Gifts in the Cultural Shift: Hospitality, Hope, Healing – Terri Baldwin, Diocese of Cleveland

At the NCCL conference in Buffalo, Dr. Tim Hogan presented a keynote, Encountering Who? The Gift of the Cultural Hurricane:  How to build Bridges that Empower Parents and Transform Catholic Families.  A facilitated conversation with evangelization leaders followed asking the question, “What are the gifts in the cultural hurricane and how can we respond?”   The conversation … Read more

The Papal Visit: Extraordinary Gift and Challenge – Tom Quinlan, Diocese of Joliet

What does the momentous visit of Pope Francis to the United States mean for the Church going forward?  How can parishes leverage this powerful pastoral visit into a furtherance of our common missional agenda to evangelize? Having followed his words and actions carefully, and also listening closely to some of the cultural reaction (religious and … Read more

Pastoral Care and Evangelization: Leading Gently and Generously in the Pasture of the Lord – Tom Quinlan, Diocese of Joliet

Pope Francis has a way of putting things.   Back in 2013, he called on his priests to be “shepherds living with the smell of sheep.” He said, “A church that limits itself to just carrying out administrative duties, caring for its tiny flock, is a church that in the long run will get sick. The … Read more

“What do you wish more of your friends, relatives and neighbors knew about the Catholic faith?” – Ken Ogorek, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Recently I gave a talk for the Diocese of Springfield about an evangelizing resource produced in my Archdiocese – Indianapolis – not too long ago. The resource is known as 10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith. We had 50,000 of them printed up earlier this year – the size of … Read more

10 Books for the New Evangelization

We all know which one the most important book is. However, there are many new and powerful resources for evangelization available. Here are some of our recommended books for the new evangelization. After Emmaus: Biblical Models for the New Evangelization Marcel Dumais (Liturgical Press, 2014) The New Evangelization calls Christians to return to the New … Read more

St. Gertrude of Nivelles Prayer for Cats

For those of us with cats, it’s normal to worry about them and want the best for them. It could also be the case that we are worried because our cat is sick or lost. If this is the case, please do not despair. St. Gertrude is the patron saint of cats, and through her … Read more

Powerful Prayer to Mother Mary for a Miracle

If we are looking for a true miracle, the most powerful force we can get to intercede for us is Mother Mary. While praying to the saints can get their intercession for us in matters such as financial help or for a healthy pregnancy, sometimes we need a miracle that only the Holy Mary can … Read more

What Are The 14 Stations of the Cross in Order? Catholic History and Meaning

The Stations represent critical events from Scripture or tradition of Jesus’ journey to Calvary.  Celebrated originally only outdoors, the Stations were allowed inside churches in the mid-18th century.  Eventually fixed at fourteen, the Stations soon became a familiar feature in Catholic; Lutheran, and Anglican churches. The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to … Read more

Prayer to St. Blaise for the Throat

A sore throat can be extremely painful and debilitating. In these cases, we will want to pray for healing, so that our ailment goes away as quickly as possible. If we want to ask a saint to intercede for us, we should make a prayer to Saint Blaise, who is the patron saint of throat … Read more

​Gathering Effective, Evangelizing Parish Practices for the Jubilee Year of Mercy – Joyce Donahue, Diocese of Joliet

As we enter the Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis, dioceses and parishes are putting out resources to assist lay people to develop a lived response to Pope Francis’ call to a closer relationship with Christ and to acceptance of the tender forgiveness of the Father. We hope this year will animate our people to … Read more

9 Programs for Outreach to Inactive Catholics – John Boucher

There are a variety of prepackaged programs for outreach programs to inactive Catholics. This article reviews nine programs that you might consider using or adapting for your parish. They are listed by two criteria, cost and effort (planning, volunteers, and work). Programs are tools, like a set of keys. They do not evangelize by themselves. Each of us needs to … Read more

10 Simple Ideas for a Catholic Christmas

Christmas season presents us with new opportunities to bring “the Good News of Jesus into every human situation” (Matthew 28:19-20). Here are ten simple ways to bring the good word during the holidays.  How do you bring your faith into the Christmas season? Do you have any other tips to give us? Let us know … Read more

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