Evangelization & Catechesis
Evangelization & Catechesis
We, the Staff of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of St. John’s believe that catechetical ministry plays an essential role in the evangelizing mission of the Church. We serve parish leaders by providing formation, direction, support, skill development and resources that promote effective catechesis that spans the whole spectrum of life, from cradle to grave.
The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis is composed of the following People and Offices:
Reverend Ray Earle, Anne Walsh and Noreen Yetman
Adult Faith Formation:
Reverend Ray Earle and Anne Walsh, Directors
Youth and Young Adult Ministry:
Reverend ray Earle and Noreen Yetman, Directors
Chaplaincy at Memorial University:
Noreen Yetman, Chaplain
Office of Family Catechesis:
Noreen Yetman, Director
EVANGELIZATION—CATHOLICS DON’T DO THAT, DO THEY?
INTRODUCING PEOPLE TO THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST
Goal I: Building Enthusiasm for a Living Faith
We seek to bring about in all Catholics an enthusiasm for their faith that moves them to live their faith in Jesus Christ and freely share it with others.
Goal II: Inviting Others into Relationship with Jesus Christ
We invite others to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ so that they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith.
Goal III: Transforming ourselves, our communities and the world
We foster gospel values in our society, promote the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good of society, so that our world may continue to be transformed by Jesus Christ, working in and through His People.
The heart and soul of Newfoundland is hospitality. The heart and soul of the Christian Community is hospitality as well. Jesus is our model of hospitality. As he welcomed children, sinners, the blind, the lame, the outcast, healthy and unhealthy, the repentant and unrepentant, so we welcome all who come seeking the living water that Jesus offers.
Hospitality is a way of life. It begins with a welcoming spirit at liturgy and extends from there to include outreach to community and the world. As we reach out to others, we know not who is actually being touched. We may find that we are, indeed “entertaining angels.”
HOW TO BUILD A HOSPITABLE, WELCOMING, EVANGELIZING COMMUNITY
1. Know WHO you ARE and WHOSE you are!
When you know who you are and Whose you are, you can invite others to join you on the journey, in seeking, in outreach and social action, in prayer and liturgy. A Parish Community might ask:
Who are you? What is the heart and passion of your parish community?
Can you define the demographics of your parish community? Who are you? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your concerns? What are the longings?
What are your values? What do you stand for?
How effectively do you utilize the potential treasure of gifts and talents found in your parishioners?
What resources are available for the various age groups of people in your parish?
2. Invite others using four simple keys
- Invite others by being aware of Timing: Use holy days (Christmas, New Year’s, Easter), and holidays (Thanksgiving, July 1st, Valentine’s Day) to invite people in or to welcome inactive Catholics into a renewed connectedness with the community.
- Know your Audience: Get familiar with the demographic profile of your parish including age, ethnic background, life experience, married/not married/want-to-be-married, household income, educational backgrounds.
- Use welcoming, understandable language. Make sure that all of your parish communications speak clearly to your parishioners? Avoid jargon, “in-phrases,” acronyms, abbreviations and terminology that would be unfamiliar to your audience.
- Remember that variety is the spice of life: Offer a variety of programs, events and opportunities in a variety of time slots. Advertise using a variety of communication methods.
3. Bring people together
Assist people to make connections with one another.
Hospitality: Create job opportunities. Make people feel wanted.
Follow-up: Connect newcomers with long-timers.
Assimilation: Make people feel needed and appreciated.
Assessment: Create a variety of opportunities for all people to become involved in the
church’s life, and the parish to become engaged with the life of the community and the world around them.
4. HelpCommitted Members to invite others
Catholics are often shy about inviting others to their church. Here are four simple ways to equip parishioners to be better inviters:
- Make extra copies of the parish bulletin, newsletters, even business cards to distribute to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and encourage parishioners to take and distribute them.
- Plan special adult faith formation programs, renewal processes, parish missions and parish family activities designed for parishioners to bring their inactive/unchurched family and friends to.
- Use a variety of communication methods, and share information freely.
- Design a parish web site that parishioners can share with others.