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June 30, 2000 Issue
Local News

Catholics 'Summoned to Serve'

Diocese announces two-year theme and logo to portray it

By Dcn. Paul Grimm

Summoned to Serve During the next two years, all the Church of the Diocese of Green Bay will be invited to served others through charity and justice with the new diocesan theme, "Summoned to Serve."

The theme is an outgrowth of Renew 2000, which soon will enter its final season, and the Jubilee Year, both of which emphasize the need to put our faith and spirituality into action.

Summoning has diverse meanings - from a simple call to dinner to an urgent calling forth by those in authority - and it requires a response.

For example, Moses was summoned to the mountaintop and he summoned all of Israel. Jesus and the apostles continued this emphasis on being summoned to service, both individually and as community. Usually, in the Bible, summons also includes a command to listen, understand and act.

As baptized people and disciples of Jesus, we are summoned to serve as Jesus did. Our baptismal summons requires a response as a people of God. Every time we pray "Thy will be done" in the Our Father, we surrender to the summons of the Lord.

We respond to our summons to serve, through the corporal works of mercy: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the imprisoned, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, and burying the dead.

We serve spiritually by admonishing sinners, instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving all injuries, and praying for the living and dead.

We are also summoned to promote justice for all, especially for those who are voiceless or who depend on others. As we respond to the summons to serve, we promote the dignity of people in all stages or conditions of life as we spread the good news of the Gospel through lives of charity and justice.

(Dcn. Grimm is the diocesan consultant for social concerns and is a member of the diocesan theme committee.)

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