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Catholics plan 'Passion' evangelism
WorldNetDaily ^ | 2-09-04 | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 02/09/2004 10:12:56 PM PST by Salvation

Catholics plan 'Passion' evangelism
New website urges faithful to use film in sharing with family, friends


Posted: February 9, 2004
5:00 p.m. Eastern


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

While it is Protestant Christians who normally emphasize evangelizing unbelievers, a new online effort entitled "Catholic Passion Outreach" hopes to mobilize Catholics to use Mel Gibson's new movie to "spread, strengthen and share" their faith.

A cooperative project of Catholic Exchange and Ascension Press, the new website features a downloadable free small-groups handbook and a book for sale: "A Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions about Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ."

Ascension Press is a Catholic publisher; Catholic Exchange is a Net-based evangelistic organization.

"As a major cultural event, this movie offers Catholics a unique opportunity to share the power of the gospel with family and friends," said Tom Allen, president of CatholicExchange.com. "Unlike any other, this movie will inspire hearts and change lives. And it will evoke many questions about its artistic and theological aspects."

Gibson's film, which chronicles the last 12 hours of Christ's life and his resurrection, has generated high levels of both excitement and criticism. While many Christians have hailed the movie as an inspiring and accurate account of the biblical Gospels, others have blasted the film as anti-Semitism. Gibson himself is Catholic.

The guidebook offered on the new website was designed as something that could be given away to moviegoers at theaters. Matthew Pinto, president of Ascension Press, calls it "the definitive Catholic resource book on the subject."

The book, which sells for $5.95, has a chapter on "The Case for Christ" as well as the story of the founding and growth of the Catholic Church. Devotional prayers, the Stations of the Cross and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are included as appendices.

"We wanted to create a piece that offers a scene-by-scene analysis of the movie, both from an artistic and theological perspective. The book needed to be inviting, appealing to the casual moviegoer who may not be active in any faith, yet also rich in faith content," said Pinto. "People are going to have questions as they watch the movie. This book will give them the answers."

Evangelical Protestants have snatched up thousands of tickets for the opening of the film, scheduled for Feb. 25, hoping also to use it as an evangelism tool. Gibson has screened the movie for thousands of Evangelical pastors to generate interest among Christians.

At Wheaton Bible Church in suburban Chicago two members have offered to buy out two screenings of "The Passion" at a local theater.

John Mitchell, the church's pastor of evangelism, said: "We're getting involved in this way because we believe that Mel Gibson's movie … will cause people to ask the most important question of life, which is, 'What was Jesus doing on that cross?'"




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1 posted on 02/09/2004 10:12:57 PM PST by Salvation
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To: All
Catholic Exchange and Ascension Press website
2 posted on 02/09/2004 10:14:55 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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3 posted on 02/09/2004 10:15:48 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Protestants are into this big time. We will probably book two showings of about 200 each. Another church in town has five already and I think there are over a dozen more evangelical churches in our city doing the same.

We are also doing a three week sermon series going into Easter based on the movie and distributing 10,000 flyers regarding the series.
4 posted on 02/09/2004 10:18:25 PM PST by drstevej (THttABTSFitIotCRbtLaDJC)
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To: Salvation
Evangelical Protestants have snatched up thousands of tickets for the opening of the film, scheduled for Feb. 25, hoping also to use it as an evangelism tool. Gibson has screened the movie for thousands of Evangelical pastors to generate interest among Christians.

Our Church was able to obtain 3000 pre-release tickets for showings on Feb 23 & 24. They will go on sale at Church on Sunday and we expect they will be sold out before the 11:45 service. The pastor is encouraging the members to view it first and then, consider taking a non-believing friend or family member after it is released to the General Public.

5 posted on 02/09/2004 10:24:01 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o* &AAGG & Former member of PWAODSDNPOPTML)
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To: P-Marlowe; drstevej
You guys are pros at this. Unfortunately Catholics are just learning that they can evangelize.

Almost like Catholics don't think that the Holy Spirit does not work through them, just through Protestants.

It has been a big hurdle to get over for Catholics because we have had the mistaken belief that evangelism is connected to TV or door to door canvasing. Nothing wrong with either of them.

We have been proposing the use of the word "evangelization" instead. And it seems to be working.

God bless! On this one we are united! At least, in my opinion!
6 posted on 02/09/2004 10:33:00 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Oops!

**Almost like Catholics don't think that the Holy Spirit does not work through them, just through Protestants.**

Almost like Catholics HAVE thought that the Holy Spirit does not work through them, just through Protestants.
7 posted on 02/09/2004 10:34:38 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
I have seen a four minute clip of this movie and it was so powerful it was beyond words. I am not sure I can sit through the entire movie. I believe it will be a very powerful movie. Possibly the most important film of all time.
8 posted on 02/09/2004 10:38:05 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o* &AAGG)
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To: P-Marlowe
**The pastor is encouraging the members to view it first and then, consider taking a non-believing friend or family member after it is released to the General Public.**

This is exactly what evangelization is about. Issuing an invitation to sit down and talk, go to church with you, watch "The Passion" with you, go to a Christmas play at church with you, attend Easter Triduum Masses with you -- especially the Holy Thursday Mass when adults are baptized and confirmed. (Long service, but worth it!)


9 posted on 02/09/2004 10:38:13 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: P-Marlowe
The daughter of a member on the Pastoral Council with me saw it back in North Dakota at a youth rally that they attended. The college student told us that it was entirely quite in the theater for 10 minutes after the movie ended. No one moved. No one spoke. It must be very powerful!
10 posted on 02/09/2004 10:40:04 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Not doing too well on the spelling here tonight.

**entirely quite**

entirely quiet
11 posted on 02/09/2004 10:41:15 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
entirely quite quiet.
12 posted on 02/09/2004 10:45:57 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o* &AAGG)
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To: Salvation
As an evangelical Christian, I say go for it, Catholic brothers and sisters!
13 posted on 02/09/2004 10:53:45 PM PST by sfRummygirl (THANK YOU, Michael Savage.)
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To: Salvation
Bless you, Salvation. This one has got those who love Jesus working together to get the word out (and the tickets into the hands of those who need to see the film).

I'm praying this film can help turn the tide in our country back to God and purity, holiness of life, a nation that longs to do God's will. Turning the nation to Jesus, yes, that is what I'm praying for with Mel's film.

14 posted on 02/09/2004 11:07:21 PM PST by Maeve (Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy!)
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To: Salvation
Here's a place to watch the movie trailer
15 posted on 02/09/2004 11:08:38 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o* &AAGG)
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To: sfRummygirl
Thanks, rummy girl.
We are taking lessons from you on this. Even though we (as Catholics) have had missionaries out in the field in all nations, being on a personal mission for Jesus Christ is something quite new to a lot of Catholics!

We are praying for the strength, and for the courage to not ignore that inspiration from the Holy Spirit! Those few seconds of boldness........right?
16 posted on 02/09/2004 11:16:24 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Does evangelism really go against Catholic teachings, or is it just something that normally isn't done?
17 posted on 02/09/2004 11:29:20 PM PST by sfRummygirl (THANK YOU, Michael Savage.)
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To: sfRummygirl
No, it doesn't go against Catholic teachings. It is just something that we are now learning is part of our personal mission. For a long time I think Catholics took it for granted that the priests and religious would do all the evangelizing.

That, of course, is no longer the case. So as I said before, we are taking lessons from you.
18 posted on 02/09/2004 11:34:09 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
Some questions to ask someone you might take to see the passion (or -- questions you might be asked:

The 100 thought-provoking questions and answers help you penetrate the heart of the Gospel. The questions include:


19 posted on 02/09/2004 11:35:33 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sfRummygirl
The Bible gives us Christ's command, "Go, therefore, and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

It has always been there. I guess we Catholics are just starting to pay attention! LOL!
20 posted on 02/09/2004 11:37:10 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Well that's good. I think you guys should get out there!;-)
21 posted on 02/09/2004 11:57:13 PM PST by sfRummygirl (THANK YOU, Michael Savage.)
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To: Salvation
Unfortunately Catholics are just learning that they can evangelize.

Unfortunately, only a very few Catholics are aware of the need for evangelization.

I'm a relatively new Catholic. I became a Catholic solely through my own initiative (which certainly has some benefits). However, during a Mystagogia meeting after becoming a Catholic, I mentioned to the RCIA instructor and the sponsors that I wished that someone in the Church had evangelized me years ago. I got the impression from the response to my comment that evangelization was a concept that was totally foreign to these good people. That's a shame.

If someone had taken the time to explain the truth of the Catholic Church to me years ago, I think I may have converted years ago.

So, where do I sign up to become a Catholic evangelist?

22 posted on 02/10/2004 4:07:06 AM PST by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: Salvation; kstewskis; GirlShortstop; Victoria Delsoul; ILBBACH; Aquinasfan; NYer; ninenot; ...
I was at the Catholic exchange web site over the weekend. It is tremendous.

We've got 3 parishes in our community that will be renting out the theater for the Passion of the Christ, and then having discussions back at church afterwards.

Amazing... I never thought I'd see the day.

23 posted on 02/10/2004 4:16:52 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Freedom needs a soldier...)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger
Welcome to the Catholic faith.

We are really starting to change for the better.

There really is a hunger to get back to the basics, and really have it become deeper spiritually.

Certainly since the scandals over the past few years, the church is undergoing some deep philosophical changes that will, in the end, be better for the church.

24 posted on 02/10/2004 4:20:53 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Freedom needs a soldier...)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger
So, where do I sign up to become a Catholic evangelist?

I'm starting small - when non-Catholics come to the door to evangelize ME, instead of telling them "no thanks", I invite them in and share my faith with them. I leave the Catholicity tapes on the Metro & pray that the person who finds them will listen. I always carry several to give away to anyone who seems receptive.

25 posted on 02/10/2004 5:28:05 AM PST by nina0113
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To: Maeve
I'm praying this film can help turn the tide in our country back to God and purity, holiness of life, a nation that longs to do God's will.

It certainly seems that this movie is coming at the right time.

26 posted on 02/10/2004 5:29:27 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: sfRummygirl
Does evangelism really go against Catholic teachings, or is it just something that normally isn't done?

It's related to human nature and Catholic culture. Those brought up in the faith become lax, and tend to leave the evangelizing to the "religious," priests, brothers and nuns. The Church has been working to address this imbalance since the second Vatican Council, but old habits are hard to break. The most zealous, evangelical Catholics seem to be the converts from Protestantism, like Scott Hahn.

27 posted on 02/10/2004 5:33:23 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: nina0113; Rum Tum Tugger
I leave the Catholicity tapes on the Metro & pray that the person who finds them will listen. I always carry several to give away to anyone who seems receptive.

Excellent! "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" from Catholic Answers is also a good "leave behind." 5,000,000 copies in print. It's less expensive than tapes too!

Here's a link to Twelve Painless Ways to Evangelize. It's got good suggestions for beginning evangelists.

Here's another link to Starting Out as an Apologist

I believe that there is an enormous need for solid teaching. I think the best evangelism occurs in your daily, living witness.

28 posted on 02/10/2004 5:44:14 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan
The tapes are only a buck - when I made my first confession, I listened to the Confession tape in the car two or three times before I found the courage to go in, with my sheaf of papers covering 30 years worth of mortal sins.
29 posted on 02/10/2004 5:45:52 AM PST by nina0113
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To: sfRummygirl
I think Catholics still suffer from an inferiority complex from the "No Irish Need Apply" days.

We're gradually getting over it, but there is still a strong feeling that we don't want to bother anyone else with our beliefs.

30 posted on 02/10/2004 5:59:22 AM PST by B Knotts (Deport Arnold! <-(shamelessly ripped off from dangus))
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To: Aquinasfan; Rum Tum Tugger
check to see if your parish has a Legion of Mary group.
The Legion is made up of lay people and one of their "missions" is to evangelize.
You always work in pairs. One should always be praying while the other is talking or listening.
It's difficult at first but with the grace of Our Lady and the Holy Spirit it does get easier.

http://www.legionofmary.org/

see Door-to-Door with the Legion of Mary
http://www.legionofmary.org/d_to_d.htm


31 posted on 02/10/2004 6:56:55 AM PST by MudPuppy (To Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
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To: Salvation
Interesting thought about evangelism. I guess in my experience charity, and evangelism, begins at home. The obligation to raise my children as catholic is where my part comes to play ; my family. Am I my neighbor's keeper? Interesting question.
32 posted on 02/10/2004 7:07:46 AM PST by My back yard
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To: nina0113
Nina,
God Bless you! I was the supplier of those Catholicity tapes at St. Mary's and for the Legion of Mary. Although, I'm no longer an active Legionary I'm an auxilliary. I love those tapes and continue to hand out as many tapes and books as I can.

I've even sent cases of both to Iraq for Chaplains to give out :)

Keep up the good work!


33 posted on 02/10/2004 7:13:18 AM PST by MudPuppy (To Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger
**So, where do I sign up to become a Catholic evangelist?**

No signing up is necessary. By virtue of our Baptism we are all evangelizers.

Take it in three steps.

1. Gain the personal knowleldge (You did this in your RCIA classes) and continue to learn (by virtue of your being here, you are doing this.)

2. Contact and invite those immediately around you. Family, friends

3. Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ (and your own personal story) with those you meet at work, at school, at the mall, etc.

If you ever have any questions I have a couple of good references, both for programs for your church and for personal growth.

34 posted on 02/10/2004 7:14:16 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Northern Yankee
Wonderful! It is so exciting, isn't it?
35 posted on 02/10/2004 7:14:49 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nina0113
Great suggestions. Listen to the Holy Spirit. You will know who needs those tapes!
36 posted on 02/10/2004 7:16:09 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MudPuppy; nina0113
I have also given out the "Pillar of Fire" pamphlets.

If someone asks me a question about the Rosary -- then I answer it and give them a pamphlet on the history of the Rosary. ..........You get the idea!
37 posted on 02/10/2004 7:19:22 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MudPuppy
**I've even sent cases of both to Iraq for Chaplains to give out :)**

You are so special! Thank you!
38 posted on 02/10/2004 7:20:01 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Aquinasfan
Thanks for those great links!
39 posted on 02/10/2004 7:22:50 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: My back yard
** I guess in my experience charity, and evangelism, begins at home.**

You are right on. See Post #34 and take evangelizing in steps.

Self
Family and friends
Acquaintance >>>Community>>>World

40 posted on 02/10/2004 7:25:01 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: My back yard
**Am I my neighbor's keeper?**

Good question. From the Gospel of John we have the instruction:

"Love one another as I have loved you."
41 posted on 02/10/2004 7:26:33 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger
LOL, me too. I probably spent 20 years wondering and thinking and asking questions that Catholics didn't know or didn't take the time to answer.

Our new priest just assumed I had converted because my husband was Catholic and when I mentioned that my husband wasn't baptized until he was 46 he asked how I became a Catholic then and I just shrugged my shoulders and said "The Holy Spirit, I guess"

42 posted on 02/10/2004 7:34:22 AM PST by tiki
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To: nina0113
when I made my first confession, I listened to the Confession tape in the car two or three times before I found the courage to go in, with my sheaf of papers covering 30 years worth of mortal sins.

Great story!

Now tell everyone that there's nothing to be afraid of 8-)

43 posted on 02/10/2004 10:25:36 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan
It's the quickest way I know to lose twenty pounds.
44 posted on 02/10/2004 10:40:48 AM PST by nina0113
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To: nina0113
It's the quickest way I know to lose twenty pounds.

That wasn't the answer I was looking for ;-)

45 posted on 02/10/2004 11:34:30 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Salvation
The Holy Spirit is at work.

Is the movie part of our conversion?

Let us pray:

Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of thy people and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your truth and you shall renew the face of the earth.

Amen!
46 posted on 02/10/2004 11:56:50 AM PST by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed. Pray for our own souls to receive the grace of a happy)
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To: Northern Yankee
**We've got 3 parishes in our community that will be renting out the theater for the Passion of the Christ, and then having discussions back at church afterwards.**

This is great news!

I left a note for my priest today. The four local churches meet on Wednesdays, so I knew it was my shot for the week! LOL!
47 posted on 02/10/2004 5:30:14 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: B Knotts
**I think Catholics still suffer from an inferiority complex from the "No Irish Need Apply" days.**

Good reference. There was a time where signs were hung out:

"No Catholics Need Apply"
48 posted on 02/10/2004 5:32:23 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: franky
Amen!
49 posted on 02/10/2004 5:34:22 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Aquinasfan; B Knotts
I think I understand. Thank you both for the insight!
50 posted on 02/10/2004 10:15:11 PM PST by sfRummygirl (THANK YOU, Michael Savage.)
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