Encounter with Christ? Focus and Alignment in Parish Ministry? — These Aren’t Just New Organizational Trends

“The goal of all parish life is that all come to know Christ, to love and to serve Him. Everything else is of value only insofar as it furthers this goal…The center of the parish community is not ‘the sport field, the parish theater, or even the school…all very useful and often necessary institutions;’ the center is the parish church, and in it, the tabernacle and the confessional.”

-Pope Pius XII, “Address to the faithful of St. Saba Parish,” Rome, January 11, 1953
(as translated in The Parish: from Theology to Practice, ed. Hugo Rahner, S.J., tr. Robert Kress)


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