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took place in the heart of the Samaritans, who said to the woman:

“It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have

heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the

world” (Jn 4:42). The Church, which draws her life from the perma-

nent and mysterious presence of her Risen Lord, has as the core of her

mission a duty “to lead all people to encounter Christ”


“The purpose of this evangelization is to bring about faith and con-

version to Christ. Faith involves a profound change of mind and heart, a

change of life, a ‘




Evangelization does not seek to invite people

to experience only one moment of conversion but rather to experience

the gradual and lifelong process of conversion: to draw all people into a

deeper relationship with God, to participate in the sacramental life of the

Church, to develop a mature conscience, to sustain one’s faith through

ongoing catechesis, and to integrate one’s faith into all aspects of one’s life.

“Within the whole process of evangelization, the aim of catechesis is to be

the teaching and maturation stage, that is to say, the period in which the

Christian, having accepted by faith the person of Jesus Christ as the one

Lord and having given Him complete adherence by sincere conversion

of heart, endeavors to know better this Jesus to whom he has entrusted

himself: to know his ‘mystery,’ the kingdom of God proclaimed by Him,

the requirements and promises contained in His Gospel message, and the

paths that he has laid down for anyone who wishes to follow Him.”



process of conversion and evangelization that accomplishes the objectives

above must include the witness of the Church through her members in the

everyday living out of the Gospel.”


Encounter Jesus Within the Family

The family is our first community and the most basic way God the Father

gathers us and forms us to act in the world. The early Church expressed

this truth by referring to the Christian family as the Church of the home.

The Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church

similarly states that “the family is, so to speak, the domestic church.”



is within the family that we first learn who God is and how to prayerfully

seek his will for us. As the first and most basic community to which we all

belong, “the story of family life is a story about love—shared, nurtured,

and sometimes rejected or lost. In every family God is revealed uniquely