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Evangelization and Pastoral Care of Parishes

“Evangelization is the source of authentic personal fulfillment.”
–Pope Francis

Department of Discipleship and Family Life

Andrew Reinhart
Parish Life Coordinator


The Coordinator of Evangelization & Pastoral Care of Parishes provides parishes with evangelization opportunities, strategies, training, resources, and support in their evangelization efforts as well as support in pastoral care.   










What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. 

Alpha is a wonderful way for Catholics to engage in the New Evangelization in their homes, churches, and even work environment. Please read Bishop Daniel Thomas’ Statement on Evangelization & the Alpha Course inviting parishes to try Alpha.

Find an Alpha Near You

Interested in Starting An Alpha?

Please Contact Bret Huntebrinker, Coordinator of Evangelization & Pastoral Care, for further assistance and training opportunities. 

What is Amazing Parish?

Amazing Parish exists to revitalize the Church by equipping her pastors and leaders with the training, resources and support they need to create vibrant and thriving parishes. Although every parish is unique, we’ve found that there are three common “building blocks” that form the foundation of an amazing parish.

The Three Building Blocks

  • A Reliance on Prayer and the Sacraments
  • A Commitment to Healthy Organization
  • A Passion for Discipleship & Evangelization


Amazing Parish Online - Conference Training

The Amazing Parish conference training is now available online called AP Online.  The first modules include the most popular Amazing Parish conference content, featuring Patrick Lencioni and focusing on teamwork.  AP Online is designed to walk parish leaders and teams through videos and exercises, giving them the tools they need to build an amazing parish.  AP Online is made available to you free of charge thanks to the generosity of donors who believe your parish can and should be amazing.

Create your free login now or after checking out the first module (no login is needed for Module 1).  The login helps you track your progress, and it lets us know how we can better help your parish.

Each module takes 45-60 minutes and is accompanied by a study guide to help you and your team navigate through the trainings and exercises.  To get started, download and print the study guide for Module 1 and start watching the video.

For More Information on implementing this Parish Model in your Parish please contact Bret Huntebrinker, bhuntebrinker@toledodiocese.org.


Wednesday, April 25 to Friday, April 27, 2018

Hilton Anatole,  Dallas, TX (2201 N Stemmons Fwy. Dallas, Texas 75207)

The Discipleship and Family Life Office will be leading a group from the Diocese of Toledo to Dallas for the 2018 Amazing Parish Conference.  Please consider taking your parish leadership team to this “amazing” conference.  Around 20 parishes from our around our diocese have gone over the last two years and we have over 5 more signed up for this year already.

Registration for the conference is now open!  If your parish leadership team would like to attend the conference and needs a little time to organize the details, we invite you to save-a-spot today.  Please click here Save a Spot or click here to Register your team


The Amazing Parish conference is a practical and one-of-a-kind experience for parish leaders. You’ll receive first-hand organizational health training from New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, and you’ll learn from dynamic and engaging presenters including Curtis Martin, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Fr. James Mallon, Fr. Michael White, Tom Corcoran and Matt Maher. The conference experience is also an opportunity for personal and spiritual renewal with daily Mass, confession and Eucharistic Adoration.

Unlike other conferences, an Amazing Parish conference is a workshop-style format so pastors and parish leadership team members can work side-by-side to learn what a real leadership team looks like, how it operates, and how it can best serve its parishioners. By the end of the conference, you’ll also have gained a lot of knowledge and insight, you’ll have a clear, practical vision of what leadership can look like at your parish and how to implement it once you get home.

Please contact your parish trip organizer to make changes or contact Bret Huntebrinker at bhuntebrinker@toledodiocese.org.  


"These men and women testify to the power of grace, the nobility and resilience of the human heart." — Cardinal Robert Sarah

Courage members are men and women who experience same-sex attractions and who have made a commitment to strive for chastity. They are inspired by the Gospel call to holiness and the Catholic Church’s beautiful teachings about the goodness and inherent purpose of human sexuality.

Through our apostolate, people who experience same-sex attraction receive pastoral support in the form of spiritual guidance, community prayer support, and fellowship.

For more information about Courage: https://couragerc.org/about/

Confidential Contact: courage@toledodiocese.org

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"Love and sacrifice are closely linked, like the sun and the light. We cannot love without suffering and we cannot suffer without love." — Saint Gianna Beretta Molla"

EnCourage members are parents, spouses, sibling and friends of people who identify as LGBTQ. They are looking for help to keep the faith and keep their family bonds intact.

EnCourage members work together to understand the experiences of their loved ones, and to respond to them with compassion. They know that it is possible to express love for someone even if we can’t support all of their choices or actions. They find spiritual guidance to grow in their relationship with Christ, and community support from other members that helps them remember that they are not alone on this journey.

For more information about Encourage: https://couragerc.org/about/

Contact: encourage@toledodiocese.org

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