Why people go to church and why they don't
Two secrets to RCIA evangelization — smile at strangers and buy a van
If you go to almost any ministry conference or listen to Catholic media, you will probably hear that the future of the church in the United States does not look good. We’re told that Sunday Mass participation, especially among millennials, is in steep decline. Sometimes the experts will speculate that we need to become a more relevant church, offering more pop-style music, late-evening coffee gatherings, or exotic mission trips.

Very seldom, however, are any of these opinions backed up by hard data. Well, here are some actual facts to consider. The Pew Research Center asked 4,729 people why they do or don’t go to church. This is what they found out.

This little light of mine — how to let it shine
My friend, musician and composer John Angotti, recently led a retreat for a grade school near me. He asked the children if anyone wanted to sing. Liliah, a little second-grader, raised her hand and stepped forward. But then she got crippling stage fright and began to tear up. John picked her up, told her everything would be okay, and that she should just focus on him. He got her to sing "This Little Light of Mine," quietly at first, and then belting it out on her own microphone like it was a show tune.
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A Vision for Conversion
Eight Steps to Radically Change Your RCIA Process
Leisa Anslinger

You said yes to coordinating the RCIA in your parish. You knew it was going to be a big commitment and require a lot of your time. But it turned out to be much bigger and more complex than you ever imagined. The more you learned about those asking to become Catholic, the more you realized that "the way we've always done it" just isn't going to work anymore if you want to form lifelong disciples. Something has to change.

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Mystagogy of the Eucharist: A Resource for Faith Formation
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

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The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace
Diana Macalintal

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