DRVC Catechetical Congress 2013


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The key note presentation by Fr. John Hurley, CSP at the Catechetical Congress for the Diocese of Rockville Centre at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY

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  • This is the mission of the ChurchDonald Senior (CTU) reminds us that it is not the Church that has a mission, it is the mission that has a Church.PARISH – Connection between parishioners and those w/in boundaries.(Ray East) What part of GO do we not understand?Evangelization and Mission
  • So often, we refer to ourselves as members of the Catholic Church…We need to begin using the word disciple and discipleship more in our teaching and preaching and formation…Membership is revocableDiscipleship is not due to our baptism Peter, denied, Thomas doubted and Judas betrayed 9 out of 12 was not bad Yet, Jesus gives the keys to PeterWhen refer to ourselves as disciples, two things come to mind Disciple of whom And, Disciple for what.Preaching – using the language of the disciplesHow and when did you first experience the call as a disciple?
  • 1983…New Evangelization Challenges to look at new expressionsChallenge in our time is moving from maintenance to mission – Bob RiversWeekend celebration of Word and Eucharist - not about shortage of priests - mass schedules bring people together - empty seats do not build morale or energize folks- Old St. Mary’sSigns of the times…how long are we going to keep doing the same things and expect different results…(insanity) - demographics - secularization
  • Not a re-evangelizing…
  • Times are different…focus is different
  • Clarity of information is important. Not personal…Our need therefore as catechists and catechetical leaders is to be ahead of those whom we teach by our own ongoing formation.
  • So, what is meant by a ‘NEW EVANGELIZATION?” Perhaps no one has provided a more concise description (not definition) of the NE than Archbishop RinoFisichella who is responsible for promoting it worldwide. Let’s see if we can parse what he said recently --It is about the Gospel being proclaimed. It is not a sociological initiative, per se. It is about evangelization with four things:New enthusiasm;New language;a different cultural context;Using new methodologgies.It’s evangelization. Now, most people when they think of evangelization, think proclamation and catechesis. But, the Church has already widened that perspective by talking about an “integral evangelization” that have 5 elements:Presence and witness;Proclamation and catechesis;Liturgy, prayer and contemplation;Human liberation and social development;Ecumenical dialogue.
  • http://www.lifeandwords.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/believe1.jpgBXVISigns of the times - growing up in the 50’s – culture - Pleasantville - secularization - God is not a given in our time and in many of our families - DC monuments
  • http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_518/127806352941Cd6G.jpgTeachers and preachers have great opportunities and platforms…How do we use them to the advantage of the Gospel?Ah, YES, how would Jesus seize the moment? Jesus and Pope Francis…Why…Old model…some think it still works… 45% of people going to church are 70+ 24% are 52-69Today, people just leave when they do not feel engaged or don’t LIKE it…Policies keep people out…ACTS (Easter seaon, Paul and Barnabas) we do not want to impose any burdens upon you…Use guidelines effectively for the sake of the Gosple
  • http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sss/about/images/Black-Woman-Teaching.jpgWho are the teachers you remember most and why?They personified the experience they were speaking about. - they brought the subject alive - they invited us into the experience.Gene Burke, you can listen a person into existence…
  • The HS is the principle agent of EvangelizationVeni Creator Spiritus…HS is in the mess, the conflict…Gene Burke…you can listen a person into existence…
  • A.Pope FrancisThose not present, the marginalized, inactive members…F. Sacramental Prep, RCIA & Spouses, Baptisms, Weddings and funerals.
  • Before we lose themF. Facebook and other technology for younger generations.
  • New York State – The Catechetical Leader for the Third Millenium While parishes remain the primary locus for the catechetical mission of the Church, the changing parish landscape presents numerous challenges to the work of the catechetical leader…the pastor, pastoral leaders administrator IN PARTNERSHIP with the catechetical leaders, is responsible for providing effective catechesis.
  • DRVC Catechetical Congress 2013

    1. 1. Rev. John E. Hurley, CSP, D.Min Executive Director Department of Evangelization Archdiocese of Baltimore
    2. 2. Proud to be a founding parishioner of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish South Huntington
    3. 3. as Disciples and Leaders in the New Evangelization 3
    4. 4. Matthew 28:19 Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
    5. 5. Discipleship  Disciple of Whom  Disciple for what
    6. 6.  Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And, behold, I am with you always until the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20  I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! Luke 12:49 6
    7. 7.  We learned that there is a chasm the size of the Grand Canyon between the Church’s sophisticated theology of the lay apostolate and the lived spiritual experience of the majority of our people.  And this chasm has a name: discipleship Sherry Weddell 2012, Our Sunday Visitor 7
    8. 8. Fishing  We have been at this all night and have caught nothing  Same forum, different fish  Challenges & Opportunities
    9. 9.  In our day, what has happened to that hidden energy of the Good News, which is able to have a powerful effect on one’s conscience?  To what extent and in what way is that evangelical force capable of really transforming the people of this century?  What methods should be followed in order that the power of the Gospel may have its effect? 9
    10. 10.  Mission effectiveness is always at risk in leadership  The vitality of our parishes and the church rests on our ability to answer the three questions
    11. 11. We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church. It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present-day society make all the more urgent. 11
    12. 12. Bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individual and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself. Its essence is the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, both being the work of the Spirit of God. 12
    13. 13. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the church, her deepest identity. She exists to evangelize… (EN, 14) 13
    14. 14. 1983 CELAM  The commemoration of the half millennium of evangelization will gain its full energy if it is a commitment , not to re-evangelize but to a New Evangelization, new in its ardor, methods and expression.
    15. 15. Synod of Bishops Lineamenta  …the New Evangelization is primarily addressed to those who have drifted from the Church in traditionally Christian countries.
    16. 16.  To underscore that at this moment in the history of the Church she is called to carry out a New Evangelization, means intensifying missionary action to correspond fully with the Lord’s mandate.
    17. 17.  The New Evangelization is a frame-of-mind, a courageous manner of acting and Christianity’s capacity to know how to read and interpret the new situations in human history which in recent decades, have become places to proclaim and witness to the Gospel.  These sectors concern society, cultures, economics, civic life and religion. Benedict XVI, #6 Lineamenta 17
    18. 18.  Pope Paul VI The Church exists to evangelize  Pope John Paul II …new in ardor, methods and expression  Pope Benedict XVI …re-propose faith in a culture which has lost the instinct to believe
    19. 19.  We wish to remind the entire Church that its first duty is that of Evangelization… 19
    20. 20. Catechesis is a work of evangelization in the context of the mission of the Church. Henceforth, Catechesis would be considered as one of the enduring concerns of the Church’s missionary mandate for our times. (GDC, 4) 20
    21. 21. This is the principal objective of Catechesis, which by its very nature, is an essential aspect of the new evangelization (Catechesi Tradendae) 21
    22. 22.  This is the principal form of catechesis, because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form. (CT, 43, 1979)  A Proposal to Consider…One cannot speak of the New Evangelization if the catechesis of adults is non-existent, fragmented, weak or neglected. When these defects are present, pastoral ministry faces a very serious challenge. 22
    23. 23.  He/She facilitates communication between the people and the mystery of God…among themselves, as well as with the community.  For this reason, one’s cultural vision, social condition and lifestyle must not be obstacles to the journey of faith. (GDC, 156) 23
    24. 24.  The new and unique situation in which the world and the church find themselves at the threshold of the third millennium, and  The urgent needs which result, mean that the mission of evangelization today calls for a new program which can be defined overall as a NEW EVANGELIZATION (EIA, 66) 24
    25. 25.  “…a form by which the Gospel is proclaimed with new enthusiasm, in a new language, which is comprehensible in a different cultural situation and with new methodologies that are capable of transmitting its deepest sense, that sense which remains immutable.”  Archbishop Rino Fisichella, America Magazine, October 15, 2012.
    26. 26. Re-proposing the faith in a culture that has lost the instinct to believe.
    27. 27. An encounter with the Lord brings about a profound transformation in all who do not close themselves off from him. (EIA, 68) 27
    28. 28.  The Light of Faith comes from an encounter with the living God and lights the entire journey for believers. 28
    29. 29. 1. Acknowledges that all disciples need ongoing formation. 2. Understands that people come from a variety of backgrounds 3. Value of Lay Ministry 4. Acknowledges that it is not about clocking hours to become competent. 5. Everyone in the church teaches one way or another and witness is the issue. Competent?
    30. 30. Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.
    31. 31. Culture of Formation is the Work of the Church
    32. 32. AGE % Going to Mass Weekly 70 years and older 52 – 69 31 – 51 18 – 30 45% 24% 15% 18% 32
    33. 33.  Mission effectiveness is always at risk in leadership  The vitality of our parishes and the church rests on our ability to answer the three questions
    34. 34.  1. Ministry of Jesus  2. Current Situation  3. New Evangelization  4. Positive Developments  5. Areas of Growth
    35. 35. Challenge Opportunity A. Christ’s call to all people B. Welcome the stranger, heal the sick… C. Urgent vigilance of the father of the prodigal son D. Focus on mission E. Think generationally F. Reaching out to who are estranged is a light to those who are new
    36. 36. Challenge Opportunities  23% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass each week  77% absent are not strangers  Challenges of busy life and priorities  Feed my people  Engagement… ongoing formation for preachers & liturgists  Schedules
    37. 37. Challenge Opportunities  Call to deepen one’s faith  The lens through which people experience the church and the world  We want to welcome back to the table  Education to a culture of formation  Change one’s experience  It is about listening, invitation and engagement
    38. 38. Challenges Opportunities A. Creation of formation programs in evangelization and catechesis B. B. Parish rightsizing C. Communications D. Focus on the 23% in ways that animate them E. What are we willing to do for the sake of the mission F. Technology
    39. 39. 39 Congregations are among the most dynamic, engaging, thoughtful, multi-cultural intersections of care, education, compassion and justice in America today.
    40. 40.  What is the greatest challenge you experience as a disciple with the call to the new evangelization?  What is the greatest opportunity you have as a leader in the call to a new evangelization?
    41. 41. Department of Evangelization Archdiocese of Baltimore 320 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201 410-547-5321 john.hurley@archbalt.org www.archbalt.org Forming Catholic Leaders for Faith Filled Service February 27 – March 1, 2014 Baltimore Hilton www.midatlanticcongress.org