"Lenten Missionary Disciples"

Just what is the Holy Father asking us to do? By virtue of our baptism we are called to be missionary disciples who know and live the faith and confidently share the Gospel...

How can we become missionary disciples this Lent?  Get more involved.  Focus on helping others. Focus on the Lenten practice of almsgiving, sharing the many gifts we have received with those who have less, with the needy, with those on the fringes of society. 

Pope Francis reminds us that "Lent is a favorable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."

May the Holy Spirit make all of us missionary disciples this Lent as together we work to bring the joy of the Gospel into the lives of others. 

(Bishop Perez - 02/13/2018)

Please know, my prayers are with you as together we begin Lent

With peace,

Terrie Baldwin


Parishes are planning now using effective evangelization resources such as bulletin announcements, bulletin inserts, universal prayers, liturgical resources, catechetical resources, social media posts, for a successful Evening of Confession. Click here to find this and more or contact Terrie Baldwin.


2018 Diocese of Cleveland
Lay Ministry Convocation  - March 2nd 

FINAL DAY TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd!

You are invited to come together with Bishop Perez and members of the Cleveland delegation to explore what it means to minister with the heart of a missionary disciple.

In July 2017, delegations from dioceses and archdioceses throughout the United States gathered at the invitation of the USCCB to explore what it means to live as missionary disciples at the Joy of the Gospel Convocation.

This convocation is for all who are lay ministers in the diocese, whether staff or volunteer, certified or not.

Please join us for this opportunity on:

Friday, March 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Center for Pastoral Leadership
28700 Euclid Avenue
Wickliffe, Ohio 44092
The cost is $30 and includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
 

All participants will receive a copy of the booklet "Living as Missionary Disciples".

For more information or to register contact Colleen Royer at (440) 943-7670 

Pause, See & Return
Pope Francis Homily - Ash Wednesday

Pause a little, leave behind the unrest and commotion that fill the soul with bitter feelings which never get us anywhere. Pause from this compulsion to a fast-paced life that scatters, divides and ultimately destroys time with family, with friends, with children, with grandparents, and time as a gift... time with God.  Read more....

Lenten Resources from Catholic Charities
Diocesan Social Action Office

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Check out the CRS Rice Bowl App Store and Google play apps!  With creative spiritual and educational resources for Youth, Families, Parishes, Educators that highlight Catholic Relief Services' global life-saving work. 

Global Catholic Climate Movement -- Lenten Climate Fasting Opportunities
(endorsed by Catholic Charities USA, Caritas International, Catholic Climate Covenant)

Lenten Fast from Harm to Creation

Fasting for Climate Justice

Catholic Climate Covenant -- Earth Day Resources and Formation Guide
Earth Day formation guide/prayer services for three different age-specific sessions

Also for Earth Day Weekend...
- Host a parish Mass of God's Creation
- Host a Blessing of Seeds, Soil and Water (for gardeners, farmers, nature stewards)
- Host a parish/school speaker on Laudato Si' and care for God's creation

For these or other Lenten or Earth Day care for God's creation ideas and resources, contact: Jeff Campbell


 Grow in faith this Lent!  Lenten Reflections Direct to Your Inbox.  Available in both English and Spanish (Disponible en EspaƱol)!
  • Watch a beautiful video reflection from Ahava Productions' ECHO series, featuring Bishop Hying
  • Read an inspiring passage from the Catechism
  • Reflect on how God's truth applies to your daily life
Click here to sign up for the FORMED Daily Reflections.

Paulist Evangelization Ministries
Webinar Archive Resource

Paulist Evangelization Ministries has an amazing webinar archive for evangelization you won't want to miss! All webinars are now on YouTube for easy viewing and sharing! 


There are three main webinar topics:
  • Evangelization
  • Faith Formation
  • Parish Planning.
Visit the complete archives here

Some of the most popular ones include:

Pope Francis and Reaching Inactive Catholics
Becoming an Inviting Church
The Evangelizing Liturgy
Reaching Inactive Catholics:  Awakening Faith
The Evangelizing Pastor




NEW WINESKINS AWARD:  PARISH OR CLUSTER

NOMINATE YOUR OWN OR ANOTHER PARISH WHO DESERVES AN EVANGELIZATION OR CATECHETICAL AWARD 

This new award offered by the NCCL and is designed to:
  • Highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in parishes (or parish clusters) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Share successful initiatives that may benefit other parishes.
  • Encourage continued creative innovation in parish catechetical and evangelization efforts.
  • Reflect the spirit of the "new evangelization" promulgated by Pope John Paul II and the General/National Directories for Catechesis.
AWARD CRITERIA: THE PARISH MINISTRY INITIATIVE MUST EXHIBIT
  • a strong catechetical and/or evangelization dimension;
  • innovative qualities;
  • a history or track record of at least three years;
  • a demonstrated record of effectiveness;
  • fidelity to Scripture and Church teaching.
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS WILL BE MARCH 1, 2018.



New Resources from Twenty-Third Publications

From a wide selection of Stations of the Cross resources to day-by-day booklets for everyone (in both English and Spanish), Twenty-Third Publications offers so many ways for people at every stage of the journey to deepen their relationship with Christ during these 40 days.

Spend some time browsing, and be sure to pick up some of our free resources--with our compliments!

Click here to see Lenten Offerings from Twenty-Third Publications

Lenten ashes
Franciscan University's new Lenten Website

Offered as an encouragement to each of us to make the most of the gift of Lent.  In includes videos on fasting, prayer and almsgiving; a Lenten music playlist; interviews on Lenten sacrifices; and many other resources.  Click here to connect .


Word on Fire - Lenten Offering

This Lent, journey with Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community as we delve into each morning's Gospel to grow closer to Christ.  Sign up to have daily meditations delivered to your inbox.  Click here for more Lenten Word on Fire resources.

Easter Engager Invitations

With Easter coming soon, Outreach wants to empower your church to share the Good News with Come Alive Easter Engager Invitations.  


Alpha Question Mark
Leadership & Relationship in Christ Webinar
A Conversation with ALPHA and Amazing Parish

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Noon - ET

Joshua Danis, National Director of ALPHA Catholic Context will chat with Bill Weingartner and Matthew Rudolph from the Amazing Parish team.  Together they will explore leadership, trust and healthy teamwork within your circle of influence. 

Click here to sign up.
For more on Evangelization
Contact Director, Terrie Baldwin at:

www.dioceseofcleveland.org/evangelization
tbaldwin@dioceseofcleveland.org
(216) 696-6525, ext. 2540