Prayers for Open Doors: Unlocking Divine Favor and Opportunities (2023)

In a world brimming with challenges and uncertainties, the quest for open doors and favorable opportunities becomes a universal pursuit. Whether you find yourself at a crossroads in your career, relationships, or spiritual journey, the power of prayer can be a guiding light. In this article, we delve into the significance of the “Prayers for … Read more

Exploring the Power of the Psalm for Forgiveness

In the mosaic of faith, forgiveness is a thread that weaves through the very fabric of our existence. As Catholics, our journey toward redemption is often paved with the timeless words of Psalms—a divine symphony that resonates with the echoes of repentance and the promise of absolution. In this exploration, we delve into the profound … Read more

Evangelization and Catechesis: Are We Just Dating or Ready for Marriage – Lorraine DeLuca, Diocese of Beaumont (Candidate for NCCL President)

Evangelization has always been important for the Church, based on Jesus’ missionary mandate given to the disciples which is  found in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go, therefore,- and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have … Read more

Evangelization and Catechesis Hand in Hand – Ken Ogorek, Archdiocese of Indianapolis (Candidate for NCCL President)

The New Evangelization encourages us to forego a one-size-fits-all approach to proclaiming the Good News of salvation from sin and death by the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus. We are encouraged to consider three separate but related audiences: the unchurched, the alienated (i.e. Catholics who aren’t practicing for one reason or another) and the … Read more

Sharing The Joy of the Gospel – David Spesia, Newman Institute for Lay Formation, Diocese of Joliet

Isn’t the world ready for a little more joy? It has been a year since Pope Francis shared his vision for Christian discipleship in The Joy of the Gospel.  Wouldn’t it be great if this text continued to set the course for conversations about evangelization and catechesis throughout the year? A unique new website entitled “A … Read more

Embracing Blessings: Prayers for a New Month

As the calendar turns its page, ushering in a fresh chapter of time, there’s a sacred pause for reflection and anticipation. In the tapestry of faith, Catholics find solace and purpose in the practice of offering prayers for the beginning of each month. This article embarks on a spiritual journey, exploring the relevance and significance … Read more

Witnessing and Listening Core: Skills for the New Evangelization – Dr. Margaret Ralph

The Church exists to evangelize. I remember when, in 1975, Paul VI, in OnEvangelization in the Modern World, taught that “the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church” (par. 14), I was taken by surprise. I had never thought of myself as an evangelizer. I had thought of myself as a … Read more

Teaching Authentic, Real-Life Faith – Joyce Donahue, Diocese of Joliet

We’ve all seen it. “Susie, will you read the first paragraph on page 45?” Next, the catechist asks questions. One or two students respond. The rest look bored. It’s the standard classroom-model lesson plan provided by most textbook publishers and it continues to be inadequate in communicating the living reality of faith.  Two things are … Read more

Christmas Blessings to My Family: Prayers for a Festive Christmas (2023)

Amidst the enchanting glow of twinkling lights and the aromatic allure of pine, Christmas beckons families to unite in a harmonious blend of joy and reflection. As we navigate this festive season, poignant prayers become the cornerstone of our celebrations. This article explores the prayers “A Radiant Christmas Blessing” and “Extending Blessings Beyond,” unveiling their … Read more

Healing and the Gospel – Fr. Frank DeSiano

Nothing characterizes the coming of the Kingdom of God more than healing. Jesus’ ministry builds upon a foundation of bringing healing to the sick, and, through exorcisms, peace to those afflicted in mind. Even John’s Gospel, which gives an entirely different approach to the story of Jesus, has the cure of the man-born-blind as one … Read more

Forming Catechists as Evangelizers – Teresa Burns, St. Robert of Newminster, Ada, MI

This text was originally published on our blog on 09/08/2014. As a parish catechetical leader I am responsible for the formation of catechists. I used to focus primarily on methodology and classroom management because the catechists seemed to have the most questions in these areas.  Now, however, I have a different perspective. One of the … Read more

Reconnecting with Baptism Families For a Special Celebration! – Cathy Cornue, Diocese of Syracuse

The extended family walks into church, with the beautiful baby, all dressed in christening finery. During Mass, the baby is welcomed, anointed, baptized and celebrated with applause – and the family basks in the glow of belonging to this faith community.   However, in too many instances, the newly baptized and their families seem to … Read more

A False Evangelization Dilemma – Fr. Frank Desiano, Paulist Evangelization Ministries

This article was originally published on our blog on 08/26/2014. One of my special treats this summer was being able to read “Jesus of Nazareth” by Gerhard Lohfink. The subtitle ambitiously reads: “What He Wanted; Who He was.” Lohfink confirms a direction which, from the beginning, has haunted our Catholic thinking about evangelization.  “On Evangelization … Read more

Easing into Home Visitation, Step by Little Step – Lorraine DeLuca, Diocese of Beaumont

Have you ever tried home visitations as a way of reaching out to others? In this text originally published in August, 2014, Lorraine DeLuca shares her insights in this experience. In our diocese we have begun training Evangelization Teams in parishes using a combination of The Evangelizing Laity from the USCCB webinar series and The Evangelization Jump Start … Read more

The Novena to St. Rita for Impossible Cases (Unveiling the Miraculous in 2023)

In the tapestry of Catholic saints, there are those whose lives shine as beacons of hope and intercession, offering solace to those facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. Among them stands St. Rita, a patron saint known for her unwavering faith and miraculous interventions. This article delves into the profound relevance of the “Novena to St. Rita … Read more

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