Things are going great as we get closer and closer to the summertime, which is prime time for getting out and evangelizing! I recently had some great conversation regarding our Joliet chapter of SPSE, and got a “stamp of approval” from someone who is very important!
First, on Ascension Thursday, I went out to get my mail when I noticed that there was a package on my doorstep. The box said it came from SPSE headquarters, but I knew I hadn’t ordered anything. When I opened the box (much like last time!) I was surprised to find quite a few things inside! The first was a bill for the materials, but that bill had already been paid, and not by me! Next, I found inside exactly what we needed: 100 rosaries, 100 miraculous medals, and several pamphlets of SPSE’s “How to Pray the Rosary”. This is a great start, as I’ve been told by other team leaders that the sacramentals are very popular with the people that they engage.
But this leaves the question: who sent me the package? I had a talk with Brian Lee at SPSE headquarters, and when I asked about it, he told me that someone had anonymously donated the materials to our chapter. How cool is that?! This was very providential, and I’m thankful to our Lord that we have someone looking out for us and helping us as our apostolate grows.
Second, today was the Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting in the Diocese of Joliet. I was appointed to this council after submitting an application less than a year ago. It’s a great opportunity to meet with others in the diocese in order to discuss a variety of topics. It’s also a great opportunity for us to dialogue with our shepherd, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. At the end of the meeting during our round table, I shared with everyone what’s been going on, and how we’ve officially started our chapter. His Excellency seemed very receptive to this and was glad to see the initiative move forward.
After the meeting, Bishop Conlon stopped me in the hall and mentioned again how glad he was to see this occurring in our area. I had gotten his “blessing” before on this initiative, but I asked again if he approved of what’s been happening lately to which he said, “Yes!” He was curious to know where we’d be going, and I explained to him our initial plans. He mentioned we may have to get permits for certain areas, especially fairs where we may have to register as vendors. He jokingly told me he doesn’t want to bail me out of jail! So it goes without saying that we have to cooperate with local officials in conducting any outreach, especially if it’s not on public property.
So on that note, if you’re not already aware, we’ll be meeting at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill on Wednesday, May 30th at 7 PM to make our plan of attack. We’ll all get introduced to each other and figure out what events we should be hitting first. If you’d like to get on the e-mail list for the Joliet Chapter, please send me an email so I can add you!
And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Please keep us in your prayers as we get underway!