary activity, may be chosen from the
indigenous population or from others, be they secular clergy, or members of institutes of
consecrated life or of a society of apostolic life, or other lay members of Christ's
Can. 785 §1 Catechists are to be given a role in missionary work. These are lay
members of Christ's faithful who have received proper formation and are outstanding in
their living of the christian life. Under the direction of missionaries, they are to
present the Gospel teaching and engage in liturgical worship and in works of charity.
§2 Catechists are to receive their formation in schools founded for this purpose. If
there are no such schools, they are to be formed under the direction of the missionaries.
Can. 786 Missionary activity properly so called, whereby the Church is founded amongst
peoples or groups where it has not taken root before, is performed principally by the
Church sending heralds of the Gospel, until such time as the new Churches are fully
constituted, that is, have their own resources and sufficient means, so that they
themselves can carry on the work of evangelisation.
Can. 787 §1 By the testimony of their words and of their lives, missionaries are to
establish a sincere dialogue with those who do not believe in Christ, so that, taking
their native character and culture into account, ways may be opened up by which they can
be led to know the good news of the Gospel.
§2 Missionaries are to ensure that they teach the truths of the faith to those whom
they judge to be ready to receive the good news of the Gospel, so that, if they freely
request it, they may be admitted to the reception of baptism.
Can. 788 §1 Those who have expressed the wish to embrace faith in Christ, and who have
completed the period of their preliminary catechumenate, are to be admitted to the
catechumenate proper in a liturgical ceremony; and their names are to be inscribed in the
book which is kept for this purpose.
§2 By formation and their first steps in christian living, catechumens are to be
initiated into the mysteries of salvation, and introduced into the life of faith, liturgy
and charity of the people of God, as well as into the apostolate.
§3 It is the responsibility of the Episcopal Conference to establish norms concerning
the arrangement of the catechumenate, determining what should be done by catechumens and
what should be their prerogatives.
Can. 789 By means of appropriate formation, neophytes are to be led to a deeper
knowledge of the Gospel truths, and to the fulfilment of the duties undertaken in baptism.
They are also to be imbued with a sincere love of Christ and his Church.
Can. 790 §1 In mission territories, it is the responsibility of the diocesan Bishop:
1° to promote, regulate and coordinate both new initiatives and established works
concerning missionary activity;
2° to ensure that there are proper agreements with the Moderators of those institutes
which dedicate themselves to missionary activities, and that relationships with them are
for the good of the mission.
§2 The provisions made by the diocesan Bishop in accordance with §1, n. 1 are binding
on all missionaries, including religious and their helpers residing in his territory.
Can. 791 In order to foster missionary cooperation, in each diocese:
1° vocations to the mission are to be promoted;
2° a priest is to be appointed to promote missionary initiatives, especially the
'Pontifical Missionary Works';
3° a day for the missions is to be celebrated annually;
4° each year an appropriate financial contribution for the missions is to be sent to
the Holy See.
Can. 792 The Episcopal Conference is to establish and promote means by which those who come to their territory from the missions, for the purpose of work or study, are to be given a fraternal welcome and helped with suitable pastoral care.
Jesus Explained The Eucharist The Day After Feeding The 5000
"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him." John 6:53-56
Jesus Gave Us The Eucharist For All Time The Night Before He Died
"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. " Matthew 26:26-28
Today Some Cannot Accept The Gift Just As It Was In The Time Of Jesus
"'But there are some of you who do not believe.' Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, 'For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.' As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, 'Do you also want to leave?' Simon Peter answered him, 'Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'" John 6:64-68
Jesus Explained That Eternal Life Is Gained Through The Spirit - Not Through The Flesh
Jesus' Flesh And Blood Are Of Divine Nature (Spirit) And Not Of This World (Flesh)
"It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life." John 6:64-68
It's NOT Just Bread And Wine - It's NOT Just Crackers And Grape Juice
Jesus Gave Us The Eucharist To Nourish Us Until He Returns
Come Home To HIS Church And Accept HIS Holy Flesh And Blood
"Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." Luke 10:16
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