Evangelization & Formation: April 2012 Archives

The April 21, 2012 issue of L'Osservatore Romano ran this editorial on the work of the evangelization in the United States. We are getting noticed for our zeal for the Gospel. Perhaps we colonialists do have something to contribute to the life of the Church universal.

"Join us in a journey to re-discover the faith or answer questions about reconnecting with the Catholic Church". This is the call of  the document by the Bishops of the United States which intends renew with great strength the mission of spreading and proclaiming the Gospel. The episcopate's initiative, written for the modern man and for the benefit of the whole community, is centred on references to the Pontifical Magisterium and to other interventions of the episcopate.


Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization is the title chosen for the document that "focuses on reaching out to Catholics, practicing or not, who have lost a sense of the faith in an effort to re-energize them", as described in a note by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

It was chairman of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, Bishop David Laurin Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to point out this new duty, stating: "Every Catholic has a role in the Church, and every Catholic is called to spread the Gospel". But he adds "in order to evangelize, a person must first be evangelized. This is really the heart of the New Evangelization". The document especially highlights the call of Pope Benedict XVI to pursue the New Evangelization with renewed vigor and joy.

The group deputed to work with questions and programs on the teachings of the Catholic faith and the sharing of that faith with others, USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. published "Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization." There are a lot of great resources herein.

The opening paragraphs are here:

Jesus on Mt Galilee Duccio.jpgChrist commands us to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. We are to proclaim his Good News to all people, everywhere and at all times. After Christ promises the disciples that the Holy Spirit will come upon them, he ascends into heaven. The disciples, rather than heeding Christ's command to be his witnesses, stare "intently at the sky." It takes "two men dressed in white garments" asking, "Men of Galilee, why are you . . . looking at the sky?" for the disciples to begin to realize the meaning of Christ's command (Acts 1:10-11). 
The laity are stepping up to the plate to evangelize because it is part of the baptismal call to make disciples of all nations. We are now seeing more and more talented young people coming forward to share with the world the Truth of the faith proposed by Christ for our salvation. Two men from Saint Mary's Church (Greenville, SC) pastored by Father Jay Scott Newman, have formed The Momentum Studios as a Catholic company that aims to ignite our enthusiasm, adherence and love for Christ and His Church.

A recent Momentum Studios piece is on the Stations of the Cross. See it here...

We look forward to more.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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