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In particular, the Church teaches that social justice is an integral part of

evangelization, a

constitutive dimension of preaching the Gospel, and an

essential part of the Church’s mission. The center

of the Church’s social

teaching is the life and intrinsic dignity of the human person created in

the image

and likeness of God.

Creating an Atmosphere of Invitation, Hospitality, and Trust

As noted previously, the pastoral ministry of the Church cannot be a “one

size fits all” approach. We are called to follow the footsteps of Jesus by

engaging, accompanying, and relating to our brothers and

sisters where

they are. The entire parish community, especially the parish leadership,

must foster a spirit of hospitality and welcome. This spirit of hospitality

must be extended to those on the peripheries, as well as

to Catholics who

approach the Church at key “teachable moments,” such as couples seeking

the Sacrament

of Matrimony, parents interested in enrolling their children

in Catholic schools and/or parish-based

religious education or sacramental

preparation programs, and Catholics seeking assistance from parish


ministry programs.

Building Collaborative Relationships, Teamwork, and Commitment

Being a collaborative member of a ministry team means working to secure

cooperation, promoting

teamwork, and resolving conflicts. Pastoral leaders

recognize the potential value of differing ideas, opinions,

and competing

needs and are able to affirm and accept challenging situations as oppor-

tunities to make

effective changes to fulfill the mission of the Church.

Developing missionary disciples builds co-responsibility for the mission of

Christ among all of the baptized.

Welcoming and Embracing Ethnically Diverse Communities

Pastoral leaders, now more than ever, must welcome and be open to eth-

nically diverse families in

order to effectively proclaim the Gospel of Jesus

Christ and promote the life and dignity of every human

being. Stronger

intercultural competence will promote integration of ethnically diverse

families in the ministry and mission of the parish.

Engagement and Current Pastoral Practice

In summary, when assessing and developing the details of a parish’s unique

plan for evangelization,

pastoral leaders should consider ways to integrate