In December 2014, the Diocese of Buffalo will launch the Catholics Come Home campaign. In the first six years, Catholics Come Home messages were aired as TV commercials in 37 dioceses, and nationally, reaching 200 million viewers, and helping lead hundreds of thousands home to the Catholic Church. Visit www.CatholicsComeHome.org, and see for yourself.
The invitational messages or “evangomercials” from Catholics Come Home will be shown on network and cable TV stations, throughout Western New York this Christmas Season. The messages that people see on TV may bring them to our doors, but only we can welcome them, in a spirit of enthusiasm and generosity.
Many of us know of family and friends who have drifted away from the Church. The great majority of those who leave do not leave because of a disagreement over church teaching. The initial separation is most often caused simply by the busyness of life. And many do want to return, but they feel embarrassed, and wonder if they were really ever missed. In fact, the reason most often reported by those who choose to return is simply, “I was asked”. Who do you know that has simply drifted away? Who might be waiting to hear that invitation from you?
This Christmas Season we will have an opportunity to let the hope of Christmas shine bright. Each parish will be equipped to welcome Catholics who come home. The Office for Evangelization and Parish Life, will organize our preparations. And these preparations will start with a workshop led by Sr. Louise Alff OSF, entitled “When They Come Back, What Makes Them Stay”, which will be held on October 24-25 at Christ the King Seminary.
Please review the campaign timeline and join us in praying for the success of this campaign to welcome Catholics home this Christmas. Look for more opportunities in the weeks ahead to grow in faith, as we share our faith, through Catholics Come Home.
Best Parish Practices
Instructions for Parish Appeal (with DVD) from Bishop
Good Worship Starts with Good Welcome
Best Ways to Welcome
What Newcomers See When They Come to Your Church
Hospitality - A Quick Course with Fr. Eduardo Montemayor
Now Anyone Can Evangelize Online
So why don’t more Catholics evangelize? That’s easy – fear. Most of us are afraid of rejection or we fear being asked a question for which we lack a good answer. But now we can learn to evangelize online with little or no intimidation. In one way, evangelization has never been easier. The internet is the perfect place to gain courage for one's convictions.
So, what good news motivates you? Let’s recall that the word “evangelization” simply means “sharing really good news”. Good news makes us grateful. Think about it. When we come across a great doctor, a good book, a thrilling movie or delicious food, we are happy to share our good fortune with others. And many already do so through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. It is the same with evangelization. Has God ever done anything for you? How do you cope with difficulty? What gives you hope or brings you joy? When were you most grateful for the guidance of the Spirit in your life? Were you ever glad to be Catholic? If you can answer any of these questions, you are ready to share your own version of the Good News online. Read more...
Refer Friends to the Faith!
it might be as easy as: 1. Send one of these links to them, 2. Wait a week or so. 3. Ask them about their visit to the website. 4. Invite them to join you for a cup of coffee to discuss it or to accompany you to a church event.
Catholics Come Home offers personalized doorways for anyone interested in the Catholic Church. It is filled with energetic videos and action links.
Rediscover provides vibrant and powerful messages for all spiritual seekers on meaning, belonging, strength and peace. And it is filled with a host of other topics and resources as well.
Life on the Digital Continent
Don't look now... but we've reached the tipping point! Yes, for the first time, Americans now use
mobile devices (phones and tablets) more than PC's to access the internet.
According to the Pew Internet Project’s Research Mobile Technology Fact Sheet, as of 2014: 90% of American adults have a cell phone,
58% of American adults have a smartphone, 32% of American adults own an e-reader, 42% of American adults own a tablet
computer, 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they
didn't miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night and 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as
”something they can't imagine living without.” And these numbers are only going to keep climbing. Read more...
What Else Can Catholics Do?
Grow in faith, give witness to faith, share faith and be transformed in faith...
Explore the Spiritual Riches of Lent
Reuse your Mission Passport
Bless the Home
Bendiciòn de Hogar
Read the Daily Scripture Passage
Pray as You Go (Podcast)
Pray a Franciscan Prayer for New Evangelization by Rev. James Vacco, OFM
View a Daily Video Reflection
Read a Daily Inspiration for Greater Faith
Learn About the Saint of the Month
Pray the Morning Office (video)
Digest Church Teaching in Daily Doses
Follow the Blog of Bishop Richard J. Malone
Listen to Lighthouse Catholic Media Messages
What Else Can a Parish Do?
Parish Bucket List
Bless the Bicycles
Easter - an Ancient Opportunity for a New Evangelization
Connect, Welcome and Engage Catholics
Publish Your Own Parish Lent Prayer Booklet
Re-post Bishop Richard J. Malone's Blog for parishioners
Support Families to Learn, Grow and Celebrate Faith
Equip Parish Leaders as Catholic and Confident
Host a God Awaits Us... in Our Stories Parish Retreat
Conduct a Parish Vitality Assessment
Develop Parish Vitality
Open Doors, Minds, and Hearts for People with Disabilities
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