Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Evangelization

The Office of New Evangelization exists
To support parishes in forming
Joy-Filled, Intentional,
Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ
So that On Fire with the Holy Spirit
They will be witnesses that
transform the culture around them.

WORD FOR THE WEEK: THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

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JUNE 16: THE MOST HOLY TRINITY 

Readings: Prv 8:22-31/Rom 5:1-5/Jn 16:12-15

Everything that the Father has is mine; the Spirit will take from what is mine and declare it to you. The Holy Trinity is a perfect community to which we have been granted access through the power of our baptism.  We live and move and have our being Christ and therefore, in the Trinity.  We have been adopted into this community of love. In Christ, we have access to God through the Holy Spirit.  We are not alone.  We are connected and praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Every time we cross ourselves, we are reminded of this joyous fact.  Every time we cross ourselves, we witness to this truth.

RESOURCE FOR THE WEEK: UEvangelize.org

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UEvangelize is a member based website that teaches and trains people to be evangelists. More than just a website, it is an online community. Membership is currently free and it gives you access to video course on evangelization made up of 5 modules of multiple lessons each covering Christian Identity, commitment to holiness, growing in courage, using the tools and persevering in mission.  In addition to these courses, members also get access to videos of four years of New Evangelization Summit recordings.  Right now, membership is free.

 

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My favorite benefit of the UEvangelize membership is the online community.  Every first Thursday of the month there is a online webinar presented by Michael Dopp and Josh Canning using Zoom as a platform.  Members can participate in the discussion via the chat feature of the platform and when time permits can join the discussion.  Through these discussions and chats as well as the private Facebook Group, the members who come from all over the world, truly become a community.  I have been a member for just over a month and am really looking forward to meeting some of these folks in real life in the future.

Check out this wonderful free resource, and join in the learning and the discussion at https://uevangelize.org/

 

RESOURCE FOR THE WEEK: The Big Tree Podcast/Alberione Project

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Today's resource is another podcast: The Big Tree/The Alberione Project is a podcast by seminarians of Theological College in DC.  They started it to learn how to use podcasting and new media for evangelization.  The seminary just went on break, so there will be a lighter schedule over the summer, but there are 10 episodes available from the previous year.  The basic format of the podcast is an interview, often with one of the professors at the Theological College, on topics of evangelization, philosophy, theology and living the faith.  The interviews are generally light hearted, and not overly academic, but at the same time, will give you food for thought and prayer.

Currently there are ten episodes available.  Some of the topics that I enjoyed are an interview with Bishop Umbers from Australia about Catholic Twitter and using social media; A discussion between seminarians about life in the seminary; an interview with Meg Hunter-Kilmer about love and mercy and living the life of a hobo for the kingdom, living out of her car and traveling the country to speak about God, apologetics, Christian morality and the life of prayer; and the 10 Thomistic principles of Social Media (or how to use social media virtuously.)

The Big Tree does not have a website (yet), but the podcast can be found on iTunes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-big-tree/id1450387041 or you can search for it on your favorite podcast catcher.  The group does have a twitter account (@AlberioneProj) .  Check them out.

WORD FOR THE WEEK: PENTECOST SUNDAY

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JUNE 9: PENTECOST SUNDAY   

Readings: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39 (62)

or, for the Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9/Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Ez 37:1-14/Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/

Jn 7:37-39 (Lectionary for Mass Supplement, 62)

Readings: Day: Acts 2:1-11/1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17/Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26

(reflection on John 20, 19-23).

Peace be with you … As the Father has sent me, so I send you … Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them… For the Feast of Pentecost, we normally focus on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that we have all received but this year, let us reflect on the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that our priests can hear our confession and offer absolution.  This is a true gift of peace which we all are able to receive.  If you have not been to confession in a long time, do not be afraid.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you courage and make an appointment to go or simply line up on a Saturday afternoon.  Then go and rejoice and tell others of the freedom that Jesus brings.

WORD FOR THE WEEK: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 

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JUNE 2: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 

Readings: Acts 7:55-60/Rv 22:12-14, 16-17, 20/Jn 17:20-26

In today’s Gospel, Christ prays for us, for you and for me.  He prays for those who, through the Words of the Apostles, will believe in him.  That is us.  The faith has been passed down to us through the apostles and all who followed.  He prayed for us to be one in him, to be in communion, and to love as he first loved us.  Will others come to know him through us?  Will you speak his name, share your faith, so that others may come to believe in him?  Let us pray for each other and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that all may come to believe and know the love of Christ, our Lord and Savior