Crossing the Threshold – Non-Churchgoing Catholics

It's estimated that at least two-thirds of the baptised Catholic community in England and Wales are non-churchgoing - approximately four million people. This makes a significant constituency of people who, in most cases, self-identify as Catholic but never or rarely attend Mass. The Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis has initiated a national project to support ministry to this group of people.

It’s estimated that at least two-thirds of the baptised Catholic community in England and Wales are non-churchgoing – approximately four million people. This makes a significant constituency of people who, in most cases, self-identify as Catholic but never or rarely attend Mass. The Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis has initiated a national project to support ministry to this group of people.

As part of the 'Crossing the Threshold' project it was decided that a parish-based pilot project was needed to explore how best parishes in England and Wales might be supported to plan and initiate local evangelisation, with a specific focus on ministry and outreach to non-churchgoing Catholics.

Here you can read about the ten-part national strategy for the 'Crossing the Threshold' project that reaches out to the 4 million baptised Catholics, who rarely or never visit their local parish. Nearly every mass-goer holds in their heart at least one person in their family who seems distant from the life of faith.

On 5 November 2014, the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Bishops' Conference published a research paper titled: 'Challenges and Opportunities for the New Evangelisation: A Case Study of Catholic Primary School Parents in England and Wales'.

A national core group exists to explore how ministry and outreach to non-churchgoing Catholics might be developed.