As the summer heat continues to swelter, our parishes, and our lives, often seem to move at a slower pace. Let us use this time to enjoy the company of our family, friends, and neighbors.
In this edition we have the conclusion of Sr. Cerveny’s three part series on Digital Discipleship. This final installment explores Twitter, Instagram, and beyond. It is vital that we, and our parishes, use these new tools to reach out to new audiences.
We also have a recap of the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, which had over 3,300 attendees, from our own Fr. Kenneth Boyack, CSP.
We are excited to announce the release of Part 3 of The Journey/El Camino! This resource will help all parishioners experience a deeper personal encounter with Christ. See the coupon below for special savings on a Parish Preview Pack which contains everything your parish needs to begin your journey.
Finally, we have several interesting articles with a summer theme: a movie, essential summertime saints, and baseball.
Blessings for a restful summer!
Sincerely in Christ,
We live in the midst of an evolving Digital Culture with its own language and skills. It’s almost like going to a foreign land where we may often feel like a “stranger.” So, when others begin to say that they are using Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Canva we look back at them with a blank look. Often we do not know what these tools are nor do we know how to use them.
Today, learning how to use any of these tools has become very simple. Your 18-year-old (or younger) grandchild, nephew, niece or neighbor use these tools on a regular basis. And if they don’t, go to Google and/or YouTube and search for – “Name of Tool” Tutorial – for example: Twitter Tutorial, or Instagram Tutorial, etc. Normally, in a matter of 10 minutes you will be able to find and view one video that will introduce the tool to you.
Then if you wonder how other Catholics are using these tools, Go to Google and search for phrases like “Catholic Twitter,” “Catholic Pinterest,” or “Catholic Instagram”. Just go and explore to see what other Catholics are creating with their accounts.
Then stop for a moment and ask yourself, what do you want to do with your account so that you are becoming an everyday Digital Disciple? Once you have your goal figured out! Go and “Tweet” or “share life with pictures” to share the gift of you and of your faith with others.
And make sure to follow PEM – @PaulistEvangMin
Caroline Cerveny is a Sister of Saint Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She is the Founder and President of Digital Disciple Network.
To read the previous essays in this series, click here.
Paulist Evangelization Ministries participated in The Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, held in Orlando, Florida, from July 1-4, 2017. Inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, this dynamic gathering convened by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops equipped and re-energized Catholic leaders to share the Gospel as missionary disciples. Over 3,300 delegates participated from more than 155 dioceses, organizations, movements, and groups from across the United States.
Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP, President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries, gave a workshop on Saturday, July 1, titled Calling to Conversion: Strategies for Today. This presentation helped the 125 attendees explore the transformative impact of a “personal encounter” with Jesus Christ, and what this life-giving experience means for evangelization, catechesis, and parish renewal.
Fr. DeSiano also served as a panel presenter for the breakout session on Monday, July 3, titled Engaging the ‘Nones” and Ministry with Inactive and Disconnected Catholics. This afternoon session explored practical ways of how the Church can reach out to and engage the “nones” (individuals who indicate they have no religious affiliation) and those who have distanced themselves from the Church.
Paulist Evangelization Ministries exhibited our resources at the Convocation. Fr. DeSiano, Fr. Kenneth Boyack, CSP, PEM Vice President, and Alexis Clark, PEM Executive Coordinator, were present at the booth to talk about the training and materials that we offer to form and equip missionary disciples. Living the Eucharist and The Journeywere of particular interest to the Convocation participants.
For more information about Convocation, click here.
My Encounter with Jesus’ Way of Life
Today we are excited to announce the release of Part 3 of The Journey/El Camino: My Encounter with Jesus’ Way of Life.
The Journey/El Camino is a three-part small group resource designed to help Catholics today deepen their personal relationship with Christ.
There are six sessions in Part 3 which explore Jesus and his teachings:
- Jesus Teaches Us Love
- Jesus Teaches Us Justice
- Jesus Shows Us Faithfulness
- Jesus Calls Us to Ongoing Conversion
- Jesus Sends Us on Mission
- Jesus Shows Us Discipleship
To celebrate the release of Part 3* we are offering special savings now through the end of July! Save $10 on all Parish Preview Packs, available in English and Spanish, with the code PART3. (See below for complete offer details.)
Offer Expires 07/31/2017. Offer does not include shipping and handling. Code works only on Parish Preview Packs for any of the Three Parts.
Some of the time, most of the time, it’s tricky to believe in God. There’s just too much that’s sad – and behind it all, the ceaseless chomping of predators. Then sometimes the mist lifts and just for a moment you can see why the saints insist that everything’s OK. There’s a documentary out now, Summer in the Forest, that for a while cleared the mist for me and made sense of faith.
It tells the stories of a group of men and women with learning disabilities who live alongside volunteers without disabilities in Trosly-Breuil, a small French village north of Paris. The community is called L’Arche – The Ark – and it was founded 53 years ago by a French-Canadian former naval officer, Jean Vanier. In his mid-thirties, Vanier visited an institution for ‘idiots’ and was struck by the great loneliness there. Where most of us would scuttle away guiltily, Jean Vanier made a decision in the autumn of 1964 that sent his life’s trajectory off at an odd angle.
He invited two men, Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux, to leave the asylum where they’d spent their adult lives, and come to live with him in his cottage in Trosly-Breuil. He thought it would be fun, he says. He thought they could go for drives.
Summer can be a chaotic, wonderful time of travel, family, friends, destinations, and a whole lot of fun! But don’t leave our friends the saints at home. Here are some saints who can help you out and be good companions during vacation.
Can’t go wrong with the patron saint of travel!
For when you lose your suitcase….or your way!
St. Nicolas of Myra
Invoke him against being robbed while touring new places
St. Erasmus (Elmo)
Because he once had hot pokers stuck in his intestines as a form of torture, invoke him against seasickness and stomach problems (and colic!)- very good when taking a cruise or trying new foods
As a pro rookie in 2008, Dusty Coleman had advanced quite far athletically. He was being paid to play baseball and was closing in on his dream of playing in the Major Leagues. That season he encountered another player who would impress him, not only with his baseball skills, but with his devotion to Catholicism.
Grant Desme became roommates with Coleman in 2009, was named the Arizona Fall League MVP later that year and in early 2010 left pro baseball to become a priest.
Coleman supported Desme in his pursuit of priesthood, despite most people being shocked over it. Coleman, a “Shocker” himself at Wichita State, knew that some things were more important than baseball, although he himself had a home in the game.