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Evangelization Matters!

6 Signs that Someone is Open to Evangelization

Posted by RENEW International on Mar 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most of us know people who are distanced from the Catholic Church or are not affiliated with any faith community or denomination. These may be our spouses, children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends. According to the Pew Research Center, 23 percent of Americans recently answered “none” when asked what religion they practice. This figure is even higher among people younger than 35 years old.

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Topics: Witness Matters, Why Evangelization Matters

5 Reasons Why Welcome Matters in Parish Life

Posted by RENEW International on Mar 3, 2017 9:04:46 AM

Long before there was a multitude of businesses that emphasized “customer service” or “customer care,” welcoming strangers was central to our Catholic faith. Today a growing number of parishes are rediscovering hospitality as an essential Christian practice.

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Topics: Welcome Matters

WATCH: ways to welcome

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 24, 2017 2:30:48 PM

Br. Tyrone Davis, CFC, Director of the Office of Black Ministry in the Archdiocese of New York, has a few simple messages about welcoming in a parish environment. Leaders can start by making hospitality important in word and deed, and then asking parishioners to extend a friendly greeting.

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Topics: Welcome Matters

Sharing the Love of Jesus with Others

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It’s difficult to pass by a store during Valentine’s Day season without seeing hearts or red roses in display windows. While its roots are attributed to selfless acts of kindness by St. Valentine in 3rd century Rome, today the holiday has become symbolic of romantic love and a pretext for marketing its trappings.

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Topics: Witness Matters, The Joy of the Gospel

Make Couples Feel Special in God’s Eyes

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Celebrating married love with a parish event is a meaningful way to publicly affirm the beauty of this sacrament. It also strengthens couples’ sense of belonging to the parish community.

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Topics: Belonging Matters, Bright Ideas for Parishes

The Four Questions of Belonging

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Being a member of a parish is not the same as belonging to a parish. Being a member is as simple as filling out the registration card. Belonging means being actively involved in the life and spirit of a community.

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Topics: Belonging Matters

Enhancing the Sense of Belonging in Your Parish

Posted by RENEW International on Jan 20, 2017 2:12:16 PM

Welcoming new members and actively engaging current members adds vitality to your parish as the Body of Christ. For parishioners, the experience of belonging to a vibrant parish community offers opportunities to encounter the living Christ and grow in faith. When parish leaders and staff bring this idea to life, they practice everyday evangelization which can lead to greater discipleship among their parishioners.

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Topics: Belonging Matters

Touchpoints of Hospitality in Parish Life

Posted by RENEW International on Jan 20, 2017 1:59:12 PM

True Christian hospitality is the opportunity to welcome new people into our community, to help those in need, and to see Christ in all who join or visit our parishes or who live in our neighborhoods or regions. A warm welcome has the power to break down the barriers of class, ethnicity, age, and economic status. Welcome matters!

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Topics: Welcome Matters

Preaching Tips According to Pope Francis

Posted by RENEW International on Jan 20, 2017 1:38:04 PM

In The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis humorously asserts that both the laity and the clergy have been known to suffer from homilies, one from the listening and one from the preaching! In contrast, he maintains that good preaching “can actually be an intense and happy experience of the Spirit, a consoling encounter with God’s word, a constant source of renewal and growth” (EG, 135).

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Topics: The Joy of the Gospel, Sunday Matters

A Parish Leader’s Reflection on Gifts

Posted by RENEW International on Dec 16, 2016 10:44:33 AM

Imagine the gifts under a Christmas tree when a large extended family gets together to celebrate. There are presents of all sizes and shapes. There are gifts in a variety of wrappings, some clothed with exquisite paper and delicate ornaments, some bundled in simple brown paper, and some hidden underneath the pile. Guessing what’s inside is one of the most enjoyable parts of the celebration.

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Topics: Belonging Matters, The Joy of the Gospel

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