Fr. Frank Desiano, CSP, president of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association and national speaker on the subject of evanglization presented at the Feed My Sheep workshop. Fr. Frank identified ways to ensure that our parishes are seen as inviting and welcoming places.
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We asked Dominic Perri, presenter at the Spring 2009 Feed My Sheep Workshop, how we can attract the younger generations to participate in parish life.
Listen in on four conversations between Peg Garvey-Mitchell and Mary Ellen Mahon as they explore different listening skills that improve how we work. We begin the series with listening as a spiritual practice. Peg explains that, just as we practice being present to the Word and are formed by the Word, we are called to be present to each other and to grow in our understanding of ourselves and each other through listening.
The spring 2009 Feed My Sheep Workshop, "Age to Age: Ministering Effectively to Generations in Your Parish" focuses on how the different generations view Church.
Listen in on three conversations with Peter Denio and Mary Ellen Mahon as they explore the new role for parishioners, the changing role of parish ministers, and strategies for involving busy parishioners.
Parishes around the Diocese of Manchester are “helping parishioners turn their hearts so fully toward Christ that a fire is lit in the heart of the parish itself.” This is the goal of lifelong faith formation and the work of Bill Huebsch, author of Dreams and Visions Pastoral Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation. Over 175 people in parish ministry came together for a workshop with Bill Huebsch. Success stories, challenges, needs, and new ideas on lifelong faith formation were shared.
We are collecting your success stories and fresh ideas to share with others who are looking to integrate lifelong faith formation strategies in their ministries. Have a good idea to share? E-mail Mary Ellen Mahon at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post your stories here.
The pastoral staff of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin and Holy Family Parish in Gorham attended the workshop last spring with Bill Huebsch on “Whole Community Catechesis.” Inspired and challenged from what they had learned the pastoral staff planned with the help of catechists and parishioners their first Advent Festival. Expecting up to 150 parishioners to participate they were surprised by the turn out – closer to 400 parishioners gathered together to share in prayer, a meal, and prepare for the celebration of Christmas.
What is the best way to lead someone else to follow the Way of Christ? How do you help others experience lasting Christian conversion? How do you help yourself remain in a process of turning your own heart to Christ over and over again? How does this sort of conversion happen? These questions are addressed by Bill Huebsch in his work on lifelong faith formation.
As Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. When we gather to be nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist, we are sent to live the Word we have heard and to be Christ whom we have received through service to others.The Question of the Week is a tool that can help parishioners live the message of the Sunday readings throughout the week.
Building on efforts to move toward Lifelong Faith Formation, here are some resources:
Claretian Publications is offering a resource for parents:
At Home With Our Faith is geared toward helping parents grow in confidence in handing on the Catholic faith to their children and deepen their understanding of all that it means to be Catholic, including our sacraments, moral teachings, devotional practices, Scripture and the works of mercy. It is four-page newsletter published nine times a year. A one year subscription is $12. To order call 1-800-328-6515 or write At Home With Our Faith, 205 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60606.
Twenty-Third Publications has several resources for sacrament preparation and adult faith formation:
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