- Active Catholics/ Seeking to be Intentional Disciples/Churched Supports parishes in empowering the “people in the pew” and intentional disciples to invite and welcome new, returning and active Catholics; to share their faith in all aspects of their lives; and to live their faith as missionary disciples in the local and global community.
- Inactive Catholics/Rediscoverers of the Catholic Faith/Dechurched Supports parishes in empowering people and implementing processes to intentionally reach out to Catholics who have been away from the Catholic community and those rediscovering a relationship with Jesus in the Catholic Church.
- Nones (no religious affiliation)/Those with no church community/Unchurched Supports parishes in reaching out to the unchurched and those who do not have a faith community or religious affiliation. This includes the parish RCIA process and other opportunities, programs or processes of invitation, welcoming and sharing of the kerygma to propose a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Vatican II Documents
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem), Pope Paul VI, November 18, 1965
Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes Divinitus), Pope Paul VI, December 7, 1965
Apostolic Letters, Encyclicals and Vatican Documents
On the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes), Pastoral Constitution of Pope Paul VI, December 7, 1965
On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi), Apostolic Letter of Pope Paul VI, December 8, 1975
The Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful People (Christifideles Laici), Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, December 30, 1988
Mission of the Redeemer: On the Permanent Validity of the Church’s Missionary Mandate (Redemptoris Missio), Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II, December 7, 1990
On the Coming of the Third Millennium (Tertio Millennio Adveniente), Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II, November 10, 1994
The Church in America (Ecclesia in America), Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, January 22, 1999
Novo Millennio Ineunte – Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II, January 6, 2001
Ubicumque et semper (Establishing the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization) – Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, September 21, 2010
Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith – Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, October 11, 2011
Evangelii Gaudium – Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World, November 24, 2013
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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization / Vayan y Hagan Discípulos: Plan y Estrategia Nacional para la Evangelización Católica en los Estados, 1992
Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium, 1995
Disciples Called to Witness, 2012
“New Evangelization” Website
Evangelization And Catechesis Head Shares ‘Seven Things Catholics Should Know About The New Evangelization – October 9, 2012
Living as Missionary Disciples – Theological Summary of the New Evangelization and Pastoral Planning for Missionary Discipleship.
Catholic Charities USA & CRS
Living Like Jesus: Encountering Others in Need – Lectionary-based catechesis for RCIA
21st Century Catholic Evangelization – curated website of resources
Strong Catholic Family Faith – curated website of resources for parish and school leaders to partner with parents in bringing home the faith.
Paulist Comprehensive Evangelization Training (DVD & Workbook) – provides a broad perspective on Catholic evangelization covering the foundations of parish evangelization, the theory and practice of reaching inactive Catholics and seekers, and practical parish strategies for evangelization.
The Journey/El Camino – a resource designed to help Catholics deepen their personal relationship with Christ – it’s a simple and direct way to encounter Jesus in our lives.
Seeking Christ – includes eight sessions that can be used in a variety of ways to welcome and engage people who are inquiring about becoming Catholics. The program can easily become part of a parish’s precatechumenal process.
Catholics Reaching Out
Awakening Faith / Reanima tu fe – a small group process that helps inactive Catholics return to the Church.
Living the Eucharist / Vive la Eucaristía – is an exciting parish-based renewal experience designed to help parishes foster spiritual growth and discipleship through a more profound experience of Sunday Mass.
New Movers Mailing List – offers Catholic parishes an opportunity to connect with those who are new in the neighborhood.
Neighbors Reaching Neighbors – a program that develops a friendly, socially-aware perspective of Catholic believers inviting others in a caring and non-threatening way.
Be My Witness – a Christ-centered, Spirit-led approach to forming disciples for the New Evangelization. Engage and form your priests, staff, parish leaders, and parishioners to create an ever-widening circle of commitment to Christ’s mission.
Alpha in a Catholic Context – Alpha is a tool for the New Evangelization that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in over 70 countries around the world. Alpha creates an environment and opportunity for an encounter with Jesus. As Pope Francis likes to say, it’s a chance for “Jesus to find them.”
ChristLife – https://youtu.be/L131tphKI8s
Discovering Christ / overview of process – creates an open door for people who are searching for the meaning of their lives where we can share the Good News and the personal love of Jesus Christ.
Following Christ – provides the tools to help Catholics grow in discipleship, including daily personal prayer, hearing God in Scripture, the power of the sacraments, forgiving one another, spiritual warfare, etc.
Sharing Christ – equips Catholics with the practical skills to proclaim the Gospel, draw others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and invite them to become his disciples as members of the Church.
Evangelii Gaudium / Missionary Disciples
The Joy of the Gospel – Group Reading Guide to Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium – Twenty Third Publications
The Art of Accompaniment – Four Essential Conversations on Becoming the Kind of Parish the Church Needs Today – Twenty-Third Publications
Be My Witness – RENEW International
ChristLife Evangelization Series – Discovering Christ, Following Christ, Sharing Christ – ChristLife
The Journey – Paulist Evangelization Ministries
Missionary Discipleship (September 2017) – Threshold Bible Study/Twenty-Third Publications
Busted Halo – An online magazine for spiritual seekers in their 20s and 30s
Seven Simple Steps to Make Parishes Simply Shine, by Sr. Louise Alff
9 Programs for Outreach to Inactive Catholics – John Boucher