Evangelization Matters!

Mission Matters–The Pastoral Circle Encouraging Faith-Based Action

Posted by RENEW International on Oct 26, 2017 1:09:47 PM
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Topics: The Joy of the Gospel, Mission Matters

[WATCH] "Witnessing Through Social Action"

Posted by RENEW International on Sep 18, 2017 2:38:41 PM

Often it is our deep faith that leads us to seek out those in need to offer them a helping hand. We want to put our faith into action. For some, it works the other way around and their actions lead them to a deeper faith. 

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Topics: The Joy of the Gospel, Mission Matters, Watch Video Now

Fishing with nets, fishing with poles

Posted by RENEW International on Jul 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A cool breeze with a blend of warm sun rays, topped with a handful of patience, is the recipe for a fruitful fishing experience. As we dive into the heart of summer, we are reminded of the fishing master, the expert of patience, and the designer of the breeze and sun, Jesus. Jesus called the disciples, and all of us, to be “fishers” of men and women. By outfitting ourselves with a variety of evangelization approaches, we can be sure our fishing expedition will result in a successful catch: in other words, new people open to a faith-filled encounter.

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Topics: Why Evangelization Matters

How Would Jesus Welcome?

Posted by RENEW International on Jul 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Have you ever had an encounter with a total stranger – a person in an airport, a sales associate in a store, or someone on a city street--who went out of his or her way to help you? No doubt that experience made you feel special! Those who assisted you demonstrated some of the qualities of an evangelizer that Pope Francis describes in The Joy of the Gospel: “approachability, readiness for dialogue, patience, a warmth and welcome which is non-judgmental.”

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Topics: Why Evangelization Matters, Welcome Matters

[WATCH] "I'm glad you’re back"

Posted by RENEW International on Jul 5, 2017 1:35:10 PM

We usually notice the people who come to our parish in great numbers on Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and Easter.  But more frequently, people slip into a Sunday liturgy, a daily Mass, or a parish prayer service, and sit alone in the back of the church.

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Sunday Bulletins Through an Evangelizing Lens

Posted by RENEW International on Jun 8, 2017 10:53:52 AM

Sunday bulletins can be excellent ways to convey important information about ministries and happenings in and around the parish. However, the need to put the bulletins together each week on a tight deadline can turn them into catch-alls of articles, ads, and short blurbs.

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Topics: Bright Ideas for Parishes

[Watch] Come Holy Spirit!

Posted by RENEW International on Jun 6, 2017 11:06:41 AM

The Holy Spirit is constantly speaking to us in an effort to draw us closer to Christ. Sometimes it is an intuition, a fleeting thought, a strange coincidence, or the deep feeling that something is missing in our lives. Sometimes we may feel the Holy Spirit nudging us, but we decide to ignore it. Sometimes we forget to listen.

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Topics: Why Evangelization Matters, Watch Video Now

Change Burn-Out to Turn-Out: the 4 Easy Steps to Invitation

Posted by RENEW International on Jun 2, 2017 1:42:12 PM

Are you feeling burned out?Frequently parish leaders feel discouraged by what they see as the lack of involvement of parishioners in parish activities. “I can’t seem to get anyone to help out!” is a very common complaint.

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Topics: Planning Matters

Biblical roots of evangelization

Posted by RENEW International on May 11, 2017 9:57:46 AM

Countless scripture stories point toward Jesus as the Good News for all humanity. Through his life, ministry, teaching, healing, death, and resurrection, he speaks the words of eternal life. Since that time, no story has been quite as powerful as the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Topics: Why Evangelization Matters

The Hallmarks of a Missionary Disciple

Posted by RENEW International on May 11, 2017 9:30:26 AM
By virtue of our baptism, we are all called to be missionary disciples. And every parish is called to be a center of missionary activity where missionary disciples are formed. What qualities demonstrate discipleship that we can live out individually and as part of a parish community?
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Topics: Why Evangelization Matters, The Joy of the Gospel

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