When it comes to evangelizing it isn’t always easy thing try to discern answers to questions like: Where should our parish focus our efforts? What is going to actually work here?
The Church is rooting for parishes to be the hubs from which evangelization occurs. Read the USCCB’s Disciples Called To Witness: Section IV, The National Directory for Catechesis, no. 29 C, or Evangelii Gaudium, no. 28 and you get a taste of the Church’s vision for evangelizing parishes. So, what needs to be taken into account about parishes to assist them to fulfill their role in spreading the Good News of Jesus?
A good place to start: realizing that parishes are like fingerprints. No two are exactly alike even if they appear similar. If we can accept this as true then investigating the makeup of our parish should provide answers for growing a parish into evangelizing center. This may not be where we would like to start as it doesn’t satisfy our urge “to do”; however, it is a means to uncovering the path for a parish to follow.
Here a few guidelines (far from a comprehensive list) to help get you moving.
Taking time to decode the swirls and twists and the maze of your parish “fingerprint” can be a valuable resource to answering the question: What will actually work here?