In their 1999 pastoral message Blessings of Age, the U.S. bishops invited older persons, their families, and their faith communities to develop new initiatives that encourage the participation of older persons in society and in the Church.
The article discusses the relation of aging to Christian life. Topics include the relation of technological innovation to youth, the concept of invisibility in relation to old age and childhood, and the death of a old Roman Catholic Christian woman. The thought of theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin on death is noted.
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same.
Through powerful Eucharistic encounters and engaging catechesis, our Edge (middle school) and Life Teen (high school) teens are immersed in a dynamically Catholic parish culture. With the parish as their true home, our teens are then further strengthened by our Summer Camps, Events, Resources, and Digital (web and social media) evangelization. Our goal is not only to equip parishes worldwide with timely, high quality resources to train Catechists and “reach” today’s teens, but also to create an environment where Catholic teenagers feel supported and engaged the other 167 hours a week, outside of Sunday Mass.
The article discusses efforts by the Catholic Church on how best to reach out to those who left the Church and to serve a new generation of Catholics. Topics discussed include focus of the 2018 Synod of Bishops on the topic "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment" to reexamine the Church's relationship with the youth and young adults. Also mentioned is the National Diocesan Directors Institute fellowship training programs for the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.
Create a young adult friendly parish using the wisdom, insight, and examples from the authors of in this unique book. This resource highlights how to do ministry with the young adults who are already present in the life of your parish. This text builds on the vision of the bishops' pastoral statement Sons and Daughters of the Light to motivate parish leaders to draw young adults into the life of the community and receive the gifts that they bring.
"This experience of worship and of the child’s need to worship is decidedly at odds with my experience as a catechist in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). Developed in Rome beginning in 1954 by biblical scholar Sofia Cavalletti and Montessorian Gianna Gobbi, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is rooted in the conviction that the young child possesses the profound capacity to enter into a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. "
A hands-on, comprehensive, enjoyable, and affordable guide to everything you want or need to know about the catechumenate process. This is exactly what team-trainers have been looking for: a resource packed with advice, tips, techniques, and tools to help them start or sustain the catechumenate in their parishes. It includes advice for every aspect of the rite: starting a team running a catechetical session leading a dismissal session finding sponsors discerning if catechumens are ready making adaptations for your parish heading up the children s RCIA celebrating the rites With this field guide in their hands, parish leaders and teams will have the confidence they need to lead the RCIA, teach others how to help with the process, and transforms the hearts of everyone involved.
Paulist Prison Ministries began in 1994 by Fr. Thomas Comber, CSP as a way to bring the resources of faith to prisoners. Developing newsletters in English and Spanish (Let’s Talk/Hablemos), distributing bibles, and creating other literature, Fr. Comber’s efforts eventually reached over 900 prisons.
The article offers the author's insights on her voluntary work in a parish detention ministry which offers Catholic services to inmates. It states that she and her husband was apprehensive when thay accompanied the chaplain to conduct services during their first day. It says that detention ministry aims for a more empathetic society through restorative justice for victims, criminals, and correctional staff. It adds that she is more aware of God's love when she goes to prison as a volunteer.
It is time for a new national dialogue on crime and corrections, justice and mercy, responsibility and treatment. As Catholics, we need to ask the following: How can we restore our respect for law and life? How can we protect and rebuild communities, confront crime without vengeance, and defend life without taking life? These questions challenge us as pastors and as teachers of the Gospel.
This is the story of an unusual parish -- drawn from the inmates of Sing Sing Prison -- told by their chaplain of sixteen years. Unsparing in his treatment of the brutalities of prison life, Fr. Lemmert chronicles the stories of the prisoners he served, revealing their humanity, and showing that there is no place so dark that God's love cannot be found. Fr. Lemmert's ministry began with the project of rebuilding the long-neglected prison chapel. By enlisting the prisoners' help, they were also gradually transformed. Refuge in Hell describes how a caring community can emerge, as the practice of faith leads to deeper lessons in forgiveness, reconciliation, and liberation.
Ideal for outsiders, volunteers and others helping out with prisoners. Contains wise advice based on years of experience. Places imprisonment in a Christian context. Captures the essence of why some people end up in prison.
This short book gives the wisdom of recent popes - including St. John XXIII, Bl. Paul VI, St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis - on prisoners, the prison system, and the restoration of those detained. The pope's speeches are taken from their own pastoral visits to prisoners. The popes speak encouragement to prisoners and their families and inspiration to those responsible for their conditions and rehabilitation.
Revoice exists because we want to see gay/SSA people who adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality experience peace and belonging in their local faith communities. We envision a unified, faithful, and peaceful Church where these individuals are able to grow in holiness and in their knowledge of the scriptures, knowing that they are of infinite worth and value to their Creator; where transparency about one’s orientation and ongoing experience creates enhanced possibilities for local churches to utilize and celebrate the unique opportunities that these individuals have to serve the Kingdom of God; and where these individuals are welcomed into the lives of spiritual families so that all can grow together in their knowledge of God and his Kingdom.
Eve Tushnet, a writer in Washington D.C., blogs at the Patheos Catholic portal. Born in 1978 and raised with some Jewish religious influence, she graduated from Yale University in 2000. In 1998 she surprised her family and friends by converting to Catholicism as a 20-year old Yale sophomore. Describing herself as an “openly lesbian and celibate Catholic,” Ms. Tushnet now writes frequently on religion and sexuality. Her first book, “Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith”
his volume includes essays that lay out the Christian view of the human person and of human sexuality, essays that challenge the bifurcation of sexualities into "heterosexual" and "homosexual". Topics include an explanation of the meaning of the word "disorder", a discussion of the therapeutic power of friendship, and an application of Saint John Paul II’s personalism to the question of same-sex attraction. Psychologists and counselors explain various ways of affirming those who experience SSA and of leading them to experience the power of Christ’s healing love. Several of those who experience SSA tell their touching and inspiring stories.
Eden Invitation, a relatively new ministry in the Catholic Church that seeks to provide community, accompaniment and resources for people who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria and who want to follow Christ and Catholic Church teaching.
The process of Encuentro for Hispanic/Latino ministry has been deeply ecclesial. It is motivated by reading the signs of the times and convened by the bishops, who call the Hispanic/Latino community to raise their voices. In the context of this dialogue among the bishops and the community, we live a spirit of pastoral ministry illuminated by an ecclesiological communion and missionary vocation that seeks to reach out to those who find themselves estranged from the life and vision of the Church. The main objective of the process of the Encuentro is to discern the way in which Hispanics/Latinos respond as Church.
The article discusses the critical role of V Encuentro, a four-year evangelization process for Hispanic Catholics in the U.S., to retain and expand their Hispanic base in preparation for the future of dioceses in the country. Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hanchon notes the significance of Latino growth in revitalizing area parishes. A number of concerns that preoccupy the Hispanic Catholic community is also explored in one Encuentro event including the lack of economic opportunity.
The article presents an interview Hector Madrigal, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Amarillo, Texas. Topics discussed by him includes variety of the cultures witnessed by him, not only in the Amarillo diocese but also in community at large, goal of the event called "Intercultural Disciple-Making Sunday," issues associated with high level of ecclesial integration in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Catholic Charities provides essential services to immigrants and newcomers to this country. CCUSA advocates for immigration and refugee policies that protect family unity and allow newcomers an opportunity to contribute and participate more fully in our communities
This short book shares Pope Francis’s insight on the difficult path laid before migrants and refugees who are forced to leave their own country for the sake of survival. The pope’s speeches focus on the modern tragedies and human dramas of migration, including the causes of migration, the journey itself, and the integration of families and individuals into new societies and cultures. In an appeal to all, the pope’s narrative brings the principle of compassion and solidarity toward the stranger to the forefront of Christian charity.
And You Welcomed Me aims to reframe perspectives on migration by focusing on the human beings at the heart of this phenomenon. It analyzes trade, immigration, labor, national security, and integration policies in light of the core Catholic commitment to the common good, human dignity, authentic development, and solidarity
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
The Calix Society serves as a way for Catholics undergoing a 12 Step program to integrate their faith into their recovery, staying sober and sharing in a community where they can identify Christ as their higher power.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has launched a new addiction ministry to bring rehabilitation to those facing addiction and their families through a holistic approach, including spirituality and close relationships.
Everyone suffers when there?s an addict in the family. Written by an expert in alcohol and drug addiction and recovery, this no-nonsense guide will help you understand the causes of addiction, end enabling behaviors, support your loved one?s recovery, and learn how to cope with relapses. Addict in the House offers a pragmatic, step-by-step guide to dealing with a loved one?s addiction, from accepting the reality of the disease to surviving what may be repeated cycles of recovery and relapse. You?ll learn how to encourage your addicted loved one to get help without forcing it, and finally find the strength to let go of codependence. With this revealing and straightforward book, you?ll have the support you need to take an honest look at how addiction has affected the family, cope with the emotional hurdles of having an addicted family member, create and maintain firm boundaries, and make informed decisions about how to best help your loved one.
The National Black Catholic Congress, comprised of member organizations, represents African American Roman Catholics, working collaborating with National Roman Catholic organizations.
We commit ourselves to establishing an agenda for the evangelization of African Americans; and physical conditions of African Americans, thereby committing ourselves to the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in church and society.
Catholic leaders say the Church has an important role in working for racial justice, but that protesting for justice does not imply endorsement of the positions taken by Black Lives Matter organizations.
Here, a leading black Catholic moral theologian addresses the thorny issue of racial justice past and present. Massingale writes from an abiding conviction that the Catholic faith and the black experience make essential contributions in the continuing struggle against racial injustice that is the work of all people.
On May 1, 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, The Catholic Worker newspaper made its debut with a first issue of twenty-five hundred copies. Dorothy Day and a few others hawked the paper in Union Square for a penny a copy (still the price) to passersby.
Today 204 Catholic Worker communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and forsaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms..
For over sixty years The Catholic Worker has served as the organ of a movement that has joined the spirituality of the Gospels with a radical engagement in the pressing social issues of the twentieth century. Founded in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, The Catholic Worker reflected the editors' day-to-day solidarity with the poor and commitment to nonviolent social change. This expanded edition of A Penny a Copy draws on writings from The Catholic Worker to provide a chronicle of this unique movement, its founding and growth, and its courageous grappling with such issues as poverty, homelessness, war, civil disobedience, as well as the Works of Mercy, the spirit of hospitality, community, and the editors' efforts to imagine and construct "a new society in the shell of the old."
Pope Francis says that our human poverty invites us to stay humble and intricately connects us to our brothers and sisters. See how Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, uncovers the liberating and evangelizing mission of the poor Church through his theological and personal reflection in this timeless book. Think about your own mission in life, as he reveals how the Church brings the Kingdom of God into a particular historical, cultural, political, and economic context.
Get greater insight into enduring questions in Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church, as it looks at the social teaching of the Church, the writings of recent popes as well as the writings of Gustavo Gutierrez and Josef Sayer, and the experiences of the Church in Latin America, including liberation theology.