Welome to the Evangelization Page for the Office of Laity and Family Life. The Church is in great need of evangelizers today, men and women who reach out to those who have fallen away from their faith as well as those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our evangelization efforts seek to support existent programs on the parish, deanery, and archdiocesan levels and to offer ideas for improving them and reaching more souls each day.
Please know that our office is here to serve you. Please feel free to check out the brochure for our office, which includes valuable resources for a variety of ministries. If I can help your endeavors in evangelization on any level, please contact me at 314-792-7178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a missionary disciple?
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we encounter Jesus in the Scripture, in the Sacraments, and in every person we meet. We open our hearts and minds to Jesus and the Gospel message. Our encounter with Jesus transforms us and helps us to live and act in a way that witnesses to and invites people to share in the Love, Joy, and Peace of Christ. This is the work of the Church, but it begins with each individual and his or her relationship with Jesus.
Month of October Dedicated to the Holy Rosary
October is the month of the Holy Rosary because the anniversaryof victory at the Battle at Lepanto and the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary occur in October. The Battle of Lepanto and the institution of the feast day took place in the 17th century. Pope Leo XIII officially dedicated the entire month to devotion to the Holy Rosary in the late 1800s . This is certainly timely as we approach the elections in November. Let us take advantage of October to pray for our nation and the conversion of hearts that they may know God and embrace the truth about Jesus Christ, the God of life and love. There are plenty of prayer opportunities this month. A list of them can be found on the homepage of the Office of Laity and Family Life website. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
September 29: The Feast of the Holy Archangels
On September 29 the Church honors the holy Archangels. Three of the seven archangels are mentioned in the Bible: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The archangels are one of the lowest of the nine choirs of angels, which in ascending order are angels, archangels, virtues, powers, principalities, dominions, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim.
Archangels are so named because their choir is above that of the regular angels (which inclide Guardian Angels). While the lower choirs have closer dealings with events on earth, the higher choirs attend the throne of God in heaven.
Saint Michael the Archangel
Michael means, “Who is like God?” This arhangel is found in the Old Testament in Daniel 10:13-21, 10:21, 12:1, and in the New Testament in Rev. 12:7-9 and Jude 1:9. St. Michael is known for battling Lucifer, who was a seraph probably, and casting him and the fallen angels out of heaven. Because of this feat, Michael is the leader or prince of the angels. St. Michael is also the champion of God’s people and the protector of the Church. He brings the souls of men to their judgment before God.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel
Gabriel means “Power of God.” St. Gabriel appears in the Old Testament in Daniel 8:15-26 and 9:21-27, and in the New Testament in Luke 1:11-38. St. Gabriel had a messenger role in the Annunciation and appeared to Zechariah and the Blessed Virgin Mary, announcing the birth of Jesus and the birth of St. John the Baptist, respectively. Some think he appeared to St. Joseph and the shepherds at Christ’s Nativity. He is called the herald angel and the angel of mercy and consolation.
Saint Raphael the Archangel
Raphael means “God has healed.” He is only mentioned once in Scripture- Tobit 12- where he is described as a companion, protector, and healer. He is also believed to be the angel who stirred the water in the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem, giving it its healing properties. For this reason he is known as a healing angel and a companion angel.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.
Canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata
The canonization and Mass for Mother Teresa will take place on Sunday, September 4th at 3 am CST. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to attend the festivities associated with this monumental event.
Lord Jesus, merciful face of the Father, you came to give us the Good News of the Father’s mercy and tenderness.
We thank you for the gift of our dearest Mother, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who will be canonized in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. You chose her to be your presence, your love and compassion to the brokenhearted, the unwanted, the abandoned and the dying. She responded wholeheartedly to your cry, “I Thirst,” by the holiness of her life and humble works of love to the poorest of the poor.
We pray, through her intercession, for the grace to experience your merciful love and share it in our own families, communities and with all our suffering brothers and sisters. Help us to give our “hearts to love and hands to serve,” after the example of Mother Teresa. Lord Jesus, bless every member of our family, our parish, our diocese, our country, especially those most in need, that we all may be transformed by your merciful love. Amen.
Month of September Dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary
The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. This devotion began in the twelfth century in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard.
- The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2:34, 35)
- The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13, 14)
- The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)
- The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
- The Crucifixion.
- The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
- The burial of Jesus.
Evangelization Roundtable: “The Next Step in Evangelization in the Parish”
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, there will be an Evangelization Roundtable at the Cardinal Rigali Center from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Cardinal Rigali Center is located at 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119. There will be small group discussions in which parishioners can share ideas and experiences with others. We will conclude with a Q and A session. Beverages and snacks will be provided. I hope you can join us.
RSVP to Michael Horn, Evangelization Coordinator, at 314.792.7178 or email@example.com.
Month of August Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love, virtue, and inner life. This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.
Each of us owes reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every sin of ours causes grief and suffering to her in union with her divine Son. For sin was the cause of that terrible day on Calvary when she, as the New Eve, shared in the torment of the great sacrifice, and, amidst indescribable pain, brought forth spiritually all the members of the Mystical Body of her divine Son. God willed that Mary should be intimately associated with His Son in bearing the burden of all sin; surely then, her Immaculate Heart, in union with His divine Heart, should receive reparation from us who have caused them such pain. If anyone causes hurt to even a very ordinary human being, he does not overlook the need to make amends. How much more do we owe to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
|Michael A. Horn
Office of Laity and Family Life
|Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso
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