2018: Evangelization - Changing the World
Key Concepts: Paradigm Shift, Parish Renewal, Inculturation, Commissioning, Vanguard, Universality, Frontiers
Objectives: To position the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the vanguard of Catholic renewal in the United States; to reorient our collective gaze from defensive measures to outward and proactive expansion; to develop evangelization coordinators and/or teams; to encourage the creation of parish evangelization plans; to view 2018 as the springboard for lasting evangelization in the Archdiocese; to go beyond Catholic renewal (the New Evangelization) and actively reach out to non-Catholics, non-Christians, and those who have never heard the Gospel or have rejected it
Tools: Archbishop Carlson’s pastoral letter on evangelization; Archdiocesan and parish evangelization plans; key documents on evangelization; rubrics for the creation of evangelization teams; national evangelization conference in the fall of 2018; the wellspring of Catholic history in the Archdiocese; vibrant parishes well-versed in the Four Signs
Stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my relationship with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ so that I might truly believe in and live the Good News.
Open my heart to hear the Gospel and grant me the confidence to proclaim the Good News to others.
Pour out your Spirit, so that I might be strengthened to go forth and witness to the Gospel in my everyday life through my words and actions.
In moments of hesitation, remind me:
If not me, then who will proclaim the Gospel?
If not now, then when will the Gospel be proclaimed?
If not the truth of the Gospel, then what shall I proclaim?
God, our Father, I pray that through the Holy Spirit I might hear the call of the New Evangelization to deepen my faith, grow in confidence to proclaim the Gospel and boldly witness to the saving grace of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen. - USCCB, New Evangelization Prayer