Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and the Diocese of Richmond have embarked on a five year journey for the New Evangelization from 2014-2018.
This Year (2014) is the theme: Personal Encounters with Jesus Christ
Bishop DiLorenzo states:
The work of the New Evangelization is an essential part of our own baptismal role as Catholic Christians. Pope Paul VI in his apostolic exhortation ‘Evangelization in the Modern World’ states: “We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church.”
“It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present day society make all the more urgent. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize…” and that same mission of evangelization is our essential mission as baptized Catholics.
A Prayer for the New Evangelization:
EVER PRESENT GOD.
we give You thanks for the gift of Your Son, Jesus.
We thank You for the unity we find in Him.
We ask You to send Your Holy Spirit upon us
…that we might boldly proclaim Your love
…that we might courageously speak Your truth
…that we might humbly live as Jesus did,
ever faithful to You, ever joyful to Your service, ever hopeful the Your Kingdom will burst forth in this moment.
Send us valiantly forth with the Good News that in this place, in this parish, Jesus is alive, welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion!
We ask this through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit as one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherri Weddell
Available locally at The Sycamore Tree http://www.sycamoretreestore.com/
Amazon Link for book: http://www.amazon.com/Forming-Intentional-Disciples-Knowing-Following/dp/1612785905
Video by Fr. Robert Barron about Forming Intentional Disciples
New Evangelization Reading List (suggestions from Fr. Robert Barron’s Word On Fire Team)