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Evangelization and RCIA (Becoming Catholic)

Evangelization

“It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” Mk 4: 31-32

What is the New Evangelization?

The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.”1 The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. (Taken from the USCCB Website. For more information visit: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/index.cfm

Why Evangelize?

“To evangelize does not mean simply to teach a doctrine, but to proclaim Jesus Christ by one’s words and actions, that is, TO MAKE ONESELF AN INSTRUMENT OF HIS PRESENCE AND ACTION IN THE WORLD.” –CDF, Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization 2; stress added

It is the ESSENTIAL mission of The Church!

Evangelization is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity.  She exists in order to evangelize… (Evangelii Nuntiandii, 14).  In the broad sense, it sums up the entire Church’s mission: her whole life consists in…the proclamation and handing on of the Gospel (CDF, Doctrinal Note 2).

At Saint Frances Cabrini, we are working to reach out to each and every family in our parish and wider community. Our Discipleship Small Groups are one way we are reaching our goal. To sign up for one of our groups, please contact Katie Schaitberger. New groups starting frequently throughout the year!

Why Become Catholic? 

Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most exciting and life changing experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants. Others enter the Catholic faith when they are older children or adults.  To learn more, contact Katie Schaitberger at kschaitberger@wbparishes.org or 262-338-2366 ext 114.  You can also visit: http://www.saintfrancescabrini.com/RCIA

For More Information on Evangelization Efforts in Other Areas Visit:

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Vatican

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