Evangelization - go and share the lives of others, to accompany them on the journey of faith, to help them grow on the journey of faith...you must proclaim Him with the Word — but above all with your life.

Pope Francis 09.09.16 Holy Mass, Santa Marta

The Joy of the Gospel
1. "I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ."
Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 3
2. "There are Christians whose lives seem like lent without Easter... I understand the grief of people who have to endure great suffering, yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive."
Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 6
3. "For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?"
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4. "Goodness always tends to spread...If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good."
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5. "Those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others."
Quoted in Pope Francis, The Joy of Gospel 10
6. "When the Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelisation, she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfillment."
Quoted in Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 10
7. "Life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others. This is certainly what mission means."
Quoted in Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 10
8. "May the world of our time, which is searching... be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelisers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervour, who have first received the joy of Christ."
Pope Paul VI in The Joy of the Gospel 10
9. "The joy of evangelising always arises from grateful remembrance: it is a grace which we constantly need to implore. The apostles never forgot the moment when Jesus touched their hearts."
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10. "Christians have the duty to proclaim the Gospel without excluding anyone... It is not by proselytising that the Church grows, but 'by attraction'."
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11. "...today missionary activity still represents the greatest challenge for the Church, and 'the missionary task must remain foremost'. What would happen if we were to take these words seriously?"
Quoted in Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 15
12. "The Gospel speaks of a seed which, once sown, grows by itself, even as the farmer sleeps (Mk 4: 26-29)
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"In 2015 a significant evangelisation initiative called Proclaim ’15 is being launched to support, inspire and encourage new expressions of parish evangelisation. A project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, it is designed to affirm the good work that is already being done by the Catholic community, and to provide resources and events to profile and develop new expressions of Catholic joy and missionary outreach." 
Diocesan contact: Mrs Julia Palmer 0793 9043959 Julia.palmer@nrcdt.org.uk
& Mrs Diane Williams 0115 953 9841 formation@nrcdt.org.uk



Missionary Discipleship

Once again, I am delighted to commend to parishes and schools these excellent resources on ‘Missionary Discipleship’, the spiritual theme that I have asked that we particularly focus on during the Church’s Season of Eastertide to Pentecost.
I am delighted that so many people in our parishes and schools are already engaged in mission and play an active part in the wider community within which their parish or school is situated. I pray that the resources offered here will prove helpful in evaluating what’s already happening and in stimulating further reflection on how to engage even more people in the mission that Christ Jesus asks of all his disciples: ‘Go make disciples of all nations’ (Matt. 28:19).

Bishop Patrick        Easter 2019



Around 70 Catholic evangelists from England and Wales were present at a meeting with Pope Francis receive practical wisdom about how to share effectively the Catholic Faith.

Speaking at the International Meeting on the Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium in The Vatican, 18 – 20 September, Pope Francis, said of his Apostolic Exhortation:

"...it is about the main mission of the Church, that of evangelising! There are moments when mission becomes urgent and our response to it needs to be revived… How many people are tired and exhausted? How can we share with them the love of God?”

He added:

“There are many possibilities for us to recognise God's presence in today's world… All those engaged in pastoral care are called to read the signs of the times… Jesus spent the whole day looking for workers in the vineyard. Those in pastoral work go out and look for those in need, in search of the Lord.”

Pope Francis ended: “…patience and perseverance. We don't have a magic wand but we do have the Lord who accompanies us and never abandons us. Bearing witness is the beginning of evangelisation and is what touches the heart and transforms it."

On 21 September 2014 the Bishops of England and Wales invite parishes to celebrate Home Mission Sunday to encourage every massgoing Catholic to respond urgently to the call to evangelise. With most massgoing Catholics feeling the pain and sorrow caused by a large number of family members and friends not practising their faith, there is an urgency for us all to consider afresh how we might respectfully and joyfully reach out to our absent brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for all that you are already doing in this regard.