Share the Good News

 

 

 

"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

 

With these words, Christ commissioned the apostles and His Church to Share the Good News.

 

Sharing the Good News is called Evangelization.

 

What is Evangelization?

“The task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church….. She exists in order to evangelize.”   (On Evangelization in the Modern World, Pope Paul VI)

 

Evangelization is a process of

  • opening our hearts to God’s word
  • putting that message into practice in our daily lives
  • sharing the story of the Good News and how God has touched us
  • welcoming others to experience the Good News

Our baptismal responsibility is to do all of these things as individuals and as a community of believers.

 

When Catholics evangelize, we are instruments of the Holy Spirit.  In fact, we can accomplish nothing on our own.  It is only through the Holy Spirit that we are able to spread the Good News. 

 

Questions

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More About Evangelization

Explore these Evangelization topics. We hope you find them informative, inspiring, and motivating.

 

How to Evangelize

Evangelization Opportunities

Evangelization Resources

Star’s Evangelization Commission

 

 

How to Evangelize

Many Catholics feel very thankful for the gift of our Catholic faith and view it as something quite personal, but not something we would feel comfortable talking about or sharing with others.   The following ideas can help increase your comfort level and ability to evangelize.

 

Being Ready

  • Continuing to develop knowledge and love of your Catholic faith.  Reading, bible study, and discussion groups are just a few of the ways.
  • Being genuinely interested in people

Being a Faithful Witness

  • Putting your faith into practice in your everyday life
  • Being a good example to others

Praying

  • Asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.  We can do nothing by ourselves.
  • Praying with people who are going through difficult times

Being Supportive

  • Showing concern to those who are hurting

Interacting with People

  • Being a good listener
  • Talking with people where they are, not where you think they ought to be

 

Sharing Your Faith Stories

  • Being able to tell how your faith helped you get through a difficult period in your life. These stories often help others deal with their own situation.

Being Welcoming and Inviting

  • Making people feel welcome 
  • Inviting people to participate in things of a spiritual and/or social nature at the parish 
  • Meeting as many people as possible 

Impacting Society

  • Advocating for life, justice, and peace issues
  • Keeping informed of public policy issues and how they relate to Catholic values

 

Evangelization Opportunities

Participate in a Parish Ministry


Take Advantage of Faith Formation Offerings
Bible Study (Fall and Winter Sessions)
Men's Bible Study & Fellowship

Speakers on Faith-related topics
Genesis of Faith (During Lent)

 

Volunteer your Time and Talents


Current opportunities at Star
See Details on Website and in Parish Weekly Bulletin
Liturgical Ministries

Capuchin Soup Kitchen
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Gardening
And several more…

 

Give of Your Treasure

www.olsos.org/stewardship.php


Archdiocesan opportunities
www.aod.org/being-catholic/evangelization

 

State Opportunities
Michigan Catholic Conference
www.micatholic.org

 

United States opportunities
www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/capwiz/index.cfm

 

Universal Church Opportunities
www.vatican.va

 

 

Evangelization Resources

Have Questions about Church Teachings?  Need Information about What’s  Happening in our Catholic Church, in our Parish, our Diocese, the Nation and the World?

 

Where to find What you are Looking For

 

  • Msgr. Gary, Deacon Bill and Michael King.

 

These are a few of the ways that we can continue to grow in knowledge of our Church and its teachings.

 

 

 

Star’s Evangelization Commission

 

We are a group of men and women committed to Sharing the Good News in a variety of ways in our parish and beyond. Read further to learn about us.

Purpose of the Commission

  • Continually develop our members through prayer, study, and reflection
  • Bring about in our parishioners an enthusiasm for their faith so that they freely share it with others
  • Help parishioners understand how they can evangelize as individuals, families, and groups
  • Invite others, such as inactive Catholics, non-Catholics, and the unchurched, to hear the Good News
  • Be the catalyst for parish evangelization efforts

What guides our efforts?

  • The Holy Spirit
  • Evangelization Goals of the U.S. Bishops
  • Scripture
  • Church documents
  • Books, articles, Internet postings
  • Goals created in parish planning process

What have we done?

  • Go and Make Disciples, weekly column in the bulletin (began in November, 2008)
  • Genesis of Faith, a discussion series during Lent 2012 and 2013
  • Parish pictorial directory coordination
  • Parish Missions
  • Parish Brochure
  • New Parishioner Welcoming Ministry
  • Discussion Group, “Saturday Morning Live!”
  • Catholics Returning Home program
  • Speakers
  • Picture missals for young children
  • Books for Parish Library

What are we planning or considering in 2012-2013?

  • Continuing our ongoing ministries
    • Go and Make Disciples weekly column in the bulletin
    • New Parishioner Welcoming twice a year
    • Commission member formation through education, reading, and discussion
  • New initiatives we would like to pursue
    • Genesis of Faith discussion series with the Year of Faith as the theme
    • Discipleship formation program in conjunction with Religious Education
    • Possibly some other ideas to be developed further

To learn more about Star’s Evangelization Commission

  • Contact Joanne Mualem, Commission Chair:  313-886-9059