March 2011


Dear Friend,

March 2011

With the beginning of the season of Lent, many of us had the grace-filled privilege to hear the testimony about those who are coming to faith in Jesus Christ. With the Rite of Election celebrated in diocesan cathedrals, many catechumens joined the ranks of the elect and began the journey of purification and enlightenment that will culminate in their initiation. The testimony we heard inspires us to continue reaching out to seekers and to those unconnected with any church or religious tradition. We learned that the journey of faith is one in which God addresses people in a unique and hospitable way. We also know that the voice of God is heard through countless believers who untiringly reach out to echo that welcoming voice. May the season of Lent be a time of refreshment for you and your parish, and may it inspire us to continue serving in our mission of evangelization.
Fr. Tony Krisak, Editor

There’s a church in Rome, known as the Church of the Bones, filled with skeletons, skulls, and bones of all sorts that serves as a reminder of how short our lives are. An inscription there reads: “What you are now, we once were. What we are now, you shall be.”… read more

What’s Your Story (Terry A. Modica)

How comfortable are you telling stories about your faith growth? If anyone asks you why you’re a Christian and how did it happen, would you have a conversion story to share? Yes, undoubtedly… read more

The Gospel in a Secular World, Part 6 (Frank DeSiano, CSP)

We have been reviewing the emergence of “secularity” for several issues now, not the secularity of “separation of church and state,” but the secularity of “we can define our lives pretty well without God.”… read more

The Cross of Nails and the Ministry of Reconciliation (Thomas Ryan, CSP)

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama spoke to a House chamber in which traditionally segregated Republicans and Democrats mingled. He acknowledged the unusual seating arrangement, but said at the outset of his speech: “What comes of this moment will be determined… read more

Is Hell Crowded or Empty? A Catholic Perspective (Rev. Robert Barron)

An internet controversy is percolating around a soon-to-be-published book by well-known evangelical preacher Rob Bell. In this text, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, Bell apparently advocates the “universalist” position on salvation… read more

Christmas Carol Festival DrawsThousandsin 2010 (John Boucher)

“Christmas Carol Festival: A New Way to Reach Inactive Catholics” brought over 4,000 participants together at fourteen locations to sing and pray the Gospel message together in the 2010 pre-Christmas season… read more

Video: The History of Paulist Evangelization Ministries

This brief video explores the history and Mission of Paulist Evangelization Ministries since the time of its founder, Fr. Alvin Illig, CSP. View now.


Featured Resource


Faith Outreach Brochures. Reach out in new ways—through the mail, through your parishioners, in the pamphlet rack of your church—to let people know they are invited to the Catholic experience of faith. Or reach parents of children in religious education and young adults with simple brochures to help raise the question: what are they missing by not coming to church?  Four different brochures in packs of 100: Five Misconceptions about the Catholic Church, Can I Be a Good Catholic without Going to Mass?, Five Reasons to Consider the Catholic Church, and What Can the Church Offer ME

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