Evangelization apprentices

A weekend in mid July. The perfect time for a getaway to the beach, the mountains or a sparkling lake, right? Well, not if you are one of  122 dedicated parishioners from around the archdiocese, who will spend this coming weekend in Poughkeepsie at  Holy Trinity Parish. Holy Trinity is hosting two days of training on a parish evangelization course called Discovering Christ. This is one of three courses designed by ChristLife, an apostolate in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The other two courses are Following Christ and Sharing Christ.

The Archdiocesan Catechetical Office is sponsoring this as a facet of adult faith formation leadership training and 21 parishes are sending representatives.

At the end of the training, these representatives should have the tools they need to  evangelize their fellow Catholics, to enable them to better know or perhaps become reacquainted with Jesus Christ.

Discovering Christ consists of seven weekly sessions and a one-day retreat. Each session begins with a dinner, followed by prayer, presentation of the evening’s topic, and discussion. The topics include the meaning of life, why Jesus Christ matters, what Jesus wants us to know, why each of us need a Savior, why the Resurrection is so important, the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s relation to us, becoming a Catholic disciple and, finally, why we all need the Church.

The process of Discovering Christ gives people a chance to see, grow in trust and respond to what they are experiencing in the session. The process is designed to engage not the just the mind but the heart as well.

Perhaps your parish is sending people for training. If so, look for Discovering Christ at your church in the near future.

For more information, visit the website, www.christlife.org

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