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THE GREAT COMMISSION
How to Evangelize
What is evangelization?
Evangelization is the proclamation of the Good News.
Why does society need to be evangelized?
The world is steeped in sin. We live in a culture that calls evil “good” and good “evil”.
Who Needs to be Evangelized?
1. Children need to be evangelized in order to grow in faith and understanding.
2. Inactive Catholics that need to be evangelized to return to a life of active faith.
3. Alienated Catholics who have left the Church need to be evangelized so that they know that we miss them and want them to return.
4. People who have no faith need to be evangelized so that they can be welcomed into a new life with Christ and the Church.
5. We need to be evangelized ourselves in order to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.
Can you think of anyone that you know that you could evangelize?
What are the fouressential elements of evangelization?
Listening, sharing our faith, extending an invitation, and praying.
1. Listening: You can evangelize by casually bringing God into your conversations with people.
Can you share a testimony of listening?
2. Sharing our faith: Being a witness with your life by living the life of a saint and following in the footsteps of Christ.
Can you share a testimony of sharing your faith?
3. Extending an invitation: Reaching out to their peers and inviting them to a mass, a confession, a retreat, or to accompany them to one of the
many youth programs in their area.
Can you share a testimony of extending an invitation?
4. Praying: You can evangelize by praying with people who are going through a difficult time.
Can you share a testimony of how you prayed for someone?
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
What are the four steps of RCIA?
The Period of Inquiry, Becoming Catechumenate, Enlightenment, and Purification, and Mystagogia.
What does the Period of Inquiry consist of?
1. Period of Inquiry: The person you are evangelizing becomes curious and they begin to ask questions. This period lasts three to four months and is on a weekly basis.
What does the step of Becoming Catechumenate consist of?
2. Becoming Catechumenate: They begin to learn Scripture and tradition, the Spiritual and Corporal Acts of Mercy, the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments.
What does the step of Enlightenment and Purification consist of?
3. Enlightenment and Purification: This begins with the Rite of Sending. Also, they receive the Creed, the Our Father and begin to focus on the Scriptures of The Woman at the Well, The Man Born Blind, and The Raising of Lazarus.
What does the step of Mystagogia consist of?
4. Mystagogia: The candidates receive their full initiation into the Catholic Church. They are encouraged to be a participating member of the church by doing activities and share that process and by sharing, they are evangelizing.
What are some of the benefits of bringing others to Christ?
1. Inner peace.
2. A tremendous sense of fulfillment that God has used you in that way.
3. You are a witness like the saints.
4. You have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to save souls by leading others to Christ.
5. To bring someone else to Christ, to know that this person will have something in their lives, that is inexpressible.
"The entire mission of the Catholic Church, then, is concentrated and manifested in evangelization." ~ Pope John Paul II
"To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them." ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
“The new evangelization will be a seed of hope for the new millennium if you, today’s Catholics, make the effort to transmit to future generations the precious legacy of human and Christian values…”
~ Pope John Paul II
“What we say does not matter, only what God says to souls through us.”
~ Mother Teresa
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved . . .”
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