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No pastoral plan in and of itself will evangelize and cause people to live

as missionary disciples. A

plan is not an end in itself. It is a means of

nurturing, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, the witness to Christ

in the

world. Faithful witnesses have encountered Christ, been accompanied and

formed by the community

of faith, and have been sent on mission to trans-

form the world through the grace of Christ. Pastoral leaders

cannot do this

task of forming missionary disciples alone. Evangelizing parishes that form


disciples foster co-responsibility among all the baptized. Pope

Francis reminded pastoral leaders in the United States of this way of being

Church during his apostolic visit in 2015:

One of the great challenges facing the Church in this generation is

to foster in all the

faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the

Church’s mission, and to enable them to

fulfill that responsibility as

missionary disciples, as a leaven of the Gospel in our world. This will

require creativity in adapting to changed situations, carrying forward

the legacy of

the past not primarily by maintaining our structures and

institutions, which have served us well, but above all by being open

to the possibilities which the Spirit opens up to us and


ing the joy of the Gospel, daily and in every season of our life.


May the theological and pastoral resources provided assist your

community of faith in its

journey toward forming missionary disciples and

transforming the world with the love and mercy of

Jesus Christ! Mary, Star

of the New Evangelization, pray for us!