COVID-19 Evangelization Resources
Evangelization Action Plan
Please click on the triple lines on the top right corner of the video to access a series of 6 videos with Brad Bursa, Managing Director of Parish Support, discussing how to implement the Evangelization Action Plan. For detailed steps CLICK HERE.
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:
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.
Other Archdiocesan Resources
Welcome Home – Information on returning to the public celebration of the Mass
Guidance: Worship Together Safely – liturgical guidelines and strategies – 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
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.
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:
Guidelines for the resumption of Youth Evangelization Activities (As of June 2, 2021)
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)
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 – ***LINK BELOW
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
Parish Support Team:
The Process of Evangelization:
Lunch & COVID Calls
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.