David has learned that listening is a key to reaching people’s hearts and minds.
Barbara shares the truth of Christ.
Sean listens to a young couple.
We need you to help us share the good news of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Every first Friday we evangelize on the southwest corner of Roosevelt Road and Fifth Street in downtown Phoenix. The Artwalk draws an eclectic crowd of young and old, rich and poor, artists and art lovers. Though we don’t use bullhorns or microphones and amplifiers, we get our quiet message of the love and salvation of Jesus Christ by standing on the corner offering free rosaries and other sacramentals.
Our team has found this varied audience presents great opportunity for evangelization. We have talked to lapsed Catholics, atheists, young people who barely even know about Jesus and non-Catholic Christians. The cordial conversations are always meant to lead people closer to prayer, the Bible, Christ, church attendance and the blessings of the Sacraments.
Come meet some wonderful people who are willing to chat us up every single month. Look for us from about 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night.
Every second and fourth Saturdays we set up a table outside the Burton Barr Downtown Phoenix Library, where we hand out religious items and try to engage people in conversations on faith.
Because of the large nearby homeless population, we also give out water and sack lunches. We hand out Bibles, Catechisms and other books on faith, when possible.
We are there from about 9 a.m. to noon, even in the hottest months.
(We will not be there on Holy Saturday, but should resume a regular schedule in April 2016.)
Come see what we are about!
It started with the 2015 Super Bowl hosted in Phoenix. We spent parts of three days, often in the rain, evangelizing outside the NFL experience near St. Mary’s Basilica. We handed out football-themed rosaries and spoke with thousands of people.
Then, in the fall of 2015, we brought more football-themed rosaries to the regular season Cardinal-Packers game and had hundreds of great interactions with happy football fans.
One woman who accepted a football rosary showed us her rosary tattoo.
In 2016, we were at the Washington Redskins/Cardinals tilt, and the Cardinals won. As we were nearing playoff elimination, many passersby laughed and asked if prayer was our last resort for making the playoffs. Hundreds of rosaries were handed out to great enthusiasm.
Next Event: Get ready for the fall 2017 when the SPSE team goes back to University of Phoenix Stadium to evangelize outside the game. Date will be announced soon. Watch for it here.
We want to acknowledge all the support we have received from the wider community. From rosaries to medals to tracts, we have been blessed with enough support to not only run our “regular” activities, but also to support events when they crop up. In particular, we want to thank all our prayer warriors — both those in- and out-of-state — for their constant interventions. Also, for the financial support we have received from our team members and from the general community.
For some reason — you can thank the Holy Spirit — we find that contributions come in at opportune times. For example, we had family members of a team member make a sizable donation to our training at a time when the team putting on the training was considering if they could make it work financially. Additionally, we are most thankful to the support of rosary makers associated with Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Ahwatukee and with the consistent supply of rosaries we have received monthly from the Legion of Mary out of St. Mary’s in Chandler.
All of the food we give to the homeless comes from our members and prayer partners. For the 2015 Diocesan Rosary Celebration, Mary Ann, a prayer partner, bought us holy cards, pamphlets and more to hand out to fans of the Rosary. In December 2015, when it was cold, one of our evangelists brought stocking caps and gloves for the needy. In 2016, a parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle donated a vending cart for our ice water we provide twice a month.
May the Lord bless you all abundantly!!
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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