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Catholic Evangelization - practical ways of spreading the gospel and building up the Church

Catholic Evangelization bookIn keeping with the New Evangelization, our objectives are to assist in the proclamation of the gospel (to all people), and to build up the Church (the Body of Christ).

Not only are the benefits of evangelizing incalculable, but we also find that the very act of evangelizing increases our own faith as well; and, as an added bonus, there are subsequent rises in the number of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

We have the choice between closing churches and dwindling resources or evangelization and increased stewardship.

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Evangelizing is the most important task anyone can do. We are at another crucial time in the history of the Church, so I'm not going to sugarcoat what needs to be done or how it needs to be done. If you are luke-warm or if your feelings might get hurt by the truth, you can look away.... but you shouldn't.

I don't subscribe to the thinking that the Church has to contract or go through a period of downsizing in order to be rebuilt on more solid ground. And during that period, Catholics huddle together in small groups or gatherings. No, quite the contrary.

I believe we are the only organization, that by and large, expects evangelization to succeed by inaction or inertia. Mind you, there are many who are doing great work, and evangelizers have many different roles, but we could be doing much, much more. Building up the Kingdom of God on earth requires action. Do you think the CEO's of such companies as Walmart or McDonalds say to themselves, "I am quite content with the amount of customers or clients we have; there is no need to promote, advertise, or market our products, services, or brand anymore"? Surely the Catholic Church has a more important service to sell than any other organization. Isn't spreading the gospel and saving souls more important than linens and hamburgers? Even drug pushers and pimps market their wares and promote their services. Yes, the devil is promoting himself spectacularly - so our faith has a lot of competition.

It is not enough to preach to the choir, we must go out and spread the word. The very essence of evangelization is to go out and spread the word. At the very least we have to invite everyone in our community to come to our Church and offer them membership. It is everybody's birthright to become a Catholic. It is like coming home, even if they are not Catholic.

And for the love of God, let the Holy Spirit do His work as well! He will help in their conversion (and ours). It is not all about us, the Holy Spirit is right there all the time. Also remember, prayers for conversion are always heard.

With all of Heaven behind us, it becomes even clearer that closing churches is unconscionable and unnecessary, especially if we don't even try to obtain new members. Yes, that's right, new members. It's not a dirty word or an under-handed thing. Church closures will have consequences in this life, and be judged sternly in the next, and so will our lack of evangelization. The devil is actively recruiting and runs a very successful and ongoing membership drive. He's also working very hard to sabotage evangelization efforts. It's his priority.

Remember: it is every Catholics duty to evangelize... effectively.

Evangelization is not about being politically correct or incorrect. There is no politics in it at all. We have to be respectful, but we must boldly evangelize. If you are constantly worried about the impact of what you are saying or how the listener(s) will react, then your efforts will be half-hearted and probably fall short. Keep in mind, our Lord was nailed to a cross, and most of the apostles were martyred, so it is evident that they weren't worried about appearances.

A Catholic who desires to evangelize need not acquire a Masters of Divinity or spend hours in a classroom.
For the essentials, we recommend: baptism, prayer, and an introductory book on Catholic apologetics.
The Sacrament of Confirmation:
The Effects of Confirmation, 1303: “It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.”

our lady of perpetual helpHere are some ways we can evangelize. We've also included methods of promoting the faith as well:

  • Pray: it is important to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance, to deepen our own faith, and for the conversion of others. Remember that Blessed Mary and the other saints intercede for us, and that prayers for evangelization are always heard in Heaven. Remember to pray for the Christians who are being persecuted all over the world each and every day.
  • Review basic apologetics which helps you to explain and defend our faith. Also know that you don't have to be able to answer every question, and if you don't know the answer, admit it. Find the answer from a valid source (catechism, apologetics, priest, and/or pray on it) and then get back to the person as soon as possible. Pray for the person as well. Keep explanations short and sweet.
  • Remember: it is Good News! It's not supposed to be a chore. You are bringing the news of the most precious gift there is -  LIFE!
  • Respect others - try hard not to offend them, and be an example of grace and charity... thereby not giving your detractors any ammunition.
  • Aim for ecumenism. We are stronger together.
  • Try to convert leaders of other faiths, as well as celebrities and captains of industry. It is much easier to convert top down than the other way around.
  • It is good to know some of the basic tenets of other faiths (eg. the other monotheistic religions) so you can counteract core beliefs.
  • It is important to leave the person(s) with something: a prayer card, rosary with instructions, contact information etc...
  • Our conduct: we are Christians in every situation, lest we appear as hypocrites. And since our actions affect others, especially if we are leaders, we must conduct ourselves appropriately at all times.
  • Talk openly about your faith with family members; let it become the easiest and most important subject.
  • Talk about your faith with co-workers. Timing and circumstance are important, but you'll find the right time.
  • Start an evangelization group at the local parish. Find like-minded individuals who understand the importance of evangelizing.
  • Door to door: evangelizing is about bringing the gospel to others, no matter who or where they are.
  • Preach on the street: Jesus did!
  • Create an online presence.
  • Promote the faith by wearing clothes such as a t-shirt or hat with a gospel message. It can be subtle or loud and proud.
  • Run for office and stay true to your faith and values.
  • Volunteer at Catholic bookstores, Catholic charities, your local Right to Life centre, and support Catholic businesses in your area.
  • Bumper stickers. My favourite is: ‟My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter”, or any message that gets people thinking. Promote your parish with bumper stickers as well.
  • Hand out prayer cards to people you meet.
  • Hand out bibles.
  • Become a Sunday School teacher.
  • Support Catholic schools.
  • Wear Christian jewellery. It's a conversation starter as well.
  • Vehicle wraps: they can provide attractive tinting to keep the inside of your car cool while spreading the gospel. If your parish has its own vehicle, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to advertise using vehicle wraps, lettering, decals, graphics etc. Park it in an area where it will be seen by many when not in use.
  • Handouts, flyers, or leaflets: an innocuous way to get the life saving message out.
  • Martyrdom: spreading the gospel in perilous countries is the quickest route to Heaven. Many saints gladly went into harm's way in order to be martyred. Tertullian said: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church”.
  • Ask the priest in your parish to take a vow of poverty so that more money can be spent on evangelization. Since many parishes have rectories or ample room to house the local priest, he could move in and not have to pay rent. This would save him and the parish money; not to mention, it would be helpful to have someone living on site for security purposes, insurance reasons, and of course, to be there to administer the sacraments when needed.
  • If you have the means, buy churches that are for sale and hold them in trust. The very sight of a for sale sign on a church property is abhorrent and causes even more distrust and loss of confidence.
  • Parishioners and church officials should not be shy in asking others to donate their time, talent and money. If one of the parishioners is a roofer, he or she could do the labour at no cost or at least at a very deep discount, and the materials would be paid for by the parish, unless a parishioner is the owner of a roofing supplies company. Well... you know where I'm headed with this. The point is: we need to get out of the business of volunteering. Years ago, parishes did not have paid staff and if something needed to be done... like building a church, it was done by... you guessed it!
  • Coffee cups: it can be very inexpensive to emboss your favourite cup with a bible passage or inspirational message.
  • Defend the faith: it our duty to defend our faith anytime that it is under attack, and when others are spreading errors or falsities about it. Not to say anything... is denying Christ.
  • Invite at least one person to your Church each week. Let the priest know beforehand so he can prepare.
  • Set up a welcome committee in your parish to welcome and orientate new and potential parishioners.
  • Discuss upcoming readings with family and friends.
  • Fundraise to finance your evangelization efforts, campaigns, and/or missions: bottle drives, flea markets, auctions, dances, plays, concerts, dinners, bake sales, movie night (Christian movie), card socials, canvassing, calendars, collections...
  • Ask the priest to invite those who live near the parish to mass. Since the Church exists in order to evangelize (according to Pope Paul VI), it is a travesty not to evangelize or at least extend an invitation to those closest to it. The advantages of doing this are numerous including a ripple effect in the community - it is very important!
  • Organize a parade. Floats and costumes can include those of the saints, or even the holy family.
  • Organize a parish walk-about in the neighbourhood after mass. Sponsor a sports team from the local parish with the parish's info on the jerseys.
  • An outdoor LED display sign would be a great investment for each parish, and an attractive and convenient way to advertise and promote the parish. Changing the information on the sign would only take a few key strokes on the computer. It would be well worth the money to invest in one.
  • Start a prayer group to pray for the conversion of others. Don't forget to pray for the conversion of leaders of other faiths.
  • Be respectful of others when talking about your faith. Talking about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is always done out of love and concern for others; we care enough about them to not want them to perish. But don't be shy either. Be willing to share your faith at the appropriate time with anyone - but know that faith takes time to develop in others (we cannot control that process), and that like sowers of seed, not all seed will fall on fertile soil (we cannot control that either). We have to give up control and trust in the Holy Spirit. He is truly with us. Realize that evangelization is our most important duty, and that we are never alone in our evangelization efforts.
  • Evangelization works optimally if done top - down. Encourage church leaders, especially cardinals and bishops to pound the pavement - especially in poorer areas and neighbourhoods. This is what our Lord did, and no servant is greater than his/her master. We firmly believe that there would be a tremendous shift if that happened. We also believe that the higher the rank, the more humble one should become. “More and more humble your pride; what awaits man is worms.”  Sirach 7:17
  • Fast or make other sacrifices for evangelizations' sake.
  • In whatever way you can, draw positive attention to Christ (use your imagination). However, conflict is sometimes unavoidable and we must stay true to our faith. What is the worse they can do to us?
  • It is important to evangelize refugees of other faiths coming into our country. Christians are the most charitable, but we must not be stingy with our evangelization. For what does it profit anyone when all the hard work of getting refugees to come over, only to have them head straight to the mosques?
  • Sponsor a Christian refugee family. Christian refugees are now the most vulnerable of all refugees in many regions.
  • As an invaluable resource, purchase our book, which covers every aspect of evangelization (and promotion of the faith) including: starting an evangelization campaign; learn how missions work and how to prepare for one; how to evangelize door to door, what to say in every situation and what tools you'll need (a step by step coaching tool); a complete marketing campaign; how to use any promotional product for evangelization; sure-fire ways to keep costs down; how to bring up the gospel in any situation; how to involve the Church in every aspect of evangelization; learn all about evangelization committees, the full-time evangelist, welcome committees, evangelization funds etc.; how to get parishioners involved; how to increase the number of parishioners in your parish no matter how dire the situation seems; how to use almost any form of media for evangelization; how to create social media pages (Facebook, Twitter etc.), websites, blogs, forums, podcasts, your very own internet radio and television programs and stations; how to deepen your faith; the conversion of others; how to make the most out of your prayer life, and how to use prayer as a powerful tool for evangelization; a list of intercessory prayers; how to overcome pitfalls and setbacks; how to prove to naysayers God's existence through the many miracles He has given us (miracles were given to us for a reason); how to get others to believe in the gospel - on faith; how to remain positive in the face of criticism, negativity and hostility; how to live your faith everyday; advice from the saints; a free Come and See* invitation to use; assistance and guidance at every step of the way, and much much more...

The much anticipated book is now available! Catholic Evangelization Painstakingly written to provide Catholics all the necessary information to spread the gospel, build up Christ's church, while at the same time strengthening their faith. When all these magnificent aspects of evangelization are happening, more and more people will hear and respond to the calling to the priesthood and consecrated life, and so - the blessed cycle continues.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, this book will show you in no uncertain terms how to get fired up for the Lord. It is also the ultimate book on practical ways of spreading the gospel, giving the reader a step by step guide for application and execution of evangelization methods and principles in innumerable situations. Not only is this book the most definitive resource on practical ways of spreading the gospel and building up the church, it is also an excellent aid to renew and revive your own faith and that of others!

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Evangelization is so important that even God walked among us to do it. He led by example then commanded His disciples to proclaim those life-saving words to others. Two thousand years ago Christ was the message, and He still is today. We too, as members of the Body of Christ, are obliged to continue spreading the life-giving message of the gospel. However, the alarming trend is: decreasing faith, less parishioners, fewer churches, and a downturn in the number of vocations to the priesthood. Couple this with increased secularism and other forces at work, and the urgency becomes glaringly apparent. We are at another critical point in history of the Catholic Church, which is why I wrote this book. It is not a superficial analysis, nor does it pay lip service to this urgent subject. Catholic Evangelization is the most comprehensive book on practical methods of evangelization that has ever been written.Evangelization is so important that even God walked among us to do it. He led by example then commanded His disciples to proclaim those life-saving words to others. Two thousand years ago Christ was the message, and He still is today. We too, as members of the Body of Christ, are obliged to continue spreading the life-giving message of the gospel. However, the alarming trend is: decreasing faith, less parishioners, fewer churches, and a downturn in the number of vocations to the priesthood. Couple this with increased secularism and other forces at work, and the urgency becomes glaringly apparent. We are at another critical point in history of the Catholic Church, which is why I wrote this book. It is not a superficial analysis, nor does it pay lip service to this urgent subject. Catholic Evangelization is the most comprehensive book on practical methods of evangelization that has ever been written.
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*Come and See - we were one of the first to start using the “Come and See” catchphrase from John 1:46 in relation to evangelization. Often imitated, we are flattered but yet humbled.

About us

Catholic Evangelization is part of the Mind Body Soul Christian Wellness Group. In keeping with the Roman Catholic faith, our objectives are to assist in the proclamation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to everybody, and at the same time, invite those individuals to the Catholic Church.
We believe our church cannot grow unless there is effective and ongoing evangelization. We also believe that it is necessary for everyone to learn about the faith, take the necessary steps to become a Catholic and fully partake in the mass, and in turn - evangelize others.
In this increasingly secularized world, we find the truth at times usurped by a culture of greed, apathy, deception and hatred. Without the promulgation and growth of our faith, there will surely be something else that fills the void. Something other than the truth.
It's all a matter of priorities. Ask yourself, “What did our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His apostles spend most of their time doing?”

And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!” Romans 10:15

The Book - Catholic Evangelization, Painstakingly written to provide Catholics all the necessary information to spread the gospel, build up Christ's church, while at the same time strengthening their faith. When all these magnificent aspects of evangelization are happening, more and more people will hear and respond to the calling to the priesthood and consecrated life, and so - the blessed cycle continues. With the help of the Holy Spirit, this book will show you in no uncertain terms how to get fired up for the Lord. It is also the ultimate book on practical ways of spreading the gospel, giving the reader a step by step guide for application and execution of evangelization methods and principles in innumerable situations.

“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.ˮ Luke 10:2

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The Saints

Since the angels and saints have a closer connection to God, we pray to them to intercede for us through their prayers. We should also pray for other people, interceding on their behalf.
The communion of saints refers to us all belonging to one family (Family of God) and that we need to love, help and pray for each other (whether we are in heaven, purgatory or on earth).
We honour the saints by reserving a day on the calendar and calling it their Feast Day (the day they were admitted into heaven). There are many saints so one day in the calendar may be the feast day for more than one saint. Mary is the most venerated of saints and we should pray to her every day. In Canon Francis Ripley's book This Is The Faith, he states that “no grace descends to men except through the hands, that is the intercession of Mary.”
Patron saints are those Saints that have some type of connection to the individual(s). They are able to intercede on behalf of mankind in specific circumstances. St. Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology so an animal protection or nature group might choose St. Francis as their patron saint. Many Christians are named after a particular saint. When the feast comes up in the calendar of that saint - it is said to be that person's "name day".
It is on the day of the (saints') death and birth into Heaven.
The ranking of feast days: Solemnity - highest rank of celebration Feast Memorials - There are Obligatory Memorials and Optional Memorials Feria - ordinary weekday; latin for "free day"
Steps to sainthood:
Servant of God - A deceased Roman Catholic under consideration.
Venerable - a title given by the Catholic Church to holy men and women of "heroic virtue" who have not been beatified or canonized. Prayer cards and other materials may be printed to encourage the faithful to pray for a miracle wrought by his or her intercession as a sign of God's will that the person be canonized.
Beatification - in order to beatify an individual (give the title of blessed), there had to be one posthumous miracle associated with them. A martyr or someone who has died for the faith need not have a miracle attributed to them. In order for a Blessed to become a Saint, they need to have a second miracle attributed to them.
Canonization - after the second miracle is investigated by the Church and the Devil's Advocate, and found to be genuine, the person is canonized (officially declared a saint).
Both blessed and saint are in heaven and intercede for us before God.
The Roman Catholic Church does not create saints but only recognizes them.

January 1: Octave of Christmas, Mary, Mother of God - Solemnity January 2: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors - Memorial January 3: The Most Holy Name of Jesus - Optional Memorial January 4: Feria January 5: Feria January 6: Epiphany January 7: Saint Raymond of Peñafort, priest - Optional Memorial January 8: Feria January 9: Feria January 10: Feria January 11: Feria January 12: Feria January 13: Saint Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial January 14: Feria January 15: Feria January 16: Feria January 17: Saint Anthony of Egypt, abbot - Memorial January 18: Feria January 19: Feria January 20: Saint Fabian, pope and martyr; or Saint Sebastian, martyr - Optional Memorial January 21: Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr - Memorial January 22: Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr - Optional Memorial January 23: Feria January 24: Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor - Memorial January 25: The Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle - Feast January 26: Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops - Memorial January 27: Saint Angela Merici, virgin - Optional Memorial January 28: Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor - Memorial January 29: Feria January 30: Feria January 31: Saint John Bosco, priest - Memorial

February 1: Feria February 2: Presentation of the Lord - Feast February 3: Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr or Saint Ansgar, bishop - Optional Memorial February 4: Feria February 5: Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr - Memorial February 6: Saints Paul Miki and companions, martyrs - Memorial February 7: Feria February 8: Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest; or Saint Josephine Bakhita, virgin - Optional Memorial February 9: Feria February 10: Saint Scholastica, virgin - Memorial February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes - Optional Memorial February 12: Feria February 13: Feria February 14: Saints Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop - Memorial February 15: Feria February 16: Feria February 17: Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order - Optional Memorial February 18: Feria February 19: Feria February 20: Feria February 21: Saint Peter Damian, bishop - Optional Memorial February 22: Chair of Saint Peter, apostle - Feast February 23: Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr - Memorial February 24: Feria February 25: Feria February 26: Feria February 27: Feria February 28: Feria February 29, occurring only in leap year:

March 1: Feria March 2: Feria March 3: Feria March 4: Saint Casimir - Optional Memorial March 5: Feria March 6: Feria March 7: Saints Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs - Memorial March 8: Saint John of God, religious - Optional Memorial March 9: Saint Frances of Rome, religious - Optional Memorial March 10: Feria March 11: Feria March 12: Feria March 13: Feria March 14: Feria March 15: Feria March 16: Feria March 17: Saint Patrick, bishop - Optional Memorial March 18: Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial March 19: Saint Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity March 20: Feria March 21: Feria March 22: Feria March 23: Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, bishop - Optional Memorial March 24: Feria March 25: Annunciation of the Lord - Solemnity March 26: Feria March 27: Feria March 28: Feria March 29: Feria March 30: Feria March 31: Feria

April 1: Feria April 2: Saint Francis of Paola, hermit - Optional Memorial April 3: Feria April 4: Saint Isidore, bishop - Optional Memorial April 5: Saint Vincent Ferrer, priest - Optional Memorial April 6: Feria April 7: Saint John Baptist de la Salle, priest - Memorial April 8: Feria April 9: Feria April 10: Feria April 11: Saint Stanislaus, bishop and martyr - Memorial April 12: Feria April 13: Saint Martin I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial April 14: Feria April 15: Feria April 16: Feria April 17: Feria April 18: Feria April 19: Feria April 20: Feria April 21: Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial April 22: Feria April 23: Saint George, martyr or Saint Adalbert, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial April 24: Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr - Optional Memorial April 25: Saint Mark the Evangelist - Feast April 26: Feria April 27: Feria April 28: Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr or Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, priest - Optional Memorial April 29: Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor - Memorial April 30: Saint Pius V, pope - Optional Memorial

May 1: Saint Joseph the Worker - Optional Memorial May 2: Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor - Memorial May 3: Saints Philip and James, Apostles - Feast May 4: Feria May 5: Feria May 6: Feria May 7: Feria May 8: Feria May 9: Feria May 10: Feria May 11: Feria May 12: Saints Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs or Saint Pancras, martyr - Optional Memorial May 13: Our Lady of Fatima - Optional Memorial May 14: Saint Matthias the Apostle - Feast May 15: Feria May 16: Feria May 17: Feria May 18: Saint John I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial May 19: Feria May 20: Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest - Optional Memorial May 21: Saint Christopher Magallanes and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial May 22: Saint Julia of Corsica May 23: Feria May 24: Feria May 25: Saint Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; or Saint Gregory VII, pope or Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin - Optional Memorial May 26: Saint Philip Neri, priest - Memorial May 27: Saint Augustine (Austin) of Canterbury, bishop - Optional Memorial May 28: Feria May 29: Feria May 30: Feria May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast

June 1: Saint Justin Martyr - Memorial June 2: Saints Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs - Optional Memorial June 3: Saints Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs - Memorial June 4: Feria June 5: Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr - Memorial June 6: Saint Norbert, bishop - Optional Memorial June 7: Feria June 8: Feria June 9: Saint Ephrem, deacon and doctor - Optional Memorial June 10: Feria June 11: Saint Barnabas the Apostle - Memorial June 12: Feria June 13: Saint Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor - Memorial June 14: Feria June 15: Feria June 16: Feria June 17: Feria June 18: Feria June 19: Saint Romuald, abbot - Optional Memorial June 20: Feria June 21: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious - Memorial June 22: Saint Paulinus of Nola, bishop or Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, martyrs - Optional Memorial June 23: Feria June 24: Birth of Saint John the Baptist - Solemnity June 25: Feria June 26: Feria June 27: Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial June 28: Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr - Memorial June 29: Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Solemnity June 30: First Martyrs of the Church of Rome - Optional Memorial

July 1: Feria July 2: Feria July 3: Saint Thomas the Apostle - Feast July 4: Saint Elizabeth of Portugal - Optional Memorial July 5: Saint Anthony Zaccaria, priest - Optional Memorial July 6: Saint Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr - Optional Memorial July 7: Feria July 8: Feria July 9: Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial July 10: Feria July 11: Saint Benedict, abbot - Memorial July 12: Feria July 13: Saint Henry - Optional Memorial July 14: Saint Camillus de Lellis, priest - Optional Memorial July 15: Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor - Memorial July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Optional Memorial July 17: Feria July 18: Feria July 19: Feria July 20: Saint Apollinaris - Optional Memorial July 21: Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial July 22: Saint Mary Magdalene - Memorial July 23: Saint Birgitta, religious- Optional Memorial July 24: Saint Sharbel Makhluf, hermit - Optional Memorial July 25: Saint James the Greater, apostle - Feast July 26: Saints Joachim and Anne - Memorial July 27: Feria July 28: Feria July 29: Saint Martha - Memorial July 30: Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial July 31: Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest - Memorial

August 1: Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, bishop and doctor - Memorial August 2: Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop or Saint Peter Julian Eymard, priest - Optional Memorial August 3: Feria August 4: Saint Jean Vianney (the Curé of Ars), priest - Memorial August 5: Dedication of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Optional Memorial August 6: Transfiguration of the Lord - Feast August 7: Saint Sixtus II and companions, martyrs or Saint Cajetan, priest - Optional Memorial August 8: Saint Dominic, priest - Memorial August 9: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), virgin and martyr - Optional Memorial August 10: Saint Lawrence - Feast August 11: Saint Clare, virgin - Memorial August 12: Saint Jane Frances de Chantal - Optional Memorial August 13: Saints Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs - Optional Memorial August 14: Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr - Memorial August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity August 16: Saint Stephen of Hungary - Optional Memorial August 17: Feria August 18: Feria August 19: Saint John Eudes, priest - Optional Memorial August 20: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor - Memorial August 21: Saint Pius X, pope - Memorial August 22: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary - Memorial August 23: Saint Rose of Lima, virgin - Optional Memorial August 24: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle - Feast August 25: Saint Louis or Saint Joseph of Calasanz, priest - Optional Memorial August 26: Feria August 27: Saint Monica - Memorial August 28: Saint Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor - Memorial August 29: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, martyr - Memorial August 30: Feria August 31: Feria

September 1: Feria September 2: Feria September 3: Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor - Memorial September 4: Feria September 5: Feria September 6: Feria September 7: Feria September 8: Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast September 9: Saint Peter Claver, priest - Optional Memorial September 10: Feria September 11: Feria September 12: Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Optional Memorial September 13: Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor - Memorial September 14: Triumph of the Holy Cross - Feast September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows - Memorial September 16: Saints Cornelius, pope, and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs - Memorial September 17: Saint Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial September 18: Feria September 19: Saint Januarius, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial September 20: Saint Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, and Paul Chong Hasang and companions, martyrs - Memorial September 21: Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Apostle, Evangelist - Feast September 22: Feria September 23: Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), priest - Memorial September 24: Feria September 25: Feria September 26: Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs - Optional Memorial September 27: Saint Vincent de Paul, priest - Memorial September 28: Saint Wenceslaus, martyr or Saints Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial September 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels - Feast September 30: Saint Jerome, priest and doctor - Memorial

October 1: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor - Memorial October 2: Guardian Angels - Memorial October 3: Feria October 4: Saint Francis of Assisi- Memorial October 5: Feria October 6: Saint Bruno, priest - Optional Memorial October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary - Memorial October 8: Feria October 9: Saint Denis and companions, martyrs or Saint John Leonardi, priest - Optional Memorial October 10: Feria October 11: Feria October 12: Feria October 13: Feria October 14: Saint Callistus I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial October 15: Saint Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor - Memorial October 16: Saint Hedwig, religious or Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin - Optional Memorial October 17: Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr - Memorial October 18: Saint Luke the Evangelist - Feast October 19: Saints Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, priests and companions, Martyrs or Saint Paul of the Cross, priest - Optional Memorial October 20: Feria October 21: Feria October 22: Feria October 23: Saint John of Capestrano, priest - Optional Memorial October 24: Saint Anthony Mary Claret, bishop - Optional Memorial October 25: Feria October 26: Feria October 27: Feria October 28: Saint Simon and Saint Jude, apostles - Feast October 29: Feria October 30: Feria October 31: Feria

November 1: All Saints - Solemnity November 2: All Souls - ranked with solemnities November 3: Saint Martin de Porres, religious - Optional Memorial November 4: Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop - Memorial November 5: Feria November 6: Feria November 7: Feria November 8: Feria November 9: Dedication of the Lateran basilica - Feast November 10: Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor - Memorial November 11: Saint Martin of Tours, bishop - Memorial November 12: Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr - Memorial November 13: Feria November 14: Feria November 15: Saint Albert the Great, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial November 16: Saint Margaret of Scotland or Saint Gertrude the Great, virgin - Optional Memorial November 17: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious - Memorial November 18: Dedication of the basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Optional Memorial November 19: Feria November 20: Feria November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Memorial November 22: Saint Cecilia - Memorial November 23: Saint Clement I, pope and martyr or Saint Columban, religious - Optional Memorial November 24: Saint Andre Dung Lac and his companions, martyrs - Memorial November 25: Saint Catherine of Alexandria - Optional Memorial November 26: Feria November 27: Feria November 28: Feria November 29: Feria November 30: Saint Andrew the Apostle - Feast

December 1: Feria December 2: Feria December 3: Saint Francis Xavier, priest - Memorial December 4: Saint John Damascene, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial December 5: Feria December 6: Saint Nicholas, bishop - Optional Memorial December 7: Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor - Memorial December 8: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity December 9: Saint Juan Diego - Optional Memorial December 10: Feria December 11: Saint Damasus I, pope - Optional Memorial December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe - Optional Memorial December 13: Saint Lucy of Syracuse, virgin and martyr - Memorial December 14: Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor - Memorial December 15: Feria December 16: Feria December 17: Feria December 18: Feria December 19: Feria December 20: Feria December 21: Saint Peter Canisius, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial December 22: Feria December 23: Saint John of Kanty, priest - Optional Memorial December 24: Feria December 25: Nativity of the Lord - Solemnity December 26: Saint Stephen, the first martyr - Feast December 27: Saint John the Apostle and evangelist - Feast December 28: Holy Innocents, martyrs - Feast December 29: Saint Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial December 30: Feria (Sixth Day with the Octave of Christmas) December 31: Saint Sylvester I, pope – Optional Memorial

Apparitions before 20th century 20th century apparitions Zaragoza, Spain - 40 A.D. Guadalupe, Mexico - 1531Laus, France - 1664 Lichen, Poland - 1813, 1850Rue du Bac, Paris, France - 1830La Salette, France - 1846Lourdes, France - 1858Pontmain, France - 1871 Knock, Ireland - 1879 Fatima, Portugal - 1917Beauraing, Belgium - 1932Banneaux, Belgium - 1933 Amsterdam, Holland - 1945 Manila, Philipines - 1948Syracuse, Italy - 1953Akita, Japan - 1973 Betania, Venezuela - 1976 to 1990Kibeho, Rwanda - 1981 Coptic approved apparitions: Zeitoun, Egypt - 1968-1971 Assiut, Egypt - 2000

Eucharistic MiraclesEucharistic miracles: The Real Presence
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do.” John 14:11



 our lady of guadalupeRight: the original (and existing) miraculous image given to us by God, through Blessed Mary
An explanation of why this image is truly a miracle The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Many people may ask: “With all the religions in the world, how do we know what one to follow? What is the true religion?” The answer to those questions is that we are given proof for our unbelieving nature through the miracles and apparitions that God Himself has shown us - that are for all His people. But make no mistake, they were given to Catholics first, and to testify to the truth of the Catholic faith.
For all those detractors and sceptics out there; how do they explain the miracles? Even the books that have been written to try and disprove or obfuscate the miracles - can't explain them. These are of course, the miraculous that have been validated by the Church, which are in fact God's messages. These individuals are however, doing the devil's work, and out of stupidity, are opposing God! Not that we are required to believe in them (miracles and apparitions), but we sure as heck should not try to oppose them publicly. Would these sceptics and detractors dismiss all the miraculous signs from God through all the saints? If fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and it is, it might explain some individuals lack of insight.
Science Sees What Mary Saw From Juan Diego’s Tilma - Zenit
Digital technology is giving new leads for understanding a phenomenon that continues to puzzle science: the mysterious eyes of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The image, imprinted on the tilma of a l6th-century peasant, led millions of indigenous Indians in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith.
Earlier this month in Rome, results of research into the famed image were discussed by engineer José Aste Tonsmann of the Mexican Center of Guadalupan Studies during a conference at Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum. For over 20 years, this graduate in environmental systems engineering at Cornell University has studied the image of the Virgin left on the rough maguey-fiber fabric of Juan Diego's tilma. What intrigued Tonsmann most were the eyes of the Virgin. Though the dimensions are microscopic, the iris and the pupils of the image's eyes have imprinted on them a highly detailed picture of at least 13 people, Tonsmann said. The same people are present in both the left and right eyes, in different proportions, as would happen when human eyes reflect the objects before them. Tonsmann said he believes the reflection transmitted by the eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the scene on Dec. 9, 1531, during which Juan Diego showed his tilma, with the image, to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga and others present in the room.
In his research, Tonsmann used a digital process used by satellites and space probes in transmitting visual information. He insisted that the basic image "has not been painted by human hand." As early as the 18th century, scientists showed that it was impossible to paint such an image in a fabric of that texture. The "ayate" fibers used by the Indians, in fact, deteriorate after 20 years. Yet, the image and the fabric on which it is imprinted have lasted almost 470 years.
Tonsmann pointed out that Richard Kuhn, the 1938 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, found that the image did not have natural animal or mineral colorings. Given that there were no synthetic colorings in 1531, the image is inexplicable.
In 1979, Americans Philip Callahan and Jody B. Smith studied the image with infrared rays and discovered to their surprise that there was no trace of paint and that the fabric had not been treated with any kind of technique. "[How] it is possible to explain this image and its consistency ... on a fabric that has not been treated?" Tonsmann asked. "[How] is it possible that, despite the fact there is no paint, the colors maintain their luminosity and brilliance?" Tonsmann, a Peruvian engineer, added, "Callahan and Smith showed how the image changes in color slightly according to the angle of viewing, a phenomenon that is known by the word iridescence, a technique that cannot be reproduced with human hands."
The scientist began his study in 1979. He magnified the iris of the Virgin's eyes 2,500 times and, through mathematical and optical procedures, was able to identify all the people imprinted in the eyes. The eyes reflect the witnesses of the Guadalupan miracle the moment Juan Diego unfurled his tilma before the bishop, according to Tonsmann. In the eyes, Tonsmann believes, it is possible to discern a seated Indian, who is looking up to the heavens; the profile of a balding, elderly man with a white beard, much like the portrait of Bishop Zumárraga painted by Miguel Cabrera to depict the miracle; and a younger man, in all probability interpreter Juan González. Also present is an Indian, likely Juan Diego, of striking features with a beard and mustache, who unfolds his own tilma before the bishop; a woman of dark complexion, possibly a Negro slave who was in the bishop's service; and a man with Spanish features who looks on pensively, stroking his beard with his hand. In summary, the Virgin's eyes bear a kind of instant picture of what occurred at the moment the image was unveiled in front of the bishop, Tonsmann says. Moreover, in the center of the pupils, on a much more reduced scale, another scene can be perceived, independent of the first, the scientist contends. It is that of an Indian family made up of a woman, a man and several children. In the right eye, other people who are standing appear behind the woman. Tonsmann ventured an explanation for this second image in the Virgin's eyes. He believes it is a message kept hidden until modern technology was able to discover it just when it is needed. "This could be the case of the picture of the family in the center of the Virgin's eye," the scientist said, "at a time when the family is under serious attack in our modern world."
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“One stage of life is not more important than the other; you need one for the other.” (C. MacDonald, 2006)
baby at seven weeks old respect life anti-abortion picIn The Womb video
No one has a right to an abortion. If you did, that would imply that you own the person inside you and can treat him/her with less than human dignity by eradicating and disposing of him/her like you would with unwanted garbage. People are not possessions and (the person you see above), deserves not to have any interference from anybody. The person inside you is expecting something however... to be loved.
According to the organization, Priests For Life, Prince Edward Island is the only Province in Canada that does not perform abortions.

(at right: baby at seven weeks - pic courtesy of Priests for Life)

 CLICK HERE for Crisis Pregnancy Alternatives to Abortion

“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion...” Mother Theresa

You have options:
1) Raise your baby (there are people and organizations that will help you).
2)Adoption (many loving families are waiting to adopt).
These options are the most compassionate and loving for you and your baby.

Code of Canon Law Can. 1398: A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.

PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL (for the conversion of abortionists)
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host
- by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

stations of the cross


How to Pray the Rosary

(scroll down for mysteries & prayers)

rosary image1.Make the Sign of the Cross and Say The Apostles Creed
2. Say the Our Father
3. Say three Hail Mary's
4. Say the Glory Be
5. Announce the first Mystery and say the Our Father
6. Say ten (decade) Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
7. Say the Glory Be
8. Say the Fatima Prayer
9. Announce the next Mystery and say the Our Father
and steps 6, 7 & 8  until you've completed all 5 Mysteries.
Finish with The Hail Holy Queen and the Sign of the Cross.


The Mysteries:
The Five Joyful Mysteries (For Mondays, Thursdays; Sundays in Advent, and from Epiphany to Lent.):
1. The Annunciation (Humility)
2. The Visitation (Charity)
3. The Nativity (Poverty)
4. The Presentation (Obedience)
5. Finding in the Temple (Piety)

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries (For Tuesdays, Fridays, and every day during Lent.):
1.The Agony in the Garden (Contrition)
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Purity)
3. Crowning with Thorns (Courage)
4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience)
5. The Crucifixion (Self-Denial)

The Five Glorious Mysteries (For Wednesdays, Saturdays, and for Sundays from Easter until Advent.):
1. The Resurrection (Faith)
2. The Ascension (Hope)
3. Descent of the Holy Spirit (Love)
4. The Assumption (Eternal Happiness)
5. The Coronation (Devotion to Mary)

The Apostles Creed:
I Believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from whence He shall come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father:
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be:
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Fatima Prayer:
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen:
Hail Holy Queen, mother of mercy; hail our lives, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

The Holy Spirit

the Holy Spirit“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI - APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI

He is a Person, distinct from the Father and the Son. He is God and consubstantial* with the Father and the Son. He is God, one and equal with the Father and the Son, of the same substance and also of the same nature. He proceeds eternally from both (God the Father and God the Son) as from one principle and through one spiration*.

“For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” 1Cor:2-10

Catechism of the Catholic Church
CHAPTER THREE “I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” 685 To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: “with the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified”6 For this reason, the divine mystery of the Holy Spirit was already treated in the context of Trinitarian “theology.”Here, however, we have to do with the Holy Spirit only in the divine “economy.” ARTICLE 8 “I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” 687 “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”Now God's Spirit, who reveals God, makes known to us Christ, his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of himself. The Spirit who “has spoken through the prophets” makes us hear the Father's Word, but we do not hear the Spirit himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of truth who “unveils”Christ to us “will not speak on his own.” Such properly divine self-effacement explains why “the world cannot receive [him], because it neither sees him nor knows him,”while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them.

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, Fear of God

Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity

Prayer To The Holy Spirit:
Come, Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your Divine love.
Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructed the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation,
we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Names synonymous with the Holy Spirit include: Paraclete (Consoler), The Helper, The Spirit, Spirit of Truth, The Healer, The Comforter, The Guide, Holy Ghost, Spirit of God, the Advocate and the Spirit of the Lord. Symbols of the Holy Spirit: water, anointing, fire, cloud and light, the seal, the hand, the finger and the dove.

*notes: spiration - procession consubstantial - the same in substance or essence Sources: St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica. Second and Revised Edition, 1920.


the Divine Mercy image“Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy.” (Diary 1588) “Before I come as the Just Judge, I am coming first as The King of Mercy. Before the Day of Justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: All lights in the Heavens will be extinguished and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the CROSS will be seen in the SKY, and from the openings of the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day.” (83) “If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy.”(1317) “Tell sinners that no one shall escape My Hand; if they run away from My Merciful Heart, they will fall into My Just Hands. Tell sinners that I am always waiting for them, that I listen intently to the beating of their heart... when will it beat for Me? Write, that I am speaking to them through their remorse of conscience, through their failures and sufferings, through thunderstorms, through the voice of the Church. And if they bring all My graces to naught, I begin to be angry with them, leaving them alone and giving them what they want.”(Diary, 1728) “I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Before I come as Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…”(1146) “And even if the sins of souls will be as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of My Passion. When a soul praises My goodness, Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell.” (378) The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

Source: Excerpts taken from The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul © 1987 Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception © 1993 Marian Helpers Stockbridge MA 01263 1-800-462-7426 The Divine Mercy, Chaplet, Novena & Information. Used with Permission


“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.”
“Our Lord showed St. Gertrude a vast number of souls leaving Purgatory and going to Heaven as a result of this prayer which the Saint was accustomed to say frequently during the day.”

Source: “READ ME OR RUE IT” by Father Paul O'Sullivan O.P. The pamphlet “Read Me or Rue It” was approved by Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon on March 4, 1936.

Prosthelytizing vs. Evangelization

Prosthelytize means to induce someone to convert to one's religious faith. The verb induce means: succeed in persuading or influencing someone to do something.
Although we don't agree with forcing or somehow tricking someone to convert to Catholicism, we understand that the apostles succeeded in persuading and influencing (not forcing) others to become Christians.
So, if your are mindful of that, you won't run the risk of undue influence. Keep in mind: we are at a crucial time in history and we have to be a lot more aggressive in our evangelization, without of course, overstepping our bounds. But not much risk of that from what I can see.

Challenge Christophobia because________________________________.

Pray for the persecuted Christians! The most vulnerable group of refugees are the Christians. They are also most likely NOT to be resettled in safer countries because most are NOT being counted by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. They are NOT being counted because it is NOT safe for Christians in the muslim dominated refugee camps, so many avoid them. They are singled out, abused, and marginalized by muslims in these camps.
The Christians should be the first to gain asylum and safe passage (to other Christian countries such as the U.S., Canada, Great Britain etc....) because they are the most vulnerable.


Strengths training:
I'm not a big fan when it comes to the whole Strengths Training movement in the Church. Yes, it is important to know which person can contribute in his or her own special way to build up the kingdom of God on earth, but it is a slippery slope to get up on the alter and start bragging about strengths. I would suggest that the people interested in building up the kingdom of God (which should be all of us), go about in their quiet service of the Lord. If there is a need, they can come forth as well.
It is also important to remember that we don't necessarily have to be particularly strong in an area for God to work through us. Moses wasn't a public speaker; Joan of Arc was a teenaged girl who militarily and faithfully, changed the course of France; Jonah the prophet.... Well you get the idea.
Building up the kingdom of God is essential, but continually preaching to the choir and not going out and evangelizing to lapsed Catholics and all others is a grave mistake. Keeping your faith to yourself is akin to neglecting the most needy in our society. Case in point: I was in an apartment building the other day dropping off something to one of the occupants. While knocking on the door, I could hear children crying in the adjacent apartment. I could hear an adult as well, because from time to time he was telling them to shut up. As I was about to walk away, I heard the man say to these young babies that were crying, "Shut the f.... up."
I have found that the majority of Catholics who do go to church on a regular basis are often fairly well off middle to upper middle income individuals and families. It is important to remember that there are many others, not so fortunate (as in the example above), who are in desperate need of this life saving, life changing, gospel message.
True evangelization and building up the kingdom often requires going to His least brothers. He came to call everyone, not just the well off (or the choir). Let's move away from egocentrism and go out like disciples.
And yes, working on our own faith and that of the congregation is important, but that is also done through prayer and going to Church (the sacraments and listening to homilies etc.), but it is ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER that the very act of evangelizing helps to increase our own faith as well! It's true! God the Holy Spirit is with us every step of the way!!!
In all actuality, not going out and evangelizing, if one is able, is much like the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). It is selfish. For if we have a faith, even just a little, we must share it - especially with those in need of it. Continually preaching to the choir does nothing for those who rarely, or have never heard the word of God.
And how can a Catholic allow a church to be closed, especially if there is no effective evangelizing within its vicinity? You have to find a way to keep it from being closed and sold. If we are going out in the communities and evangelizing, the churches would be overflowing - then we'd have to build new ones! Remember: evangelizing not only increases the number of the faithful, it also helps to build up our own faith, and increases vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life as well... all at the same time! Not through our own power, but with the help of the Holy Spirit. We just have to make a little effort, and we will see results that we could never have imagined.


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Evangelization Resources   References


“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI - APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI


Jesus taught us the importance of evangelization by word and deed. And, as Matthew 28:19:20 reminds us, we are to make disciples of all nations, baptising them and teaching them to observe all that He had commanded them. Since we are Disciples of Christ, we carry on with that directive knowing, as Jesus told us, He is with us to the end of the age. This is what He expects of us and failure to do so will have its repercussions, which we of course, bring upon ourselves. And with that in mind, we know what is necessary and important in this life, and that is to bring the life-giving good news to others.

God walked among us and spread His life-giving message to everyone He faced. He also commanded us to proclaim those life-saving words to others and to build up His church. He even led by example so no one can really shake his or her head and wonder what to do or how it should be done.

In looking for a topic to write a book on, I chose one of the most important topics – evangelization. The greatest thing that ever happened in the world happened two thousand years ago: God sent His only begotten Son to earth with the greatest news we will ever hear. It was a difficult mission because Jesus had to convince everybody that they could have eternal life in His name. God is giving this freely, all we have to do is accept it, and all Christ had to do was to die in order for this to happen. No small feat! Through His life, death and resurrections we may obtain eternal life.

I cringe at the fact that Mary had to watch her only son get tortured, for us, and then die on a wooden cross.

Most Catholics have forgotten or don’t even know that they are to carry on in His footsteps by following His ways - which of course includes, spreading the good news. Two thousand years ago Christ was the message, and He still is today. We too, especially as members of the Body of Christ, are obligated to continue by spreading that life-giving message that our Lord began.

We are at a pivotal time in the church’s history: churches closing, parishioners getting older, secularism, apathy, scandal, decline of the family, weakening of faith, etc. What happens in this decade will be of the utmost importance, but now is the time to take action because we have lost valuable time. Do we continue to stand by like helpless spectators or do we do something meaningful about it?    The alarming trend is: decreasing faith, less parishioners, fewer churches, and a downturn in the number of vocations to the priesthood. It doesn’t take a prophet to tell you that there will be less parishioners, less churches, and less clergy in the coming years. Couple this with increasing secularism and other forces at work, and the urgency becomes glaringly apparent.

I wrote this book because it appeared to me that most Catholics are lost when it comes to evangelization. Still, others seem to set themselves up for failure in their approaches to evangelization.

As  a writer, I would never have thought that I could write a book on such a topic as Catholic Evangelization, but realizing that evangelizing is one of the most important tasks we can do, as well as the state of the church and Catholicism in general, I felt compelled and inspired.

I would also like to add that evangelization, evangelism, evangelist and even evangelical, are not dirty words, and that they are used throughout this book as they relate to Roman Catholicism.


The objectives of this book are as follows: provide easy and practical ways to spread the gospel, build up the church, and to present how a deepening of the faith can be a simultaneous and ongoing process. It doesn’t contain a lot of sublime terms or complicated procedures; they are simple methods that almost any Catholic can employ. Since all aspects of evangelization and their benefits are interconnected, it also includes ways to increase vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

The aforementioned goals of evangelization are a means to an end to our ultimate goal in this life, which is to be one day united with God in Heaven. In order for this to happen we must come to know and follow Christ because all roads to Heaven lead to Him.

All God’s people are called to be disciples of Christ. This therefore binds us to our earthly duty to proclaim the gospel to everyone, while at the same time, inviting those individuals to join the church and take part in the mass. We cannot just proclaim the gospel and then leave individuals to their own devices without any support; no, we must direct them to the Catholic Church which will allow us all to commune and build each other up. Not only does this build up the Body of Christ, it also helps to deepen our faith which has an additive effect of increasing vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Each aspect feeds and grows the other. They are not to be tried just once, but are ongoing processes and goals until the end. No one can say, “Our numbers are sufficient, we no longer need to evangelize” or “I do not need to work on my faith anymore for it is strong enough to sustain me from now on” or even, “We have too many churches and priests, let's scale back.”

It's all a matter of priorities. Ask yourself, “What did our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Apostles spend most of their time doing?”

This book contains innumerable and detailed examples of ways and opportunities we can spread the gospel, build up the church, and at the same time - strengthen our faith. The methods one can employ to evangelize are only limited by one's imagination. By reading this book, my hope is to stir up the Spirit in the reader to employ these techniques and ideas, and with their creative juices flowing - come up with even more on their own.

You will not find another resource anywhere that gives you the practical means to spread the gospel, build up the Body of Christ, and at the same time, deepen your faith, like this book does.

Where there is a need

The Catholic Church has always been there to assist the lowly and despised. Consider Peter Claver, a Jesuit who worked as a missionary in the Caribbean during the slave trade. By the time the slaves arrived in the new world from Africa, they were barely alive. They were also looked upon as mere cattle; however, neither the Catholic Church or Peter Claver felt that way, and over the course of his forty year ministry, he Baptised an estimated three hundred thousand slaves.8 He chose to do this type of work and had the free will to leave at any time.

In answer to Christ’s call, “Whom shall I send?”, many like Peter Claver and those before and after him responded with a resounding, “Send me Lord!” Would anybody else go if those saints didn’t? There has usually been someone from the Catholic Church to aid in almost every important cause known to man and woman – including the slave trade.

Many individuals today that have descended from the African slave trade may not even be aware of what Saint Peter Claver did back then, and how his actions have shaped their faith for future generations. They can thank God for their faith as well as His faithful servant, Peter Claver. It’s important that everyone know what the Catholic Church and saints like Peter Claver have done, for all people, including those of African descent.

Peter Claver did not look down on any person, and even though these individuals were slaves, he looked upon all people as having worth. And since the slaves were now Baptised Christians - by him, he fought for their spiritual and civil rights. Not that they had to be Christians for him to stand up for them, but he knew that their new Christian status may elevate them to be looked upon as more than mere property among men and women. But of course he knew that their Baptism and faith would save their souls – which is the most important reason.

What makes a person do all the right things when others don’t? Many would have despised Peter Claver as much as they would have despised the slaves; and to be in that situation for forty years would have caused a lesser man to abandon his ideals. Living a life with high morals and ideals often causes others to look at them with apprehension and bitterness. Even though it is petty and hypocritical, some members of the same order have been guilty of this. On the one hand, they’re taught to be faithful and follow His will, but on the other hand, the detractors believe another’s piety diminishes them. However, it is actually God working in future saints, and the detractors are working against God.

Certainly no human could stop Peter Claver and other saints like him from doing His will; and Peter’s good works are shown as an example of the good that is in the world amongst the evil.

This saint lived his faith and was eager to preach in public places to both rich and poor, free or enslaved. Saint Peter Claver is the Patron Saint of African Americans, Slaves and Colombia.     Where there is a need in the world you will often see a Catholic helping out – just like Saint Peter Claver did.

Let’s get started

As mentioned in the previous chapter, it is important to pray everyday. A good habit to get into would be to attend daily mass and to also pray at least one decade of the Rosary. The Devil doesn’t take a day off so neither should we.

Prayer and meditation will lead us and give us direction for our particular roles in evangelization. You have to remember and have faith that you are not alone in this crucial task; God will provide you with what you need if you have faith… and ask.

Let the Holy Spirit guide and create excitement in you. Sharing the good news should be fun and exciting because it is… GOOD NEWS! Catholics are allowed to feel good about our religion; we don’t have to hide or curb our enthusiasm about Jesus Christ.     And we don’t have to be priests, bishops or cardinals to talk about our faith. If you love someone, it shouldn’t be that hard to talk about them. What do you love about Jesus? What has he done for you? What is your conversion story; was it exciting or did it happen gradually over time?

Our armour is our faith (which includes our conversion story). Other tools we use are prayer, Confession, scriptural readings, a review of Catholic catechism, and a book on Catholic apologetics.

I don’t believe someone needs to take classes in evangelization in order to effectively evangelize. If people are wary or do not trust in their own abilities or knowledge, they could go for on-the-job training with a seasoned Catholic evangelist/missionary. That way, no time will be lost getting willing participants up to speed. If you are willing and able to evangelize and have had the proper preparation as outlined above, then you don’t need a course in evangelization. If you know Jesus, you know how to evangelize!

If evangelism were a trade, the only training would be by apprenticeship. We’ve overcomplicated evangelization to the point where most Catholics don’t even know what the term means.

And as Catholics, we have to ask ourselves why our religion got so hard to explain, if we were to talk about it with others. I don’t think it is supposed to be that way, and it doesn’t have to be. That is why it is very important for the evangelist to familiarize him or herself with basic apologetics. It is also important to remember that if we cannot answer a question about our faith, we can be forthright and say we don’t know, but we will find out, and get back to them.

Remember, it is our obligation to evangelize, and our Confirmation gives us a special strength of the holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel. (CCC 1303)


To prepare for the mission (or day of evangelizing) in the community, it is important that each team consisting of two (or three) members have reviewed basic apologetic concepts such as: where the Bible comes from, sola fide, sola scriptura, the Eucharist, and Mary.

Try to make it to Confession and mass that morning.

Pick appropriate gospel passages chosen from Catholic apologetics in order to obtain their proper meaning. You will need to understand and be in a position to quote them.

Make sure to have clean mission t-shirts, a mission cross, and that all team members are appropriately dressed and presentable. Review goals, mandates and mission statements: surrender to His will; living out the Baptismal call to evangelize and other mission statements. Be cognizant of the mandate to go into the world and proclaim the good news. Extend the invitation to join the Catholic Church and stress its inclusiveness.

What makes you ready to evangelize? Answer: the effects of Confirmation: gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross. (CCC 1303)

Scenarios: go over common questions and responses and role play. You and your partner must also have a sign to leave for various reasons including time constraint or if the conversation becomes heated or your audience becomes confrontational.

Weather: plan for homes and public places on fair weather days, and apartments and businesses on unusually cold, rainy or snowy days. Occupants, may not want to invite you in (you should never go into a home alone) and would rather not have the doors open for extended periods of time in cold weather. Keep it brief in those situations. On hot days, make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring along water on hot days as well...

The above is just a small sample of what you'll find in this book. There are hundreds of pages that will demonstrate practical and effective ways of evangelizing.