The Catholic Parish

“The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. They are where the gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church’s life.”

TOOLS FOR PARISH RENEWAL

Children’s Ministry

Middle & High School Ministry

Young Adult Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Evangelization in the Parish

Evangelization in the Community

Liturgical Ministry

Children's Ministry

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

IMG_0257-300x225“If we want to help the child draw nearer to God, we should with patience and courage…seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.” – Sofia Cavalletti

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an atrium, a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith. CGS prepares a lasting legacy of faith and love by rooting the youngest of our children in the awe and wonder of God through the mysteries of the faith in a way that is approachable to them. The textbook is the Bible and the liturgy. No other religious formation program for children contains the same potential for the child to encounter Jesus Christ and develop a strong, life long interior relationship with Him. The catechist introduces Jesus to the child through the proclamation of the Word and then gets out of the way so the child can spend time with Jesus in the way they best know how. Parents enter into the process through book studies, peer-to-peer formation, and specialized catechesis. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd can begin with baptismal preparation (the Baptism is a Beginning program) and continue through 6th grade.

 

 

Middle & High School Ministry

Life Teen & Edge

As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.

YDisciple

Disciple provides an ideal environment for teenagers to come to know and love their faith. Discipleship is not a program – it is an apprenticeship in the Christian life. YDisciple is designed to:

  • Train and equip adults to disciple teens.
  • Connect teens with caring, faith-filled adults who can apprentice them in the disciplines of a disciple.
  • Draw teens out of the crowd into an environment where they can be known and cared for.
  • Catechize in a small-group setting where testimony, discussion, and faith sharing can take place.
  • Support parents with resources to grow in their own faith and share their faith with their teenagers.
  • Provide quality content so adult leaders can effectively introduce and explore topics of the faith.
  • Mobilize as many adults as possible to mentor teens through a user-friendly online platform.
Young Adult Faith Formation

I.D. 916

In response to the call for a new evangelization, i.d.9:16 seeks to establish communities of missionary disciples and to provide opportunities for young adults (20/30’s) to encounter Jesus Christ, hear His call, and decide to follow Him. i.d.9:16 is a response to what Pope Benedict called a “crisis of discipleship” in the Church today. In particular, Catholics in their 20’s and 30’s are leaving the faith at alarming rates. This is a direct result of ineffective evangelization and a lack of discipleship. We want to help parishes raise up young adult communities of missionary disciples who are characterized by what Pope Francis called a “missionary impulse” or a deep ache to spread the Good News.

Adult Faith Formation

St. Catherine of Siena Institute

The Catherine of Siena Institute works to ensure that every lay Catholic has access to a formation that:

  • Is distinctly lay in approach, spirituality, and focus;
  • Is deeply rooted in the Tradition and Magisterial teaching of the Church;
  • Calls each baptized man and women to intentional discipleship
  • Fosters integration of faith, work, and relationships;
  • Takes seriously the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to every Christian;
  • Enables each one to discern more deeply God’s unique call in his or her own life;
  • Prepares him or her to be an effective, creative apostle in the midst of the world;
  • Encourages collaboration between the clergy and laity in mission to the world; and
  • Is geared to the real lives of working adults.

Word on Fire

Word On Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Father Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith.

Word on Fire is evangelical; it proclaims Jesus Christ as the source of conversion and new life. Word on Fire is Catholic; it utilizes the tremendous resources of the Roman Catholic tradition—art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology, and the lives of the saints— in order to explain and interpret the event of Jesus Christ.

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries exists to draw people into the body of Christ, which is the Church, and thereby give them access to all the gifts that Jesus wants his people to enjoy. To be most effective in this mission, Word on Fire places an emphasis and urgency on the use of contemporary forms of media and innovative communication technologies. The Catholicism Series is a popular faith formation program that has the potential to reach adult Catholics and non-Catholics and help them become intentional disciples.

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition. The Center serves clergy and laity, students and scholars, with research and study tools — from books and publications to multimedia and on-line programming.

We read the Bible from the heart of the Church, in light of the Church’s Liturgy and living Tradition. In this way, we hope to help people experience the heart-to-heart encounter that Jesus’ disciples experienced on that first Easter night, when they knew Him in the breaking of the bread: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us…while He opened to us the Scriptures?” (see Luke 24:13-37) The St. Paul Center offers a series of easy to use Bible studies called “Journey through the Scriptures“.

Evangelization in the Parish

These are evangelization programs that happen inside the parish with people who come from the household of faith (active Catholics), the lost sheep (fallen away Catholics) or the court of the gentiles (non-Catholics).

Alpha

Alpha is a practical tool inspiring Catholic renewal by answering the call to the New Evangelization.  Alpha is proven to awaken faith in lapsed Catholics, those on the fringe of parish life and those outside the Church.  It gives faithful Catholics a path and a language to fulfill their baptismal call to evangelize.

Alpha is running in parishes all over the world, in every faith tradition, in workplace settings, prisons, homes, any place where people gather.  Alpha has been customized to speak to certain groups of people like youth and college students. In the different contexts which Alpha is offered the focus remains evangelistic in nature and centered on the kerygma. Alpha creates an environment and opportunity for an encounter with Jesus, offering as Pope Francis likes to say, the chance for “Jesus to find them.”  Alpha is an invitation to “drop your nets” and become an intentional follower of Jesus.

 

Christ Life

Exists to equip Catholics for the essential work of evangelization so that others might come to know personally the love of God through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, becoming his followers and members of the Church. Its mission is to to help others to discover, follow, and share Jesus Christ as members of the Catholic Church. To equip dioceses’ parishes, small faith communities, and young adults to evangelize.

ChristLife is rooted in personal relationship with God our Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit our Helper. ChristLife is faithful to the Magisterium, nourished by the sacraments, sustained by a charismatic prayer life, evangelically oriented, dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit, and committed to Christian unity.

Evangelization in the Community
These organizations help disciped Catholics (teens & adults) reach out into their communities and build a bridge of trust into the parish.

 

St. Paul Street Evangelization

St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, non-profit Catholic evangelization organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets. We do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public Catholic presence. As an on-the-street Catholic evangelization organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue for you to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith with a hungry culture.

Liturgical Ministry

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