On the weekend of May 18 and 19, the Diocese of Covington is offering an Evangelization Weekend in all of the parishes. This is a weekend when all are encouraged to reach out to people in their lives who are not actively involved in any faith and to invite them to come to Mass.
When Jesus gave the Church its mission, in what is known as the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 16-20), his first word was, “Go.” “Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to carry out all that I have commended you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the age.” The Church is to bring Christ to the world, and bring the world to Christ.
The most important work of the Church is evangelization—proclaiming the Gospel to everyone, inviting them to come know Jesus Christ and the salvation he has won for us. For a long time, here in the United States, we lived in a relatively Christian nation. Almost everyone had some kind of religious affiliation. If they were not Catholic, they were Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian, or something. There were very few who would have fallen into the category now known as the Nones—those who identify with no particular religious connection.
In our culture today, those who identify as “None” are the largest single group, just ahead of those who identify as Catholics. And we know that many of those who still identify as Catholic no longer actively practice their faith. These are cultural Catholics, but not active, believing Catholics.
I asked all of you to consider inviting someone to the Easter Masses, and I know that some of you did that, and I am grateful for that. Now I am asking you to do this again. Perhaps it will be the same person you invited on Easter, or it may be someone new. Pray and ask God to show you who he wants you to invite and to give you the courage to make the invitation. Perhaps you can say, “We are having a special outreach Sunday on May 19. Would you like to join me for the Mass that day?”
The homily that day will be directed primarily toward those who are visiting with us. We will also have information about the RCIA and the Catholic Church for them to help them decide if they may want to join the Church, or at least learn more about it.
This Evangelization Weekend will only be successful with your assistance. It is your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members who we are hoping to reach. Please help us bring them to Christ.
— Fr. Mike Comer