The first and most important way Catholics are called to be a part of the archdiocese’s vision is to pray for the Church. Praying is a faithful response to the Church’s needs, trusting in Jesus when He says, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Mt 7:7).
Every Catholic has been called to the same mission to be “salt of the earth… light of the world” (Mt 5:13-14), and is also given the Holy Spirit “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12). Every Catholic is both responsible and capable of taking part in the mission of the Church. Find out more about how you can act!
While the Church is divine in nature, she also exists in this world and requires the means to live and work here. The labourers need to be paid fairly, the barns need to be built, and tools need to be acquired for work to be done. Just as Christ had miraculously fed thousands with just five loaves and two fish, Catholics are called to give in faith and thankfulness that God will multiply their gifts for the good of others.
One of the five precepts of the Catholic Church, alongside the call to attend Mass, receive the Eucharist, go for confession, and observe days of fasting, is to provide for the “material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability” (CCC 2043).
To Catholics, the call to be more giving is in fact a loving encouragement for every individual to emulate Christ more concretely in daily life. “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich,” wrote St Paul to the Corinthians as he encouraged them to be more generous (2 Cor 8:8).
The Church challenges everyone to regard material wealth “not merely as exclusive” to oneself, but “common to others also, in the sense that they can benefit others as well” (CCC 2404). To Catholics, all created things are gifts from God, given to be shared for the good of all.
This attitude of generosity is encouraged in every aspect of life, particularly toward the Church so that it may always have what is necessary to truly “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).
On one hand, it is a mistake to think that the Church relies solely on material things. Yet, on the other hand, absolutely integral to the Church’s mission is the necessary resources to support and extend its work.
By giving to the Church, Catholics can reflect more truly that they, “Though many, are one body” (1 Cor 12), a communion where the weaker can depend on the stronger, and the needy on those who have.
Today, every Catholic in Singapore is challenged to consider pledging a regular contribution to the Church!