The New Evangelization: What Every Catholic Should Know

Lenten Study and Faith Sharing Series
The New Evangelization and Evangelization of Culture
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SAN FRANCISCO, February 9, 2012 -- While Tuesday’s Ninth Circuit Prop 8 decision was not unexpected, many are still reeling from the fact that the majority of judges could not find any rational reason for protecting, in the state constitution, the only institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers. What is even more startling is that their flawed reasoning is reflective of that of an increasing number of people in our communities, including some of our own family members.

The work of the evangelization of culture for marriage and family seems daunting, but once you read the latest thinking of the Church on the New Evangelization, you will be comforted. Catholics for the Common Good is offering a unique 6-part self-guided small group study of excerpts from the very document that was given to the bishops of the world as preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization this October, 2012.

Be among the first in your parish to know the very latest thinking of the Church on the New Evangelization as we prepare for the Year of Faith beginning in October. Experience the peace and joy of knowing that you are not alone. As Pope Benedict has said, we are all roped together with Christ and with each other in the “we” of the Church. It is like being part of a mountain climbing party in which sometimes we are pulled along and at other times we help pull others along, all through the power of the Holy Spirit. As a lay member of Christ’s faithful people, you are called to play a key role in the evangelical mission of the Church.

The format for this series, Faith & Action Circles, meets once a week during Lent for 6 weeks. Circles are being organized among small groups of friends, in Catholic organizations, or in parishes. They are like other faith sharing groups or bible studies that you may have participated in, but end with a sending forth to share an insight with a family member, friend, or co-worker. Consider turning these Circles into an on-going support group as you participate in the evangelizing the culture for marriage and family beginning with your own family or circle of friends.

Already, we have received requests from throughout California and in other states from people excited to start Faith & Action Circles in their areas. Now is the time to make marriage and family a priority. Gather friends, family, and members of your ministry or group for this 6-part program. Everything you need to get your Circle going is easily accessible. Download:

Gather your group and prepare a location and schedule for Lenten meetings. Let Kathleen Domingo know if you will be organizing a Circle so we can better coordinate participants and offer support for groups.

This program provides an important opportunity for each of us to explore the New Evangelization and our special call as laity to evangelize culture for marriage and family. Take time during Lent to reflect on God's call for you in this critical mission of the Church.

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