Re-posted with kind permission of Fr Gareth Leyshon (Cardiff Archdiocese).
You are reading this page because you are a Catholic who wants to share the Good News of Jesus with other people, but you don’t know where to start.
First, congratulations! Trust your instincts. Don’t listen to the people who say “that’s a Protestant thing” or “Catholics don’t do that”. On the contrary, heed Pope Francis who reminds us that all Catholics are called to be Missionary Disciples.
There’s a broad sense in which all the good works done by the Church are ‘evangelistic’. But not all of the Church’s good works explicitly speak about Jesus. There’s a blurred line where evangelisation stops and catechesis begins, at the point where a listener knows Jesus is real and wants to learn more about him. Nevertheless, you know you aren’t called to join the SVP or be a leader in your local RCIA group. You want to evangelise – you want to introduce people to Jesus.
But, how do we evangelise as Catholics? The best place to start depends on your context. Who are you working with and for?
- I’m on my own.
- There are a few of us in the parish, but the priest’s not supportive.
- We’re in a group set up by the parish priest.
- I am the Parish Priest.
- I’m responsible for a deanery, diocese or other large grouping of parishes…
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