March 2010

Dear Friend,

March 2010

With the season of Easter soon approaching, we will celebrate the heart of the message we share with the world, the new life that is given to us in Christ.  We pray that the Great Fifty Days of Easter will be a  time of joy-filled hope for you and that the beauty of the season will provide many opportunities to share the Good News.

Our new format with Evangelizatioin Exchange provides opportunities for you to interact with us and with the authors of our featured articles.  You may have noted, with the last issue, that many of the articles include an area at the bottom of each piece for you to make comments.  Posted comments may be viewed by clicking on the accompanying link at the bottom of those articles.  We also welcome your input and feedback in any other form you wish to use.  Blessings at Easter,

Fr. Tony Krisak, Editor

Increase of Adults with No Religious Affiliation, K. Boyack, CSP

The number of adults in the United States who indicate they have no religious preference is rising dramatically. The chart at the right…read more

¡Somos católicos!, Martha Fernández-Saldina

With these words, the Archbishop of San Antonio José H. Gómez has spoken to and about Latinos or Hispanics in the United States, when addressing the challenge of Hispanic ministry today and the question of why many Hispanic Catholics leave the Church of their birth… read more

Evangelization through Social Networking, Sr. Eileen Carmody, OSU

The advantages of social media are obvious — staying in touch with friends and family no matter where they are, meeting new people that share a common interest, receiving feedback on questions and ideas and sharing multiple viewpoints…read more

Is Conversion the New Dirty Word?, F. DeSiano, CSP

I was making a presentation in a fairly Catholic area of the mid-West not too long ago.  It was my standard review of Catholic evangelization.  People were smiling through most of the presentation…read more

Activity Handout: Examining Attiudes Toward Inactive Catholics

John J. Boucher of the Diocese of Trenton provides a helpful activity handout for helping Catholic parishioners and evangelization ministers understand how their attitudes about inactive Catholics impact their efforts at outreach.  Download this handout.

Handout: Four Simple Ways for Reaching Inactive Catholics

Sr. Louise Alff, OSF, of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers a brief handout to help parish ministers in their efforts to reach out to inactive Catholics.  Download this handout.

Survey Report: One hundred percent of respondents to John Boucher’s article on scrapping the word evangelization favored keeping the word and using it.

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