Evangelization Exchange

 

Pentecost now approaches, reminding us how much we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, the primary evangelizer in our mission to spread the Good News. How does the Holy Spirit come to life in our prayer, our worship, our witness to the world? Even though the sound of our Easter “Alleluia’s” may seem to dim as we approach the end of the season, the enthusiasm we share for the faith and for reaching out cannot dim. The stories below include some examples of lights burning brightly. In big and small ways we can reach out to those who are alienated, unconnected, or searching for meaning in their life.

evangelization exchange

Pentecost now approaches, reminding us how much we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, the primary evangelizer in our mission to spread the Good News. How does the Holy Spirit come to life in our prayer, our worship, our witness to the world? Even though the sound of our Easter “Alleluia’s” may seem to dim as we approach the end of the season, the enthusiasm we share for the faith and for reaching out cannot dim. The stories below include some examples of lights burning brightly. In big and small ways we can reach out to those who are alienated, unconnected, or searching for meaning in their life.

At Paulist Evangelization Ministries, we also want to help parishes establish teams for the new evangelization. Make sure you don’t miss out on the free webinar about forming teams at the end of the month with Fr. Frank DeSiano (see below for more details).

Send us your own stories of evangelization so that we can share with others the many opportunities we have to reach those who have not yet heard the Good News. If you wish to keep this issue on hand, download the PDF version. God’s blessings to you!

Sincerely, Fr. Tony Krisak, Editor 

Sr. Madge KareckiA Chicago Initiative

Sr. Madge Karecki of the Archdiocese of Chicago explains the diocesan-wide plans that the archdiocese has for helping Catholics become more committed to the mission of evangelization.  Read this article.

Martha FernandezA New Pentecost for a Culture of Pentecost

Drawing on Disciples Called to Witness (USCCB), Martha Fernández-Sardina speaks about the need to form a culture of witness among Catholics.  Read Martha’s article. 

Michael BrieseMaking Mission Personal

Washington pastor Fr. Michael Briese shows how important it is for our evangelization efforts to be focused on personal relationships, with Christ and with the community.  Read more about this.

The Easter Call to Discipleship and Mission

Recalling how the Spirit of Pentecost stirred the disciples,  Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, reflects on what the Spirit means for our commitment to discipleship. Read what Fr. Tom has to say.

Handout for ‘Disciples Called to Witness’

With this issue’s reflections on the Bishops’ document for the new evangelization, John Boucher’s handout wiill help small groups to reflect on being witnesses with our lives and words.  Learn more and download the handout. 

Susan Blum GerdingEvangelizing through Memoir
Dr. Susan Blum Gerding offers practical tips on how writing a memoir can become a “treasure trove of sharing faith”  with family and others.   Read more about writing a memoir.

Why Do Catholics Leave? 

Fr. Bob Barron looks at this question and adds, “What can be done about it?  He also looks at the suggesting of doing “exit” interviews.   Read Fr. Barron’s suggestions.

PEM Free Webinar
Forming Teams for the New Evangelization
Thursday, May 31, 2012, 3:00 to 4:00 pm ET. Fr. Frank DeSiano will cover many of the basic issues that seem to stump parishes about forming teams. Registration is free.

Read Fr. Frank’s Series on Evangelization Teams

Father James MallonCatholic Speakers Online 
Ten Qualities of a Renewed Parish 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 3:00 to 4:00 pm ET. Pastor and evangelizer Fr. James Mallon will address what a vibrant, renewed parish can look like when members are committed to live as disciples of Christ. Registration is free. 

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