Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Spring has FINALLY arrived to Minnesota, and with it comes prime evangelization time. People will be out and about in parks, at farmers’ markets, and on the trails, and we will be out with them, inviting them to take the next step in their journey with Christ. If you would like to join us this summer, please join us at a team kick off meeting on Sunday, May 20th, at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church, (ST. HUBERT CATHOLIC COMMUNITY, 8201 MAIN STREET, CHANHASSEN, MN 55317, UNITED STATES(952) 934-9106), from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Deb McManimon and I will be presenting basic evangelization skills, discussing dates, time and locations, and answering your questions and fears. Won’t you join us? Please let me know you are coming, or can’t make it but would like to join us at an evangelization event, by filling out the form below.
Deb and I have been busy this fall and winter, taking the message and resources of St. Paul Street Evangelization to lots of groups around the state. Since becoming a regional missionary in September, 2017, I have been blessed to share this message with several parishes, (parish and stewardship councils, Catechists Inservice Days, Youth Retreats), at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office of Evangelization events, at the annual WINE and Men’s conferences, and with lots of people in the pews. In all these conversations and presentations, my prayer for a Church renewed in her missionary zeal is being answered. If you would like Deb or me (or both of us) to come to your parish or group, please contact me. I would love to get you started on building a culture of evangelization in our local Church. I can email you a list of talks and trainings we can provide. Keep checking back as the weather warms up. My plan is get out a few times each month and I would love to add you to the team.
Denise M. Hirl, SPSE Regional Missionary, Twin Cities
We had a Holy Spirit filled weekend at the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. We shared our faith with several people from all walks of life, and had two new evangelizers join us! Please pray for Cheryl, who has been searching for a faith community for a long time, and been hurt deeply by some people in the name of religion. Please pray for a woman and her granddaughter who are Wiccan, but open to considering the existence of one God and his plan for their lives. And please pray for more joy filled people to join us as we take our faith to the people who most need to hear of God’s love for them.
Our next event will be the St. Gabriel’s Parish Festival.
Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the St. John Campus of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 6 Interlachen Road, Hopkins, MN
Sunday, September 10th, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the St. Joseph Campus of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 1310 Mainstreet, Hopkins MN
Even if you just want to observe, you are welcome! Is God calling you to take the next step? For more information or to let us know you will join us, please fill out the form below.
Have you been wondering if street evangelization is something you could do? Do you want to see what it is? How do you talk joyfully about your Catholic faith with strangers? Get all your questions answered and have a wonderful, grace-filled time! We will have a table set up on the front lawn of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday July 16th, 2017. Come for a short time or a longer shift. We will be out from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, and 11 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. We welcome watchers, prayer warriors and experienced and first time evangelists. Anyone who is interested, please contact Denise Hirl for more information or to let us know you are coming. Can’t join us? Please pray for us and for all those people we will meet on the street!
It’s prime evangelization time with all the parish festivals happening around the Twin Cities this fall. Please join us as we take our Catholic faith to the streets at one of the events below. Sign up is easy and evangelization is fun! Click on one of the buttons below to sign up for a shift at St. Gabriel the Archangel Fall Festival in Hopkins, MN on Sept. 10 or 11, or at the Nativity of Our Lord County Fair in St. Paul, MN on Sept. 17 and 18. If you are able, sign up for more than one shift!
St. Gabriel the Archangel Fall Festival in Hopkins
Nativity of Our Lord County Fair in St. Paul
I just finished reading the most helpful book about evangelization I have come across, and believe me, I have shelves of books on evangelization! Jared Dees’ To Heal, Proclaim and Teach is a practical, easy – to – read handbook covering real life evangelization. It is written for Church ministers and educators, but everything is easily applied to street evangelization. If you would like a jumpstart on the ins and outs of evangelization and a motivating summer read, consider this book. To Heal, Proclaim and Teach on Amazon
Praised be to Jesus Christ! The Twin Cities SPSE team spent two days (16 hours) evangelizing at the Hopkins, MN Raspberry Festival on July 16 and 17. Both days were glorious Minnesota summer days; the Virgin Mary came through with blue skies and a gentle breeze even though the forecast was for thunderstorms. She even arranged for our table to be next to the 1981 DeLorean in the car show, drawing lots of people our way! Thirteen first time evangelists from all over the Twin Cities joined me for the festival.
Twin Cities St. Paul Street Evangelization Team is hitting the road! We will be at the 2016 Hopkins Raspberry Festival in Hopkins, MN on July 16th and July 17th. Sign up for a 60 – 90 minute shift to spread the Good News of the Gospel and share your Catholic faith! Here are the details:
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on the front lawn of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 1310 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN, 55345; 90 minute shifts. You can sign up for more than one shift if you are able.
Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on the front lawn of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 1310 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55345; 60 minute shifts. You can sign up for more than one shift if you are able.
To sign up, click on the link below. Questions? Please email me at email@example.com
Welcome to your local chapter of St. Paul Street Evangelization.
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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