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Parish Newsletters for Evangelization

March 17, 2014

The Catholic Church is promoting evangelization and the New Evangelization a lot lately. The modern world is distracting many souls away from the Church. While the Church has been talking evangelization for decades (centuries really), the message is finally reaching a broader audience so that the work of evangelizing can be done by more people.

By evangelization, the Church means “bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself. At its essence are the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit of God. Evangelization must always be directly connected to the Lord Jesus Christ….There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed.”(USCCB document “Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States”, #10-11).

“New Evangelization” refers to the effort of evangelizing those Catholics who may still be in the pews Sunday after Sunday, but are distracted from, or never really understood, the Good News of Jesus. They have a sense of obligation to attend Mass, but don’t really comprehend the graces they are receiving at Mass. We also want to evangelize the fallen away Catholics, but “firing up” those who are already present at Mass is a great asset to the evangelization effort.

LWed2My parish has an evangelization committee that’s about two years old now. Last Fall we resurrected a newsletter that had been in circulation several years ago. We restyled it, kept the articles brief, added a survey, and sent it to every registered household in the parish. While the percentages are very small, we did get 43 responses to our first survey which we thought was awesome. The responses to our “what do you like best/least about St. Mary’s” were varied and responding to the comments will keep us busy for a while. In the mean time, our second issue of the newsletter was recently mailed out for the Lent/Easter Seasons.

What is your parish doing for the evangelization effort? Maybe a newsletter will be useful for your community. Here is the blog that supports our newsletter, basically an on-line repository of the newsletters and bulletin responses for the time being. If your parish would like some help formatting a newsletter see here.

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