"We will discuss the meaning of new evangelization and the obligation we have as Catholics from our reception of baptism to proclaim the Lord to our brothers and sisters. In sharing sessions we will examine some of the practices and initiatives already in use by our parish staffs."The event description at our Archdiocese's websites says,
"This day is intended for:Regarding the latter two categories, the Role Description for Parish Representative for Evangelization says,
All priests and parish directors
One representative from each parish in the Archdiocese
Parishes with a significant cultural group may also send an additional representative from that group"
"The parish representative is envisioned to serve from May of 2012 until the Fall of 2013 when training sessions will be offered for parishioners who will be directly involved in the evangelization activity."Among the representatives' responsibilities is,
"Assist with the transition of parish evangelization activity to the appropriate committee(s) of the parish council."That choice of committiee is among the goals, characterized as "Outcomes", on the Schedule:
I note that all these "outcomes" are actually inputs. All could literally be checked off next November even if not one inactive Catholic was affected by the effort.
To inform, define and inspire about evangelization
To initiate or increase evangelization activity in every parish
To insure that every parish has a committee designated to coordinate evangelization efforts, preferably Formation or Religious Education
To insure that every parish has an RCIA process or collaborates with other parishes
To insure that every parish conducts an evangelization activity during the Year of Faith – September, 2012 through November, 2013
The Schedule includes the usual presentations, small group discussion (30 minutes), and large group "sharing" (15 minutes). Usual in, usual out, is my expectation.