Home Visitation Training

The Office of Evangelization offers Home Visitation Training to parishes interested in reaching out to inactive members and non-Catholics. The training consists of a teaching segment as well as a practicum.

Home Visitation can be a powerful means of evangelization when it is properly done and when a well planned follow-up strategy is in place. Ideally every parish should develop some form of home visitation as part of its overall evangelization efforts.

The statistics in the state of New Jersey indicate that between 42% - 45% of the population is Catholic but only 20% practice the Faith.

With roughly 8,500,000 people in the state that is a lot of Catholics! If each parish simply targeted the non-practicing members first there would be more than sufficient work to keep them busy for a long time before they broadened their outreach to the non-Catholics!

Jesus started His ministry by going after the lost sheep of the house of Israel, that is, his own people. We can follow His example today by taking on the heart of the Good Shepherd and going after our lost Catholics as well.

The Home Visitation Training

1. Presents the Catholic understanding of evangelization:

  • defining it
  • sacramentally rooting it
  • historically following it through Scripture, Church teachings and the lives of the saints

2. Explains the central message of evangelization → salvation:

  • what it is
  • what it encompasses
  • how it is experienced
  • how to articulate it to others

3. Teaches the process/stages of evangelization:

  • seeker
  • lost sheep
  • disciple
  • apostle

4. Teaches evangelization skills:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • praying
  • inviting

5. Introduces participants to useful resources, tools and techniques:

  • literature
  • prayers
  • devotional materials
  • surveys/census-taking/interviews

6. Helps people strategize their outreach and follow-up:

  • target populations
  • time-frames
  • best approach to take

7. Accompanies participants on home visits:

  • mentoring them
  • supporting them