The United Catholic Movement
How many non-practicing Catholics do you know? What would it mean to you if you played a role in them returning to the regular practice of the faith? What would it mean to them? That is what the will be accomplished by the United Catholic Movement.
In October, 2016, at the Diocese of Covington priest retreat, Bishop Roger Foys asked seven priests to meet with a facilitator to develop a plan to help non-practicing Catholics come back to Mass. The first meeting of these priests along with a facilitator took place in January, 2017. The result of several meetings and many hours of discussion and planning was a strategic plan with the mission statement: Bringing All Catholics Together
By joining the United Catholic Movement, you can play an important role in helping to bring non-practicing Catholics back to Mass. A simple invitation to share mass with you can make a significant difference. Our shared efforts will successfully engage all Catholics to be joined in the Catholic faith and community.
The Mass is the sacramental celebration of the Last Supper that the Lord Jesus celebrated over two thousand years ago! The Mass makes present for us and for our salvation the saving sacrifice of, Jesus Christ on the cross. Through the Mass we enter into the saving,love of the Lord.
“Through Him, with Him, and in Him”, the words of the Great,Doxology of the Holy Mass, where the Eucharistic Christ is held aloft,for all to see and to adore, expresses to us the very essence of, Catholic community. It also reveals to us that the Church is a,community like no other.
“Through Him”: It is only through the Eucharistic Christ that we can,understand who we truly are as sons and daughters of the Father in,Christ. The community of the Church is a community called together, by Christ himself that reveals to each of us our deepest aspirations, identity and purpose as human persons: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2: 20).
“With Him”: “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me” (Phil 4: 13). Observers of contemporary living regularly report on how people feel alone and isolated. Jesus Christ speaks to us and comes to us within the community of the Church to assure us that God is with us—Emmanuel; the Eucharistic Christ. Furthermore, through the body of believers the Eucharistic Christ gathers around him, we can see that not only is God with us, but that we are with others. Catholic community is about this fundamental fact: God is with us, we can be with Him, and we are to be with others who long to be with Him!
“In Him”: Through the gift and mystery of the Eucharistic Christ, we are able to have a Holy Communion and a transforming union with Jesus Christ. And because we are able to be “in Him” in this way, we are called to a bond of radical charity, care, and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are also “in Him.” The Church as the Eucharistic community takes Jesus Christ as our standard of living knowing full well that this demanding call to witness radical charity to a self-involved world can only be accomplished by being rooted in Him and in reliance His presence to us, within us, and among us.
Holy Communion - The Source & Summit!
One of the greatest joys of being a Catholic is having the privilege and opportunity of receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion. At the Last Supper, Jesus gave Himself to us in Holy Communion. Jesus is the Bread of Life (John Chapter 6) who nourishes us and sustains in the Eucharist. What a wonderful gift and joy! The second Vatican Council describes the Most Holy Eucharist as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” The Eucharist sustains us in our life of Faith, which in this life, is the journey to the heavenly kingdom. Catholics gather at Mass every week and even daily as a community of faith to hear the Word of God proclaimed, receive our Lord in Holy Communion and participate with heart and mind in the Mass with the community of believers.
The Eucharist is the Sacrament of unity and, as such, Catholics who are united with the Church in mind and heart partake of Holy Communion at Mass. When Catholics make a return to the regular practice of faith one of the things they miss the most is receiving our Lord in Holy Communion. When we receive Jesus in Holy Communion we are united with Him more closely and we are united more intimately with all Catholics throughout the world.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are intimately connected. There is certainly nothing to fear in making a good Confession. The more one goes to Confession to receive mercy and forgiveness from the Lord, the more one is more properly prepared, disposed, and eager to receive our Lord in Holy Communion. The more one receives Holy Communion, the more one is aware of his own need for mercy and forgiveness. These two great Sacraments help us in this life to journey along the pathways to eternal salvation.
Confession - A big step, but also an "easy" big step.
United Catholic Movement Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, merciful Savior, It was your fervent prayer that all may be one in You, So that the world may believe, That the Father has sent You.
Through the intercession of St. Paul, missionary, And St. Francis de Sales, The gentle shepherd of burdened souls, We ask you to pour out Your blessings on all of us, Who make up the United Catholic Movement, That we may share in Your passion, To bring all Catholics together.
May the Holy Spirit stir the hearts, Of those You are prodding, To be reunited in Your Body, the Church, For the glory of God, now and forever.