The Sisters of the community of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, share with us some echoes of a parish assembly convened to give life to the invitation of Pope Francis to be a Church that seeks to go out to the peripheries.
Our community of Daughters of Jesus, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, is part of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, made up of 3 sectors. On Saturday, 25th June 2018, we participated in the first Parish Assembly, convened by our new parish priest Father Dimas Francisco Rivera and his vicar Father Carlos Humberto Aguilera.
A questioning parish
In small groups we reflected on two questions:
- How do I see the parish?
- How should the parish be?
In the subsequent feedback to the assembly, we became aware of a certain stagnation and accommodation. This woke us up and made us want renewal. We want to become a Church that goes out to the peripheries, taking into account the four pastoral dimensions of the Diocesan Plan of Pastoral Care.
- “Community of communities”.
Two biblical texts gave us the foundations for our reflection :
“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases … and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.” Luke 8, 1-3
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.“
Acts 2, 42-47
We have committed ourselves enthusiastically, in sectors, to pursue each of the pastoral dimensions, in order to live in a more committed way and to respond to the invitation of Pope Francis to :
be a Church that goes out to the peripheries.
Sisters of the Tegucigalpa community