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In keeping with the foundational principles of evangelization, our objectives are to assist in the proclamation of the gospel (to all people), and to build up the Body of Christ.

Not only are the benefits of effective evangelizing incalculable, but we also find that the very act increases our own faith; and, as an added bonus, there are subsequent rises in the number of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

It is time for effective action. We have the choice between closing churches and dwindling resources, or evangelization and increased stewardship.

Let's fill the churches, then build some more!

Evangelizing is our most important task; especially in this time of tepidity.

When Catholics retreat, the devil advances.

You have to be ALL in.
In the Bible (Rom. 12:11 N.A.B.) we are told halfhearted commitment to the faith is nauseating to Christ:

‟...So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.‟  (Rev 3:16 N.A.B.)

For the essentials, we recommend: baptism, knowledge of scripture, prayer, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and an introductory book on apologetics.
The Sacrament of Confirmation:
The Effects of Confirmation, CCC, 1303: “It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.”

Here are some ways we can evangelize. We've also included methods of promoting the faith as well:

  • If you feel compelled or believe that it is necessary to evangelize; that is the Holy Spirit urging you. The Spirit of Truth. No need to get a PhD in evangelization, just get out there and do it, but keep the message simple with a sense of urgency attached to it. If available, however, get advice from, or shadow a seasoned evangelist for a couple of days. If not, that's alright, just start on your own, because all your doing is simply going out and telling people the truth (the truth that could save them from eternal damnation).
  • Pray: it is important to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance, to know God's will, to deepen our faith, and for the conversion of others. Remember that our Blessed Mother and the other saints and angels intercede for us, and that prayers for evangelization are always heard in heaven. Don't forget your parish's patron saint or your own guardian angel. And also remember to pray for those who are about to die and on their way to eternal damnation, and for the Christians who are being persecuted all over the world each and every day. Pray for the Pope and his intentions, and PRAY THE HOLY ROSARY EVERYDAY!!!! Pray this prayer (with humility and confidence) on behalf of poor sinners for the grace of conversion: "O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You." (Diary of Sr. Faustina, 1186-1187)  Form prayer groups and join a Rosary Confraternity.
    We are at war, so establish your war room and pray like your life depends on it... because... it does. Prayer is our big advantage over the enemies of Christ. And it is our duty as Christians to pray for non-believers.
    "First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as ransom for all." (1 Timothy 2:1-6 N.A.B.)
    Ever notice that God often uses the lowly to change the hearts of the masses. And it is awe-inspiring. We, on the other hand, are are more likely to effect change (with the help of the Holy Spirit) by changing the hearts of leaders, who then change the minds of the masses. God - at times from the bottom up; We - top down. Try to convert leaders of other faiths - intellectual and cultural leaders, as well as celebrities, and captains of industry. Pray for them.
    "Catechists should have an intense prayer life. That is the basis for every successful campaign of evangelilzation", say Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. (THE ROSARY "The Little Suma")
    "I can't stop praying for poor sinners who are on the road to hell. If they come to die in that state, they will be lost for all eternity. What a pity! We have to pray for sinners! Praying for sinners is the most beautiful and useful of prayers because the just are on the way to heaven, the souls of purgatory are sure to enter there, but the poor sinners will be lost forever. All devotions are good but there is no better one than such prayer for sinners."  St. John Vianney
    It is well known, that when we pray, we change the course of history.
  • Go to Confession regularly and just before your mission.
  • Our Lady of GuadalupeSigns and Miracles. NO OTHER RELIGION HAS THEM! THAT IS HOW WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. YES, WE KNOW THIS BY FAITH, BUT IT CAN ALSO BE EASILY PROVEN. THIS NEEDS REPEATING: IT CAN EASILY BE PROVEN, AND IT HAS, OVER AND OVER...!!!
    IT'S ALRIGHT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEL GUILTY IN USING THEM TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH. We put signs and miracles near the top because it is what converted millions in Mexico within a relatively short time, and other places. Talk about and promote them. Distribute images and information about them. God gave them to us for a reason! I really don't know why we are not using them more. Hold on; yes I do. The devil hates them and does everything he can to dissuade us from using them. SIGNS, MIRACLES, APPARITIONS, AND THE SUPERNATURAL IS WHAT TRULY SETS OUR RICH CATHOLIC FAITH APART FROM ALL OTHERS. WE HAVE TO BE BONKERS NOT TO USE THEM!!! AND IF YOU THINK THE SUPERNATURAL IS NOT IMPORTANT TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH, WHAT ABOUT THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD IN ANTICIPATION OF HIS PASSION? ("Christ's Transfiguration aims at strengthening the apostles' faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent on to the 'high mountain' prepares for the ascent to Calvary." (CCC, 568)).
    Our Lady of Guadalupe is the only actual picture of the face of the Mother of God given to us by God! Wow!!! We may, perhaps, have to account to God for not using the image for evangelization!
  • Catholics have amazing weapons such as the Sacraments, and Sacramentals such as the Holy Rosary and the Brown Scapular for the battle. We also have: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Our Blessed Mother, our very own Guardian Angel who has picked us in the hopes to be by our side for all eternity!, the entire 9 Choirs of Angels, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fatima, the Miraculous Medal, Lourdes etc. etc. etc. etc. The most amazing theophany (showing of God) in modern times took place in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. Let's milk these for all they offer, then milk them some more!!
    So why are we tiptoeing around, scared that we might offend someone? Why do Catholics yield to idolators? Why are so many Catholic idolators themselves? God loves us so very much, but most Catholics have abandoned their faith, and many others are tepid.
  • Queen of Evangelization - the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven and Earth, is also the Queen of Evangelization. God gave the whole world the miraculous such as the miracle at Fatima and Our Lady of Guadalupe (and many, many more) to convert others. It's that simple. Let's take the blinders off and promote them. No need to try and re-invent the wheel.
  • 5480Stop worrying about how you may appear or if you might hurt someone's feelings when you evangelize. Be Bold. What's more important: keeping your mouth shut and letting someone slip off to hell, or planting the seed of salvation? It could be that the only Christian contact with that person may be you, or it could have been your mission to preach to that particular person, and no one else is coming behind you. Not opening your mouth to proclaim the truth and possibly converting them or at least planting the seed within them may be lost for that soul.
    Think of your Lord and Saviour dying on the cross. Really imagine and meditate on it: the excruciating pain; the spikes through His hands and feet; the deep wounds and lacerations all over His body; the bruising from being hit over and over again; think of Him being spit on; whipped, scourged; thorns pressed into His skull and blood trickling into His eyes; see Him having to carry a heavy cross while barely able to stand; the complete exhaustion; the unimaginable pain!; the enormous loss of blood; the dehydration; the abandonment; the humuliation; the rejection; and the knowledge that His own mother had to watch him being tortured! Jesus allowed himself to be crucified, which was considered the most shameful and degrading way to die. Those condemned to this type of death would rather take their own lives than to have it done to them.
    Meditate more on His Passion, and remember, He endured this for everyone; no exception, and not for us to remain quiet like scared little children. Remember, the trend right now is Catholics becoming more and more tepid and indifferent. You don't have to be that way! Much of the world bitterly opposes Christ, or is indifferent to Him*. "Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven" (CCC, 618). Christ suffered and died for EVERY human being (no exception).
  • Some ways to increase our own faith - pray everyday and throughout the day (especially pray the Holy Rosary everyday) and include mental prayer (loving God through dialogue, meditating on God's word, and contemplation of His Face); thank and praise Him constantly (thank Him for your very existence, and also thank Him for trials and heartaches - because anyone can thank Him when times are good); humble yourself (tell Him how worthless and insignificant you are - because in comparison to him, you are!); at the very least, obey the precepts of the Church as outlined in the CCC; show mercy toward your neighbor by deed, word, and praryer; evangelize (the very act of evangelizing increases our own faith); make sacrifices; read the Bible; love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself; God wants to know that our first priority is Him (above all else): "When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer 29:12-13 N.A.B.). You have to know the context of this text. God (through His prophet Jeremiah), is warning the exiles (His own people who were crying out to Him) from Babylon, that if you are looking for me and want My help, you better get serious and want Me more than life itself.
  • Self Mortification - voluntary penances. Making small sacrifices for evangelization's sake and for the conversion of others is very important! Fasting by skipping meals, going without your daily coffee, remove some daily comfort, put a nickle or small pebble in your shoe, sleep on a board, take a short cold shower in the morning instead of your usual hot one, swallow your pride in certain situations, wear a hair shirt or sackcloth under your garments and next to your skin. Choose ones that are appropriate for your condition or state in life - all the while working to mortify our own passions and to extinguish our own perverse attachments to persons, places and things. Remember: it is only the faithful on earth who can make sacrifices - souls in heaven and in purgatory cannot.
    "If we would possess Wisdom, we must mortify the body, not only by enduring patiently our bodily ailments, the inconveniences of the weather and the difficulties arising from other people's actions, but also by deliberately undertaking some penances and mortifications, such as fasts, vigils and other austerities practised by holy penitents.... The world does and says everything possible to deter people from practising the austerities of the saints." (St. Louis de Montfort)
    “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.17But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you." (Matthew 6:16-18 N.A.B.)
    Penance and sacrafice runs at a 180°, and counter to most of the messages and comments we hear everyday in this world. But will you walk the narrow path to greatness? Suffering and weakness is the path to greatness. Now, do you ever think you'll hear that on primetime TV? On EWTN you will. Do you ever think your friends will ever state those words? What about your parents? Very, very few!
    Did you know that by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, you are offering the sacrifice of the Divinized Humanity of Christ to the Father for the whole world.

"Although if I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of the revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.' I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Cor. 12:6-10, N.A.B.)

  • Respect others - try hard not to offend them (which is not always possible), and be an example of grace and charity... thereby not giving your detractors any ammunition. Talking about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is always done out of love and concern for others: we care enough about them to not want them to go to hell. But don't be shy either. Be willing to share your faith at the appropriate time with anyone - but know that faith takes time to develop in others (we cannot control that process), and that like sowers of seed, not all seed will fall on fertile soil (we cannot control that either). We have to give up control, and trust in the Holy Spirit. He loves us, and He is truly with us in all our evangelization efforts. Realize that evangelization is our most important duty, and that we are never alone in our evangelization efforts. Evangelize and you'll quickly get Heaven's attention.
  • You'll also get the devil's attention once you start praying and evangelizing. "For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens." (Ephesians 6:12 N.A.B.) It is the ultimate struggle between good and evil playing out right now in our time! Not even a Hollywood director could fatham or imagine what is really going on! Unfortunately, society and pop culture has dramatized, mocked, diluted and discounted the TRUTH.
  • Another reason not to be too nice is because the devil doesn't play by the rules. He is working hard to destroy you. He wants you to go to hell! Chaos is the name of the game for him, as well as the forfeiting of everyone's soul. He accomplishes this in subtle ways, but which can be detected if you pay attention: he tries to erode your faith; he'll create doubt; he'll go after the clergy with a vengence; he'll try to give us a sense of "this is all there is"; he'll perpetuate the myth that he does not exist; he'll pin brother against brother; he'll try to confuse you and obfuscate the truth; he'll play upon your sympathies to make you vulnerable; he'll try to break up your family; he'll try to tempt you; he'll try to sway your opinions and attitudes in an attempt to loosen morals and create apathy. The forces of evil are working extremely hard right now - organizing, campaigning, fundraising, recruiting, electing, strategizing, gathering, rallying and planning - against you and your loved ones! Do you know the devil's tactics? You'll have to become familiar with them. He knows you and he wants you to burn... for all eternity. Indifference, bitterness and tepidness are some of the devil's allies.
    And according to the Church Militant Field Manuel, the devil uses these two tactics: 1. Cut us off from our supply lines (God's Supernatural Grace, at which the very mention makes the tepid's eyes glaze over); and, 2. Divide and conquer (we need to maintain unity, clarity and harmony).
    The devil also likes to deceive. And who better to deceive than the media. Most of them do his bidding. The deceiver is working hard to drag you, your children, your wife, your husband, your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, and your neighbors TO HELL!
    WMD's - everybody has heard of Weapons of Mass Destruction, but what about WFD's? (Weapons of Fast Destruction) - the World, the Flesh and the Devil. Welcome, you are on the battlefield.
    The devil is more organized and driven than you and me. He has a game plan for every situation and he knows how to execute it. His minions are busy at this very moment. We have to put on the armor of the Lord. We can't resist or fight him on our own.
    I encourage you to read Matt Walsh's article, "Christians In The East Lose Their Lives, But Christians In The West Are Losing Their Souls".
    The enemies of the Church grow stronger, so it is better to enter the spiritual battle now, rather than later.  Pope Leo XIII says the Christian is “born for combat".  (Sapientiae Christianae, 1890). Do you think that by being nice to the devil and the enemies of the Church, you will appease them, or they'll return the kindness? WRONG! It will only embolden them. They want to destroy you and the Church. Whether you like it, or know it, you are at war as long as you shall live. So don't get too comfortable in your cozy little strifeless life. We are soldiers here on earth for but a blink of an eye, compared to eternity - in heaven or hell.
    The Divine Mercy tells us that when we praise Jesus' goodness, satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell.” (Diary 378)
  • Remind people that the abuse scandal was perpetrated by men. The Church will always remain Holy, so people should not equate the actions of mere mortals, to that of God. It was the work of the devil, who is always prowling around, looking for those he can corrupt. What better victims than the clergy, and the vulnerable innocent who trust them? The abhorrent actions of a few, may now make the remaining shepherds feel guilty. Fear not; don't tiptoe around - carry out your duties (which include evangelization) with more zeal. The devil is counting on the clergy to become apathetic, tepid, and fearful. Don't let the devil win.
  • Donald Trump. Yes, the devil (and CNN) is hard at it, trying to depose President Trump. But did you know that Trump has done more for Christians than any other President in recent memory? And you like Christians right? Well, get behind your President and fight back against the media. Many Christian groups wholeheartedly support President Trump. "Perhaps you have come to the throne for just such a time as this." (Est 4:14, NJB)
  • Speaking of fake news: with all the lies, misinterpretations, misconceptions, distortions, myths, fabrications and deceptions about Catholism, people really owe it to themselves to find the real truth. Read: The Real Story of Catholic History: Answering Twenty Centuries of Anti-Catholic Myths by Steve Weidenkopf
  • More on sympathy: Christians are now persecuted more than any other group in the entire world. THERE WERE 40 MILLION CHRISTIANS KILLED BECAUSE THEY WERE CHRISTIAN - IN THE 20TH CENTURY ALONE!!!!! (source: Father Mitch Pacwa, EWTN Live, May 30, 2018)
    In this, the 21st century, the Pope emphatically states: "More Persecuted Christians Today Than Ever Before".
    If anybody should be garnering sympathy, it should be Christians. C'mon, the devil is winning public perception, and that is due partly to misplaced sympathy, and lack of knowledge.
    Sympathy for the devil. I would strongly suggest to Christians to remind people constantly of the 40 million killed in the last century, and that the carnage has not let up in this century. Just because you don't always see them, doesn't mean its not happening. They're still our brothers and sisters. And it is happening - right now, at this very moment! This relentless persecution is another reason why we know the Catholic Church is the true Church because the dark forces are hell-bent on destroying it.
  • To the enemies of the Church, ask them: Do you really think that the drama playing out (as real as it is, and beyond - even the imagination of any Hollywood director), would have the victors up (instead of - on the ropes, as it is now) before the final climax? No, of course not.
  • There is an unwritten, but universal sentiment that Catholics should not evangelize. Sometimes this is outwardly expressed by some in authority (or twisted by the media). But this is preposterous thinking, especially in light of the fact that the Catholic Church is the only church founded by God! WE SHOULD BE SCREAMING THE GOOD NEWS FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS (and yes, on street corners as well). I'd say on the internet too, but there is no shortage of them with this soft (but needed) approach. But remember: Jesus went out to the people.
  • We are His arms, legs and tongue in the world. For the love of Him, use your members; that was what you were made for!
  • We evangelize by telling people the truth (plain and simple), without being tied to the outcome.

"I have a general and a specific mission. My specifice mission has me, as Mother Angelica had put it, doing the seemingly ridiculous, so that God will do the miraculous. Is my message for everybody? Yes. But I know that what I do is for that one person, possibly a future saint, who, by the Grace of God, will receive the message and rise up and change the world." (mdbys.com)

  • Go where He wants you. Do what He wants you to do."We are at Jesus' disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim his work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that's all right, everything is all right. We must say, 'I belong to you. you can do whatever you like.' And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord." -Mother Teresa
  • Proclaim the gospel with joy (one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit). Joy: In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good (M.C.D.)
  • Whatever approach we use, or whatever our mission is, we must continually keep our egos in check. It is human nature to think we are doing great and noble work etc. But in reality, nothing in regards to evangeilzation bears any fruit without the help of the Holy Spirit.
  • Speaking about changing attitudes, take primetime TV for example. An obvious show is "Lucifer". A charming character with a British accent who helps others, and has a conscience. That doesn't sound like the devil to me, but it is good P.R. for him. The show "Imaginary Mary" is a little less obvious. Mary is the most popular female name in the world, and when you think of Mary, what person comes to mind? And when you place the word "imaginary" in front of this person's name, it would appear to me that someone is trying to discount the Mother of God, and the blessed and supernatural acts that God has done through her. There is also a show called "Mary Kills People" about a doctor named Mary euthanizing people. NCIS Log Angelos' LL Cool J disparaged our Lord (and openly and routinely promotes another religion). Chicago Fire painting Catholics as bigots and hypocrites and scandalizing the Holy Rosary. Chicago PD mentions in the same breath that the person involved with the abduction and murdering of children has something to do with the Pro-Life Movement. The trailer for the sitcom, "The Guest Book", has a character admitting, "I still believe in love", and in the next clip, a stripper is pole dancing and sarcastically states, "I also believe in Jesus and ghosts". Molly of the former tv show, "Mike and Molly", routinely promoted athiesm (reruns are still on primetime).  And many other primetime shows disparage Christians while propping up the devil. It appears that primetime is in opposition to God. Please write to the producers (and pray for them - especially for their conversion).
    And what about the cartoon "Jimmy Two-Shoes" directed towards older children. He’s a kid who lives in the town of Miseryville, which is under the control of Lucius Heinous VII (portrayed as devil-like creature). The abyss of nothingness is a vast black hole filled with misery and despair from which no one can escape. Sound familiar to anyone? Well, there is a lot more like that directed towards children and youth.
    The devil has also managed to popularize minions (devil's helpers) with a movie with the same name. Actually, the other day, I drove by a Protestant church with a sign out front indicating they were showing the movie. And if that wasn't bad enough, this year, for the first time, I see minions dressed up as Santa. Wow!! But isn't it interesting, in this age where the devil has so many recruits (minions) and on the hunt for more, that he has managed to trivialize, popularize, endear them to us and make them a household craze! A minion in every household with kids, but what about The Divine Mercy Image or Our Lady of Guadalupe? Why not a movie about our beloved angels? Why are we making the devil's job so easy?
    The 2016 movie: Legend of Tarzan, in which the main villain is a Catholic who kills people by strangling them with.... you guessed it: the Holy Rosary. And way to go Martin Scorsese! A person with your clout could do a lot for the faith, but you continually direct movies that disparage your own religion. Wow!!
    It is also scary, but a sign of the times to see so many shows promoting the occult, divination, witchcraft... etc.
    The mainstream news media is also, for the most part, atheist. They are also in a sense, spiritually co-dependant, in that they focus on another ideology, to the detriment of their own Christian religion.
    It is obvious that pretty well everything you watch on TV or at the movies, runs counter to our faith and is a constant distraction to keep us from focusing on God. Our western society that was built on Christian values is becoming more and more anti-Christian. Something has come in to fill the void. Tell people - that although they may openly despise our Lord and Savior, or they may be indifferent to Him, the fact is: if our country no longer accepts that it is a Christian country, it will become something else. It is moving towards something else: Communism, an Islamic State, or a Dictatorship... And herein lies the irony: God gives us free will, but if we don't choose wisely, in the end, we may lose all our freedoms. But more importantly, we put our souls in peril because the choice to follow Christ (or turn back to Him) becomes more challenging for the masses in a restrictive, non-democratic country.
  • It is time for us to dig in, not become more pleasing and acquiescent to the liberal values of society, as well as the open enemies of our faith.  “Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.” (St. Peter Canisius).
  • Talking about our Lord should be as normal as talking about the weather.
  • Continually keep the Lord near - in your mind and in your heart to increase your own faith.
  • The Divine Mercy: Proclaim to the whole world Jesus' unfathomable, inexhaustible, and incomprehensible love and mercy for those who trust in Him. Be an apostle of Divine Mercy. In these latter days, we are living in the time of mercy; after mercy comes Justice. Show mercy towards others in word, deed, and prayer. Jesus, I Trust in You!
    Our Lord to Sister Faustina: “To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak.” (Diary, 1521)
  • Churches need to display large images of the Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas) OUTSIDE and inside the parish. The Divine Mercy image is a powerful reminder of the unfathomable, incomprehensible mercy of the true God. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the only known, actual image of the face of the Mother of God! Suggestions might be: teardrop banners, feather flags, images on LED church signs etc. The devil hates these blessed images and heavenly conduits. And conduits they are. Just as a ouija board is a doorway to hell, so is the Divine Mercy a conduit to Heaven. Do you know what your kids are doing?
  • Just to be perfectly clear Canada, and the U.S., Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of your countries, as well as every other country in North and South America. So let's work hard to inform others of this, and to use the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother and Queen of Heaven and Earth to convert others.
  • For any parish to be truly successful, the parish priest must be on board with the evangelization efforts of his parishioners. Evangelization works optimally if done: top - down. Encourage church leaders, especially cardinals and bishops to pound the pavement - especially in poorer areas and neighbourhoods. This is what our Lord did, and no servant is greater than his/her master. So what does this mean? It means cardinals and bishops and priests have to get dirty.
    If you have clergy on fire with the Spirit, it will transfer to the parishioners. If you have tepid clergy, you get indifferent congregants that are on the way out.
    “Evangelize the poor: this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all the baptized in the Church. To be a Christian and to be a missionary is the same thing. What does it mean to evangelize the poor? It means to be close to them, to serve them, to free them from oppression, and all this in the name and with the Spirit of Christ, because he is the Gospel of God, he is the mercy of God, and he is the liberation of God.” (source: Pope Francis speaks to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's square on June 15, 2015 - L'Osservatore Romano)
  • Use reality: many became fervent in their faith when they realized how bad things are. They had to do something. And things are really, really, really bad now. It's dismal, especially if you set your sights on earth, as opposed to heaven. But then again, on their present course, and without our help, many will spend eternity in hell. Does this sound negative? Too bad - it's reality! Do you know that some priests (and much of the laity) don't even believe in hell, and espouse this erroneous and destructive belief to others. We have to believe in God's mercy, but also in His perfect justice. We choose hell knowlingly or unknowlingly, and for those who don't believe in hell, they are more likely to end up there.
    "By the time I entered seminary in the 1980s, we were not offered one minute of Eucharistic Adoration in all of our seminary training. Also, if someone was known to pray the rosary and have a devotion to Our Lady, they were treated as a dangerous fanatic and, either attempts were made to, in essence, deprogram them, or (failing that) they were asked to leave seminary. In those days, hundreds of devout young men never made it through to priesthood, due to this "sifting out" of anyone who actually believed, too strongly, in the supernatural power of God. Leading aggressive progressive figures in the Church seemed to be embarrassed by any belief in the supernatural power of God. Seminary scripture study courses often attempted to explain away miracles in the Bible. Even, to this day, devoted "strong" Catholics are mocked as rigid and fanatical and attempts are made to marginalize them as they are seen as the source of division in the Church today. Focus is placed, instead, on trending liberal themes that placate the radical secular ruling class. One cannot help but think back to the scene with Judas conspiring with the ruling class of his day." (Father Richard Heilman, 2018)
  • End Times. To zap parishioners into reality, priests need to warn them that we are in fact in the end times. That will wake some out the their slumber.
  • Join the Holy League.
  • Go out to the people and call them by name - that's how Jesus formed disciples, and it is how we should too. When in doubt, ask yourself, "How did Jesus do it?" That's the test! However, you can use facebook and twitter too (to go viral). But it seems to me there is not enough boots on the ground. Think: "Groundswell". I've heard it said, "If you don't evangelize the world, the world will evangelize you!"ⁱ
    MANY parishes these days, fail in their evangelization efforts for a number of reasons. One mistake is that they focus on the congregrants; essentially - "preaching to the choir". They don't go out to the people (which is what our Lord did), and the priests do not give the congregrants the command and the specific instructions on how to do this. Since the priest is the "C.O." or commanding officer of the parish, it is up to him to dole out commands. They may be too focused on making the parishioners feel appreciated, and not enough focus on the lost sheep who don't go Church on a regular basis, or at all. Take the focus off ourselves, put it on Jesus, and get out there and proclaim the gospel with confidence and humility - to everyone!
  • It's Good News, but not everyone will see it that way. And if you think you can please everyone, think again. "Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided..." (Lk 12:51-52 N.A.B.)
  • Remind everyone that the Catholic (Universal) Church is everyone's birthright. It is inclusive. Christ died for everyone!!
  • Bear witness to your faith in word and action. Tell people how Christ has affected your life. Your own personal testimony is very powerful.
  • Ecumenism. Keep a positive attitude about our separated Christian brethren. "For whoever is not against us is for us." (Mark 9:40 N.A.B.)
  • Review basic apologetics which helps you to explain and defend the faith. Also know that you don't have to be able to answer every question, and if you don't know the answer, admit it. Find the answer from a valid source (catechism, apologetics, priest, and/or pray on it) and then get back to the person as soon as possible. Keep explanations short. Pray for the person as well.
    When talking to non-Catholic Christians such as the 10's of thousands of Protestant denominations, tell them these truths: the Catholic religion is the only one started by God; the bible is a Catholic book (period!) and not always taken literally; Jesus made a promise to Peter, and God does not break His promises - ever!!!! (show me one instance where God has ever broken a promise!!!); without the central authority - the Catholic Church, to interpret scripture, people could end up anywhere in their intrepretatiions (and they often do!). As for those who think our devotion to Mary takes the focus away from our Lord, tell them that the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven and Earth has always pointed the way to her Divine Son. Also tell them about Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fatima etc. etc. As for the Real Presence, there are Eucharistic miracles as well. Most Protestants are unaware of any of these mircles, which is another reason why need to promote them.
  • Creationism; NOT Darwin's flawed Theory of Evolution. A new sweeping scientific study supports creationism and negates Darwin. You can refer anyone with the questions on evolution and dinosaurs etc. to the study here or to this Father Spitzer video.
  • You have to be able to answer the question: "Why are there so many religions and what is the right one?" Always include the supernatural as proof as part of your answer.
  • It is also important to have a few short retorts at the tip of your tongue whenever enemies of our faith start mouthng off. Write these "faith comebacks" out, memorize them, and practice them beforehand. A lot of times, the enemy catches us off-guard, and without being mentally prepared, as a soldier is for battle, we will be caught frozen, like a deer in the headlights. Rest assured, it will only take a few words to subdue the enemy. With the help of the Holy Spirit and these combacks, you will always be prepared.
    Comebacks to have at the tip of your tongue at anytime when anyone is disparaging our Lord in any way: "You'll have a chance to tell Him that face to face"; or: "Wow! are you ever going to be surprised!".  You can also refer to any number of the theophanies (showing of God) by asking, "Have you heard of Our Lady of Fatima and what took place?" or mention "Guadalupe". If they don't know anything about it, tell them to look it up. They're is this thing called the internet.
    Can you think of anymore comebacks? There's tons! Have them ready beforehand and practice them.
  • Be able to admonish the sinner and instruct the uninformed. It's our duty.
  • Set up a welcoming committee in your church to guide and support newcomers.
  • Greeters at the Church should be especially aware of those who appear a little lost. It might be their first time, or first time in a long time at Church. They'll need guidance and follow-up support. Greeters should also have a list of of newcomers from the welcoming committee of your parish.
  • Be mature enough to support your Church and pastor in all endeavours. It is childish and silly when parishioners leave the Church or go to another parish (church jumpers) because they "don't like the priest". Grow up please! Priests are human like you and me, and they need our support and prayers.
    Still, others complain that the parishioners in their parish are "not friendly enough" etc..... Suck it up, who cares? Don't be so co-dependent! Instead, let's try to be obedient and remember that we go to Church to worship God, not ourselves or others. Put God first and the rest becomes inconsequential. It is satan who loves strife and division.
    I certainly don't speak for God, but I profoundly believe He is not happy with our lifestyles, lack of evangelization, lack of obedience, absenteeism, and church jumping. So, stop criticizing the Church, your priest, and the Pope, and do something positive that will actually help the Church. We're in crisis mode here, and heaven knows we need workers for the harvest. Sure, God can fix it in an instant, but He expects each and every one of us to fulfull our general and specifiic missions. Which of course can only be achieved through obedience and congruity.
  • Faith Jumping. This is not the time to be leaving the Church. Especially not now! This is when the Church needs you more than ever. For those who say they are fed up, sick and tired, or disallusioned - remember: we all knew towards the end that it would be like this; that we will be tested. But for your sake, and for the Church's, stay where you are... don't go anywhere. This is the time for you to dig in. You need to pass the test. Please do not fail the test. Stay where you are, close to your Blessed Mother.
    We see it too. Bizarre things at times... We've even seen the desolating abomination standing in the holy place - on Christmas Day of all dates! But we cannot abandon our faith... ever! God help us, or those who do. Abandoning your faith is denying your faith. And if you deny Him, He may deny you. Would you abandon your team when they are down? Then how much more important is God's Church?
    We were warned there would be trials and that we would be persecuted. Don't blame the failings of mere mortals on God.
  • Secularism and moral relativism - most of us are guilty of it: going along with the messages of society, which are anti-Christian in general; not going to Church; removing statues and holy items from public; taking God out of everything we do; not praying; allowing another religion opposed to Christianity to grow unabated; condoning abortion; priests not wearing their collars in public; not talking about our faith; not evangelizing effectively, etc.
    Moral Relativism at its finest: one religion is as good as another. Remind people: Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven. (CCC, 618)
  • Celebration of life instead of a funeral: many people these days are opting for a "celebration of life" instead of a church funeral. Unfortunately, the devil and his minions may also be celebrating this deceased person's lack of faith and not dying in Christ. So in that way, extoll the benefits of putting an effort into one's faith (while they are alive) so that they may not burn in hell.... for all eternity after they're dead. You can't have a true celebraton of life without dying in Christ. In actuality, we live for eternity.
  • Catholic schools and institutions must remain steadfast and hold their ground. When we start becoming fearful of hurting other people's feelings with our faith, we detract from our true mission. When Catholics retreat, the devil advances.
  • Secular universities are breeding grounds for atheistic professors who openly deny the existence of God, because some of them think they are God. It is important for Christians to aggressively defend our beliefs. Form a Catholic group that regular meets, prays, and discusses Christian topics etc. You could also have a showing of "God's Not Dead" or any other of the vast number of Christian films. If your science professor starts to promote athiesm, show him/her the miraculous Our Lady of Guadalupe image and the fact that scientists cannot explain it.
  • Remember: it is Good News! It's not supposed to be a chore. You are bringing the news of the most precious gift there is -  ETERNAL LIFE! Many look at the most important aspects of it as drudgery. However, our Lord didn't think or act that way. In fact, it was His main priority, and evangelization is our most important duty as well. “If Christianity is false, it doesn’t matter.  But if it’s true, it’s the most important thing in human history.” – C.S. Lewis.  
  • You often hear in these secular times that people want to live forever, or be young forever. I've got great news for them: THEY CAN! It is called eternal life. But there is a catch - they have to do a 180° turn, repent, deny themselves, take up their cross and follow the Lord.
    In heaven, we can all live forever in the presence of God. And maybe, we'll all look young again (or at least radiating from the inside out by the beatific vision). That is the kind of good news everybody (well almost everybody) wants to hear! Tell everyone this good news!
  • An image overhaul: The Catholic Church has taken lots of hits. Talk about how the Church helps those in need all over the world and that it is the greatest charity in the Universe. Where there is a need, the Church will be there. For example: when talking to those of African descent, explain who Peter Claver was and what he did. Also tell people that the RED CROSS, the organization that helps people the world over, in every natural and man-made disaster, began by God through His Catholic servant, St. Camillus - FOUNDER OF THE ORIGINAL RED CROSS! All the organizations inspired by God through His Catholic servants would be too many to mention. Many people might hate Catholics, but what they don't hate is our good works. Give them concrete examples. Indeed, a good starting point to win over the cold hearts of some. Make a long list of the good works the Church does today, and tell everyone. And don't forget to tell people about the 40 million Christians who were killed in the 20th century alone - because they were Christians. And if the trend continues in this century, that number will be even higher. Tell everyone, especially leaders and politicians.
  • Evangelization ALWAYS involves the "J" and/or "C" word. "Not just social action, but direct witness to Christ", says Francis Cardinal George. "There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed." (EVANGELII NUNTIANDI)
  • Are you completely overwhelmed and don't know where to begin? Begin at the parish (ground zero) and work outwards, creating a groundswell.
  • It is important to leave the person(s) with something: a prayer card, rosary with instructions, contact information etc...
  • Our conduct: we are Christians in every situation, lest we appear as hypocrites. And since our actions affect others, especially if we are leaders, we must conduct ourselves appropriately at all times. Lead a Christ-centred life. “If we make Christ the center of our lives, the beginning and the end, then we will love like him and live like him.” - Deacon Joe Cerenzia
  • Talk openly about your faith with family members; let it become the easiest and most important subject. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure their kids get to heaven. If you are not talking about your faith to them, who is? Of course you want your kids to go to heaven, but it requires something on your part. You talk to them all the time about other subjects you think are important. Eternal life is more important than ANY subject. tip: it is better to be proactive and bring up your children strong in the faith - not leaving anything (or rather, anyone) to chance.
  • Family or friends who have fallen away from the Church. Father Wade Menezes says to deal with them: privately (one on one), charitably, and rarely (if they are adults - because adults have to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling - as the verse goes). Yes privately and charitably. Keep in mind: staying quiet is not good for the person(s) heading to hell. Here is Mark Mallett's response to "What to do if a loved one is in mortal sin". He states, " If we truly love family and friends, we will not make excuses for their lifestyles in order to be liked or to keep from being rejected by them. We must speak the truth, but in gentleness and love."
    We also encourage everyone to Pray and make sacrifices for their conversion as well.
  • Talk about your faith with co-workers. Timing and circumstance are important, but you'll find the right time.
  • Start an evangelization group at the local parish. Find like-minded individuals who understand the importance of evangelizing. "The church that doesn’t want to grow is saying to the world, “you can go to hell”. (Warren, 2012). We do everyone who needs to hear the gospel and repent, a disservice by not evangelizing, and staying quiet... staying tepid.
  • To help you find your particular mission (which always relates to evangelization), I recommend everyone read Rick Warren's, The Purpose Driven Life, and the Catholic perspective on it - by Father Joseph M Champlin.
  • Door to door: evangelizing is about bringing the gospel to others, no matter who or where they are. Start with those that live near the parish. Since the Church exists in order to evangelize (according to Pope Paul VI), it is a travesty not to evangelize or at least extend an invitation, especially to those closest to it. The advantages of doing this are numerous including a ripple effect in the community. Then continue preaching the gospel and inviting those beyond the immediate residents. Years ago, I was told, that before mass, the priest would have parishioners go out and gather up those who didn't show up.
    All others in the community need to be personally visited as well (and not just once). Many churches are surrounded by houses and apartment buildings; is anybody reaching out to their occupants?
    Tips: go in two's, leave them with something, such as a Holy Rosary and info; you can have a third person out on the street - praying to the Holy Spirit; if no one is home, leave a door hanger with information on it. An invitation, such as our Come and See letter, or any other you wish to use, should be signed by the parish priest, deacon, welcoming committee coordinator, and their contact information included as well.
  • Hold rallies in public squares and on the streets for the persecuted Christians in particular places around the world. Contact the highest levels of government and demand they hold those governments responsible for the safety of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters. The evil one is hard at it everyday influencing these politicians (and others) to further his objectives - which of course is to the detriment and ruination of Christians. The devil is also preying upon the sympathies of others in order to futher his objectives. We need to continue to set the record straight that Christians are being persecuted now more than ever, and under the indifferent eyes of the world.
  • Preach on the street: Jesus did!
  • Walk down the streets ringing a bell and inviting children to hear the word of God - just like St. Francis Xavier did!
  • And speaking of ringing bells, we need all Catholic Churches to start ringing their bells to summon all.
  • Catholic clergy have to stop walking on egg shells and be bold. By their timidity, they are playing right into the hands of the devil.
  • Create an online presence.
  • Parishioners and church officials should not be shy in asking others to donate their time, talent and money. "You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church" means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability" (CCC, The Fifth Precept) .
    Within the faithful (and the non-practicing), there is the whole gamut of trades and skills to help build up the Body of Christ. So, it is encumbent on the parish priest or council to ask all men and women for the help that is needed (labour or financial), and to remind them of their obligation, if necessary. What is the worse thing that can happen? They may say... no? What is the best thing? The non-practicing Catholic might feel honored you asked him/her, and they may say yes, and, they may start going back to Church to worship. For Pete's sake, the Church, if not getting the work for free, should at least get a deep discount.
    The Fifth precept indicates we have that right to ask.
    We need to get out of the business of volunteering. Years ago, parishes did not have paid staff, and if something needed to be done... like building a church, or repairs, or accounting, it was done by... you guessed it - VOLUNTEERS! It is our duty to volunteer and help out.
    "Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do'". (Luke 17:9-10 N.A.B.)  Also: all this back-slapping and self-congratulatory behaviour, takes the focus off of God and misdirects it to our unworthy selves. Go about your lives and do good works in quiet obscurity.
    "But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you." (N.A.B. Matt. 6:3-4)
  • Find out which parishioners are social media saavy to help with an ongoing social media campaign. Remember that it is every Catholics' duty to help the parish, and to evangelize. So in that respect, no money should be offered for their services. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may the campaign go viral.
  • Promote the faith by wearing clothes such as a t-shirt or hat with a gospel message, or image of the Divine Mercy or Our Lady of Guadalupe etc. It can be subtle or loud and proud. This is a great way to promote the faith. As Christians, we are at a disadvantage when it comes to others not visibly identifying us. Look at other groups with their headscarves, headgear, robes, outer garments, veils, hats, etc. You can easily identify them as belonging to a particular group. So in essence, they are promoting their cause all the time. All the more reason why priests need to stay in uniform as well.
  • Run for office and stay true to your faith and values. It's very important for faithful, devoted Christians to run and hold all political positions from the top down, lest they be overrun and subjugated by another ideology.
  • Volunteer at Catholic bookstores, Catholic charities, your local Right to Life centre, and support Catholic/Christian businesses in your area.
  • Bumper stickers. Promote your parish with bumper stickers as well.
  • Hand out prayer cards to people you meet or leave them in public places.
  • Hand out bibles. It is important to read the word of God on a regular basis, and to pass it along.
  • Become a Sunday School teacher.
  • Support Catholic schools. Send your kids to one of them.
  • Wear Christian jewellery. It's a conversation starter as well.
  • Vehicle wraps: they can provide attractive tinting to keep the inside of your car cool while spreading the gospel. If your parish has its own vehicle, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to advertise using vehicle wraps, lettering, decals, graphics etc. Park it in an area where it will be seen by many when not in use.
  • Handouts, flyers, or leaflets to get the life saving message out.
  • Martyrdom: spreading the gospel in perilous countries is the quickest route to heaven. Many saints gladly went into harm's way in order to be martyred. Besides, your days are numbered; you're going to die anyway. Tertullian said: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church”.
    "This death which appears so dreadful is very little for the purchase of eternal life." Quote by St. James Intercisus before he was to be tortured and cut up in pieces (source: holyspiritinteractive.net)
  • It may seem, in these latter days, that Catholics feel ashamed or guilty. We need to move away from that attitude and boldly preach the gospel like Christ did. We are not trying to win a popularity contest. What about the Great Commission? "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20 N.A.B.).  The eternal salvation of souls is at stake here!
    "Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ."  (Gal. 1:10 N.A.B.)
    “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" (Luke. 12:49 N.A.B.)
  • If you have the means, buy churches that are for sale and hold them in trust. It is a tragic sight to see a "For Sale" sign on a church property.
  • Coffee cups: it can be very inexpensive to emboss your favourite cup with a bible passage or inspirational message or divine image.
  • Defend against heresy. Pray the Holy Rosary everyday to defeat heresy. Extol the 15 benefits of praying the Rosary.
  • And why Christianity, and why not any other religion? Tell them: the whole bible - the old and new testament is about our Lord Jesus Christ. God made a convenant (promise) with Abraham. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the promise realized. It was our Lord Jesus Christ who started the Catholic Church. Every person will be judged by Him. No exception. Still scepticle? Go to Signs and Miracles. “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do.” John 14:11
  • Utilize converts to Christ from other organizations such as FMU.
  • Reach out. All countries must be actively engaged in evangelizing immigrants. The Church is inclusive. Many immigrants may have never heard the Good News. We are doing them harm and a disservice by not telling them, and we'll be held accountable in some way for the loss of souls to hell.
  • Yes, hell is a real place. Don't listen to the lukewarmers who say there is no such place. God, and all the popes, and the saints, have told us otherwise. And if you're on the fence about non-believers in risk of hell, it sounds like you're unsure of your own faith. You may need to do a number of things that will increase your own faith such as: pray the Holy Rosary everyday, mental prayer, work the sacraments, turn away from obstacles such as sin, read your bible and catechism on a regular basis, read about the saints (read the saint of the day), and yes - evangelize. As mentioned, one of the blessed benefits of evangelization, besides helping to save souls, is that it increases our own faith at the same time. Would God have it any other way?
  • Talk of the importance of Baptism: Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. (CCC, 1277)
  • Many believe that they don't have to go Church; or that they can still be good Christians and not go to Church every Sunday. Educate Catholics (and others) that simply choosing not to go to Church every Sunday is a mortal sin and that they risk HELL.
  • Sponsor/help a Christian refugee family. Christian refugees are now the most vulnerable of all refugees in many regions. It is the Christians who have always been persecuted. "The world usually either bitterly opposes Christ, like Herod, or is indifferent to him, like the innkeepers." (NCR - Guide to the Rosary).  The devil would make you think otherwise to gain sympathy. Gaining sympathy for certain groups (who are enemies of the Church) who cry persecution at the drop of a hat is a favorite tactic for the devil. You need to remember this, and tell others, especially when a certain group exploits and deceives others. Christians have always been the most persecuted. It is a topsy turvey world when Christian refugees are being disregarded (by other Christians) in favor of other groups. For any refugee: the real solution is to make it safe for these people not to be uprooted, and not to have them travel thousand of kilometers to a strange land, with new customs and a whole new set of problems.
  • End times: Many believe that we are in the end times, and for good reason. Either way, we should always be prepared. Not a believer? Think the end times talk is bogus? Take heed: the senior climatologist for Environment Canada says that even if we cleaned up our act with respect to the environment, it is probably too late, the damage is done and it is irreversible.
    But of course, it will not reverse, and will in fact - get worse. So either way, the end is getting closer, your goose is almost cooked (if you're secular or lukewarm), and your running out of options. Besides, there is no future here on earth. There is of course, eternal life in heaven, which is offered to everyone - freely. It comes down to choice: heaven or hell. You can only get to heaven through Jesus Christ. All roads to heaven lead to Him, but you must go through Him. You better start now, and tell others.
  • Keep in mind: we are becoming more and more lukewarm, but always remember that The Great Commission, first and foremost, always applies, and that we must always spread the Good News with all our members: tongue, feet, hands.... Above all else, we are to continually evangelize. As Saint John Paul II reminds us, "Even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom." (Rosary, 20)
  • Have frequent Eucharistic adoration at your parish.
  • Place Holy Rosaries at the ends of every pew.
  • Invite at least one person to your Church each week. Let the priest, greeters and/or welcoming committee know beforehand so they can prepare. Give them an information packet to take home. Follow up with them!
  • Discuss upcoming readings with family and friends.
  • Fundraise to finance your evangelization efforts, campaigns, and/or missions: bottle drives, flea markets, auctions, dances, plays, concerts, dinners, bake sales, movie night (Christian movie), card socials, 50/50, canvassing, calendars, chase the ace, collections...
  • Organize a parade. Floats and costumes can include those of the saints, or even the Holy Family.
  • Organize a parish walk-about in the neighbourhood after mass.
  • Sponsor a local sports team with the parish's info on the jerseys.
  • Encourage parish children and others, to dress up as a saint for Halloween. Not the devil though, we've already clichéd him out of context as it is.
  • An outdoor LED display sign would be a great investment for each parish. An attractive and convenient way to advertise and promote the parish. Changing the information on the sign would only take a few key strokes on the computer. It would be well worth the money to invest in one.
  • Run an ongoing public information session at your parish or other venue (and online).
  • Catholic Formation: use the Marian Catechist Apostolate, not the the Alpha Program.
  • In whatever way you can, draw positive attention to Christ (use your imagination). However, conflict is sometimes unavoidable and we must stay true to our faith. What is the worse they can do to us?
  • Minister to inmates. Not only is it our duty, but we must also evangelize the incarcerated.
  • Evangelize the LGBTQ community and remind them that God's mercy extends to all. The Universal Church is inclusive. But like everyone else, they too must turn away from sin. It is not a sin to be gay (since most are born that way), but it is a sin to act on those feelings, and/or fantasize about them, in the same way it is for heterosexuals committing those sins if they were not married. Keep in mind: same sex individuals cannot be romantically involved (period). Not even the Pope has the power to change that rule.
  • Start a Catholic school for the blind and the deaf.
  • In these latter days, it would be a great time to be a priest! Do you have a calling? Pray on it, and pray for an increase in vocations as well. Parents or caregivers who openly talk about the faith, are more likely to plant that seed of faith that will grow into the most respectable vocation there is - the consecrated life.
  • Speaking about priests and vocations, according to numerous sources, a number of dioceses in the U.S. have found that where there is faithfulness to Catholic doctrine, vocations to the priesthood markedly increase.1 
  • The Lord showed us how powerful parables are. So why not make up some of your own parables to drive home a Christian point. The parables could be some themes taken from your own life to illustrate an important Christian point.
  • Challenge someone to read a couple bible verses. Tell them to randomly open a page and start reading. You never know what inspiration this will create!
  • Use missionary principles** such as transforming festivals, rites and customs into Christian feasts, and retaining local customs as far as possible.
  • When doing missionary work in challenging or inhospital lands, heed St. Aidan's advice when he recalls what St. Paul says: "First teach them simple lessons, then when the people have grown stronger on the Word of God, they can begin doing the more perfect things of God's holy law."***
  • It is also important to learn the native language when doing missionary work.
  • We are heaven's hands, feet, mouth and eyes here on earth. We just have to make the effort and God will do all the heavy lifting.
  • We hear about all kinds of things going viral on the internet, but the Holy Spirit is immensely more effective, if we are willing to draw on His inexhaustible love and resources.
  • Worried about proselytizing others? The default is: do it like Jesus did it. He is our role model. Jesus boldly told the truth. And what did He say? He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6, N.A.B.).
    The eternal salavation of others, especially those placed on your path, may dependent on your.... proselytizing. Do we try to convert others - absolutely! But a better way to frame it would be: we will tell others the truth. We should not be so sensitive; many countries around the world are persecuting Christians because they won't convert to their faith. Communist countries are also ramming their ideology down everyone's throat. And we point the finger at Christians for promoting our faith? Give me a break!
    We know that evil thrives in the dark, and the light of truth will defeat evil. Evil is relying on you to not tell the truth, to stay quiet. All of history backs that up.
  • No matter who says we should not boldly evangelize and promote our faith... don't believe them or the source.
  • Today, more and more parishes are begging to have their parishioners take part in the mass and with other duties within the Church. Sadly, most of this does nothing for evangelization. For example, more Eucharistic Ministers does nothing for evangelization. Actually, it is sad that so many parishioners go to Communion when many are unprepared (are in need of Confession). In my parish, over 99% of them go to Communion. If people abstained when they should, we would need less Eucharistic Ministers. Many parishioners don't even realize what they are receiving anyway. By going to communion without being prepared (having unconfessed mortal sins), one may be in effect: piling on.
    Evangelization duties, which are very specific, and don't have to be paid positions, must take priority and divvied out - on both a general and specific, ongoing basis. And I wouldn't discount the so-called "back-pew" parishioners. Some of them may be part of what is sustaining your parish.
  • It is plain to see that evangelization is falling short these days. If it weren't, more people would be consistently going to Church. But instead, less people are following their faith. And, it surprises me that many of the pundits don't know why the present approach, for the most part, is not working. Well, the writers on this site who have zero authority and absolutely no clout can shed a little light on why:
    -We are not using the tools God gave us such as these: the Holy Rosary, Brown Scapular, the Word of God, and the Sacrament of Confession, the Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Guadalupe......
    -Too many of us are not praying for the conversion of poor sinners.
    -There needs to be more adherence to Catholic doctrine, especially in this time of secularism.
    -We are not promoting the supernatural aspects of our faith.
    -We are not being aggressive at the times when we need to be. In fact we are on the run, or the defensive, not the offensive - which we should be.
    -We are not taking credit for all the good the Church does. Little to no PR. It's as if we are trying (going out of our way) to suppress ourselves.
    -We are not garnering sympathy for all the Christian martyrs. In fact, 40 million Christians have been killed in the last century alone, and with all the minions out there who want to kill all the Christians - it will only get worse. Christians (especially Catholic and the Church) are the most persecuted people in the history of the world - bar none. Tell everyone, especially politicians! The devil is gaining a lot of ground by that one tactic - sympathy. Even the abuse scandal could be garnering sympathy for the Church.
    -In order to win, we must become familiar with the devil's tactics. "For our struggle is not with flesh and blood..." (Ephesian 6:12, NAB)
    -Cardinals and bishops need to do what the king of Nineveh did: humble themselves. They need to pound the pavement (especially in poorer areas) and set the example. No servant is greater than his master.
    -Catholics have got to realize that everything boils down to heaven or hell. That we are mere pilgrims here on our way to something better which has been prepared for us. And if someone doesn't believe this or take it seriously, then they are either deceived or lukewarm or both.
    -Since our only options are heaven or hell, there is no need to be too reserved all the time when it comes to evangelization. The gospel message you're conveying, or withholding, could be the difference between heaven and hell for some. Besides, if you are being nice, not to hurt someone's feelings or acquiescing to their false beliefs, one thing is for certain: it won't be too nice on judgment day for those who will spend eternity in hell. So don't get too comfortable with your life here on earth, it is not going to endure, but heaven and hell will.
    -The Church and its members have to tell everyone: there is only one truth; only one true religion. There cannot be two... or more. There is only one winning side.
    -Lukewarmness is literally killing us.
    -This doesn't apply to all the clergy, but many. Always wear your collars, move back into the rectories, and take a vow of poverty if you're able, and realize, that evangelization, which falls on all of us (clergy and laity), is generally more effective when the parish priest is on board, and to know without uncertainty, that evangelization is the most important task we have (period). Clergy must take the leadership role in the parish and direct the parishioners on specifically where to go and what to do. They must also continually remind parishioners that souls are in peril.
    These are just suggestions. What we know is this: a lot of the initiatives are not working. And we're not fans of paid positions to create a renewal.
    We must first pray and ask God what He wants us to do. Not what we want to do. We can also look at what successful parishes and archdioceses have done or are doing.
  • As an invaluable resource, read our book, which covers every aspect of evangelization (and promotion of the faith) including: starting an evangelization campaign; learning how missions work and how to prepare for one; transforming and assimilating local cultures, rituals, customs and beliefs to Christian; how to evangelize door to door - what to say in every situation and what tools you'll need (a step by step coaching tool for door to door evangelization); a complete marketing campaign; how to use any promotional product for evangelization and/or promotion of the faith; sure-fire ways to keep costs down; how to bring up the gospel in any situation; how to involve the Church in every aspect of evangelization; learn all about evangelization committees, the full-time evangelist, welcome committees, evangelization funds etc.; how to get parishioners involved; how to increase the number of parishioners in your parish no matter how dire the situation seems; how to use almost any form of media for evangelization; how to create social media pages (Facebook, Twitter etc.), websites, blogs, forums, podcasts, your very own internet radio and television programs and stations; how to deepen your faith;  the conversion of others; how to make the most out of your prayer life, and how to use prayer as a powerful tool for evangelization; a list of intercessory prayers; how to overcome pitfalls and setbacks; how to prove to naysayers God's existence through the many miracles He has given us (miracles were given to us for a reason); how to get others to believe in the gospel - on faith; how to remain positive in the face of criticism, negativity and hostility; how to live your faith everyday; advice from the saints; a free Come and Seeii invitation to use; assistance and guidance at every step of the way, and much much more...

CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION: PRACTICAL WAYS OF SPREADING THE GOSPEL AND BUILDING UP THE BODY OF CHRIST

 the book - Catholic Evangelization by Christopher MacDonaldThe much anticipated book is now available! Catholic Evangelization. Painstakingly written to provide Catholics all the necessary information to spread the gospel, build up Christ's church, while at the same time strengthening their faith. When all these magnificent aspects of evangelization are happening, more and more people will hear and respond to the calling to the priesthood and consecrated life, and so - the blessed cycle continues. With the help of the Holy Spirit, this book will show you in no uncertain terms how to get fired up for the Lord. It is also the ultimate book on practical ways of spreading the gospel, giving the reader a step by step guide for application and execution of evangelization methods and principles in innumerable situations. Not only is this book the definitive resource on practical ways of spreading the gospel and building up the church, it is also an excellent means to renew and revive your own faith and that of others!
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ISBN-13 978-0-9867878-1-2 ©2012
Easy-to-read electronic format (buy the book for immediate reading - no waiting!) Formats: pdf, doc, text, mobi, kindle, epub, html (can be read by anyone with a computer, smart phone, hand-held device etc.) 300 pages.
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With the help of the Holy Spirit, even if you applied only one or two of the countless examples, approaches and easy-to-follow steps outlined in this book, it would bear fruit. At this low price, it may be the most practical and beneficial purchase you'll ever make.
 

“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.ˮ Luke 10:2

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The first thing you do: Contact a Catholic parish near you to let them know that you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Faith.
Find a Catholic parish anywhere in the world!

And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!” Romans 10:15

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“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI - APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI

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How to Read Your Bible (excerpts taken from the New Amerian Bible)

"To search out the intention of the sacred writers, attention should be given, among other things, to 'literary forms'. For truth is set forth and expressed differently in texts which are variously historical, prophetic, poetic, or of other forms of discourse.."

"For the correct understanding of what the sacred author wanted to assert, due attention must be paid to the customary and characteristic styles of feeling, speaking and narrating which prevailed at the time of the sacred writer, and to the patterns men normally employed at the period in their everyday dealings with one another."

"For all of what has been said about the why of interpreting Scripture is subject finally to the judgment of the Church, which carries out the divine commission and ministry of guarding and interpreting the word of God."

"All kinds of literary forms: history, historical novels, parables, allegories, poems, midrash (edifying interpretations of events), and more are often intermingled. Even if you read your Bible in an up-to-date American translation, such as this one, you need guidance. Therefore read the introductions to the Bible books and pay attention to the footnotes! Know that, if you want to understand what God has to tell you through Scripture, you must first understand what the writer wants to say. The Bible is God's word and man's word. One must understand man's word first in order to understand the word of God."

 

*. (NCR - Guide to the Rosary)
** Pope Gregory the Great, Pastoral Care (Book of Pastoral Rule).
*** http://holyspiritinteractive.net/kids/saints/0831_aidan.asp

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Saint Louis de Montford. Love of Eternal Wisdom, 201.5
ii "Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (N.A.B. John 1:45-46)

1 http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2016/01/11/increase-in-ordinations-the-result-of-faithfulness-and-orthodoxy/

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