From the Fields: A Parish Evangelization Project
Parish: Our Lady of Lourdes, Northridge, CA
Parish Statistics: 2000 families, mixed ethnic and socio-economic makeup; near state university
Project: Special guest speaker event encouraging college students not to fall away from the faith in the university
Story: We held the event in the Fall, during back to school, and invited Professor Christopher Kaczor (author of “How to Stay Catholic in College”) to speak about how to retain your faith in college. We sent invitations to all local Catholic high schools and to Newman Clubs from all local colleges/universities, and targeted our church’s youth ministry and parents. Even the superintendent of high schools in our archdiocese circulated our ad to all the Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. The entire event had a college theme: we hung college banners and flags, class sweaters, and our ministry members wore their college colors. We served pizza, played college fight songs and looped pictures of college mascots on video screens during the reception before the talk. The attendees were very interactive during the Q&A after the talk. We had handouts to take home that contained information about our upcoming evangelization events, ongoing activities, quick answers to common questions about the faith, and Catholic puzzles. Overall, the event was well-attended and continued to impact the attendees afterwards. The local Newman Club has remained connected to our parish and continues to attend Mass at our church.
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