E-Flame Newsletter April 2018
We warmly welcome you and thank you for subscribing to receive the  Ignite Your Faith  E-Flame newsletter. Each month, you will find information on current and past events, articles to cultivate your faith life, and a calendar of upcoming events. We invite you to use this email as a one-stop resource center in Igniting Your Faith. 
Calendar of Events
 
April 7/8- May 5/6
4-week "Evangelization Challenge"

We are in the final phase of our spiritual campaign, Ignite Your Faith. Over the next four weeks we will embark on the Evangelization Challenge! There are so many ways to share our faith and our relationship with Christ that we hope you challenge yourself and take part in this initiative. The concept is quite simple...each week you will choose one person and one way to share your faith (a list is provided in the booklet). At the end of each week, we would love to hear what you did, so please use the tear-out sheet provided; fill it out and put in the Evangelization box located near the Information Desk. We hope to share some of the stories in future communications. That's all there is to it. Let's get sharing!

*Note* If the ideas in the booklet do not inspire you, please consider checking out the list and link a few articles below to find an abundance of evangelization ideas. 



Monday, April 23rd, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm  in room A14
Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic book discussion on Evangelization chapter with Dr. Tod Worner.

"God wants to build in you a dynamic spirituality. He wants our parishes to help people of all ages build a spiritual life so that through our regular spiritual routines he can build and refine us in his image. It is not enough for us to hope that this happens. We need process and intentionality. These are two of the key ingredients of effective evangelization. It isn't just going to happen. We need a plan." 
-Matthew Kelly-


For more information, St. Bart's IYF Web Page
Witness 
Let The People 
Share The Good News, 
Let The People Say, AMEN!
By Victoria Siedlecki

After almost two years of being inspired and motivated to become dynamic Catholics, our parish has now reached the last phase of the Ignite Your Faith program. When asked if parishioners had any words of wisdom or thoughts on why they share the faith with others, it was pretty clear that these people have one thing in common... love for Jesus.


"I think when we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, Jesus can use us to help others. Our job is to help everyone He puts in front of us. We can offer our love and encouragement, listen to, help and most of all, pray for those Jesus places in our path. Even those people who are difficult. This is a way to evangelize and spread God's love."

"Evangelism doesn't come easy, but I share my faith because I can't help it. Sometimes when I get talking, especially about scripture, it just leaks out of me. Like Jeremiah said, "it is as if fire is burning my heart... I grow weary holding back, I cannot." (Jer 20:9). I also share it because Jesus said, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." (Mk 16:15)."

"When I converted 11 years ago to the faith, it was like I was resurrected. The hell I lived without Jesus, the hopelessness, the darkness, there was no purpose for living... because I didn't know "the answer" to life. Now, though, I can say without a single doubt, that I do know the answer and I have a beautiful relationship with Him. The answer has always been, always is, and always forever will be Jesus. After Jesus saved me, why would I NOT share Him with others."

"I share my faith because I want everyone to experience the joy and freedom that comes with the intimate, grace filled, healing, and generous love a relationship with Jesus brings. It is the most precious gift I can give."

"The main reason I share my faith is to provide hope and comfort to those in emotional, physical, or spiritual pain. I strive to be more compassionate with those in need and one way I can do this is to accompany them on their life's journey and just be there for them.  I am selective about who I share my faith with and sometimes say, "If you do not have a God that provides hope and comfort in your time of crisis or pain, please borrow mine!" Their degree of willingness to believe in God and Jesus is the key that opens the door to faith. I leave the results to God."
Catholic Apologetics
Knowing and Defending the Faith
By Victoria Siedlecki

Are you unsure about a topic of faith or having a challenging time explaining it to someone else? Even though the Church has had the same stance on topics like the Catholic social teachings, the real presence in the Eucharist, or what we believe about Mary and the saints since the beginning of the church, and most of us have at least a basic idea of explanation for these topics, to be able to explain to a non-Christian or a fallen away Catholic can be tricky. This is where the idea of Catholic apologetics comes in, to  support our efforts to first evangelize ourselves so that in turn we can  evangelize others.


Apologetics: Theological science which has for its purpose the explanation and defense of the Christian religion. (Catholic Answers)


Question: Why do we believe in the resurrection? 
Answer: 
Bishop Barron on the Resurrection of Jesus.



Question: What do Catholics believe about church authority? 
Answer: 
Why be Catholic and Not Just Christian?


For more information check out Catholic.com and the book
Evangelization Book to Read and Share
As part of the Ignite Your Faith process, our team is here to provide the opportunities and resources for you to carry out your mission as a disciple of Jesus. We would like to bring to light a meaningful book called,  Beautiful Mercy. You can find a handful of copies of this book and a few other books at the Ignite Your Faith evangelization table near the information desk. 

"Once again bringing to light the genius of Catholicism, bestselling author Matthew Kelly has enlisted the help of 24 incredible authors who witness to the power of God's mercy, provide simple practical tips on how to be an instrument of that mercy and bring hope to anyone searching for deeper meaning in their life. 
Beautiful Mercy  is an invitation to rediscover God's unconditional love so that we can share it with others." 

CLICK HERE for more information and to view video resources for the book.
Motivation To Share The Faith 



"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,  naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." Matthew 25: 35-36


"[Catholic Foodie] has given me a love and a sense of mission as far as trying to spread the good news of the Gospel, and how we can bring that into our families through the food we eat around the table." -Jeff Young-

Jeff Young has taken his love for the faith and food and combined them into his life's work; running a food blog, a weekly podcast, and a radio show to boot. To get inspired to add a a seat at the table for Jesus, whether He is a family member or a stranger, check out the links below. 




How To Evangelize
Effective Ways to Evangelize

There are as many ways to share our faith as there are individual brothers and sisters in Christ in the world. Either knowing specific faith points that will act as a bridge to reach the other person or trying out different roads to travel down with others, through prayer, the Holy Spirit will provide you with all you need. Here are 10 ways that you can start evangelizing and bring the gospel of Jesus to others.

1.) Invite people to your home for meals. Breaking bread together is important.
2.) Read about the saints. Tell their stories.
3.) Encourage young men and women not to live together. Be confident in stating that true love really does wait.
4.) Smile a lot!
5.) Keep Sunday's holy.
6.) Be bold enough to say, "That is against my faith" or "My faith teaches...".
7.) Dress appropriately and with dignity. As a Christian, you represent Christ, not the culture.
8.) Support and promote pro-life agencies and organizations.
9.) Read Catholic literature regularly. Bring it up in conversation.
10.) Give God the glory when you succeed at something. It really does  belong to Him.

To view these ideas and many more ideas, CLICK HERE
"Use Words If Necessary" 

Evangelization via Billboards
By Graeme Braithwaite

There have been many methods for delivering messages over the years. There is print, like books and newspapers. Live performances include plays and concerts. Recordings on CD's and DVDs. Broadcast media, like radio and television. The Internet has websites, blogs, apps, email, and social media. There are phone calls and texting.  Spreading the message of Jesus Christ can be accomplished through many of these platforms. 

Recently, St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Anoka had been looking for ways to advertise their parish mission, and although not the norm for catholic advertising, it was decided to do a billboard. Fr. Matthew Quail was chosen to be the face of the parish for the billboard. The billboards not only advertised the event for all, but also had a message for Catholics to rediscover their Catholic faith and an invitation to come home.

For about two weeks the billboards were displayed on Highway 10. As a result, the parish mission was much better attended than in years past. This is great! Additionally, we may never know how many travelers on Highway 10 were affected by the larger than life priest on a billboard with a message of the good news.
St. Bart's Parishioner Shares Their Faith

Walking and Talking - Evangelizing on the Streets of Minneapolis

One late afternoon, I was walking from work to my parking ramp in downtown Minneapolis when I was approached by a street evangelist. The woman wanted to know if I knew Jesus. I said, "of course." She wanted me to stop and talk, but I was in a hurry, so I said, "if you can walk and talk, I'll listen." So we walked and talked for over a block. She evangelized to me, I evangelized to her and by the end of the block we'd learned we pretty much believed in the same things. We parted with blessings for one another and went on our merry ways. Pope Paul VI says in Evangelii Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World) that part of evangelizing means simply "bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation," and I think that includes just walking down the street.
Witness 
"You are important to the Lord and you know what to do with the Good News!"

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