I stumbled on an interesting blog called The Lair of the Catholic Cavemen where some tough talk is going on. It’s refreshing. The entry that caught my eye concerned parish "mission statements" which I have always found pretentious and silly, for a parish at least. I am ready to be convinced otherwise. Good luck with that.
In any event, here some excerpts from that blog … then I have a mission for you (below).
What general feeling/impression did you get as you read some of their well thought through comments?
Immaculate Conception, Wilmington, NC We live Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Gospel, by celebrating the Eucharist, by nourishing our faith and by loving and serving all God’s people.
St. Mary’s, East Islip, LINY Centered in the Word of God and the gift of Jesus in our midst… a welcoming community which proclaims through word and action the dignity of every person.
St. Charles Borromeo, San Diego, CA Our mission is to provide a place of welcome and refreshment to all who cross our threshold, a sense of family belonging for those who remain, and the challenge of discipleship to all who believe in the saving power of Christ.
OK, you’ve all had a chance to read an example of their pearls of wisdom. Here’s the impression I got.
1. I’m not sure who gets top billing…. God, or the "community’.
2. They’re big on "luv". Hmmm… interesting title for an encyclical ~ Deus Luv Est.
3. I’m confused. When God is mentioned, is He God our Lord and Master, or God My Big Buddy in the Sky?
4. Shouldn’t the Salvation of Souls be mentioned someplace?
I equate this "mission statement" drivel to the outlandish homosexual drag queens that come out of the woodwork every so often. They’re so over the top in their garishness, no thinking individual could ever confuse their antics with anything even remotely resembling real femininity.
And "faith communities" like the above mentioned are so over the top in their being neck-deep in sickening sweet sentimentality, no thinking Catholic could ever take their saccharine-laced faux-theology serious. If anyone ever went to Mass there, they’d be diabetic before you could say "culturally aware".
Okay, folks. I would say this was a "No" vote from this guy on mission statements. At least that sort of mission statement.
With all this in mind, can you find some interesting mission statements out there and then come up with a good and super brief parish mission statement of your own?
How about this:
This parish exists…
… to provide the sacraments when called upon through dignified observance of the law while preaching the full doctrine of the Catholic Church expressed with common sense and concrete action in such as way as to help you and your neighbor live your vocation and then enjoy the glorious reward of the Beatific Vision and avoid the anguished torments of everlasting hell.