May 09, 2021
TH 33 - The Laity and the Call to Joyful Witness in the Apostolate
Participants will understand the importance of participating in sacred liturgy and connect this
participation to their missionary mandate to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one
another” (Concluding Rites, USCCB). This course is designed in two units. This first unit centers
on the Mass and specific faith community needs; the second showcases the New Evangelization
and Pope Francis’ evangelization methods “to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way
for our time” (Gaudete et Exsultate, No. 2). A final audio assessment will be an opportunity for
participants to address a specific ministry and reflect on its missionary outreach—its capacity to
be a joyful witness.
6 Lessons - Pass/Fail
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
1. Assess aspects of your ministry’s operation and mission.
2. Interpret research data from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
3. Develop different methods and opportunities to improve your ministry.
4. Review practical applications for “new ways of bringing the gospel to all” (c.f. Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Catechists and Religion Teachers, Jubilee of Catechists, 2000).
5. Identify specific characteristics of Pope Francis’ evangelization.
6. Define the term New Evangelization.
7. Explore challenges that the Church faces in the modern world.
8. Compose an audio file featuring The Joy of Mission within Ministry for your specific community’s needs.
9. Participate in Discussion Forums on specific lesson materials.
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