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Opportunity to evangelize

To the editor:

The January 2010 Catholic Courier article "Group: City is priority" has significant interest to us. We live a faith based commitment to inner city outreach ministries. The call for social ministry is quite appropriate.

We believe that people who work together in God’s name will want to worship God together. Suburban parishes should not fear parishioner recruitment. Rather, there is an enormous pool of people who are the products of Catholic education who are no longer members of any parish. These people are among the Christmas/Easter/funeral Catholics. Most hear the cries for social justice and social ministry, and often work in related fields. An opportunity to serve in those ministries creates an opportunity to re-embrace the Catholic tradition of community established in the early Church, and to reembrace their faith. Many nonpracticing Catholics have been attracted to inner city parishes with active outreach ministries.

If the 20 community leaders spent as much time studying the past Diocesan investment in the human estate, and the causes of its devaluation, as they have in the past Diocesan investment in real estate, a Christ-like policy for spiritual revitalization would likely emerge. The talents of the children who are the products of Catholic education bear fruits that reflect the investment of countless priests, nuns, brothers, parents and grandparents in the human and spiritual estate of the Diocese. We believe, if we leave these talents unutilized, we will be judged as harshly as the servant who buried the talents his master gave him.

A policy of reevangelizing these "fallen away" Catholics could reduce and may in time eliminate the need for a Diocesan tax to support inner city parishes with active outreach ministries, and revitalize the entire Diocese.

Delaine Cook Green

Rochester

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