April Fools for Christ

The St. Paul Street Evangelization team in Jacksonville Beach, FL had our first outing on Saturday, April 1st.  We started the morning at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, praying the rosary at 8:30, Mass at 9:00 and then Fr. Michael Houle, the pastor, gave a special blessing over us and our rosaries, medals, pamphlets, and other materials.

We spent about 2 1/2 hours at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion and were able to talk to quite a few people about the Catholic faith, gave out a lot of rosaries and pamphlets that explained the rosary and how to pray it.

We also distributed many pamphlets that explained the Catholic faith to both non-Catholics and Catholics that were not practicing the faith, and reasons why someone should consider becoming Catholic or returning to the Catholic Church.
We all agreed that this first outing was a great success and everyone had a great time, after getting over our initial nervousness.  Many people were surprised to see “Catholics” out there doing this type of thing.  Even the non-Catholics expressed their admiration for us being out there as witnesses for Jesus Christ.  We’re already looking forward to our next opportunity to evangelize.

First picture of our group

And another view.

The canopy was surprisingly easy to setup and important to have under the sun at the beach.

Michael our youngest evangelizer.

Table all setup and not blowing away.

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St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets. We do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public Catholic presence.

Christ’s call to evangelize was made to every Catholic Christian, and the Second Vatican Council reiterated this need, urging each of the baptized to bring the Gospel, found fully in the Catholic Church, to a culture that has largely reverted to paganism. As an on-the-street Catholic evangelization organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue for you to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith with a hungry culture. Click Get Involved on the menu to find out how you can help.

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