Evangelization has a rich heritage in the Catholic Church, a heritage that extends back 2,000 years to the very foundation of the Church.
Evangelization is a word which many
do not associate with the Catholic Church. It can be defined as a gentle, caring approach to sharing our faith through kind works, education, forgiveness, personal witness and positive action. Effective evangelization is more like a steady drip than a big splash. It is most effectively accomplished through everyday evangelization.
Everyday Evangelizing in All Situations:
Wear a cross or other symbol of your faith.
Share a story describing how God works in your life.
Ask people to pray for your intentions.
Start a discussion with "I believe" or
Introduce searchers to Christ.
Invite to church those who are not part of a faith community.
Make the Sign of the Cross when dining out.
Treat everyone you meet with dignity.
Try not to judge others.
Share a smile and a personal greeti
ng with a stranger.
Respond with "Thank You, God!" when someone shares good news.
Everyday Evangelizing Through Social Justice:
Identify your own prejudices.
Watch the news with the eyes of Ch
Learn the facts on all sides of the issue.
Publicly express your opinion.
Act on your convictions.
Volunteer in your community and church.
Help those less fortunate by shari
ng your time and talents.
Everyday Evangelizing in the Workplace:
Transact all business dealings honestly.
Respect others' religious beliefs.
Pray before making decisions.
Verbalize Christ in your life.
Offer to pray for a co-worker who has shared personal concerns.
Everyday evangelizing in the Home:
Devote time to your daily prayer life.
Share a Bible story with your children before bedtime.
Discuss the readings with your fa
mily after Mass.
Pray Grace before meals.
Proudly display symbols of your faith.
Celebrate your feast days.
Establish family rituals based on the Church year.
Discuss the morality of a TV show.
Begin and end the day with prayer.
Everyday Evangelizing in the Parish:
Introduce yourself to those around you.
Get involved, if only on a small scale.
Periodically change pews to meet others.
Be gracious in the parking lot.
Explain rituals to those unfamiliar
with the Catholic faith.
Send a card to the newly baptized or confirmed.
Invite someone to coffee after Mass.
Warmly greet those you do not know.
Take time to get to know other members of your parish community.