Director of Evangelization & Catechesis
We have learned over the last few decades that trying to teach the faith to people who have never encountered Jesus is much like trying to plant seeds in concrete; nothing will grow. Based on this experience we make it a point to do all we can to first offer someone an encounter with Jesus so that the seeds planted later can grow.
Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. It runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe. Alpha has eleven sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can–but don’t have to–share your thoughts. Alpha is for everyone!
Becoming Catholic provides an opportunity for adults who are interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church. This includes those who are not baptized, those baptized in another faith, and Catholics seeking to receive the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. It is also open to those adults who are seeking a faith renewal.
Do you long for greater freedom? Are there things in your life that you feel are holding you back from being the person you want to be? Are there people you have had a hard time forgiving? Do you see God as a distant judge or a loving Father?
This ministry helps people with all of these issues and so much more. It guides a person to surrender more fully to Jesus, rejecting all that runs counter to the truth as revealed by Him.
“What’s Your Story?” is a workshop to help people develop their personal story of conversion and be able to tell it to others, which is the most basic form of evangelization. We also partner with St. Paul Street Evangelization to offer “Basic Evangelization Training,” which covers many aspects of evangelization practices.
Families of Faith ministers to families who currently have children under the age of six. The group promotes fellowship and discipleship through social and spiritual opportunities at the parish.
Designed for girls ages five and up, Little Flowers Girls Club is based on learning Catholic virtues through saints, Scripture, and The Catechism. The Club brings faith alive and inspires girls to become authentic Catholic women.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast is a weekly gathering of roughly 200 men to discuss faith while looking at challenges faced on a daily basis. Through readings and small group discussion, men call on each other on to be intentional disciples of Jesus in their families and workplaces.
In a culture that is rapidly losing sight of the dignity of sex, Natural Family Planning is one of the most effective ways for a husband and wife to grow in intimacy and to better understand God’s extraordinary plan for marriage and sex. Participants learn various methods backed by medical science from qualified teachers along with support from other users.
This Apostolate promotes The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit throughout the state and spreads devotion to our Lord’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. This ministry hosts the annual Corpus Christi conference at OLGC on the weekend of the feast day of Corpus Christi.
We are blessed to have at our church a library that provides materials in all formats for individuals to use to gain a greater understanding of their faith. The library is located in the Father Byrne Room and is available whenever the church is open.
This ministry is a response Jesus’ mandate to “Go!” and proclaim the Gospel to all nations. It offers training programs in “Basic Evangelization,” and “The Top Ten Ways to Be a Great Evangelist.”