Growth is a real possibility for your parish!
The single most effective way that churches grow is through small faith groupings. One of the most promising processes available today is called Christ Life. Any parish can leverage this process and intentional groups to grow in partnership with other Christ Life parishes in our Diocese. Interested? More information can be obtained here.
Easy? As easy as attending a FREE Discovering Christ Conference on October 16th - 6PM - 9PM and October 17th - 9AM - 4PM at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St., Harris Hill, NY 14221. Come alone or bring a team and receive comprehensive training in this friendship-centered approach to revitalize your parish. It’s FREE!
Easier still? You are welcome to bring a team to sit in with a parish already scheduled to conduct Discovering Christ in 2016. After that your parish will want to host Discovering Christ for yourself. Discovering Christ, Following Christ and Sharing Christ are simple and adaptable seven session programs which encourage Catholics to grow in faith, by sharing their faith, so that others may find faith in Christ.
One thing is certain, churches do not grow without a life in Christ. Read more...
Growth May Have Little to Do With Numbers
Is your parish growing? But more importantly, how do think about growing? Is it numbers? When it comes to church growth little is measured by the numbers. Churches can grow numerically for a variety of reasons, some of which are deceiving or merely coincidental. As with so many other living things, when it comes to vitality, numbers are at best symptomatic of growth, not the cause or the purpose of growth. Read more...
On October 16 and 17th the national team for Christ Life will help us to plant these seeds, so that each of us, and our parishes can grow... in Christ. For more information, contact me at DMahaney@BuffaloDiocese.org, call 716-847-8393.
Church Growth: The Next Evangelization
Parish success might come down to the answer to a simple question: Why aren’t we growing? I am convinced that the next evangelization can start with this answer. Why? Because we listen with a mix of astonishment and disbelief to Easter stories of a powerful young church. Why aren’t we just as Spirit-filled today? Many Catholics have been generously sacramentalized. Some are even sufficiently catechized. But too few are adequately evangelize.
Could it be that we have lost the capability to warm hearts that yearn for Christ? Read more...
Where Do We Grow from Here?
No outreach initiative is only about getting people to show up at church. Worship is essential, but not sufficient. And for some it isn't first. The Eucharist is an invitation to live out our baptism – grow in faith, by sharing that faith, and be transformed by faith. We are commissioned to keep the faith, but not keep it to ourselves. And isn't the parish is bigger than those who come to Mass every week anyway? Thriving parishes are helping their people to: name it, claim it, tame it and aim it. Do your people live their faith so abundant that it is attracting attention? Would anyone outside the parish, notice or care if your parish moved or closed tomorrow? Jesus offers life in abundance and Jesus claims a growth paradigm for His Church! Ask yourself, where do we GROW from here?
And more Catholics will be returning on our second busiest day of the year which is (guessing?)… Ash Wednesday. What is your plan? Read more...
Christ Life Works - Especially for Women
Where did all the women go? According to the research team at Barna, churches are not only losing ground with Americans, but, even more troubling, we are losing the support of our strongest base of Americans - women. For decades, if not centuries, women have been the unsung leaders and mobilizers of parish involvement. While the research describes the most likely causes of women’s growing disinterest, it also give cause for confidence in the Christ Life process as a response which will be initiated in our diocese on October 16-17, 2015. Read more...
Responsive Evangelization: Why something new?
New Evangelization and Young Adults
Parish Planning Guide
Good Worship Starts with Good Welcome
Intentional Discipleship: What does it look like?
What Do Newcomers See When Arrive?
Hospitality - A Quick Course with Fr. Eduardo Montemayor
Support for Catholics Living with Divorce
Always Our Children - to Parents of Homosexual Children
with Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers
Church Teaching regarding Divorce
Resources for Faithful Parenting
Challenges and Marriage Difficulties
Ask an Ethicist (National Catholic Bioethics Center)
Making Sense of Bioethics with Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
Now Anyone Can Evangelize Online
So why don’t more Catholics evangelize? That’s easy – fear. Most of us are afraid of rejection or we fear being asked a question for which we lack a good answer. But now we can learn to evangelize online with little or no intimidation. In one way, evangelization has never been easier. The internet is the perfect place to gain courage for one's convictions.
So, what good news motivates you? Let’s recall that the word “evangelization” simply means “sharing really good news”. Good news makes us grateful. Think about it. When we come across a great doctor, a good book, a thrilling movie or delicious food, we are happy to share our good fortune with others. And many already do so through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. It is the same with evangelization. Has God ever done anything for you? How do you cope with difficulty? What gives you hope or brings you joy? When were you most grateful for the guidance of the Spirit in your life? Were you ever glad to be Catholic? If you can answer any of these questions, you are ready to share your own version of the Good News online. Read more...
Refer Friends to the Faith!
it might be as easy as: 1. Send one of these links to them, 2. Wait a week or so. 3. Ask them about their visit to the website. 4. Invite them to join you for a cup of coffee to discuss it or to accompany you to a church event.
Catholics Come Home offers personalized doorways for anyone interested in the Catholic Church. It is filled with energetic videos and action links.
Rediscover provides vibrant and powerful messages for all spiritual seekers on meaning, belonging, strength and peace. And it is filled with a host of other topics and resources as well.
What Else Can Catholics Do?
Grow in faith, give witness to faith, share faith and be transformed in faith...
Explore the Spiritual Riches of Lent
Bless the Home
Bendiciòn de Hogar
Pray the Daily Readings
Pray as You Go (Podcast)
View a Daily Video Reflection
Pray the Morning Office (video)
Digest Church Teaching in Daily Doses
Follow the Blog of Bishop Richard J. Malone
Listen to Lighthouse Catholic Media Messages
St. Paul Street Evangelization
What Else Can a Parish Do?
Parish Bucket List
Bless the Bicycles
Easter - an Ancient Opportunity for a New Evangelization
Connect, Welcome and Engage Catholics
Pray with the Parish - A Homegrown Lenten Prayer Book (Sample)
DIY Lenten Prayer Book (Instructions) contact us for an editable version
Support Vibrant Faith at Home
Equip Catholic and Confident
Host a God Awaits Us... in Our Stories Parish Retreat
Conduct a Parish Vitality Assessment
Open Doors, Minds, and Hearts for People with Disabilities
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