Category Archives: evangelization toolkits

(6) How to Welcome New Members into Our Parish Community

HOW TO WELCOME NEW MEMBERS INTO OUR PARISH COMMUNITY

Definition:
This presentation to local parishes provides practical tools to make new members of our parish feel welcome in the life of the Church and become part of the faith community.

Approach to Implementation:
This two-hour work session includes a PowerPoint presentation, videos for welcoming and hospitality, group discussion, and planning to build a hospitable parish community.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Pastors, pastoral associates, pastoral councils, parish evangelization teams, and parish staff will be expected to participate in this session. Parish staff would have the responsibility to provide the location, invite people and take registrations.

Training:
The participants will be introduced to practical and helpful tips to be a welcoming minister and parish. The main topics for this session are: Hospitality and Welcoming Parish Self Assessment, Welcoming Committee, Welcoming Packet and Welcoming Table (ministries info for new members and returning Catholics.)

Expected Resources:
The Office of Evangelization will provide the training for each participant and will provide the necessary technical resources (computer, projector, speakers, screen, etc.) for the PowerPoint presentation and video. A folder with materials, including a sample welcoming packet, the “Parish Self-Assessment of Hospitality and Welcoming” and helpful resources (bibliography) for hospitality and welcoming will be distributed to the participants.

Contact information:  
Andres Arango
Bishop’s Delegate for Hispanic Ministry
and Director of Evangelization                      
Phone: (856) 583-6181    
andres.arango@camdendiocese.org

 

(4) Here I Am! I Stand at the Door and Knock…

“Here I am! I stand at the Door and Knock…”
Parish Home Visitations

 

Definition: Parish home visitations are an evangelization tool. This toolkit will assist the parish in preparing visiting teams to visit the homes of parishioners.

Objective:  To proclaim Jesus Christ, reflection of the Father’s love, who wishes us to live in unity and harmony with one another; to encourage those with whom we come into contact to catch the spark of God’s steadfast, boundless, and deeply personal love.

Approach to Implementation:  The leader(s) of the parish visitors will need to invite potential visitors to a training session. The leader(s) will need to review the instructions for how to conduct home visits with the visitors. Visitors will need to be paired up so that they are always going on home visits in twos. Visitors should report back to the leader(s) the results of their visits such as registration forms collected, or special requests or needs the family asks to have addressed, while still being mindful of the confidentiality of their conversations with families.

Training:  Review the instructions for conducting home visits provided in the toolkit materials. Do some role playing in your training session, having visitors take turns in the roles of the visitor and the family being visited. Have visitors work in pairs during their home visits.

Expected Resources:  ID badges for all visitors to wear as they make their home visits, a Bible for each visitor, parish and religious education registration forms, pens, note paper, additional materials of your choosing (see the suggested “What to take with you” items in the toolkit).

Additional Assistance: If you need some clarification to help you get started, you may call Sr. Claire Sullivan at the Cathedral at 856.964.1580 ext. 81.

“Here I Am. I Stand at the Door and Knock…” Guide

“Here I Am. I Stand at the Door and Knock…” Guide (Spanish edition)

(Set your printer to print back-to-back and this booklet will only use 1 sheet of paper.)

(3) How to Invite and Welcome New Members to Our Parish

HOW TO INVITE AND WELCOME NEW MEMBERS TO OUR PARISH

Definition:

This presentation to local parishes provides practical tools for inviting inactive Catholics or those without church affiliation to become part of the faith community and make them feel welcome in the life of the Church.

Approach to Implementation:

This three-hour work session includes a PowerPoint presentation, videos for effective marketing, group discussion, and planning to invite new members to the parish community.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Pastors, pastoral associates, pastoral councils, parish evangelization teams, and parish staff will be expected to participate in this session. Parish staff would have the responsibility to provide the location, invite people and take registrations.

Training:

The participants will be introduced to some traditional and new forms of marketing to be more effective when inviting people to the parish. And at the same time, practical and helpful tips to be a welcoming minister and parish will be reviewed. The main topics for this session are: The Jesus Method (Personal Invitation), Dynamic Marketing, Door to Door Evangelization, Welcoming Committee, Welcoming Packet and Welcoming Table (ministries info for new members and returning Catholics.)

Expected Resources:

The Office of Lifelong Faith Formation – Evangelization will provide the training for each participant and will provide the necessary technical resources (computer, projector, speakers, screen, etc.) for the PowerPoint presentation and video. A folder with materials, including a sample welcoming packet and the “Parish Self-Assessment of Hospitality and Welcoming” will be distributed to the participants.

Contact information:

Andres Arango
Director
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
Evangelization, and Hispanic Ministries
Phone: (856) 583-6181
andres.arango@camdendiocese.org

 

 

(2) How to Create Evangelization Teams in the Parish

HOW TO CREATE EVANGELIZATION TEAMS IN THE PARISH

Definition:

This presentation offers suggestions to local parishes of how to cultivate an active core of Catholics to serve as ministers of evangelization in their parishes, homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.

Approach to Implementation:

This two-and-a-half-hour work session includes a PowerPoint presentation, group discussion, and planning to develop leaders as effective evangelizers and organize an evangelization team in the parish.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Pastors, pastoral associates, pastoral councils, people interested in becoming evangelizers, and parish staff will be expected to participate in this session. Parish staff would have the responsibility to provide the location, invite people and take registrations.

Training:

The participants will have the opportunity to get familiar with different helpful tips and tools to be more active in the process of evangelization and to use the different gifts of the members of an evangelization team. The main topics for this session are:

  • Organization of a Parish Evangelization Team
  • Techniques to Invite People to Be Part of the Team
  • Number of Members and Different Functions
  • Network Within the Parish
  • Determine Parish Needs
  • Develop a Plan of Action

Expected Resources:

The Office of Lifelong Faith Formation – Evangelization will provide the training for each participant and a folder with materials, including a handout for evangelization teams and scripts for pulpit and bulletin invitation announcements.

Contact Information:    

Andres Arango
Director
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
Evangelization, and Hispanic Ministries
Phone: (856) 583-6181  
andres.arango@camdendiocese.org

 

 

(1) What is Catholic Evangelization

WHAT IS CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION?

Definition:

This session presents and explains “Go and Make Disciples,” fosters the goals and objectives of this USCCB document, and renews understanding of Catholic evangelization.

Approach to Implementation:

This two-hour work session includes a PowerPoint presentation and a group discussion leading to a renewed understanding of evangelization in a Catholic context.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Pastors, pastoral associates, pastoral councils, parish evangelization teams, people interested in becoming evangelizers, and parish staff will be expected to participate in this session. Parish staff would have the responsibility to provide the location, invite people and take registrations.

Training:

The participants will be introduced to the USCCB document “Go and Make Disciples” and will learn how to use it to be a better evangelizing parish. The main topics for this session are:

  • A Vision of Catholic Evangelization
    • What is Evangelization?
    • Why Do We Evangelize?
    • How Does Evangelization Happen?
  • Presentation of Goals
  • Strategies for Implementation
  • Tools for Personal Evangelization

Expected Resources:

The Office of Lifelong Faith Formation – Evangelization will provide the training for each participant and a folder with materials, including a copy of the summary of the USCCB document “Go and Make Disciples.”

Contact Information:

Andres Arango
Director
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
Evangelization, and Hispanic Ministries 
Phone: (856) 583-6181
andres.arango@camdendiocese.org