So often, we attend workshops on evangelization or catechesis or apologetics, and forget that these are not stand-alone silos of our faith but rather are all integral parts of sharing our faith with others. How often have I, as head of evangelization, said things like: we sacramentalize people but don’t evangelize them as if the grace of the sacraments has nothing to do with the openness of our young people to hear and follow Christ? Yes, catechesis is not effective in an abstract way unconnected from knowing and following Christ, but sometimes, catechesis is the introduction to Jesus opening the way for evangelization, which leads to questions and doubts and the need for apologetics and more catechesis.
This book by Julianne Stanz is a call to the need to evangelize by Catholics, aimed primarily at catechists and catechetical leaders, but a valuable practical guide to evangelization and creating disciples. Chapter by chapter, we are guided why we need to evangelize, that there is a need for a new evangelization and what evangelization is and how to start. It then looks at evangelization through the lens of catechesis and how catechesis is an integral part of evangelization.
Each chapter has reflection questions and a worksheet for catechetical leaders to reflect on how to integrate the material into you parish catechetical program that can be downloaded from the publisher (Loyola Press) Each chapter also has suggestions for practical actions to the reader can take to transfer the information from the theoretical to the real world and, for deeper study, a bibliography for further reading.
This is truly a wonderful book to help catechists make disciples of Christ.
Our diocese has the good fortune that the author of this book, Julianne Stanz, will be speaking at the June LEAD event on June 25 and 26 in Alexandria Bay. For more information click on the flyer below: