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New Booklet by Chris Stewart - Order Today

The Seven Pillars of Effective Evangelization

We must proclaim Christ's message of the abundant life to all who are willing to hear it. We have been given the crucial task of sharing the Salvation of Christ with our friends, family, co-workers, and perhaps even strangers. We also possess the challenge of inviting back those who have left the family, that is, Christ's Church. This booklet will give the foundational principles to individuals, groups, or parishes on how to share the Gospel effectively. We cannot wait any longer. The Love of Christ wants to reach everyone. The question is...are we ready to be the instrument to introduce Christ to others?

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Dynamics of Evangelization in the Catechumenate

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the most radical rite since Vatican II because it raises basic questions about our very roots (in Latin, our “radices”). The catechumenate journey makes us ask: what is evangelization, what is catechesis, what are conversion, faith, mission, and ministries, what is Church, who are your God and Christ? In raising those questions for new Christians, we raise them for all Christians. The vision of evangelization for catechumens presents a vision for all of us. What is that vision?

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Good News, Bad News

Evangelization, Conversion, and The Crisis of Faith

Fr. John McCloskey has become a famous “convert maker” in the powerful corridors close to the White House. Having run the Catholic Information Center in the heart of Washington, DC from 1998 to 2004, McCloskey had direct contact with numerous well-known and lesser-known Washington figures. Among well-known Catholic converts instructed by Fr. McCloskey ...

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Becoming Catholic

Becoming Catholic

Check out our Questions & Answers or our Articles section to recieve guidence on tough issues on your jouney.

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Need a Speaker or Retreat

Need a Speaker or Retreat?

If you are looking for dynamic and engaging speakers to give a presentation at your next youth event or retreat, then consider Tony and Chris. Click here to learn more about how you can bring the Casting Nets team to your next event.

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Catch of the Day

When evangelizers rise from prayer, their hearts are more open; freed of self-absorption, they are desirous of doing good and sharing their lives with others. (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 282)

 

Casting Nets Radio Shows

Francis Cardinal Arinze - Interview
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Tony and Chris share their recent interview with Francis Cardinal Arinze, one of the most influential Catholic figures of the recent age. Cardinal Arinze is from Nigeria, and was ordained a Bishop at the young age of 32, having served as a trusted advisor to Blessed Pope John Paul II & Pope Benedict XVI. His Eminency is currently the only living Council Father from Vatican II. During this interview, we have a chance to hear his Eminency’s thoughts regarding the Liturgy and it’s role in the New Evangelization, his insight into the new English translation of the Mass Missal, and perspective on the importance and value of interreligious dialogue. 
Date: 10/10/12
FOCUS with Curtis Martin
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Tony and Chris discuss evangelization on the college campus with special guest Curtis Martin. Curtis is the founder and president of FOCUS, the Fellowship Of Catholic University Students. Hundreds of college students throughout the nation are being evangelized through this dynamic apostolate. Curtis will share how FOCUS has been so successful and techniques for anyone to become more successful in evangelization. Follow the link for more info on FOCUS. http://www.focusonline.org/site/PageServer
Date: 2/16/11
Chastity with Jason Evert
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Jason Evert joins Tony and Chris to discuss chastity in searching for your future spouse. For over a decade, Jason and Crystalina Evert have traveled the world speaking to more than a million singles about finding love without having to settle for less. They have authored numerous books on the subject and live in Southern California, with their children. Now they have a new book to be released soon, get more information at www.howtofindyoursoulmate.com or www.chastity.com 
Date: 2/17/11
Theology of the Body with Christopher West
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Christopher West joins Tony and Chris to discuss the beauty of Pope John Paul II's teaching on marriage and the Theology of the Body. These teachings that John Paul has left us truly speaks to the heart of every person and can bring each of us closer to being the person we are called to be, thus bring us closer to the Good News of Jesus Christ. If you would like more information on Christopher West or his upcoming speaking engagements go to www.ChristopherWest.com 
Date: 9/8/10
The Eucharist with Chris Stefanick
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Date: 6/23/10
 

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By Chris Stefanick

Eleven years ago I sat with my wife at the edge of the baptismal font with our hands on Ryan’s back, along with the priest’s.  Three dunks later he was a child of God.  It was no small journey.  He, like St. Augustine, was a philosopher. His questions flowed like an endless stream over late night beers.  He became our dear friend, though we knew he might never become a brother in Christ.

It wasn’t until Holy Thursday that Ryan willed to believe in God.  While listening to the Nicene Creed at Mass, he allowed grace a small opening when he asked himself, “Do I believe that?  And if not, what do I believe in?”  His walls of resistance fell, one after another, as the creed went on, “Yes! I believe in God the Father almighty. …Yes! I believe in the resurrection of the body! ... Yes! I believe in the forgiveness of sin, too! …Yes!  I do believe!”  Two days later the waters of baptism rippled with yet another convert.

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You sow and another reapsEveryone experiences this at some point: you feel you are trying your best, but nobody seems to be changing. You have been joyous and kind; you have been patient and firm; you have been praying for people and always keeping an eye open for the opportunity to share the Faith, yet no one has signed up for RCIA.

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There are really two parts to this question; the first has to do with ‘enough knowledge,’ the second has to do with ‘fear.

Enough Knowledge – We gave an answer to similar question about being ‘smart enough’ in another Q&A. You are encouraged to check that out but we would like to add just a few more points since this is such a common emotion.

1)      We as Catholics know our Faith better than we think. If you have been raised Catholic then you have been going to Mass since before you can remember and thus have the heard majority of the Bible read. You have heard songs and you have heard homilies about the Faith; you know more than you think.

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 When Rebecca got to college she was put in a dorm room with three other women. They talked about everything; it seemed they never stopped.  Danielle said she was a “very spiritual person” but didn’t believe in organized religion. Abby was a new ager who burned incense and talked a lot about her “higher self.” Amy had been to church a few times and “guessed she was a Christian,” but she believed in reincarnation and listened raptly to everything Abby said. When Rebecca said Jesus Christ was the most important thing in her life, the others were all warmly supportive, so Rebecca thought their warmth was a response to the gospel message.

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