October 2010


Dear Friend,

October 2010

Now that we are approaching the end of the liturgical year, we are focusing more on God’s dream for us, especially as we celebrate the lives of saints and witnesses who have gone before us.  We give thanks for all those who have been such strong witnesses to the faith that they have helped us grow in our enthusiasm for the faith and our desire to share it.

As far as “parish programs” go, many are going strong and it could seem like we can sit back and enjoy the tide.  Yet, each individual Catholic can learn something new about sharing the faith and make a deeper commitment to serve as an evangelizer.  We always welcome your comments and stories, and the major articles in this issue include a space for you to offer comments. Let us hear from you and consider sending this to a friend. Thank you.

Fr. Tony Krisak, Editor

Why We Celebrate Life and Death (Martha Fernández-Sardina)

“End of the year celebrations” begin earlier every year. Before summer swimsuits are put away, Halloween costumes and skeletons appear everywhere. And many seem obsessed with death. Do they grasp the full meaning of life and death?… read more

The Gospel in a Secular World, Part 3 (Frank DeSiano, CSP)

Perhaps no factor influences the Church today more than secularity—the very assumptions people carry around in themselves about the universe, our world, and life’s meaning. In previous issues, I’ve identified two elements of modern secularity which Charles Taylor describes in “A Secular Age.” One is how radical… read more

Handout: Calling the Next Generation of Catholic Evangelizers (Becky Eldredge)

Our Catholic faith is lived around a table. Each Sunday, we gather at the Eucharist to be nourished together by the Body and Blood of Christ. However, we are also called to go out from that table and into the world. As vital members of the community, young adults belong at this table and…Download the Handout

Conversations About Faith (Fr. Tony Krisak)

“I do not know enough about the Catholic faith to invite someone to consider it.” This fear seems to prohibit many Catholics from sharing their faith with others or inviting people into conversations about what faith means in our lives. Behind the fear… read more

Steps for Inviting Inactive Catholics

Below are the four steps to invite Inactive Catholics back to your parish… read more

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