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“I sense that the moment has come to commit all the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes . “No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty : to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”

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“I sense that the moment has come to commitall the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes.

“No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supremeduty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”

Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris missio, No. 3 (1990)(On the permanent validity of the Church's missionary mandate)

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Who Has Been Entrusted To Our Care?

The Whole World!

Practicing (and Quasi-Practicing) Catholics

Inactive Catholics

The Unchurched

Other Christian Believers

Non-Christian Believers

Agnostics, Atheists, New Agers…

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Who must we reach?Target Audiences according toDegree of Participation in and Relationship with the Church

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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  • Practicing (and Quasi-Practicing) Catholics

  • 23% of US Population is Catholic

  • An estimated two-thirds of Catholics in the United States

  • stop practicing their faith

  • for a portion of their lives.

  • (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate-CARA 2005)

  • Some never return…

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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  • Inactive Catholics

  • In the United States,

  • the second largest body of Christians is comprised of

  • Catholics who no longer practice their faith,

  • an estimated 17-21 million.

  • Many of these are people who are dear to us:

  • former parishioners, neighbors,

  • relatives and friends…

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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The Catholic Population in the U.S.Churched and Unchurched…

Catholic population:

23% of the U.S. population = 69,135,254

Number of Unchurched:

43% of Americans are “unchurched” (Gallup Poll, September 2005)

Not members, have not attended church, synagogue, mosque in past 6 months

Number of Inactive Catholics:

Approximately 21,000,000 of the unchurched in America are inactive

Catholics. (18%)

New Adult Catholics: 154,501 in 2006 (0.06% of population… slow growth)

(The American Religious Identification Survey 2001: Graduate Center of the City University of New York.)

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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The Population in the U.S.

This analysis is based on responses to the question, “How often do you attend church or synagogue—

at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom, or never?”

Responding to this question in Gallup Poll surveys between January 2004-March 2006:

Americans who said they attended church, synagogue, mosque…

  • 31% once a week (Practicing)

  • 11% almost every week (Quasi-practicing)

  • 13% once a month (Quasi-practicing)

  • 27% seldom (Inactive, Unchurched)

  • 16% never (Inactive, Unchurched)

    Practicing and Quasi-practicing:

    42% said they attend weekly or almost weekly.

    55% if you add the “once-a-monthers”.

    Inactive and Unchurched: 43% seldom or never attend Church, synagogue, mosque.

    Church Attendance Varies by State: Church attendance is highest in the South and

    lowest in New England. Attendance varies widely by state. Five states with the highest

    weekly/almost weekly church attendance are Alabama (58%), Louisiana (58%), South Carolina (58%),

    Mississippi (57%), and Utah (55%). Five states with the lowest weekly/almost weekly church

    attendance are Massachusetts (31%), Rhode Island (28%), Nevada (27%), Vermont (24%), and New

    Hampshire (24%).

    Source: Gallup Poll News Service, April 27, 2006.

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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The Catholic Population in the U.S.Churched and Unchurched…

Decline in WeeklyMass Attendance:

Declined from 75% in the 1950s to about 34% in 2005

(Dr. Mary Gautier of CARA). The 34 percent figure is derived from phone surveys of 875

lay Catholics in 2005 by the Gallup Organization. “American Catholics from John Paul II

to Benedict XVI” by William V. D’Antonio, Dean Hoge, James Davidson, and Mary Gautier, The

National Catholic Reporter, September 30, 2005)

Increase in Those with No Religion:

An increasing number of adults in the U.S. do not identify with any religion.

1972: 5.1% of the adult population did not identify with any religion.

1993: 9.0%

2002:13.8%

(Winter 2006 issue of The CARA Report published by the Center for Applied Research in

the Apostolate, Georgetown University)

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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The Catholic Youth Population in the U.S

The Religious Experience of Catholic Teens

10% of Catholic teens say religious faith is extremely important in shaping their daily life

11% respond that their faith is extremely important in shaping their major life decisions.

9% of Catholic teens say they feel extremely close to God.

“Compared both to official Catholic norms of faithfulness and to other types of Christian

teens in the United States, contemporary U.S. Catholic teens are faring rather badly.

On most measures of religious faith, belief, experience, and practice, Catholic teens as

a whole show up as fairly weak.” (National Study of Youth and Religion.)

The study is reported in the Fall 2005 issue of The CARA Report published by the Center

for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University.

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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  • The Unchurched (inside and outside Catholicism)

  • “…more pressing than ever in our postmodern age… the need is felt for a new evangelization, which needs masters of faith andappropriately trained heralds and witnesses of the Gospel.

  • The Church's evangelizing mission requires, not only that the Gospel message be spread everywhere, but that it penetrate deeply into the way people think, into their criteria for making judgments and their behavior.

  • In a word, the entire culture of modern man must be permeated by the Gospel.“

  • Pope Benedict XVI,

  • Greeting to Students of the Roman Pontifical Universities, St. Peter's Square(October, 2007)

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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  • Parishes have to recognize their capacities to evangelize.

  • Welcome, invitation and

  • intentional evangelizationoutreach

  • must be hallmarks of all our parishes,

  • where there is:

  • Consistent evangelization of active Catholics.

  • Consistent invitation to inactive Catholics.

  • Consistent invitation to those without a church.

  • Caring invitation to other believers.

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Who are they?

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Why Catholics Become Inactive or Leave the Church?

Bishop Michael Saltarelli

In the United States, the second largest body of Christians is comprised of

Catholics who no longer practice their faith - over 17 million.

Some of these are our relatives and friends; people who are very dear to us.  

In January of 2001, Bishop Michael Saltarelli gave

Nine reasons why Catholics leave the Church (Origins, 2001)

Reason 1: Did not experience the power or presence of God in Catholicism. 

Reason 2: Did not experience warm, personal, caring relationships. Services seemed boring.  

Reason 3: Did experience the complex religious system as unrelated to their lives. 

Reason 4: Were hurt in some way by Catholics, clergy or laity, and have not been reconciled.  

Reason 5:  Are in conflict with the teaching of the Church on…matters of faith and morality.  

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Why Catholics Become Inactive or Leave the Church?Bishop Michael Saltarelli Nine reasons why Catholics leave the Church (Origins, 2001)

Reason 6:  Never knew their faith well or were ignorant of the

basics.  Easily misled.

Reason 7: Away because of a marriage outside the Church.  

Reason 8: Got lazy. Got busy. Did not make the time to be involved.  

Reason 9: Moved and never got around to finding a church.

Unless we reverse the tide,

there is likely a large number of Catholics who do come to church that could one day fall into one or more of these same categories.  

We who are passionate about the Catholic faith

need to do something about this.

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Where do we find them?Quasi-Practicing, Inactive Catholics

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Where do we find them?Inactive Catholics, Unchurched, Other Believers and Non-Believers

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How are we to serve them?What are we to do when we encounter them?

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How are we to serve them? What are we to do when we encounter them?

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How are we to do this?

Go and Make Disciples:

A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States

USCCB

Goal One:

To bring about in all

Catholics such an

enthusiasm for their

faith that,

in living their faith in

Jesus,

they freely share it

with others.

Goal Two:

To invite all people in the United States, whatever their social and cultural background,

to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ

so they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith.

Goal Two:

To invite all people in the United States, whatever their social and cultural background,

to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ

so they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith.

Goal Three:

To foster gospel values in our society, promoting

the dignity of the human person,

the importance of the family, and

the common good of our society,

so that our nation may continue to be transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How do we reach them?

With… (ATTITUDE / SPIRITUALITY)

  • Respect

  • Caring

  • Understanding

  • Knowledge

  • Contagious faith

  • Enthusiastic hope

  • Undying love for God and neighbor

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How do we reach them?

Through… (PEOPLE / MINISTERS)

  • Everyday Evangelized Evangelizers

  • Parish staff

  • School staff

  • Preachers – priests and deacons

  • Liturgical ministers

  • Religious educators

  • Youth ministers

  • Parents

  • Peers

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How do we reach them?

Through…

(CONTENT / FORMATION)

  • Convincing kerygmatic proclamation

  • Sound catechetical instructional

  • Ongoing discipleship

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How do we reach them?

Through…

  • Our Preaching

  • Our Teaching

  • Our Congregating

  • Our Worship

  • Our Ministering

  • Our Service

  • Our Training

  • Our Missioning

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How do we reach them?

Via… (MEANS / PROGRAMS)

  • Christian initiation and sacramental life

  • Well-planned liturgical celebrations, especially Mass

  • Vibrant community life and support systems

  • Meaningful prayer and retreat experiences

  • Classes, talks, and seminars

  • Practical Bible studies

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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How do we reach them?

Via…

(MEANS / PROGRAMS)

  • Mailings

  • Phone calls

  • Home visits

  • Festivals and recreational events

  • Parish Missions

  • Books, CDs, DVDs

  • Internet

  • Counseling

  • Material assistance

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Office for Evangelization

Helping the Archdiocese of San Antonio become an increasingly

evangelized and evangelizing community of faith!

Equipping Catholics to become everyday evangelized evangelizers!

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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“The Church exists in order to evangelize.”

Pope Paul VI, Evangelii nuntiandi, No. 14 (1975)

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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Questions for Discussion

  • What would I identify as the greatest evangelization needs in the Archdiocese?

  • What kind of evangelization is most effective in my parish at this time?

  • What things should we... START, STOP, and KEEP doing in order to reach our target audiences in the most systematic and effective way?

Prepared by Martha Fernandez-Sardina, Director for Evangelization, Archdiocese of San Antonio: 210-734-1668 / [email protected] / www.archsa.org/evangelization.


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