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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Monthly Guide Print E-mail

Each month the Office of New Evangelization provides a guide with a theme. The format highlights five particular “moments” of evangelization. They are:

  1. Encounter
  2. Conversion
  3. Eucharist
  4. Holiness
  5. Mission

In much of the magisterial teaching since the 1970’s, these elements have been noted as the critical ones in terms of the Church’s evangelizing activity. Each “moment” will be accompanied by a different citation each month and points for reflection.

Benedict XVI has summarized the goals of the New Evangelization this way: “Knowledge of the content of the faith alone is never a substitute for the experience of a personal encounter with the Lord.” (9/8/05 to a group of Mexican bishops on their “ad limina” visit.)

Some suggestions for use of this guide include:

  • Reproduce it in the parish bulletin;
  • Offer it to parish group / committees to use at beginning of their meetings to foster reflection on the meaning of their faith and how they see their group / committee as an evangelizing agent of the parish;
  • Suggest families use it as a guide for their own formation;
  • DREs could use it for formation of catechists, and catechists could use it for formation of those in their care;
  • Could be integrated into Baptism Prep and Pre Cana programs;
  • Could be emailed to college students for parishes that encourage such students to stay in touch via email;
  • Could be placed on the parish website;
  • Occasionally could be sent to those on parish “inactive” list;
  • Could be given as part of packet from parish to those newly registered;
  • Could be used in home visitation programs through the parish’s evangelization outreach (e.g. Legion of Mary).

Issues available:

2008 Issues

For past issues: contact Rosann Kelly, (516) 678-5800 ext. 516.