Pastors can help promote the mission of the church, evangelization in a number of ways. Click below to see some suggestions from Pastors around the Diocese of Cleveland:
Fr. Joseph L. Labak, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Wadsworth writes a weekly bulletin column. Click on the link below to see different examples of how to set up a weekly bulletin article to reach out to parishoners and create a welcoming environment in your parish.
Fr. Bob Stec from St. Ambrose provides an evangelizing message on the front page of the parish newsletter and a weekly column in the parish bulletin highlighting scripture and providing a welcome to upcoming events. Fr. Rob Ramser at St. Ambrose has a blog entitled “Ask Fr. Rob” where people can send in questions about the Catholic faith to be answered.
Fr. Ron Wearsch of St. Joseph’s Parish in Avon Lake has worked to make the parish website inviting to all. A large “Welcome” banner greets the front page of the website. They also mention accepting visitors or those who have been away for awhile. Through implementing a welcoming attitude in the parish and programs which can help those who have been away from the church, they are able to have a spirit of evangelization in their parish.
Other priests in the diocese are using the culture as a way to meet people and evangelize:
Fr. Michael Denk, Parochial Vicar of St. Gabriel uses the “Pray 40 Days” and the “Examen” apps through the Prodigal Father to help reach people in the social media world and encourage them to pray everyday.
Fr. Jim Cosgrove and Fr. Jeff Barnish have been featured in The Living Person’s mini series titled, My Vocation is Love. The Living Person is a starting point ministry rooted in the Catholic tradition hoping to inspire people to be their true selves, provide a starting point for improvement in any area of life, and give the world a positive experience of a God-centered life.
Fr. Damian Ference uses social media sites such as Twitter to connect with the young church and evangelize using the media. He also writes for the Word on Fire blog, bringing truth to the culture about different issues plaguing the church today.
Many priests, religious, and lay people have been involved in Theology on Tap. Theology on Tap is a discussion series for Catholic young adults and their friends, married and single, in their 20s and 30s. Theology on Tap was instituted to promote religious discussion in an unconventional setting.