We, the People of God of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, humbly
accept our mission to continue the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
Baptized into the Body of Christ, confirmed in the Holy Spirit, and
nourished by the Word and Eucharist, we share Christ's mission of
priest, prophet and servant.
We affirm our oneness with the Catholic Church throughout the world, in communion with our Holy Father.
With the pastoral leadership of our Archbishop, we collaborate in various ways to live and proclaim the gospel.
Christ announced the reign of God. As Church, we are the instrument
of this reign in the world. We commit ourselves to build a community of
faith and love.
With Christ, we bring good news to the poor. We commit ourselves to
eliminate the many faces of poverty in our midst— spiritual and moral.
With Christ, we uphold the dignity of human life. We commit
ourselves to cherish each person and to be faithful stewards of all
With Christ, we affirm the bonds that unite us. We commit ourselves
to remove the barriers that divide people in the large, complex, and
multicultural society of Southern California.
We dedicate our parish communities and our schools, institutions,
ministries, and organizations to fulfill this mission under the loving
patronage of Mary, Queen of the Angels.
- Service to Others
- Christian Dignity and Respect
- Commitment to Community
- Collaboration in Ministry
The Church's mission is that of evangelization
through which the gift of faith given by God is nurtured and developed.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in all its locations, continues Jesus'
mission and ministry by proclaiming the message of Jesus, creating
community, worshipping as the people of God, and serving all of God's
All members of the Church, from the youngest to the
oldest, are on a faith journey. The Church supports this journey through
evangelization and religious instruction/catechetical ministry.
the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of
Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father…who suffered and died
for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever" (Catechesi Tradendae, 5).
catechize is "to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God's
eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. It is to understand
the meaning of Christ's actions and words and of the signs worked by
him" (Catechesi Tradendae, 5).
Catechesis aims at putting
"people…in communion…with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love
of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy
Trinity" (Catechesi Tradendae, 5).