Reaching our "oikos"
We are called to love God and to bring his love to people. This is not just for the priests or the religious, the retired or the students. But for every single person who calls themselves Catholic.
The Church is the people of God on a mission and Parish Evangelisation Cells reflects this vocation. Their focus remains on going out, sharing the love of God with those we know and inviting them to join us on our journey of life.
"Evangelisation is not something optional, but the very vocation of the People of God, a duty that corresponds to it by the command of the Lord Jesus Christ himself"
Pope Benedict XVI
Unlike other groups that can arise in a parish, Parish Evangelisation Cells keep a focus on evangelisation. Each evening will incorporate prayer, worship, teaching and discussion but all in the aid of evangelisation. To empower and equip every Catholic that attends to be missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.
Evangelisation to our "Oikos"
Oikos is a Greek word that means household or house of people. It has roots in the New Testament scripture, in particular the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 10 and 11) when Peter encounters Cornelius and his household (his Oikos).
Our Oikos is the group of people we interact with on a regular basis and it includes our immediate family, friends, neighbours, co-workers. Our existing relationships with these people mean that we will be listened to more readily than we would by complete strangers when talking about life and faith matters.
The way that we live our lives and the witness to our faith that we demonstrate would be most closely observed by those whom we encounter regularly. Each of us as Christians has a unique mission to bring Christ into these relationships with our Oikos; PECS creates the pathway through which to do this.