Help Marylanders Discover Christ!
Dear brothers and sisters in Maryland,
Did you know that of the nearly one million Catholics in the state of Maryland*:
- 66% miss Mass every Sunday;
- 62% ignore their religion when it comes to absolutes regarding right and wrong;
- 64% don’t read the Scriptures regularly;
- 60% refuse to follow the Church’s unequivocally clear teaching on the sanctity of human life?
All indicators point to these numbers continuing to rise, especially with the continuing fallout from the sex abuse crisis. (A recent national poll found 37% of all Catholics are considering leaving the Church as a result of this crisis!)**
What must we do? In company with the saints who’ve blazed the trail before us, we must continue to offer the only solution that can heal our troubled Church and world: Jesus, who is the Light of the World.
Now more than ever the people of our time need to hear the Good News of our Lord’s mercy and invitation to become his friends and disciples.
Now more than ever we need a New Evangelization for both the “Prodigals” who’ve left or have never known the Father’s house and the “older brothers” who need to know the Father’s heart!
Over the next several months, 12 parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore are offering Discovering Christ courses. We believe this opportunity to encounter Jesus and His Church can be life-changing for an estimated one thousand fellow Marylanders—if we respond with courage and apostolic zeal.
You can play an important role in helping others discover Christ.
Scripture urges us to intercede for all people “to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Will you pray specifically for the fruitfulness of these Discovering Christ courses in your daily prayer time? Consider praying for nine days (a novena) using this prayer.
Below is a map of the 11 upcoming Discovering Christ courses in Maryland and when they're beginning. There are a variety of days/times and locations around central Maryland. Consider inviting a friend to attend one of the courses.
Our mission is dependent on the support of brothers and sisters like you. The largest source of our income (nearly 65%) comes from donations. Will you make a generous donation today to fuel our mission of empowering, equipping, and encouraging the Church to make missionary disciples for Jesus?
In the last ten years, an estimated 10,000 Marylanders have experienced the Good News through the ChristLife courses.
But there are over 600,000 Catholics in our State who need to be (re)evangelized and many other non-Catholics who need to be evangelized. In other words, “the harvest is enormous!”
Help evangelize your fellow Marylanders by partnering with us in mission!
“Now to him by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.”
Your brother in Christ,
Founder and Director
*2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study (Pew Research Center)
**2019 Gallup Poll