The Mission of Evangelization

The work of evangelization is essentially a partnership of burning love between a believer and the Holy Spirit, both of whom ardently desire all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4).

"The Holy Spirit desires unity, he desires totality. Therefore, his presence is shown above all in missionary zeal. Anyone who has come across something true, beautiful and good in his life –the one true treasure, the precious pearl – hastens to share it everywhere, in the family and at work, in all the contexts of his life. He does so without any fear, because he knows he has received adoption as a son; without presumption, for it is all a gift; without discouragement, for God’s Spirit precedes his action in people’s hearts. He does so without restraint, for he bears a piece of good news which is for all people and for all peoples."

~Pope Benedict XVI, Pentecost Vigil, June 3, 2006

The Mission of the Diocese of Metuchen is to evangelize all people, at all times, and in all places. We are to proclaim the MESSAGE of Jesus; to teach His TRUTH; to extend His LOVE to people of all ages.

Church Documents

Below is a sampling of what the Church says about this preeminent mission.

“Evangelization is the proclamation of Christ by word and by testimony of life.” (LG, 35)

“It will always contain – as the foundation, center and summit of its dynamism – a clear proclamation that in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, who died and rose from the dead, salvation is offered to all men, as a gift of God’s grace and mercy.” (EN, 27)

“This message is indeed necessary. It is unique. It cannot be replaced. It does not permit indifference, syncretism or accommodation. It is a question of people’s salvation.” (EN,5)

“The proclamation of the Word of God has conversion as its aim: a complete and sincere adherence to Christ and his gospel through faith…Conversion means accepting, by a personal decision, the saving sovereignty of Christ and becoming his disciple.” (RM, 46)

“Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available to all.” (RM, 10)

“Because the Son of God became man, there is no man who is not his brother in humanity and who is not called to become a Christian in order to receive salvation from him.” (DPA, 1)

“There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed.” (EN, 27)

“The respectful presentation of Christ and his kingdom is more than the evangelizer’s right: it is his duty.” (EN, 80)

“It is the whole Church that receives the mission to evangelize, and the work of each individual member is important for the whole.” (EN, 15)

“The apostolate of the laity is a sharing in the Church’s mission of salvation, and everyone is commissioned to this apostolate by the Lord himself through baptism and confirmation. The laity should have the lead role in bringing Christianity to the workplace or other secular settings.” (LG, 33)

“It is the Holy Spirit who, today just as at the beginning of the Church, acts in every evangelizer who allows himself to be possessed and led by Him.” (EN, 75)

“The disciples of Christ strove to convert men to confess Christ as Lord, not however, by applying coercion or with the use of techniques unworthy of the Gospel but, above all, by the power of the Word of God.” (DH, 1)

“Techniques of evangelization are good, but even the most advanced ones could not replace the gentle action of the Spirit. The most perfect preparationof the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. Without him, the most highly developed schemas resting on sociological or psychological basis are quickly seen to be quite valueless.” (EN, 75)

“The moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” (RM, 3)