Reaching Out to Younger Catholics
Catholic Home Study, an evangelization ministry of the Western Province, is always pursuing new ways of spreading the Gospel in the digital age. In addition to Catholic faith formation resources available free on their website, the ministry recently launched a new prayer app and podcast.
“We are looking for transformational ways to reach out to younger people and invite them to embrace and live their faith,” explains Fr. Ron Hoye, C.M., Director of Catholic Home Study. “I teach people that the more time you give to God, the more God expands in your life.”
The new app, God Moments, is centered around the idea of encouraging people to take time – even a few minutes – for daily prayer. “We try to overcome people’s concerns that they don’t have time for prayer or that they are unsure of how to pray,” Fr. Ron suggests. “The God Moments app invites you, through a notification on your phone, to take a moment to pray three times a day – to give God your time and attention.”
“We are looking for transformational ways to reach out to younger people and invite them to embrace and live their faith.”
– Fr. Ron Hoye, C.M.
The app has already attracted more than 5,000 active users. “We are tapping into people’s natural desire to connect with God and cut through the noise and busyness of life,” says Fr. Ron. “Once your spirit gets into a habit, you start taking those moments naturally.”
In addition to the app, Catholic Home Study has launched God Minute – a prayer podcast based on a simplified version of the Divine Office of the Church. “Many good people – myself included – struggle to give God time in prayer,” says Fr. Ron. We’re able to meet this need, this desire, to draw people into the holy while still being immersed in their lives.”
You may download the God Moments app at the Apple iTunes Store or wherever you get your apps.