Evangelization Matters!

Why do I Stay?

Posted by Jennifer Bober on Oct 3, 2018 1:56:25 PM

My friends all know that I am a Catholic, because I have always been very open with them about my faith. So, when the news broke about Cardinal McCarrick, who long served in my home archdiocese of Newark, and the grand jury report was released in Pennsylvania where my father now lives, many people asked me, “How can you stay when the Church is so corrupt?”

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Topics: Belonging Matters, Witness Matters, Laity

Care for the Stranger Among Us

Posted by RENEW International on Mar 13, 2018 3:15:45 PM

The Catholic Church in America has been called an immigrant Church. How does that translate into meeting the needs of immigrants in our parishes?

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Topics: Mission Matters

Mission Matters–The Pastoral Circle Encouraging Faith-Based Action

Posted by RENEW International on Oct 26, 2017 1:09:47 PM
Jesus aimed to bring God’s kingdom into our world through his mission of healing the sick,  feeding the hungry and accepting the outcast.  In your everyday world you and your community can continue Jesus mis sion in bringing compassion and care to those in need and in working to improve their lives through social action.

In a practical five-step process called: See, Judge, Act, Evaluate and Celebrate parishes can realize Jesus’ gospel mission to serve immediate needs and alter unjust social conditions.

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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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Topics: Welcome Matters, Watch Video Now

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

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