COVID-19 Evangelization Resources
This is a page with online resources for Parish Leaders and Catechists during this unprecedented time. We hope these resources will enable you to continue to support your parish staff, catechists, youth, and adults.
PASTORS — DRE’S AND RELIGION TEACHERS — YOUTH MINISTRY — ADULT ED
RECORDED WEBINARS — SAFE ENVIRONMENT
In order to help our pastors and their teams, the Office for Evangelization and Discipleship has developed a step-by-step Action Plan to cultivate and mobilize a team for the good of the Church’s mission in this time.
Click the image below for a series of short videos where Brad Bursa discusses ideas on how to implement the Evangelization Action Plan
For the detailed step-by-step plan document CLICK HERE.
For support, contact Brad Bursa at email@example.com
Phone Call Outreach
Many pastors and parish staff have decided to call all of their parishioners, as a way to stay in touch and meet the needs of their people. The following resources will equip you to make this an effective and powerful form of outreach:
- Training on Effective Phone Call Outreach: PDF / PPTX
- Phone Script: DOCX / PDF
- Prayer Request Sheet: DOCX / PDF
- Phone Log Template: DOCX / XLSX
For questions, contact Nicholas Hardesty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hospitality during a Pandemic
This webinar will show you how to be more intentional about making your parish a warm, welcoming, and inviting place to be, even while taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
- Video of Webinar
- PowerPoint Presentation (PPTX)
- Script for Presentation: DOCX / PDF
- Recomendaciones de Hospitalidad durante la Pandemia: DOCX / PDF
- Diocesan.com: “Welcome Back” banners, posters, and floor graphics (for purchase)
- Article: Letting Grief Come to Church
For questions, contact Nicholas Hardesty (email@example.com)
Other Archdiocesan Resources
- Welcome Home – Information on returning to the public celebration of the Mass
- Worship in a Time of Public Health Concern (COVID-19) – A resource page on liturgical best practices, from the Divine Worship Office
- Pastoral Leadership – A resource page for priests and parish leaders, from the Pastoral Center
DRE’S AND RELIGION TEACHERS
For support, contact Andrea Patch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Our Sunday Visitor: FREE at-home lessons and resources
- Catholic Faith Technologies: Offering free online courses and materials from Ignatius Press and Midwest Theological Forum
- Pflaum: Free Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, and resources from Bayard, Inc.
- Loyola Press:
- Sadlier: eBook and resource login information
- RCL Benziger: Free 60-day access to all of their Rel. Ed. curriculums
- Ruah Woods Resources – Free for this time
- One parish is doing a show like Mr. Rogers every day at noon, called “Lunch Break with Mr. Jim”
- GB Resources has online resources for grades K-8
- OSV is also offering free webinars that might be helpful to staff and parents:
For support contact Christen Aquino (email@example.com)
- Use video conferencing to check-in with your youth every night:
- “How are you doing? What’s on your mind and heart? How can I pray for you?”
- You could also host regular small group sessions with your youth and two adults
- Sign up your parish youth group to Project YM Live every Sunday night
- NFCYM has a superb webpage with resources for reaching out to your youth during this time
- Damascus Catholic Mission is live streaming daily:
- Prayer Lab 10:30-11a
- Worship & Intercession 3-4p
- Night Live 7:30-8:30p
- Best Practices for Online Youth Evangelization/Discipleship and Pastoral Concerns (i.e. So Long Senior Year, Mental Health, Pornography, etc.)
- Helping Teens & Adolescents in Crisis Resource pages 7-8 Active Listening (Josh Englefield)
- COVID-19 Youth Ministry Resources Google Folder
- 2 Hour Retreats for Youth (Youth Groups & Schools)
For support, contact Nicholas Hardesty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Loyola Press: Six Weeks with the Bible Series
- Ascension Press: Bible Studies
- St. Benedict Press: Catholic Scripture Study International
- Baker Academic: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
- Emmaus Road Publishing: “Come and See” Catholic Bible Study Series
- Ignatius Press: Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
- St. Paul Center: Journey Through Scripture Series
Small Group Studies
- Loyola Press: One Book One Parish Program
- Dynamic Catholic: Parish Book Program
- Evangelical Catholic: Reach More
- Franciscan University of Steubenville: Discipleship Quads
- Renew International: Small Group Programs
Small Group Studies for Women
- Emmaus Road Publishing: “Courageous Women” Series
- Walking with Purpose Bible Study Series
- Our Sunday Visitor: “Stay Connected” Series
- Ascension Press: Belonging – Baptism in the Family of God
- Augustine Institute: Reborn – You, Your Child, and the Heart of Baptism
- Liguori Publications: Your Baby’s Baptism
- Agape Catholic Ministries: Baptism Prep
- Augustine Institute: Symbolon
- Association for Catechumenal Ministry: “On the Journey” Series
- St. Benedict Press: Credo RCIA Program
- All the Credo videos are currently free on their YouTube channel.
- The PDFs for the Catechist and Participant Guides are also freely available.
- Once you have downloaded the Guide, take a look at the table of contents and decide which chapters your students need to read and watch to stay on track with their formation.
- Team RCIA: Faith, Life, and Creed
- Archdiocese of Cincinnati: Vocare
- University of Dayton: Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (“VLCFF”)
- Franciscan University of Steubenville: Franciscan at Home
- Word on Fire: Word on Fire Digital
- Augustine Institute: FORMED (Get 40 days at no cost!)
- Catholic Answers: Online School of Apologetics
- Alpha: You can now host Alpha online!
Online Platforms for Virtual Meetings
All interactions online must meet Archdiocesan Safe Environment requirements
Here are some examples of online video conferencing platforms:
For a tutorial on how to use Zoom for your parish activities, please click below to watch our recorded Zoom training session:
Here are all the webinars the Evangelization Office has offered during the pandemic. Click the links below to watch an online video of each webinar:
- My Catholic Faith Delivered: Let’s Talk Online Religious Education
- Mission Team:
- Using Zoom: The Basics
- The Anti-Porn Guys: Parents, Kids, and the Internet
- Using Online Registration Platforms
- Parish Support Team:
- It is important to remember that Archdiocese of Cincinnati safe environment policies remain in effect. During the three-week closure of the schools, faculty and staff are still prohibited from:
- Have students come to the teachers’ homes;
- Meeting with students in private places such as restaurants, libraries, etc. (most are closed)
- Policy C.8 must be followed: Decree on Child Protection – July 2018 – C.8 Policy – Clerics, employees, and volunteers will use prudence when communicating with a child including, but not limited to, written communications, electronic communications, the Internet, online services, e-mails, instant messaging, online bulletin boards, social networking sites, social media, text messaging, pod casts, blogs, chat areas, and telephones, including cell phones. Appropriate and ethical communication boundaries in ministry must always be observed. Any form of communication that is intended to inappropriately manipulate a child or that incorporates any suggestive language, suggestive photos, sexual innuendos, inappropriate personal self-disclosures, etc., is forbidden. This includes visual, digital, or electronic communications in any format.
- C.3 policy: For any organized program or activity sponsored by the Archdiocese or an Archdiocesan Organization, at least two adults, both of whom have successfully completed a training program approved by the Archbishop and background check through fingerprinting or otherwise in a manner approved by the Chancellor in accord with the current policies of the Archdiocese, and who are not related to each other or living in the same household, must be present for any activity including, but not limited to, after school tutoring of any sort (whether the tutor is hired by the parents or not).
- This must be applied to all online-video based interactions with children.
- Mandatory reporting rules are also still in effect. If you have reason to believe a student is being sexually, physically, or emotionally abused, you must report it to the Children’s Services Agency in the county where the student lives. You must also report it to the Office of Schools and the Safe Environment Office.
Decree on Child Protection: The July 2018 Decree.