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Parish Evangelization

CHRISTLIFE www.christlife.org

ChristLife equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization so that all people might personally encounter Jesus Christ and be transformed into His missionary disciples.

Our ministry partners with parishes, priests, religious and lay leaders who are seeking to answer the Church’s call to a new evangelization through a proven method of parish evangelization and outreach. We developed the ChristLife evangelization process, which is a relational way to make missionary disciples by helping people discover, follow, and share Jesus Christ.

ChristLife fulfills our mission in four ways:

1. Personally evangelizing in our communities.

The Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” begins in our own backyard through our own local parishes and among young adults in the Archdiocese of Baltimore with ChristLife Young Adults. ChristLife’s local evangelization work is foundational to all of the work we do nationally.

Learn more about ChristLife Young Adults.

2. Producing resources for the ChristLife evangelization process.

ChristLife’s hospitality-centered evangelization process is changing lives and transforming parishes through three essential steps: discovering, following, and sharing. We produce videos, books, and training materials for the ChristLife evangelization process.

Learn more the ChristLife evangelization process.

3. Presenting training events.

ChristLife presents training events to help people evangelize using the ChristLife series. ChristLife has equipped thousands of Catholic leaders across the country and overseas through training conferences, parish training days, and parish or diocesan staff retreats.

Learn more about ChristLife training opportunities.

4. Partnering with Catholics to build a network of evangelizers.

ChristLife is building a network of prayer, support, and communion in the Church’s mission of evangelization. We are more than a ministry, but a growing community of missionary disciples united in our love for Jesus and commitment to evangelize.

Learn more about connecting with the ChristLife community.

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BIBLE STUDIES

Jeff Cavins’ “Bible Timeline” and more at www.biblestudyforcatholics.com

The Great Adventure introduces Catholics to Scripture, equipping them with a basic biblical literacy. We are supported by an advisory board of Catholic leaders, and every Great Adventure Bible study has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, indicating that they are free from doctrinal or moral error.

Although its authors and instructors are well steeped in Catholic biblical scholarship, The Great Adventure is catechetical in nature and does not treat Scripture in a purely academic manner.

Given its catechetical and evangelistic nature, The Great Adventure focuses on the final form of the text, using what is often referred to as a canonical (or narrative) approach to Scripture. This is an approach emphasized in the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s 1993 document The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.

The authors of The Great Adventure recognize and employ diverse methods of biblical interpretation to help discover both the human and divine aspects of Sacred Scripture. For the beginner to best understand the intentions of the human authors, whom God inspired, special attention is given to the historical circumstances, culture, and modes of writing (see Dei Verbum 12). As such, The Great Adventure always seeks to use history and its related fields of study to shed light on the biblical text.

Bishop Robert Barron’s “Catholicism” series at www.wordonfire.org or www.wordonfire.org/resources/dvd/catholicism-series/1036/

Journey around the world and deep into the Faith.

For the first time, in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic Faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience.

Journey with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people. 

From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda... from the glorious shrines of Italy, France, and Spain, to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the fullness of CATHOLICISM is revealed. Journey deep into the Faith as you watch each episode.

 

The “Come & See” Bible Study series at www.catholicbiblestudy.net

Come and See ~ Catholic Bible Study proclaims the Lordship of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God the Father. Catholic Bible Study materials are written to enable people to come to know Jesus Christ in a deeper way in the study of the Sacred Scriptures and to conform their lives to God’s Word. Seeking to preserve the Catholic sense of Scripture, we provide orthodox biblical commentary in a readable format, faithful to Catholic doctrine and obedient to the magisterium of the Church.

 

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Bible Study and more at www.journeythroughscripture.com

Journey Through Scripture is the St. Paul Center’s dynamic parish-based Bible study program designed to help ordinary Catholics to grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures while deepening their understanding of the riches of our faith. For years we’ve been traveling all over the country (and sometimes the world) presenting live trainings and materials to get these studies into the hands of as many people as possible. Our desire is that the best Bible study in every town is a Catholic Bible study. That will continue. In fact, you can read all about how to arrange a live training in your parish or diocese below.

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PAULIST EVANGELIZATION MINISTRIES www.pemdc.org

Reaching the Unreached in Faith

Who are the unreached in faith? They are your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. Some are even sitting next to you in the pew at mass. Often they feel hesitant to speak up but would be open to a friendly invitation – which is where we hope to help. There are three main groups of people we work to reach out to in our evangelization efforts. First, are Inactive Catholics, who fell away from the faith for any number of reasons. Many may still consider themselves Catholic but don’t have a parish home and thus only sporadically attend Mass. Second, are those who we call Seekers or Inquirers – seekers have fundamental questions about the meaning of human life and are open to learning more about the Catholic faith, if someone would just reach out to them in a sincere, credible, and appealing way. Third, are Catholics who while they do attend mass occasionally, lack a sense of deeper commitment or are not centered in a spirituality of discipleship. The New Evangelization seeks to inspire Catholics in a way that will bring their faith to new life.

We will help you reach them

When Paulist Evangelization Ministry (PEM) adopted its new name and logo in 2009, PEM President Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP, observed how fitting the name and logo are for our mission. “Paulist lines us up with the lineage of outreach that goes back to Fr. Isaac Hecker, the founder of the Paulist Fathers. Evangelization makes clear the purpose of our office. Ministries points to the various ways we try to move evangelization forward, through small groups, parish missions, prison ministry, the Internet, and video,” said Fr. DeSiano.

Our Resources

We offer a wide variety of resources to help your parish succeed in reaching out. We have programs aimed at Inactive Catholics and for welcoming Seekers to learn more about the Catholic faith. Neighbors Reaching Neighbors helps parishes invite both non-Catholics and Inactive Catholics to learn more about their parish family. A three-year parish renewal program called Living the Eucharist (Vive la Eucaristia), guides Catholics through a reflection on the Mass and its fundamental role in Catholic spirituality and life. Paulist Comprehensive Evangelization Training is a great resource for starting and training an evangelization team. The Faith Series booklets lead small groups on a journey of faith sharing and spiritual growth.

Click Here to see all the programs and ministries we offer!

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RELIT www.relittraining.com

Inside relit

relit: The Heart of Evangelization forms and equips your core faithful theologically, spiritually, and practically so that they can be active evangelists in their own parish and beyond.

relit is a dynamic training program consisting of 18 DVD-based sessions, with insightful discussion questions and more found in the facilitator and participant guides - All of which can be offered as a weekend retreat! However, with a completely flexible implementation plan, you get to choose to offer the training over a weekend, 6-9 weeks, or 18 weeks. Plus, you only need just one small group of committed staff and parishioners to start - from three to thirty parishioners.

As the evangelistic training in relit is applicable across all your ministries and functions, there’s no need to reschedule studies, programs or formation you are currently presenting. In fact, relit will amplify, clarify and further enhance what you are already doing - giving strength to the renewal that has already begun.

Unleash your parish's potential

relit helps you take a step back to look at your parish life and ministries with a new lens, a renewed perspective.

You will learn how to take the good work you are already doing and discover how these ministries can be more effective.

Even seemingly everyday events, like offering coffee and donuts, can be transformed into opportunities to evangelize!

Reach more parishioners by meeting them where they are

You will learn practical approaches to effectively lead individuals closer to Christ.

By exploring such things as some people's obstacles to the faith and learning how others see God in their lives, you will gain the skills to help them grown in their faith.

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RENEW INTERNATIONAL www.renewintl.org

RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action.

RENEW International has over a 30-year record in revitalizing parish life in more than 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its ministry services. RENEW International has also reached many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages and dialects.

Structure and Canonical Status

RENEW International is a Roman Catholic ministry organization incorporated under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark. His Eminence Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D. is the Chairman of RENEW’s Corporate Board. RENEW International also has a 24-member advisory Board of Trustees.

On October 29, 2002, Archbishop John J. Myers, J.C.D, D.D., of Newark presented RENEW International with a Decree of Recognition officially recognizing RENEW International as a "private association of the faithful" under Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church. The Decree further states that, "The statutes of RENEW International have been reviewed and they are found to be in proper order."

Be My Witness series at bemywitness.org/en/overview/

Evangelization matters! It is the Church’s mission, and it represents a special responsibility for leaders. How can leaders help baptized Catholics embrace their role in passing on the flame of faith and bringing Christ’s warmth and light to all?

RENEW International presents Be My Witness, a Christ-centered, Spirit-led approach to transforming parishes and forming disciples for the New Evangelization. Be My Witness draws its inspiration from The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis’ landmark document on evangelization.

Be My Witness gets the conversation started in the parish about the single most important topic facing our Church today--evangelization.

It gives parish leaders the process and tools to build an ever-widening circle of conversion and commitment in two integrated phases.

Phase 1 equips parish staff, leaders, and pastoral councils to lead mission-focused change.

Phase 2 engages and forms parishioners as missionary disciples, ready to become partners in the New Evangelization. 

The results are the pastoral plans and motivation needed to transform the parish into a “center of constant missionary outreach.”

Available in Spanish as Sean mis testigos.

Why Catholic? series at www.whycatholic.org/Renew/Index.nsf/vPages/WhyCathOV?OpenDocument

Catholics often face opportunities to share their faith with others, but lack the basic knowledge and confidence to do so. Why Catholic? has a rich scriptural and catechetical approach that gives a solid foundation for every Catholic to express their faith and be able to reach out to others in faith.

Offers a concrete approach to help adults deepen their Catholic faith and connect its teachings to their everyday lives.

·        Explores Catholic teaching with direct quotes from Catechism of the Catholic Church, scriptural references, and reflection questions

·        Covers four themes of Catholic beliefs, sacraments, morality, and prayer in 48 sessions

·        Occurs in a prayerful small community setting that is a supportive environment for evangelization and adult faith formation

Provides a total parish experience suited for…

·        small Christian communities

·        parish catechists

·        RCIA candidates

·        parents with children preparing for sacraments

·        families looking to deepen faith

Fosters the goals of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, the landmark U.S. Bishops' pastoral plan for adult faith formation.

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WOMEN OF GRACE www.womenofgrace.com

Women of Grace® is a Catholic apostolate which began in 2003 as an outreach of Living His Life Abundantly®, Inc, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. The mission of Women of Grace® is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity™ through ongoing spiritual formation. Exploring all aspects of the "feminine genius," Women of Grace® promotes the dignity of woman, the gift of true womanhood, woman's fundamental call and mission in the world, and presents the Blessed Virgin Mary as the exemplar of all women.

Women of Grace® informs, instructs, and inspires women through its many outreaches including Women of Grace® radio and television programs, the Women of Grace® Study Program, the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®, life-changing conferences and retreats, and a dynamic new, interactive website. This multi-faceted approach aids Women of Grace® in achieving its mission by encouraging every woman to discover how her feminine nature holds the key to real fulfillment and lasting peace.

Contact Us

Office for Evangelization
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104

Phone: 973-497-4137
Fax: 973-497-4555

evangelization@rcan.org

 

The Archdiocese of Newark Office for Evangelization Mobile App (iFaithNJ) is packed with features to help you pray, learn, and interact with the Catholic community.

Available on iTunes and Google Play.