This is the second of two articles based on the keynote address at the PROCLAIM 2016 Conference of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay in Sydney, on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. It explores principles for parish renewal through sharing the evolving experience of parish life in the Australian context. Daniel Ang is director for the Office of Evangelization in the Diocese of Broken Bay, Australia.
1. Proclaiming Christ
First of all, at the heart of evangelizing communities is the proclamation of the Good News, specifically the kerygma which is the basic truth of our Christian faith. This word kerygma, refers to the very heart of the Gospel, the core message of the Christian faith that all believers are called to believe and proclaim.
The words of Pope Paul VI still challenge us today, ‘There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed’.1 This is the kerygma. It is explicit and focused entirely on the person and saving message of Jesus Christ.
We note that this kerygma stands apart from the catechesis or instruction in the fuller doctrinal and moral teaching (didache) that the Church notes is to take place after someone has been baptised.