Office of Evangelization

Diocese of Cleveland

Evangelization – Goal One

“To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others.”

This goal calls Catholics to continue to hear the good news at ever deeper levels.  The call to holiness, given to every Catholic through baptism, consecrates each one to God and to the service of the kingdom.  This deepening of faith, in holiness, fosters a desire to involve others in that faith, until God will be “all in all” in a transformed world.

The strategy of this goal is to so deepen the sense of Scripture and sacrament that Catholics will pray more fully, and, with a greater understanding of Christ’s call, live as disciples at home, at work, and in today’s many cultural settings.  This goal also seeks a greater openness to physical, mental, and cultural diversity among Catholics.

To foster an experience of conversion and renewal in the heart of every believer, leading to a more active living of Catholic life.

Possible strategies:

  • retreats;
  • parish renewals;
  • RENEW;
  • Cursillo;
  • involvement in the Charismatic movement;
  • youth encounter weekends;
  • marriage encounter; and
  • other programs of renewal and conversion.

 

To foster an experience of conversion and renewal in every parish.

Possible strategies:

  • expanded implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults;
  • wider invitation for Catholics to serve as sponsors; and
  • parish involvement in ministries of reconciliation.

 

To foster an appreciation of God’s word in the lives of all Catholics.

Possible strategies:

  • more frequent individual reading of the Bible among Catholics;
  • the further development of scriptural-study and scriptural-sharing programs; and
  • opportunities for more thorough scriptural studies on the part of all Catholics.

 

To make the evangelizing dimension of the Sunday Eucharist more explicit.

Possible strategies:

  • greeting and welcoming people;
  • creating a greater sense of prayer during Mass;
  • calling worshipers more clearly to conversion and renewal; fostering a sense of community among parish members; reaching out to visitors and newcomers at Sunday Mass;
  • making worship accessible to everyone; and
  • developing ways to incorporate new and mobile parishioners through ritual and public acknowledgement.

 

To foster an appreciation of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and all the sacraments, the sacred signs of our Catholic life.

Possible strategies:

  • spirit-filled celebrations of the liturgy;
  • sacramental preparation programs;
  • encourage Eucharistic devotions and adoration;
  • careful liturgical planning and ceremonial practice; and
  • renewal themes and activities centered on the sacraments.

To foster a greater appreciation of the power of God’s word in our worship.

Possible strategies:

  • ongoing homiletic training for clergy and those called to preach;
  • prayerful preparation of the homily;
  • shared preparation of the Sunday homily;
  • enhanced preparation of lectors; and
  • special honor for the liturgical books that contain the sacred Scriptures.

 

To foster an even deeper sense of prayer among our Catholic people.

Possible strategies:

  • a daily schedule of prayer for every Catholic;
  • wider utilization of the Liturgy of the Hours and other common prayer among Catholics;
  • prayer groups;
  • retreat experiences;
  • training in methods of meditation and contemplation; and
  • the publication of more accessible devotional reading.

 

To foster a renewed understanding of the faith among Catholics.

Possible strategies:

  • new methods of adult education, utilizing various modern media and relating the Catholics’ involvement in parish worship and service;
  • formulation of catechetical material in clear, easy-to-grasp language;
  • revision of existing catechetical materials to facilitate evangelization and adapt the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the circumstances of the United States;
  • development of home and family-based catechetical techniques; and
  • involvement of directors of religious education in the evangelization planning of the parish and of evangelization teams in catechetical planning.

 

To foster a sense of discipleship among Catholic adults and children.

Possible strategies:

  • development of parochial and religious education curricula among the themes of discipleship with concentration of evangelization;
  • training for discipleship;
  • prayer events in parishes and larger Catholic organizations; and
  • more widespread involvement in ministry and service as part of the stewardship of gifts that God gives the Church.

 

To foster active and personal religious experience through participation in small-group and other communal experiences in which the Good News is shared, experienced, and applied to daily life.

Possible strategies:

  • prayer group development;
  • parish cultivation of smaller groupings for prayer, spiritual growth, and apostolic efforts;
  • prayer associations within parishes and large Catholic organizations; and
  • retreat experiences.

 

To foster a sense of the domestic church within households in which families, individuals, and groups reside.

Possible strategies:

  • cultivation of daily prayer and times of prayer in the home;
  • establishment of times of family sharing;
  • home-based rituals shaped by the liturgical year;
  • formation of groups of parents, families, and households to develop spirituality in the home; and
  • adaptation of new and meaningful faith practices within the family in view of the decline of family prayer.

To promote and develop a spirituality for the workplace.

Possible strategies:

  • to encourage reflection on the transforming presence of God in the workplace;
  • to acknowledge workers as agents of God’s presence in the workplace; and
  • to encourage the formation of Catholic and other Christian groups and organization that foster values in the workplace.

 

To foster greater appreciation of cultural and ethnic spirituality.

Possible strategies:

  • to celebrate the spiritual diversity of the different cultures that make up the Church in the United States;
  • to acknowledge and respect various forms of personal piety;
  • to celebrate traditions; and
  • to encourage a variety of musical and cultural expressions.

 

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