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Evangelization Matters!

[Watch] To Be a Witness, Take a Risk

Posted by RENEW International on May 10, 2017 8:52:31 AM

Christ calls us to take risks in order to open ourselves and invite others to an encounter with him. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis offers this guidance, "The Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close and continuous interaction. [EG 88]"

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Topics: Witness Matters, Watch Video Now

Many Voices, One Sunday Bulletin

Posted by RENEW International on Apr 19, 2017 9:34:59 AM

“The Body of Christ sure has many voices,” commented a visitor to the Church of St. Joseph. Father Kenneth, the pastor of this parish, believes that his is not the only voice that should be heard in the bulletin every Sunday. 

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Topics: Witness Matters, Bright Ideas for Parishes

A Meditation for an Evangelizer

Posted by RENEW International on Apr 19, 2017 9:34:41 AM

If you want to be an effective evangelizer, it is helpful to recognize where you, and those you hope to evangelize, are on the journey of faith. The journey to a mature faith may take years and may not follow a straight line. Typically, it is more like a spiral. We usually revisit the same places, but at a deeper level, drawing closer to Christ. It is also possible to get “stuck” and stay in one place for a time, or to wander off on a tangent and then come back. Keep this in mind as you meditate on your own faith journey.

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Topics: Witness Matters, Why Evangelization Matters

Small Groups and the Paschal Mystery

Posted by RENEW International on Apr 19, 2017 9:22:47 AM

Pope Francis has proclaimed that “The Paschal Mystery”—Jesus’ life, suffering, death, and resurrection—“is the beating heart of the Church’s mission.” This mystery is front and center during the observance of Lent and celebration of the Easter season. 

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Topics: Small-Group Ministry, Mission 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, Watch Video Now

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

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