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Brian Murray wrote:

Hi, my name is Brian.

You sent me a Catechism a while back and I am now a Catholic in communion with the Pope. Praise to God.

There is a great need for revival in my city. There are many wonderful Catholics that I have met but there are even more who don't know the first thing about the Church and are not interested in Bible studies or helping out around the Church.

Those wonderful Catholics and I would love to start some outreach programs in our area. I was wondering if you could make any suggestions, and perhaps include some ideas for fundraising. Your Catechism ministry is a godsend and we need things like that here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, when you sent me the Catechism you sent me some Catholic Apologetics cards with your web site and e-mail. I was wondering if you could send me more.

I think it would be great help.

Thank you for your time.

Brian

  { Do you have ideas on how a group of Catholics could start an outreach program or on fundraising? }

Mike replied:

Hi Brian,

Great to hear from you and welcome to the family!!

I'm glad you found our web site helpful. I have a strong team behind me without which I couldn't do this work.

One thing, our AskACatholic team envy about Evangelical Protestants is their zeal for the Faith and for the Sacred Scriptures. 

Scott Hahn, when he joined the Church, said we, [Catholics], are like Rockefeller's in the ghettos who don't know how to write out checks, so I empathize with your situation.

I would do several things:

  1. First read the following web pages to get a sense of how we started:

to get a sense of how we started.

  1. Check out our Starting your own CPATS group page.

  2. Work with what you have and include a daily prayer life focused on this specific issue.
  • What do you possibly have?

    1. Talk to your pastor and share with him your interests. We all have a calling in the Church. Through prayer, you will discover yours.  If he doesn't seem interested or doesn't seem to care, find another priest.

      Remember, Catholics don't leave Peter because of Judas behavior.

    2. Talk to the network of good Catholic friends you have met and share with them your interest in developing a Catholic Support group in the form of Catholic Scripture Study, Faith-sharing or just getting together as friends over some food and drink. Try to set a good day and time aside for all to get involved on a periodic basis.

    3. No one person knows everything: except the Divine Person, Jesus.   Having a Catholic support group where you can ask friends questions, makes you stronger and them stronger. When we answer questions correctly, we re-enforce the belief in us.

Sorry, I know nothing about fundraising. : (

I'll get some more cards in the mail for you.

For those who I cannot reach, these are the cards Brian was referring to.

Maybe you can download these PNG files and work them into similar business-like AskACatholic cards you can pass out to family and friends.

AskACatholic Card - Front

 

AskACatholic Card - Back BibleBeltCatholics.com

One final note:

I use to run a free program that sent Catechisms to seeking Protestants and non-Christians but no longer have the financial or operational means to do this anymore. Nevertheless, if you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics.

If you, or any visitor, has been helped by our work at AskACatholic.com, consider financially supporting us today.

Take care,

Mike

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