Mission Statement

Good News international is a grassroots ministry of Roman Catholic lay people who, by action and word, proclaim the radical love message of the Sermon on the Mount
(Mt. 5-6-7) 

Our mission calls us to: 

Teach the good news of God's unconditional love in dioceses and parishes throughout the world by conducting missions, seminars, retreats and conferences centered on personal conversion, spiritual transformation and missionary outreach. 

Promote the formation of a deeper spirituality centered in prayer, the
sacraments and the Church community. 

Encourage direct personal involvement in the lives of those who are in need, including the poor, the sick, the dying, the homeless and the incarcerated. 

  

Description of Ministry

 The purpose of these materials is to introduce Good News International to you, and to explore the possibility of conducting a mission in your parish.  We are primarily a group of Catholic Lay people who take seriously the radical love message of our Lord Jesus.

 We find as we travel around the country that many baptized Christians need to understand and embrace their true relationship with God:  That they are an original, unique, one-of-a kind, redeemed and forgiven son or daughter of God.  Everyone is struggling to become somebody in our performance-oriented society.  We need to recognize that we already are somebody; not because of anything we have done or will do, but by what our Lord Jesus Himself has already done for us by His passion, death and resurrection.  Until we fully comprehend how much God truly loves and forgives us, we cnnot even begin to love ourselves or our neighbor as Jesus commands us to do. 

We have also discovered that many of our people are not aware of their calling and vocation as baptized and confirmed Christians.  The attitude exists among many of the laity that it is up to Father and Sister to be serious about living the faith and following in the footsteps of Jesus.  What we need to understand is that we all are called to live by word and deed the radical love message of our Lord, so that we can be light and salt in our families, in our communities and in our workplaces.  One of our favorite sayings about that is from St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach Jesus always, and when necessary, use words." 

One of the most neglected and underused documents from Vatican II is the "Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People."  This document makes it very clear "that by reason of our union with Christ the head flows the layperson's right and duty to be apostles, and that by reason of our baptism and confirmation we are assigned to this apostolate by the Lord Himself."  Lay people don't really believe that spreading the gospel is their job.  Pope Paul VI in his apostolic exhortation, "On Evangelization in the Modern World," makes it clear that the presentation of the Gospel message is not an optional contribution for the baptized Christian.  It is the duty incumbent on every one of us by the Lord Jesus.  Many sitting in the pews have not been told this, and if they have, they usually don't understand, accept or believe it. 

The mission of our ministry is to teach the Good News of God's unconditional love by conducting mission, seminar, retreats and conferences centered on personal conversion, spiritual transformation and missionary outreach. 

We focus on the formation of a deeper spirituality centered in prayer, the sacraments and the Church community.  We also encourage direct personal involvement in spreading the Good News by living in word and deed the radical love message of Matthew 5,6, and 7 in our families, and specifically in our communities by personally reaching out to those in need, including the poor, the sick, the homeless and incarcerated. 

There has never been a more exciting time to be Catholic and Christian!  All of God's precious people need to discover the love relationship the Lord wants to have with each of us.  We need to understand what it is that we are truly called to believe as Catholics and how we are supposed to live our faith every day of our lives. 

We would like to bring the gifts of this ministry to your parish and diocese.  It is our hope to be able to assist you in having your precious people discover and rediscover the joys of living our faith and the treasures provided for them in the richness of our Catholic Church.

    TOPICAL INDEX

 1.   Dare To Be Holy

2.   Forgiveness/Reconciliation

3.   Behold The Lamb

4.   The Grace Of God

5.   Giving Testimony

6.   Divine Mercy

7.   Loving The Unlovable

8.   The Mess That We’re In

9.   The Real Love Message Of Jesus

10.  The Sermon On The Mount - The Magna Carta Of The Catholic Church

11.  Good News To The Poor

12.  The Loving Father

 

  PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH MISSION

 God our Father
We offer You praise and thanksgiving for
All the many gifts you have given us. 

We thank you especially for the gift of
Our Parish Mission 

Quiet our Minds and Open our hearts
To receive the gift of your Truth 

Grant that our coming Mission will be a
Time of Grace for all 

A time of Growth for our Young
A time of Refreshment for our Old
A time of Renewal for our Families
A time of Healing for the Broken
A time of Joy for the Sorrowing
A time of Challenge for the Complacent
A time of Grace for the Sinner
A time of Strength for the Holy
A time of Homecoming for those who
Have been away 

Grant, most loving Father, that the Mission
May bring down your richest Blessings
On one and all! 

We ask this through the Intercession of
Mary, Our Mother, and all our Patron Saints
in the Name of Jesus Christ
Who is Lord of all.