Recommended Parish Evangelization Programs
Please contact AJ if you have questions about how to get started with any of the following programs in your parish.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.
Amazing Parish exists to revitalize the Church by equipping her pastors and leaders with the training, resources and support they need to create vibrant and thriving parishes. Although every parish is unique, Amazing Parish has found that there are three common “building blocks” that form the foundation of an amazing parish: reliance on prayer and the sacraments, commitment to a healthy organization, and a passion for evangelization and discipleship.
The Evangelical Catholic
The Evangelical Catholic equips Catholic ministries for evangelization by inspiring, training, and supporting local leaders to drive dynamic outreach.
The mission of i.d.9:16 is to form young adults into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. i.d.9:16 accomplishes this mission by inviting young adults into a new way of life—the life of an intentional disciple. We not only want to introduce people to Christ who is the door but also to the path that leads to salvation. Part of the New Evangelization is a renewed understanding and acceptance of what Pope Benedict called, “the art of living.”
Pope John Paul, II taught that "Formation is not the privilege of a few, but a right and duty of all" (Christifideles Laici 63). The Catherine of Siena Institute works to ensure that every Catholic has access to a formation that: is distinctly lay in approach, spirituality, and focus; is deeply rooted in the Tradition and Magisterial teaching of the Church; calls each baptized man and women to intentional discipleship; is geared to the real lives of working adults. (see full list on website under “What we offer” tab)
At the Catherine of Siena Institute, we work to make apostolic formation and support readily available to all lay Catholics by: making evangelization and self-formation resources available to lay Catholics and developing new resources as needed; equipping parishes to become centers of evangelization and formation, discernment, and apostolic support for the laity; forming clergy, religious, and lay leaders to be effective evangelizers and formators of lay people.
St. Paul Street Evangelization
1. A team of at least two Catholic evangelists choose a place in their city or town with a moderate to high level of pedestrian traffic. Examples of suitable locations include an open-air market, such as an art fair or farmers’ market; a bus-stop or subway station platform; a public park.
2. The evangelists “set up shop” with a sandwich-board sign and a collection of materials: assorted pamphlets on aspects of Catholicism, holy cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, etc. A small table or blanket is often useful for displaying the materials and drawing the attention of passersby, but it is not essential.
3. The evangelists then say a prayer, invoking the Holy Spirit to guide their efforts for that day, asking to be courageous, humble, and docile to His promptings. They ask through Our Lady’s intercession for the Lord to send them the people He desires them to encounter, and they pray that all may be done for the greater glory of God.
4. At this point, the evangelists simply wait for passersby to draw near and begin conversation.