On September 25, Fr. Derek Sakowski and his team welcomed us to participate and help present at an Evangelization Retreat at St. Mary’s in Altoona. The evening included prayer, team building, the “10 Great Ways to Share Your Faith” talk given by our Regional Director Dr. Deb McManimon, and practicing our personal testimonies. We concluded the evening with an hour of Eucharistic Adoration, including a meditation and discernment exercise and intercessory prayer. It was a beautiful evening which we hope will encourage many good fruits in our community. Many thanks to Dr. McManimon, Fr. Sakowski, Marianne Callaghan, and Jacqueline Van Hemert, and to those team members who attended.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endures forever!” Ps. 118:1
As St. Paul Street Evangelization national transitions to St. Paul Evangelization Institute, our local team has continued its street evangelization efforts and worked to spread the message of the Church’s mission of evangelization. We have also been blessed with several new team members. Praise God!
According to recent statistics, only 3% of Catholics believe that evangelization is important (contrasting dismally with our Protestant and Evangelical counterparts). Yet, we affirm with Pope St. Paul VI that evangelization is the Church’s “deepest identity” and “she exists in order to evangelize.” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14) Therefore, educating our Catholic brethren on this mission is rather daunting and slow going at times. Yet “nothing shall be impossible for God” and so we persist with endurance, trusting that “hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Luke 1:37, Rom 5:5.
Yet, we affirm with Pope St. Paul VI that evangelization is the Church’s “deepest identity” and “she exists in order to evangelize.”
While we were disappointed by the cancellation of one of our planned outings in October, we have continued our evangelization work at St. Francesca Resource Center. We also have a presence at Sojourner House once every 3 months and hope to build on that. Coming up will be Advent efforts in connection with the Bridge to Wonderland Parade and Irvine Park Christmas Village. We hope to include carolers as we did last year. We also plan to be present on a more casual basis at the weekly Goldsmith Catholic Connect group.
The Lord has blessed us with local pastors willing to partner with us to help plant and water the seeds of evangelization in their parishes. In the past month or so, we’ve been welcomed at St. Mary’s Parish in Altoona, Notre Dame Church in Chippewa Falls, and St. Paul’s Parish in Bloomer. In the coming months we have outreach planned at Holy Ghost Parish as well as two Confirmation classes this spring. Many thanks to Fr. Sakowski, Fr. Burish, Fr. Feltes, Fr. Kizewski, and their religious education/family faith coordinators.
Updates: We have staffed a table at St. Francesca’s the past three Tuesdays! Many thanks to Tim, Sean, Michael, and Isaac for stepping up. I was there with Isaac yesterday morning; we prayed with a woman named Sherry, provided some sacramentals, information, and prayer books to a few others, and took several prayer requests to the Goldsmith Chapel.Also, shout out to Pam for coming out to the park and praying with me last weekend, and to Pamela Ann for continuing her mobile street evangelization with great success.
Continuing at St. Francesca’s: We are filling the roster for any Tuesday in July or August. The 9 a.m. shift is definitely busier than the 4 p.m. shift.
Irvine Park weekends; limited dates available: We will look to have our Irvine Park stand open at least 2 more Saturdays this summer.
One-Fest on Saturday, July 28! Holy Ghost Parish will have its food stand open and we will have an opportunity to have an evangelization table next to the stand. We will be staffing this table to share the Catholic Christian faith at a fun event!
Mobile Evangelization: You never know when the Holy Spirit will place you in a situation where you feel moved to share a rosary, holy medal, or prayer card. These might come in handy at summer events, festivals, with family and friends, or just walking down the street.
Holy Hour for Conversion. This continues every Thursday during Adoration at Holy Ghost Church 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (rosary at 6). Prayer is powerful.
Watch for updates, including another training coming in September. Please pray for the mission of evangelization, pray for the Church and the ongoing conversion of our community and our own hearts. St. Paul, pray for us!
Deb McManimon and Denise Hirl from SPSE national, hosted by our local team, will present a workshop and training on “10 Great Ways to Share Your Faith.” This workshop will begin to provide you the skills and confidence needed to be a joyful witness to the Gospel. This event is open to any Catholic ages 15+, as well as those who may be interested in joining our team to visit with us. Free admission.
Where: Notre Dame Parish Life Center, 22 S. Prairie St., Chippewa Falls
When: Saturday, April 14th, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Each Sunday we are told “Go Forth, the Mass is ended”. What are we to go forth and do? We are to share the Good News with others. This is evangelization. How often do we follow this call from Jesus to spread the Good News? We usually don’t because we are not sure how to do it. Now you can learn the basics of evangelization and use these tips in your daily life. Come and learn 10 practical ways that you can begin to live out your part of God’s amazing plan for your life and His people.
Through collaborations with Religious Education (CCD) sacramental programs and McDonell Central Catholic High School, we will be giving 15-20 minute talks to both the Confirmation class and the high school student body in the coming weeks. SPSE permits Confirmed Catholics ages 16+ to participate as street evangelists, with a parent or guardian. Whether or not the Holy Spirit moves any of our youth to join the team, we look forward to sharing the Church’s evangelization mission – The Great Commission (Mt. 28:19) – with our youth. Your Mission (SPSE Youth Presentation)
Holy Ghost Parish will host a “Holy Hour for Conversion” each Thursday, 5:15-6:15 p.m., during weekly Eucharistic Adoration (4:30 – 7:30), starting Jan. 25th, which is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. We offer this time for conversion of loved ones, our culture, and our own hearts to a renewed faith. After gathering for silent prayer, we will recite the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Open to all. Please see attached flyer.
We are kicking off Advent with an SPSE outing at Irvine Park on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. We will have hot chocolate and Advent devotional booklets on hand, along with our other literature. Joining us will be a group of carolers, helping us to evangelize through the beauty of music. They will be singing Advent hymns such as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” as well as some favorite (Advent-appropriate) secular songs, like “White Christmas”.
Irvine Park’s “Christmas Village” opens the previous weekend and, while enjoying this fun community tradition, we hope to be a visible sign of the expectant hope of Advent preparing the way for the joy of Christ’s birth.
The commercial “Christmas season” seems to begin earlier each year. The Church’s desire to worship God in the rhythm of her liturgical seasons may be counter-cultural, yet He answers the true desires of every human heart. We hope to help our neighbors “prepare Him room” in their hearts this Advent by meeting them in the park on December 2nd. St. Nicholas, pray for us!
Our Chapter is hosting a “Rosary for Peace” on October 14, 2017 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Rose and Lily Garden (Marshall Park) in Chippewa Falls. October is rosary month and October 13th is the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun and sixth apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, who asked the world to pray for peace. St. Padre Pio considered the rosary to be our greatest weapon against evil. In a violent world, we are blessed to be able to project the light of Christ, reflected by Our Lady, to our community. Our team members will be there to hand out blessed rosaries and prayer cards, welcome visitors, answer questions, and of course, pray together. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
The event will be announced through our local parishes and is listed on the Volume One Events calendar here: http://volumeone.org/events/2017/10/14/246321_rosary_for_peace