Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

The Know, Love & Serve initiative: taking ownership of Faith

by Brian Kraut, for the Inland Register

(From the October 16, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Brian Kraut, Director of Parish Support and Renewal Services for the diocese, joined the parish councils from Chewelah, Valley, and Springdale the evening of Oct. 8 for a presentation on “Joy Made Complete” and the “Know Love & Serve” pastoral planning initiative. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Michelle Wasco, Patsy Cotter, Polly Davidson, and the pastor, Father Jeff Lewis. In the back row, from left, are Sarah Haden, Angela Proszek, Ed Grim, and Guy Burnell. (IR photo courtesy of Father Jeff Lewis)

The Know, Love & Serve (KLS) process continues with the release of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan titled “Joy Made Complete.” The plan is now in the hands of the faithful, arriving in the mailboxes of all registered Catholics earlier this month. (Editor’s note: “Joy Made Complete” is posted in English and Spanish on the Spokane Diocese web site:

The plan was written for each parishioner, calling all of us to embrace God’s call upon our lives as a response to his infinite love. Archbishop Cupich calls us to take ownership of our faith and build the kingdom of God. Now is the time to say, “Yes!” Not a “maybe,” or “later,” but an emphatic “yes,” today. God longs for us, and our archbishop prompts us. I pray that you take time to read and discuss these words of encouragement and challenge with those in your life.

Change is the one guarantee to be experienced in life, and many have asked what will become of this process now that Archbishop Cupich will be moving to Chicago. He spoke clearly to the KLS Leadership Summit participants at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center on Sept. 27, following the announcement of his appointment. He said that the KLS process and pastoral plan must move forward. The Spirit of God is evident in the process. Archbishop Cupich has given us a clear course. We have been given a blueprint and invitation to participate. What is our response?

In his first epistle, directed to all believers, St. Peter wrote, “Come to him, a living stone – rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (2:5-6). We are living stones, a vital part of the Body of Christ. Church is not simply bricks and mortar; church is about the people. When we as church work in conjunction with one another, we are a living presence of Christ to the world. The KLS process cannot be passed off to others; we must work, together, as clergy, Religious, and laity, announcing the Good News of Christ. A message, filled with love and forgiveness, which leads to joy.

Our ability to participate is often limited by sin, fear, and pain. Archbishop Cupich challenged the Summit participants to frequent the sacrament of Reconciliation. A clean heart is a healthy heart, thus making us “living stones” that reflect the love of God in a manner that is worthy for the world to see.

Many are asking: “What can I do?” Maybe the better question is, “What does God want me to do?” I believe that God is doing something miraculous here in Eastern Washington. Pray for an openness to allow God to work.

The diocese is moving forward with parish visits and plans for an Assembly on the pastoral plan’s first priority – Leadership Development and Faith Formation – scheduled for Friday, April 17 of next year. Parishes and other Catholic entities are developing four-year pastoral plans with emphasis on the eight components surfaced in the KLS process. Individuals are renewing their faith, and placing hope in the living Christ.

This is truly an exciting time for the church. Embrace what God is doing!

(Kraut is Director of Parish Support and Renewal Services for the Diocese of Spokane.)

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