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the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER EDITOR Jane E. Regan ADVISORY BOARD J.A. Appleyard, S.J. Jonas Barciauskas Ben Birnbaum Thomas Groome John McGinty Robert Newton Theresa O'Keefe Hosffman Ospino Barbara Radtke Jacqueline Regan DESIGNER Progressive Print Solutions Erinkate O'Donnell C2l Resources is published by the Church in the 2ist Century Center at Boston College, in partnership with the publications from which these articles have been selected. C2l Resources is a compilation of the best analyses and essays on key challenges facing the Church today. They are published with the intent of stimulating discussion and thought among bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and lay members of the Catholic community. © 2070 Trustees of Boston College The Church in the nst Century Center serves as a catalyst and a resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the United States
CONTRIBUTING PUBLICATIONS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
CONTRIBUTING PUBLICATIONS America , the national Catholic weekly magazine, has been published since 1909 by Jesuits in the United States for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. America is online at www.americamagazine. org. Subscribe via the Web or call 1-800-627-9533. Lifelong Faith, designed for pastors, church staff, and faith formation leadership, provides thought and practice in Christian lifelong faith formation in churches and homes. Each issue focuses on a particular aspect of lifelong faith formation and includes major articles by national experts, book reviews, and practical strategies and program models that can enrich leadership and enhance faith formation. For more information, visit www.lifelongfaith.com/journal. htm or call 203-729-2953. U.S. Catholic magazine is published by the Claretian Missionaries, a Roman Catholic religious community of priests and brothers. The Claretians are dedicated to the mission of living and spreadin...
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hwl / l - vJLjfll WHAT'S SPRINGING UP IN 2010? Spirituality Matters Spiritual Practices Log on at your convenience while the Encountering Mark, Matthew Christian Faith and course is in session and Luke: The Synoptic Gospels Moral Character Check our web site Growing Faith for Parents Handing on the Faith for more information an Evangelizing Church Spirituality in a Time of Rebuilding about these courses r / o and workshops Teaching Religion: Creative Jhe Qeed; what We Be|jeve Strategies for High School What Makes Us Catholic, Part 2
Growing Faith for an Evangelizing Church [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Growing Faith for an Evangelizing Church BY JANE E. REGAN Catechesis for adults, since it deals with persons who are capable of an adherence that is fully responsible, must be considered the chief form of catechesis. All the other forms, which are indeed always necessary, are in some way oriented to it. (GCD 40). This imperative to consider the formation of adults as "the chief form of catechesis" appeared for the first time almost 40 years ago in the General Catechetical Directory (GCD), a document published in 1971 by the Vatican office responsible for religious education. Many Catholics who reflect on their experience vis-a-vis this directive respond with one question: What have we been doing for the past 40 years? In Light of Vatican Council II Any conversation about the life of the Catholic Church in recent history almost inevitably brings us back to Vatican Council II (1962-1965). In this case, one could argue that it was the understanding of the Church and the role of die lai...
Evangelization in the Contemporary Catholic Church [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Evangelization in the Contemporary Catholic Church BY ROBERT S. RIVERS Pope Paul VI, in his 1976 apostolic exhortation On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii nuntiandi), states: "The Church is both evangelizer and always in need of evangelization." In this essay, Robert Rivers proposes that the work of evangelization has the potential for bringing a renewed vigor to the Church even as the Church reaches out beyond its own boundaries. It is not widely realized that evangelization was the principal theme of the Second Vatican Council. After all, there are no documents on evangelization. Yet Avery Dulles, now Cardinal Dulles, in a 1995 speech points to the opening of On Evangelization in the Modern World, which sums up the objectives of the Council as follows: "to make the Church of the twentieth century ever better fitted for proclaiming the Gospel to the people of the twentieth century." 1 In effect, Dulles says, in doing this Paul VI gave a new interpretation to the Counci...
INTERNET IDEAS FOR CROWING FAITH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
INTERNET IDEAS FOR CROWING FAITH Barbara Radtke Take advantage of some of the great resources on the Internet. Here are some good starting places. l. Check out these sites for Catholic teaching, news, and resources. www.vaticcm.va: Use the official Vatican Website to keep up with Catholic developments. It has news items, an online resource library, and great information if you are planning a visit to Vatican City. www.usccb.org: Use the official Website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for up-to-date press releases, news items, and documents; regular features such as lectionary readings (audio, video, and podcast), an online copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, movie reviews, and a list of (arch)diocesan Website links. www.americancatholic.org: This is a useful site for all things Catholic. Run by St. Anthony Messenger Press and Franciscan Communications, they have daily features as well as archived copies of their magazine St. Anthony Messenger and newsl...
Why Don't Catholics Share Their Faith? [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Why Don't Catholics Share Their Faith? BY MARTIN PABLE Many Catholics might get a bit nervous when they hear that the Church's primary mission is evangelization. Martin Pable gives some insight into this reaction and paints a picture of what an evangelizing adult might look like. In America in the spring of 2004, John C. Haughey, S.J., noted that many of his non-Catholic students are not shy about making personal faith statements, both in the classroom and outside. Catholic students, on the other hand, seldom do so. These Catholic young people will talk about Church issues and controversies or about moral values, but not about their relationship with Christ or about how they recognize God's action in their life. Father Haughey suggested some reasons for this phenomenon: a cultural bias against evangelicals, fear that such professions of faith may become mere formulas or the belief that one's actions (attending Mass, treating people with care) are the best ways to express one's faith...
Characteristics of an Evangelizing Parish [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Characteristics of an Evangelizing Parish BY JANE E. REGAN Deepening our attention to adult faith formation is not about adding more programs. Rather, we are challenged to recognize the way in which the very life of the parish contributes to maturing adult faith and enhances an evangelizing spirit. This essay looks at three dimensions of parish life that are pan of this faith-filled setting: the commitment to hospitality, the capacity for conversation, and the developfnent of faithful followers. To speak of an adult church is to speak of an evangelizing church. As the essay by Rivers makes clear the fundamental call of the Church is to evangelize, that is, "bringing the Good News into all strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new." Responding effectively to this call requires a parish community that includes adults who have sufficient maturity of faith to embrace this call to evangelization in their own lives. It also requires ...
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER UPDATE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
the CHURCH in the 2 1ST CENTURY CENTER UPDATE BOSTON COLLEGE ABBREVIATIONS JANUARY THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010 LECTURE Called to Become a Community of Practice "Presenter: Jane Regan, Associate Professor, STM* "Location/Time: Room 100, 9 Lake Street, 5:30 pm ■ Sponsors: STM and the C2l Center** ■ Information: 617-552-0470 or www.bc.edu/church2l "Webcast available: February 11, 2010 JANUARY - MARCH 2010 LIBRARY EXHIBIT Two Centuries of Faith: The Influence of Catholicism on Boston, 1808-2008 ■ Location: Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library (coming in late January) ■ Sponsors: Office of the University Historian, O'Neill Library, Burns Library and the C2l Center ■ Information: 617-552-0470 or www.bc.edu/church2l FEBRUARY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2010 LECTURE SERIES Carmelite Authors 101: Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection ■ Presenter: Salvatore Sciurba, O.C.D. ■ Location/Time: Trinity Chapel, 885 Centre Street, Newton Campus, 10:00 am ■ Sponsors: Institute of Carmelite Studies, STM and the C2l...
Back to Where You Once Belonged [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Back to Where You Once Belonged BY MARIA RUIZ SCAPERLANDA By weaving together data from research and the stories of a n umber of "returning Catholics," Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda provides insight into their experiences. At the same time, those connected with the Church are given a sense of how to be an evangelizing force for non-practicing Catholics. As a 39-year-old husband and father, much of Mark's life is taken up with the daily and often demanding tasks of family, including spending time with his 6-year-old son. While Mark's father and grandfather once experienced the Catholic Church as part of this fabric of life, the same is not true for the Denver programmer and systems analyst, who was raised Catholic in a family of six children. In many ways, Mark (who asked that his last name not be used) is typical of an estimated 17 million non-practicing Catholics in the United States, the second largest religious group in the country, according to the 1999 Yearbook of American and Canadia...
Refracting the Light [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Refracting the Light BY MARY ANNE REESE Young adults, generally understood to be those between the ages of 18 and 39, constitute an important component of the adult community. How do we extend the life of the parish into their lives beyond youth ministry and marriage preparation? Mary Anne Reese proposes that the first step is recognizing the diversity and giftedness among young adults. They are married, single, divorced and of every nationality and ethnic group. Their ranks include professionals, laborers, students, military and immigrants. Some are straight, some gay, some are parents and some have disabilities. The common ground is that they are Catholic young adults, defined by the U.S. bishops as men and women between the ages of 18 and 39. They also have in common an abundance of gifts, energy and heart. In their pastoral letter Sons and Daughters of the Light (1977), the U.S. bishops stated strongly that the Church wants and needs a stronger connection with young adult Cathol...
Seeking the Seekers [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Seeking the Seekers BY TIM MULDOON Parish Ministry to Young Adults Today While declining numbers in attendance at Sunday liturgy extend across all age levels, this seems to be particularly the case with young adults. Where are they? And what do people within the Church need to do to effectively invite the participation of many young adult Catholics? These are the questions Tim Muldoon addresses in this essay. Why aren't young adults in church? Why do many parents lament the absence of their children from participation in the Church's liturgy? Before I answer these questions, a few observations about the experience of young adults in the United States are in order. First, half of all Catholics under age ten are Hispanic, meaning that it is increasingly imperative that leaders in parishes and dioceses develop their understanding of and outreach to Hispanic communities. 1 Second, over the last several decades two factors, namely increased economic and geographic mobility and delayed ag...
Adult Faith Formation [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Adult Faith Formation BY EDMUND F. GORDON A Catholic Vision With a shift in our understanding of adult faith formation away from programs to an awareness of theforniative role of the life of the parish community, we also shift our sense of who the learner is, what kind of teacher is needed, and what content best serves the goal of forming an evangelizing church. Catholic parishes will have fewer liturgies every Sunday. More important than the looming priest shortage, all of the studies show that those who are under 40 are much less likely to participate in liturgy on a weekly basis than those over forty (CARA, 2002,4). Catholic parishes will have fewer financial resources. Not only will there be fewer people who attend liturgy on a weekly basis, but younger Catholics give a smaller percent of their income to the Church than do older Catholics. There will he a smaller percentage of Catholic children in Catholic schools. Despite the fact that there is a correlation between attending C...
Don't Miss the Second Half [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
Don't Miss the Second Half INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD ROHR Author and teacher in aspects of spirituality Richard Rohr gives us a sense of the movement from the first to second half of life. What role does suffering serve in this transition? What tasks mark the second half of the journey of faith? As he's entered middle age, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, who has been riding the spirituality circuit for more than 30 years, has started to think about life in halves: the first dedicated to establishing boundaries and a sense of self in one's own group, the second to opening oneself to a more universal vision of the world. Rohr is quick to point out, though, that you've got to have the first before you pass into the second. "We need to begin 'conservatively' with clear boundaries, identity a sense of 'chosenness,'" he writes in his newsletter Radical Grace. "Then as we grow older, we should move toward more compassionate, tolerant, and forgiving world views." Rohr's own first and second ha...
CROWING FAITH IN MATURING ADULTS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
CROWING FAITH IN MATURING ADULTS How does a parish community support the "maturing adults"—the elders of the parish—in their growing in faith? Richard Johnson provides insightful guidance to help us rethink the focus and direction of the support elders need. In Parish Ministry for Maturing Adults: Principles, Plans and Bold Proposals (New London, CT: Twenty-third Publications,2oo7), Richard P.Johnson, who has done important work in the area of gerontology and spiritual life, proposes twelve guiding principles for ministry with and for maturing adults. He discusses maturing adults within three distinct, yet overlapping categories: 1. Those who are often referred to as "Boomers," generally ages 55-70; 2. Those who are in their 70s until the point at which some impairment of daily living occurs; and 3. Those who require some level of assistance: either living independently, assisted living, in a retirement center, or skilled care center. (These are taken from the Website http://www.sen...
The Twilight Time [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
The Twilight Time BY JOAN CHITTISTER Throughout her book, Joan Chittister invites us to reflect on the burdens and blessings of old age and to recognize in each aspect of growing older the presence of God and the potential for spiritual growth. Afterword The Twilight Time Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; Trust God: see all, nor be afraid'!" Robert Browning Sean walks a couple miles every day and continues to write and research. Bill tees off at 6 a.m. every morning and handles his real estate work the rest of the day. Dick and his wife Willie take a trip to somewhere new in the world every year and do community service work in between. Treva still does bedside nursing every single day. Annie and Sophie never miss a card game. Mary Margaret does spiritual direction at the prison. Bernie is a hospital chaplain who walks miles of corridors visiting...