Beginning evangelization in a diocese or parish requires taking one little step at a time. I believe that the New Evangelization will truly occur when all the members of the Church come to understand that it is their mission to evangelize, not just the clergy or people who work in ministry for the parish/diocese. It has been a year and a half since I began to do parish Evangelization Team training in the Diocese of Beaumont, and it is truly going along “step by little step”.
I have always found it interesting how well we Catholics do Lent as a season. We certainly have a sense of the expansiveness and gravity of Lent…that it is a serious journey, a ponderous pilgrimage. And well we should, of course. This penitential season is so core to the process of Paschal Mystery that we commemorate and that we live.
Evangelization and Catechesis Hand in Hand - Ken Ogorek, Archdiocese of Indianapolis (Candidate for NCCL President)
The New Evangelization encourages us to forego a one-size-fits-all approach to proclaiming the Good News of salvation from sin and death by the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus. We are encouraged to consider three separate but related audiences: the unchurched, the alienated (i.e. Catholics who aren't practicing for one reason or another) and the faithful or practicing Catholics. In considering the role of evangelization in our National Conference for Catechetical Leadership I tend to focus on three areas: 1) discipleship; 2) catechesis as a moment in the process of evangelization, and; 3) collaboration.
Evangelization and Catechesis: Are We Just Dating or Ready for Marriage - Lorraine DeLuca, Diocese of Beaumont (Candidate for NCCL President)
Evangelization has always been important for the Church, based on Jesus’ missionary mandate given to the disciples which is found in Matthew 28:19-20: “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.” Since the conception of the Church all followers of Jesus were called to adopt this mandate as their own, and today the call remains the same.