We are called to accompany those who seek a relationship with Jesus Christ. Let us Courageously Live the Gospel and continue our efforts to Proclaim, Invite and Encounter–Our Sacred Purpose!
The Missionary Discipleship Toolshed is a one-stop collection of current and ongoing free programs, events, tools for ministry formation and parishioner formation to prepare all as Missionary Disciples equipped for Courageously Living the Gospel! The categories are developed with particular audiences or purposes in mind as a suggested application and implementation guide. Every pastor and parish leadership team is encouraged to design its own Goals and Strategies suited to the particular parish circumstances. As always, assistance is available by contacting Diane Kledzik, Interim Executive Director for Missionary Discipleship, at the Pastoral Center for the Diocese of St. Petersburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-344-1611.
Free Courses for Individuals or Parish Leadership Teams
The Diocese of St. Petersburg has entered into a collaborative initiative that provides free learning and training tools that can be utilized in a number of ways for the formation of individuals, ministry leaders, the whole congregation and for particular programs within the parishes ministries.
Alpha for Catholics
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a parish tool for evangelization where everyone is welcome. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Catholics and other Christians of all traditions, sharing the good news of Jesus. Each session has three key ingredients:
Whether in person over a meal or virtually with a cup of tea, all sessions start with a time to connect, relax, and build friendships. Eating food together creates space for people to connect and share life on a deeper level.
The Alpha talks are designed to engage people from all walks of life and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”
The discussion time is an opportunity for people to respond to the talk, hear from others, and contribute their own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.
You can learn more about Alpha for Catholics at: https://alphausa.org/catholic/resources