CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization
The Catholic Faith is not about myths or legends, symbols or literary devices. It’s about an encounter so overwhelming that you want to tell the whole world. It is an encounter with Jesus Christ. Throughout history the call of Christ has sent people to the corners of the earth with a message of great joy, a message that has built civilizations, inspired cultures, and even sent some to prisons and to their graves.
We have the same call - that’s the New Evangelization.
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Lesson 1 – Introduction
This documentary from Bishop Barron continues the story of CATHOLICISM and explores the Church’s mission amid the challenges of contemporary culture. Experience our Faith in action in CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization.
This 90-minute documentary tells us what the New Evangelization is and then takes us on a fascinating tour to witness examples of new ardor, new expressions, and new methods of evangelization in action. In addition to the documentary, there are four hours of extra features, including two of Bishop Barron’s speeches and full interviews with George Weigel, Ross Douthat, Brad Gregory, and Brandon Vogt, which provide insights on faith and culture.
The video-based study program can be experienced individually or in a group. Groups meet for seven 90-mintue sessions to explore what the New Evangelization is and how to do it. Each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of the Study Guide questions. Participants read the commentary in the Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be done either before or after they view the video, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed. The Study Guide Commentary was written under the direction of Bishop Barron by Brandon Vogt, Word on Fire Content Director and expert on the Church and the new media.
In addition to the Commentary, each section of the study guide includes “Questions for Understanding" based on Bishop Barron’s video presentation, Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church and “Questions for Application" that help you connect the material to your own life and experience.
Leaders can also register for a free training webinar which teaches the best ways to run an effective New Evangelization study group.
The Leader’s Kit provides essential resources for lay discussion leaders, including the DVD, study guide, facilitator guide, answer key, and prayer cards.
Lesson One: “Introduction”
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 2
- Lesson 3
- Lesson 4
- Lesson 5
- Lesson 6
Lesson One: “Introduction”
“What is the New Evangelization?”, Why is it worthwhile?” and “How does one do it?” Bishop Barron explains how the concept of a “new” evangelization began to take shape in the Second Vatican Council. Later, Saint John Paul II called for new ardor, new expressions and new methods to reach out to an increasingly secular culture, especially in the West. This calling is not just the responsibility of the Church at large; it is also the responsibility of each individual Catholic who has been baptized into a “missionary vocation.”
Lesson Two: “New Ardor”
New enthusiasm, new energy, and renewal from the Holy Spirit constitute “new ardor.” Today, we need a new passion for the mission of Jesus Christ. Bishop Barron takes us behind the scenes at World Youth Day to show us energetic examples of new ardor. The deepest source of Christian ardor is the Resurrection, which fuels us to actively reach out in love to others with the “Good News.”
Lesson Three: “New Expressions-Part I”
It’s not an expression of a different truth, but the same truth proclaimed and lived by Christ, that we have to express in a different cultural setting. Secularism tries to push God out of the public square and deny his existence. Bishop Barron explains why secularism is on the rise and the barriers to faith.
Lesson Four: “New Expressions-Part II”
Continuing the discussion of “New Expressions,” Bishop Barron explains more fully the barriers to faith and how we should respond.
Lesson Five: “New Methods”
Bishop Barron calls for “using the means and methods of our time to evangelize.” We gain insight from J.R.R. Tolkien, a fantasy fiction writer, and Archbishop Fulton Sheen who won an Emmy for his Catholic preaching on a major, non-religious television network.
Bishop Barron encourages us all to use new means of communication, such as the Internet and social media, to evangelize today. Also, Catholic groups that are evangelizing with the new media are featured.
Lesson Six: “Faith in Action”
The New Evangelization study also includes a sixth workshop-style session that guides participants in developing their own evangelization action plan, either as individuals or as a Catholic group/parish. This section is based on selected clips from the interviews conducted for the series and a self-administered worksheet that concludes in a personal, evangelization pledge between the participant and God.