April 2010

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Dear Friend,

April 2010

In the midst of these great Fifty Days of Easter, we at PNCEA hope that the signs of new life which surround us (both in nature and in our parish communities) are filling us with an enthusiasm for the faith that overflows into the spaces and encounters we have wherever we go. We also pray that this passion for the faith will overflow into the “ordinary” time we enter after the celebration of Pentecost.

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Fr. Tony Krisak, Editor
 
Ever see a highway construction sign that reads, “Slow down! My daddy works here!”? It is just one of many reminders that each person is part of a particular family. 
 
Happy and blessed Easter to everybody! This year I traveled to beautiful Monterrey Mexico for Holy Week and Easter, to spend time with my family. When I was coming back, I received a phone call at the airport.
 
My gut feeling is that when it comes to inviting people to become Catholic we generally fizzle. Oh sure, we’re all aglow at the Easter Vigil as catechumens and candidates are received into the Church.
 
Mary Karr teaches at the University of Syracuse and is the author of books of poems and biographies which have won wide acclaim in the United States.  She converted to the Catholic faith.
 
John Boucher of the Diocese of Trenton, with Dennis Mahaney of the Diocese of Buffalo, provides a handout for reaching young adults on an EPIC scale
 
Terry Modica of Good News Ministries in Tampa Bay offers a 32-page resource booklet for helping parish leaders to form small faith communities
Resources
How do we begin to reach Catholics who want to learn more about the faith?  Fr. Frank DeSiano explores in eight accessible essays why Catholics should get real about their faith.  This book, of value to both individuals and groups, includes scriptural references and discussion questions. . . Purchase this book

Featured Resource

Now both the Participant Booklet (Cuaderno de participantes) and the Group Leader Manual (Manual para animadores de grupo) for Awakening Faith are available as free downloads.

Catholic Fact: Looking at 60 years of Catholic Church membership, we find that in 1950, 119,173 adults joined the Catholic Church (no distinctions then between initiation and reception into the Church). In 2009, 42,629 adults were received into the Church and 81,775 were initiated through baptism, confirmation and Eucharist for a total of 124,404.  The peak year in those 60 years was 2001 when 181,543 were received or initiated.

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