Lesson Focus: Evangelize
Jesus asked us to go and continue the mission He began. Talking to others about our Catholic faith is part of that mission called evangelizing. We are called to go and to witness! The only qualification you need is that you were baptized. Trust that the Holy Spirit is with you whenever you speak to others, earnestly seeking the Truth.
Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
- To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Youth Bible orange colored edition (CYB-O) OR Catholic Youth Bible teal colored edition (CYB-T) as indicated.
- After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your child(ren) in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email email@example.com if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suite your family’s needs.
Begin your lesson with prayer –
- Begin your prayer with the Sign of the Cross
- Say the following prayer to St Therese together as a family:
St. Therese, ask our Lord to send us the Holy Spirit that we may know how to speak truth into the hearts of those we meet, and grant us the ability to imitate your “little way” of love in selfless acts to those around us, that by our words and our actions, they may come to know the Lord. Amen.
- End prayer with the Sign of the Cross
- St. Therese of Lisieux is a Saint with a reputation of doing little, everyday things with great love. Learn more about St. Therese of Lisieux by watching this video – The Life and Lessons of St. Therese of Lisieux. After watching the video, discuss your thoughts about how you can follow her example of adding love into each moment. “I understand that love comprises all vocations – that love is everything, and because it is eternal, embraces all times and places” – St. Therese of Lisieux
- Jesus called disciples to himself in order that they may go out and share all they learned from Jesus. The word of the Lord is often referred to as The Good News. Look in your Bible to find and highlight the definition of evangelist. (CYB-O pg. 1847 or CYB -T pg. 1743)
- As disciples we have also heard this Good News, and are called to share it with those around us – to ‘make disciples of all nations’. This begins with the people closest to us. Jesus shows us a great model of evangelization on the road to Emmaus. Read the account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-33 (CYB-O pg.1473 or CYB-T pg.1391)
> Parents, discuss with your pre-teen/teen: Based on this reading, at what moment did the two disciples recognize Jesus, and how did they respond? In your own life, at what moment did you come to recognize Jesus, and how did you respond?
- Following the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, discuss and implement ways that you can fit love into moments of your day. Create a poster to display in your home with words of love and encouragement. Send someone a message or letter with encouraging words of friendship. These are examples to help you get started. See how many ideas you can come up with and choose your favorites to implement.
- The idea of sharing one’s faith with another person can be nerve-wracking. Many questions come to mind – “Will I offend this person if I invite them to church?” “What if they are uncomfortable with my faith?” “Isn’t faith a personal thing, anyway?” Teens wrestle with these questions more than we may realize. Parents, have a conversation and/or role play with your teen overcoming their reservations about evangelizing to others. This video may also be useful for your conversation: The Do’s and Don’ts of Evangelization
End the lesson with prayer –
- Begin the prayer with the Sign of the Cross
- Watch We are Your Church
- End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross