Building the Kingdom of God | 3 Year Plan
 
 
To the people of the Parish of Christ the King:
 
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
 
We are made for Heaven. God, in His infinite love and mercy, created us for Himself so that we may one day enjoy forever the fullness of His Divine Love. He desires to give us His Kingdom, and the Kingdom of God is not only a place but a Person named Jesus Christ.
 
As Catholics, we are called to bring the Lord into our hearts, into our homes, into our workplaces, and into our community. We are called to build up the Church that exists as a sign and instrument of intimate union with God. We labor with and for the Lord that the Kingdom of God may be made known here on earth while we wait for the glory of Heaven.
 
For the next three years, our parish will have one focus: “Building the Kingdom of God.” The Lord desires to give us His Kingdom, to give us Himself, and He invites us to work with Him so that His loving reign may be established in ourselves and in our community here at the Parish of Christ the King.
 
After reviewing the results of our Discipleship Maker Index Survey from Catholic Leadership Institute, it was apparent that our parish has experienced much fruit over the previous three years:
  • 98% of our parish regularly attends Mass and 96% believe in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
  • Participation in devotions like Eucharistic Adoration has risen by 7%
  • 94% of our parish commits to individual prayer time with the Lord
  • Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation has increased 18% since 2014
  • Participation in retreats, service, and workshops have all increased in the last three years
We are exceedingly grateful for all the good that God has done in our parish and for all the time, talent, and treasure that you have offered as instruments for this good to be realized. Our parish is truly blessed.
 
However, our work is not complete. We also learned from our survey results about your needs and desires for our parish. You expressed:
  • The need for more guidance in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and becoming His disciple
  • To be equipped to share your personal witness story, to share the story of Jesus Christ, and to have conversations about God’s work in your daily life
  • The need for more familiarity and confidence with the teachings of the Church and her role in your life
  • The need for more support in building up the domestic church in your homes
We have listened to these responses and are excited about the direction of our parish. With your help and with complete trust in the Lord and His faithfulness to us, we are confident that the next three years will be a time of exceptional growth.
 
As I stated above, our parish will have one common mission for the next three years: Building the Kingdom of God. We will Build the Kingdom of God together, striving for an increased familiarity with and love for our God, for a better understanding of and confidence in the Church and her teachings, for the confidence and tools needed to bring God’s love and Word into our homes, workplaces, and community.
 
We have broken the next three years into intentionally focused subsets of our bigger vision. Included for each year are examples of goals and initiatives that we will focus on implementing that year. This list is not exhaustive but serves to further explain the vision for growth at our parish.
 
Year One (2019-2020): “Building the Kingdom of God Within Us”
We begin by Building the Kingdom of God in ourselves through prayer, spiritual discipline, better understanding of traditional devotions, etc. We will strive to be docile to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to form us and inspire us with deeper love and desire for God and the pursuit of holiness.
 
Initiatives:
  1. An Increased Offering of Retreats: Two Annual Parent Retreats, Men’s and Women’s Silent Retreats, Annual Road to Emmaus Retreat
  2. Promoting Prayer, Sacraments, and Devotions: Colossians Family Challenge, Eucharistic Adoration opportunities, availability of Confession
  3. Spiritual Direction
Year Two (2020-2021): “Building the Kingdom of God Upon Us”
Jesus said to Peter, “you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18). We will focus on familiarizing ourselves with Christ’s Church, His Bride—in understanding who she is, what she teaches, and why she teaches it.
 
Initiatives: 
  1. Establishing a Comprehensive Catechetical Series
  2. Formation of Mentor Couples and Ministry Leaders
  3. Family-based Catechesis ​
Year Three (2021-2022): “Building the Kingdom of God Among Us”
With love of our Lord and knowledge of His teachings, we will focus on practicing missionary skills: sharing the Gospel, serving the poor, gathering in intentional community, sharing our personal testimonies and our faith with friends, family, and coworkers, inviting others into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
Initiatives
  1. Discipleship Multiplication Plan
  2. Parish Evangelization Conference
  3. Kerygmatic Series in Neighborhood Communities
This plan for our future can be summarized in the following statement: We will build the Kingdom of God within us, upon us, and among us as we say 'yes' to God's call to a life of Christian mission.
 
Our God has called us to build His Kingdom with Him, to be co-laborers in His mission. Each of us has been given a unique set of gifts, experiences, and states in life as we labor with Him. It is important that we focus on living out our call to holiness within our specific vocations. It is within those vocations that God will transform us so that we may more effectively be witnesses to God’s love in the world—to His Kingdom.
 
“Building the Kingdom of God” is our rally cry—the public declaration of our mission, and it is not our mission alone. In Bishop Konderla’s letter, God Builds a House, we see the desire to “build a culture of Catholic discipleship and community,” for “invitation,” for “relationship with Jesus Christ,” for “evangelization.” We are told that the purpose of the diocese, and the Church at large is to know, love, and serve God. Our priorities as a diocese are to strengthen the Domestic Church, form Catholic leaders, and make missionary disciples. All of these things build up the Kingdom of God. By Building the Kingdom of God, we participate in the vision of the diocese and of the universal Church. We are not alone in our mission. We are part of something greater.
 
For the next three years, I urge you to make “Building the Kingdom of God” part of your daily life. Let us build His Kingdom in our homes, in our workplaces, and in our community. Together, with complete trust in the Lord, we can truly be transformed into better men, women, children, husbands, wives, priests, sisters, brothers; we can be transformed into the holy People of God who strive first for His Kingdom and hope to enjoy the fullness of His Divine Love for eternity.
 
All for His Kingdom,
 
Fr. Elkin J. González
Pastor