Lent and Advent provides a special opportunity when people are more open to the spiritual life and learning. Our missions are meant to transform lives. They are themed for the season, intended for every level of spiritual development and are engaging, relevant and inspiring. Most are designed to be done in three nights.
Advent Missions Why would God become a man? Meditations on the Incarnation The Gift of Waiting Waiting for Christ to Return
Lenten Missions Where is God when it hurts? Why would God give his life for me? God's plan for you Experiencing God's Mercy Forgiveness: The choice that sets you free.
Exploring the what, where, how and why's of evangelizing. The parish mission is for the parish that is ready to invigorate its parishioners with a sense of mission and practical skills to assume their role as missionary disciples.
In order to grow, believers must be taught the great truths and mysteries of the faith in a way that is intellectually appealing, spiritually inspiring and practically relevant to their daily lives. In the classes we offer, we do not simply convey a greater understanding of the truth, but are aiming for transformed lives. The mission of the Church is to evangelize and to make disciples. That is the goal of Evangelize Me!. The following classes and trainings have multiple sessions and are offered over a period of several weeks. Eventually, these will be available digitally for much wider distribution.
Introduction to Christianity This series of classes and discussions starts with the very basics: Is it reasonable to believe that God exists? Who is Jesus? Did he really rise from the dead? Is the New Testament historically reliable? Ideally, it is taught in small groups of "spiritual seekers" where individual questions and issues can be addressed. It is an incredibly effective means of evangelization because it builds relationships and meets seekers where they are on their journey.
Entering the Abundant Life: Finding more hope, peace and joy! This class developed out of series of workshops entitled, "Becoming a Missionary Disciple." It is a very practical class on applying the truths of our faith to daily life. The overarching theme is "The Father's Plan of Loving Goodness," a phrase used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church to describe God's plan to share his divine life with us. We explore God's love for us, the Pascal Mystery, the battle for the mind, the role of suffering and making complete surrender of our hearts and wills to God. This class is so life changing we hope to be able to offer it in every parish in Maine.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church This profound and useful treasure has been largely ignored by the vast majority of believers. Most find it difficult to read and understand and do not have the time or discipline to study it, and yet it faithfully reveals the profound life changing mysteries of our faith. The goal of the class is to provide an in-depth but manageable study of the Catechism, doing so in an inspiring practical way. This is actually three series of classes: "The Creed, The Sacraments, and The Christian Life".
An Introduction to the Scriptures The famous quote of St. Jerome, "Ignorance of the scriptures, is ignorance of Christ," accurately describes so many Christians today. In our hectic busy world, very few take time to read or study the scriptures. Many of the faithful read small, disjointed selections as part of their daily devotions but would not have a clue where to find a reference (perhaps even a book!) if they had too, excepting for Google of course. This class is an overview of the entire bible focusing on the the great covenants of faith and their fulfillment in Christ and the Church. Our hope is do a series of classes, studying individual books, especially this of the New Testament.
Leadership Training "Without a vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18
Leadership is about having a clear vision of where you want to go and a clear plan on how to get there. It is about finding the right people for the right positions and building a team of leaders committed to that one vision and plan. Finally, it is about clearly communicating the vision and plan so that others are inspired to help fulfill the vision. Unfortunately many parishes have fallen into a maintenance mode of offering mediocre programs to the same people who are always doing everything. In order for a parish to be renewed, it will take bold, outside-the-box thinking by courageous leaders. Pastors, parish staff, and lay leaders of various ministries need to be inspired, taught and supported to launch new works of evangelization and discipleship. Our leadership retreats and trainings are designed to do just that. We will have more details as we redevelop the materials we have been using!
I want to proclaim the amazing and profound truths of our faith in whatever context I can! I lead small home groups, parish classes, retreats, and days of reflection, leadership trainings, staff retreats, evangelization trainings and a bunch more. I have worked with parents, kids, youth, Catholic and non Catholic adults, people with addictions and bishops and am comfortable with them all! No matter where people are in their spiritual journey, I welcome the opportunity to meet them where they are at and inspire them to embrace the truth that God reveals about them in the Gospel.