Keys to Reaching Inactive Catholics


On Sunday after Mass, I stood talking with our DRE who was pulling registration duty for our upcoming religious education classes following all of the weekend masses. When I asked her how things were going, she told me that being there reminded her how few of our parish’s religious education students actually attend Sunday Mass.  Indeed, fewer than 20% of the students regularly attend Mass on Sunday, despite the fact that their parents faithfully bring them to religious education each week.

That conversation saddened me – what can we, as the Body of Christ — do to encourage our fellow family members about the vital importance of the Eucharist in our lives?  I’m still asking myself that question, but wanted to share with you this great opportunity to learn more about the “Keys to Reaching Inactive Catholics”.  Online friend John Boucher and his wife Therese are constantly looking at ways to reach out and evangelize.  Here’s some information they’ve shared with me about their latest project:

The Paulist Evangelization Training Institute (PETI) at will offer its online course Keys to Reaching Inactive Catholics from October 4 – November 14, 2010. Over the six-week course, John and Therese Boucher will discuss ways to reach today’s inactive, marginal and unchurched Catholics. They will explore six keys for developing a new model of everyday missionary outreach that goes beyond programs and relies on God’s presence in each person’s journey of faith. Early Bird registration of $112.50 through September 24.  $150.00 after September 24 through registration deadline of October 4, 2010. Groups of three or more save 50%, $75.00 for each person. Group members must register together.

Instructors: John and Therese Boucher, Diocese of Trenton, Winners of the National Council for Catechetical Leadership 2010 “New Wineskins Award.”
John and Therese hold Master’s Degrees in Religious Education and have been involved in catechist training, adult faith formation, and evangelization for more than thirty-five years. They are co-authors of, When You Notice the Empty Pews: Simple Ways to Share Our Faith, Engage Inactive Catholics: An E-Workbook, and Christmas Carol Festival Guidebook: A New Way to Reach Inactive Catholics. They have five children and live in Princeton, NJ.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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