March 1, 2019

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Parish evangelization teams highlight outreach to alienated Catholics

Just a quick reply to a letter to the editor in the Feb. 22 issue of The Criterion.

Fallen-away or alienated Catholics could definitely use more attention in many parishes. Along with the unchurched and Catholics who are showing up for Mass regularly, alienated Catholics are a focus of what’s often called the New Evangelization.

Our archdiocesan evangelization office has an evangelization contact person in each of our 126 parishes. We are helping each parish who so desires to have an evangelization team—a core group of parishioners who reaches out intentionally to the unchurched, alienated and practicing within the parish territory.

There is much room for improvement, by God’s grace, in our overall evangelization and discipleship effort! All Catholics who are passionate about evangelization might approach their pastors, offering to be that evangelization contact person and somehow serve on the parish evangelization team.

Together, we can keep moving the ball forward in welcoming back fallen-away Catholics (and disciple-making in general) as the letter writer points out should be a high priority.

- Ken Ogorek | Director of Catechesis, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

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