Recommended Texts For Evangelization and Parish Revitalization
Divine Encounters: A Practical Guide for Small Evangelization Groups
Divine Encounters: A Practical Guide for Small Evangelization Groups (PDF) This booklet serves as a guide for people who desire launching a small evangelization group. It offers practical steps and insights, enabling them to evangelize effectively and bring about life-changing transformations in the lives of those they welcome inContinue reading
Article: The Missionary Transformation of Sant’Eustorgio Parish
When Don Pigi was first appointed as pastor of Sant’Eustorgio parish (Italy), only 12% of parishioners attended Sunday mass. Don Pigi felt discouraged and trapped in routine, unable to connect meaningfully with his parish community. This changed when he learned about the parish renewal happening at St. Boniface in FloridaContinue reading
Article: Creating Vibrant Faith Communities: Insights from ‘Excellent Catholic Parishes’
The book Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices by Paul Wilkes, identifies several key factors that can assist a Catholic parish in becoming a vibrant and dynamic community. These factors are the result of extensive research conducted by the author, Paul Wilkes, and his team ofContinue reading
Article: Sharing The Gospel According to People’s Needs And Receptivity
In the diverse landscape of people we meet in our lives, we find a wide range of dispositions towards Christ and the Church. People’s stances on faith can be classified into categories based on their dispositions. Understanding these categories is helpful as we engage in sharing the Gospel. By tailoringContinue reading
Article: A Prayer for Inviting Others to Evangelization Meetings and Services
Heavenly Father, We come before you with hearts full of gratitude for the opportunity to lead others to You. We seek your divine guidance and blessings in all that we are called to do. We humbly ask for your divine intervention to help us extend invitations and gather those whoContinue reading
ARTICLE – Welcoming Church Guests and Visitors: Dos and Don’ts
A fundamental aspect of evangelization is welcoming visitors and guests into the parish. This first impression sets the tone for the rest of their time in the church and will usually not be forgotten. The art of greeting is more than just a customary gesture; it embodies the values ofContinue reading
ARTICLE – Characteristics of an Evangelizing Parish
Based on the book “Creating the Evangelizing Parish” by DeSiano and Boyack, here are the characteristics of an evangelizing parish. Kenneth Boyack, C.S.P. was Director of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association and is Consultant to the to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization Frank DeSiano, C.S.P. is president ofContinue reading
ARTICLE – Various Dimensions of Evangelization
Evangelization can encompass various dimensions, each serving a unique role in sharing the Gospel. Some of these dimensions include: 1. **Relational Evangelization:** This dimension emphasizes building personal relationships and connections with individuals. It involves sharing one’s faith through conversations, acts of kindness, and personal testimonies. 2. **Intellectual Evangelization:** This aspect focusesContinue reading
ARTICLE – The True Measure of Success
In Western culture, success is often described as becoming famous, rich or powerful. Surprisingly, dictionaries make no reference to the search for meaning, fulfillment, happiness or human relationships. Isn’t that odd? Doesn’t it seem counterintuitive? In the book of Deuteronomy, we read: “If you obey the Lord your God andContinue reading
ARTICLE – Pope Francis on Evangelization
Pope Francis has often emphasized the importance of evangelization and the role of every member of the Church in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he states that “All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction inContinue reading
RECOMMENDED BOOK – Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish
An engaging guide for parishes seeking to cultivate communities of discipleship and vibrant, dynamic faith. Highly acclaimed for his work with parish renewal and the New Evangelization, Fr. James Mallon shares with us the many ways for bringing our parishes to life. Through humorous and colorful stories, Mallon challenges us
RECOMMENDED BOOK – Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter (A Rebuilt Parish Book)
Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life.
RECOMMENDED BOOK – Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance from Evil Spirits
UNBOUND Ministry is an approach to deliverance and healing prayer developed by Neal Lozano. UNBOUND is a safe, loving, effective prayer model that helps people to respond to the good news of the gospel.
RECOMMENDED BOOK – Evangelization: A Challenge for the Catholic Church
This short, easy to read book by Fr. Bob Bedard, will help you: – Increase your understanding of evangelization – Grow in confidence to proclaim the Good News – Learn the practical three-step dynamic of evangelization.
RECOMMENDED BOOK – The Purpose Driven Church
Discover the same practical insights and principles for growing a healthy church that Rick has taught in seminars to over 22,000 pastors and church leaders from sixty denominations and forty-two countries.