September Initiative: Outreach and Invitation to Parish Faith Formation – Tom Quinlan, Diocese of Joliet

This article was originally published on our blog on 08/28/2014. I think our challenge in parish and diocesan leadership today is two-fold. First, we need to hold onto or reclaim hope. And second, we need to find concrete and effective ways to rise above a passive “managing decline” mode of operating. This September in my diocese … Read more

Theology on Capp – Eduardo Siguenza, Marian High School, Mishawaka, IN

Eduardo Siguenza was still a student from Marian High School when he published this essay in our blog in 2014. We always welcome contributions from young readers who are starting on the path of evangelization. Our “Theology on Capp” for Teens is a new program inspired by the “Theology on Tap” sessions that Catholic dioceses have held … Read more

Incarnational Evangelization: Finding & Embodying Hope – Joyce Donahue, Diocese of Joliet

Joyce Donahue was a prominent writer of evangelization literature. This text was originally published on our blog in December, 2015. A recent poll shows that, among religious groups, 60 percent of American Catholics think America’s best days are yet to come – in sharp contrast to 40 percent of Protestants and 49% of all Americans. … Read more

The Buffalo Hunt Public Artwork and Park

After considerable planning over several years, a Call for Artists was published and distributed in December 2010 for The Buffalo Hunt outdoor public artwork. In February 2011, an independent jury recommended a proposal by Cochrane artists Don and Shirley Begg and, subsequently, the Society signed a commission agreement with the artists. The commission was unveiled … 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

Setting the Stage for Evangelizing Parents

Every parent encounter is an opportunity for evangelization! If you are planning a parent session at your parish, you may find the following suggestions helpful.   1. Get the message out using every means possible, bulletin, email, social media, etc. Hopefully word will spread and you will have a great turn out! 2. Scheduling is key. Choose a day … 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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