Making New Connections—Long After Easter
May. 11, 2011
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Making New Connections—Long After Easter

–One of the hopes of every pastor in the weeks following Easter is that those persons in his parish who were baptized and received into the church at the Easter Vigil will become active in the life of the parish, participating in the mission and outreach of the faith community.

That doesn't always happen.

One of the difficulties of the post-Easter season, what we call "mystagogia," is burn-out. The parish team may have put so much energy into the R.C.I.A. process before Easter that a natural letdown occurs following the celebration of the Easter Vigil. It may be tough to get people back together for sessions during this time. And indeed, "mystagogia" isn't about more meetings. It's about going deeper, making new connections.

In the first reading for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, we see the Church in Jerusalem reaching out. Philip, one of the those helpers to the apostles we heard about in the Acts of the Apostles last weekend, is now "on the road," spreading the Good News to the city of Samaria. It's just the beginning of a wider missionary expansion of the Church. We're told that "there was great joy in that city" when Philip's work bore fruit with exorcisms and healings. It's every pastor's post-Easter dream!

But as a pastor—and as a Catholic communicator—I'm not looking for reports from parishioners or listeners about great missionary journeys or dramatic miracles! I'm just happy to hear that members of my parish join in some of our social action programs, become readers or greeters, and are fully integrated into parish life!

I also delight in the great stories of faith our producers discover, as Judy Zarick does in the two episodes we feature this issue: Catholics who took their "Easter faith" into discipleship and evangelization. Our guests on "Exploring Our Faith" with John Feister may move you to do the same!

At the least, look around your parish this coming weekend. If you have new members, go out of your way to encourage them to discipleship. If you're new yourself, ask how you can become involved! It will bring "great joy" to your pastor, to be sure!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-21 , #11-22)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick interviews Mike Salvatorelli, a young energetic, dedicated Catholic who is using his media savvy to assist Radio Maria.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger answers two pastoral questions: 1) What is the meaning of the word rescript found in Catholic books? and 2) How can I develop a personal relationship with the Lord before my upcoming marriage?

Marriage Moment
Susan Hines-Brigger, assistant managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger,offers her commentary, "Money and Marriage."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister speaks with Stephen J. Binz, who for over 20 years has been a Catholic biblical scholar, psychotherapist, author, and popular speaker in the areas of biblical studies, Christian spirituality and psycho-social personal development. Binz is the award-winning author of over 30 books ,including Conversing with God in Scripture: A Contemporary Approach to Lectio Divina (2008 Word Among Us Press). He speaks about how we can best respond to the Easter Scriptures.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from God and Country: Reflections for Catholics in the Military, written by Rev. Michael Ortiz and published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick talks with Mary Hallinan, who left her law practice after her sister was killed by a drunk driver. Mary felt called to ministry work, earned a counseling and religious studies degree and began a program called "Ministry of Forgiveness and Reconciliation."

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Don Miller answers these moral questions: 1) Where does the Church stand in the debate between evolution and intelligent design? and 2) Does the Church believe that people can be mediums between the physical world and the spirit world?

Marriage Moment
Susan Hines-Brigger, assistant managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger, offers her commentary, "Let's Talk About Sex."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Rita Burns Senseman, a catechist and team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, specializing in the Christian initiation of children. She has worked in religious education at the diocesan and parish levels. Ms. Senseman is a freelance writer of numerous articles and books on various aspects of the Rite of Chrisian Initiation of Adults, including A Child's Journey: The Christian Initiation of Children. She speaks about making disciples in the Easter season.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Jesus: A Historical Portrait, written by Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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