Dear Evangelization Coordinators,
Thank you for your important ministry. Evangelization is urgent! Several of you have contacted me worrying that you and your parish aren’t doing enough and what you are doing isn’t happening quickly enough. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus reminds us in the gospel. As long as you are working with your pastor and other parish leaders, praying first and then creating and implementing an Evangelizing vision for your parish - one that Evangelizes the Evangelizers (those who attend) and creating strategies to look for those who have left or who do not know the Lord - then you are on the road to success for the Lord.
We are embarking on the holiday season. Pope Francis set the context several years ago when he said, “True joy does not come from things or from possessions, no! It is born from an encounter, from a relationship with others; it is born from feeling accepted, understood, and loved…because the other is a person.” The Holy Father goes on to say, “Joy is born from the gratuitousness of an encounter.” (July 6, 2013)
Friends, is this not the ministry of all who embark on the urgent work of Evangelization…assisting in that encounter? In our newsletter this month please find the letter mailed to clergy encouraging them to use Christmas as an Evangelizing opportunity. A SAMPLE Pew Card is attached. This can be adapted and used to engage those who join us for an encounter with Jesus and his Church.
Please let us know how we, in the Office of Evangelization, can continue to resource you and your ministry.
As we give “thanks” to God we also ask God to bless our Evangelization efforts.