October 2011


Dear Friend,

October 2011

With the beginning of Advent in about a month, Catholics will face changes in the translation of our prayers at Mass that will befuddle some for a while and that will help others understand what our prayer is all about. In whatever way we may respond to this change, the important element for us to remember is that the Good News we proclaim and celebrate has lost neither its force nor meaning. No matter how we respond, these new translations give us an opportunity to open ourselves to new forms of praying and of proclaiming our faith. When we evangelize, we need to look to new ways to help people see why the faith is so important to us and why it makes a difference in our lives. We need to share our faith in a way that will reach others. Helping Catholics to share their faith with others is one of the primary objectives of our work at Paulist Evangelization Ministries. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can serve you, especially if you are just putting together an evangelization team or wondering how to get started in your parish, we can help. 



Fr. Tony Krisak, Editor

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After That First Elation: Why New Catholics Stop Coming to Mass (Susan Kowal) It is now a few months since a number of new Catholics (neophytes) were received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, and, with the period of post-baptismal catechesis (or mystagogia) now finished… read more
Clergy Beyond Borders in a Pluralistic Society (Thomas Ryan, CSP) Clergy Beyond Borders is a network of largely Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders dedicated to an active religious pluralism that goes beyond mere tolerance for difference.  The foundation for its work is the conviction that all religions… read more
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