Evangelizing during Advent 2016

Come join us every Saturday during Advent this year at the Gilbert Farmers Market!  It is a family friendly atmosphere and many need to hear the Good News and be invited back to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!  We will be setting up from 9 am to 11 am on Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, and Dec 17.  The Farmers market is a converted parking lot in the heart of downtown Gilbert,  just west of Gilbert road on Page Ave. We set up on the sidewalk just outside the Market area.

Call me if you have any questions.  Dave at 602 881 7546

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Evangelizing at Gilbert Farmer’s Market

We made ourselves available near the downtown Gilbert Farmers market this morning from about 8 to 10:30am and had some wonderful conversations.  Sean Kelly, Bill Enzweiler, Anne Marie Adams and myself found a great spot near a side entrance right across from the main parking lot.  Tables are not allowed on the sidewalk, so we simply spread out a blanket and placed our pamphlets. medals, and other information on it.

One young lady was discerning about whether to be baptized and in what faith and that was a great chance to discuss the history and beauty of the church Jesus founded.  An older woman was very thankful for a miraculous medal for herself and her mother who was very ill.  She was unaware of the story behind the medal and the fact that Catherine Laboure is one of our Catholic incorruptibles.   Another fallen away Catholic woman talked about her life and we had a 20 minute discussion about returning to the faith and the beauty and grace of the sacraments.

As the weather gets cooler, this will be a great spot to make a regular Saturday morning appearance.  Attached some pictures below.  Please pray about joining us soon!

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Summer 2015 Update

Hello everyone,

Hope your summer has been blessed so far.  I just wanted to reach out and connect with everyone as it has been several weeks since I have sent an email blast or we have been out on the streets in the East Valley.

The summer heat has certainly cut down on the outdoor events in the area that we typically target for Evangelization.  I have also been traveling frequently and that will continue for the remainder of July.  If anyone has any desire to Street Evangelize soon, please contact me before Sunday and you can utilize the street sign or any suppliers I have.

As we look toward the cooler months on the horizon, I would like ramp up the number of outings.  In this light, I wanted to ask if anyone would like to take a lead role in coordinating East Valley events.  These could be anything from town festivals, Catholic church carnivals, outdoor music events, city library outings, Food Truck gatherings, etc.  Anywhere were we expect large numbers of people to gather.   It would be great if we could be out at least 2 to 3 times a month starting this September.   With all the recent events and ways we are turning away from God in our country, we need to be present more than ever to proclaim the Good News and the truth and beauty of our Catholic Church.

Please let me know if you would like to lead in this capacity as it would be a great blessing to us all.

A couple other items I wanted to share…

  • If you are not yet a member of St. Paul Street Evangelization, please pray about joining and contributing to the Ministry in any way you are able.  The resources available to members are fantastic!
  • I recently applied and was accepted to the SPSE Summer Leadership Training event to be held August 11 thru 15 in Detroit, MI.  Please keep all of the SPSE team, instructors, and attendees in prayer during this time for wisdom and guidance and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
  • We will have SPSE information tables after all the masses at St. Timothy in Mesa the weekend of October 17/18.  Please join me to help answer any questions.  On Friday October 16, we will also be present during the St. Timothy Food Truck night to talk with people and model what we do on the Streets.  Please consider joining that evening as well as the more Evangelists the better!  I plan to present a 2 hour “mini-training” session the evening of Oct 20 for those who sign up during the weekend and want to know more about what SPSE is all about.  Times and details to firm soon.

That’s all I have for now.  God bless you and your families!

“Go out into the squares and proclaim Jesus Christ, Our Savior!”  Pope Francis

Your Brother In Christ,

Dave Tucker

Evangelizing in Downtown Gilbert, AZ – March 27, 2015

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The East Valley SPSE team went out for the first time in downtown Gilbert, in the Heritage District, this past Friday night during the “Gilbert Food Truck Food Court” event. We had 5 first time Evangelists * and they were fantastic out on the street, being joyful and smiling and welcoming to people they encountered. Our team was a mix from several area parishes and included:

*Carolyn and Steve Peterson – Queen of Peace, Mesa

*Carrie Mendoza –Queen of Peace, Mesa

*Victoria Kaehler – Corpus Christi – Legion of Mary, Ahwatukee

*Anne Marie Adams – Corpus Christi – Legion of Mary, Ahwatukee

Janet Manecke – St Timothy. Mesa

Joe McCawley – St. Timothy, Mesa

Dave Tucker – St. Timothy, Mesa

We gathered at 6 pm a couple blocks away and went over a few basics of the SPSE philosophy, looked over some of the resources and tracts available, discussed a few ideas about starting conversations and offering prayers, and then we prayed the Evangelists prayer together.

It was a little slow when we got started as people were still arriving to the event. We stood in groups of 3 or 4 with our sign and rosaries in hand on two corners of Vaughn and Gilbert Rd., which seemed to be the most active corners. We had several good conversations and it was a good night to for a first time experience. We all agreed that in the future, setting up an SPSE table near the corner would be beneficial and allow us to display the resource items available for everyone.

Here are a few comments from about the evening….

  • We received several words of encouragement from fellow Catholics who we met in downtown Gilbert that evening. Three people from St. Anne’s parish spoke with us and were very excited about what we were doing. I encouraged them to pray about joining us some time as we are all called to proclaim the Gospel.

I received an email from Manda Poffel, who is on staff at St. Timothy’s and involved in young Adult Ministry and Evangelization.  She happened to be out with friends in downtown Gilbert Friday evening.

  • Manda wrote “I was approached by some SPSE champions while I was leaving Postino last night. All of the ladies I was with are employed in Catholic ministry in some capacity. They were super impressed with the gals that approached us. It was awesome to see so many of you last night!”

Thanks again to our 1st time Evangelists! You did a fantastic job!

  • Steve, a 1st time Evangelist wrote, “My 1st reaction to giving the kids rosaries was—it was a waste because they would just play with them. But, the more I thought about it I decided “it was a good thing” because the sight of the rosaries in their homes might get their parents and/or grandparents thinking about their own faith. That these rosaries may initiate conversations/discussions about faith within the child’s families and maybe even with neighbors. That those rosaries thru the working of the Holy Spirit may do great things we will never know of. We even heard one child ask her Mom what the rosary was as they were walking away, the Mom replied “it’s to remind you of Jesus and, that He loves you”!
  • Victoria, a 1st time Evangelist wrote, “It really was not that difficult to ask the “passers-by” if they would like a rosary. I did not get a lot of takers but on the other hand, no one was rude or confrontational. I also gave out a few of the handouts. One little boy in particular was so happy to receive the picture of Jesus “Divine Mercy”.  He was a Christian and knew Jesus! My partner, Ann Marie was outstanding and approached many in the crowd and started a conversation!  She was very inspiring for me!  There were many fallen away Catholics out there whom I hope we planted a seed“.
  • Carolyn, another 1st time Evangelist, wrote, “I had a neat interaction with one gal who did take a rosary who said she “used to be Catholic” but, stopped going to church many years ago. She feels she does not need to go to church because she is a good person and, she reads the Bible every day. Plus nowhere in the Bible does it say we have to go to church. I spoke to her briefly about the beauty of community; how society having gone the way of everybody “doing their own thing” and, how that hasn’t turned out well. Since she had been away from church for many years I gave her the pamphlets on “How to Pray the Rosary” with her rosary and “The Reasons to return to the Catholic Church”. She thanked me and promised to read them.”

We took several prayer requests on Friday evening, please keep requests these in your prayers:

For Eric, struggling with addition

For Felicia, who lost her dad recently to cancer

For Louis, who is on the street and in need of a job

For Maria Carrillo, who has Lymphoma cancer

That grace pours over our community

Ken asks that the Holy Spirit root out apathy in the Catholic community

For Uncle Max, that he have a safe journey

For Nicole, that she gain control of her finances

For the Hernandez Family and their health

For Tio Luis, that he regain his health

For the soul of Caesar Cuhana

“A Future Not Our Own”

I recently came across this beautiful poem/prayer called “A future not our own” in memory of Oscar Romero and seems to me to have great wisdom in providing the right perspective on the essence of St. Paul Street Evangelization and our “planting of seeds” on the street.

I pray that it brings you some peace on your ongoing journey in discipleship

In memory of Oscar Romero (1917–1980)

A Future Not Our Own

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession
brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the
difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not
messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

Evangelizing at NFL Central in Phoenix

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First of all, a heartfelt thank you to the following 30 Evangelists who came out to support the SPSE gathering at various times over the Friday and Saturday effort before the Super Bowl:

Sean Kelly, Susan Long, Juan Favela, Michael Nepper, Kevin Campos, Michael Senderling, Chris Pena, Cossette Campos, Shawn Colomer, Joe McCawley, Manda Poffel, Michelle Garrett, Priscilla Tucker, Michele Lau, Joseph Hayden, Dave Knebelsberger, Janet Menecke, Mark Newman, Christina Sortino, Mary Noland, Andrew Lambros, NAU Students: Taylor and Ethan Ayers, Derek Kaiser, Maria Moore, and Andrew Pozlowski, NAU FOCUS Leaders Andrew Graupmann, Sarra Stanley, Katie Bandy, Kari Eloy

For those of you who could not make it out during those two days, there will be other outings and we welcome you to join us at another outing or event.

The following are a few notes from the NFL experience weekend:

  • A special thanks to Susan Long for the excellent idea of making football themed Rosaries for the event. Susan, Juan Favela and his wife, and other friends and family, joined forces to make over 700 of those rosaries!  The “Our Father” beads were made with small footballs and both Patriot and Seahawk colors were represented.
  • Barry Chin, a non-Catholic photographer for the Boston Globe, seemed to feel very comfortable with us and hung out under the SPSE canopy from time to time to relax and get out of the rain. We sent with him a few SPSE tracts such as “Why be Catholic”, so keep him in your prayers.  He was supporting a story on St. Mary’s Basilica and took many shots of SPSE activity and even captured some of the “Football Rosaries”.  Some of those pictures ended up in the Boston Globe article.  Although SPSE is not mentioned specifically, it was still fun to see a little bit of Phoenix SPSE activity in a New England paper. To read the article, go to http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/02/01/church-sits-empty-shadow-shrine-football-holiest-day/6q4wOxp5Rc12JIHYhtbNXP/story.html
  • Several days after the Super Bowl, I received a call from the St. Mary’s Basilica gift shop which was in close proximity to where we made our home base. The gift shop was now experiencing a flood of calls and emails looking for the “football themed” rosaries. She was desperately trying to find out who had them and how she could get some to fill some orders.  I explained that we were giving them away during the NFL Experience as part of our outreach to start a dialogue with people and share the joy and peace of Christ and the Catholic faith.  I had to chuckle about the situation and connected her with Susan Long so they could discuss some options.
  • It seemed from time to time during the weekend we would hear of different celebrity sightings. One that stood out for me was the young women who came out of the Saturday Vigil mass at the Basilica and was so excited to see Jim Caviezel at mass, the actor who played Jesus in “The Passion”.   Of course, many more were then claiming “Jesus” sightings jokingly.
  • Sean Kelly provided the following story from the event :

There were many Protestant groups on corners we did not occupy.  These groups all had one person proselytizing through a megaphone (usually on a ladder) while another person held a huge sign stating their core beliefs while others handed out literature. The St. Paul Street Evangelists discussed how we would like to have meaningful discussions with these people but the situation was simply not favorable towards beginning a dialog (one of these preachers tried to talk with one of our evangelists through his megaphone while on his ladder!).

Towards the end of our last night at the NFL Experience while handing out Rosaries and having discussions Sean noticed a man standing next to him and looking at him.  This man told Sean his name is Caleb and he identified himself as being from the protestant group preaching nearest to us.  He explained that his group is from the “reformed” tradition.  Caleb told Sean that their group had traveled to Phoenix from all different places across the country to preach at the NFL Experience.

What happened next was wonderful.  Sean spoke with this man for the next two hours covering many topics.  That night the discussion went in all directions (salvation, Church authority, Mary, baptism, Church history (in particular Bible history), etc.).  Although the discussion was very friendly it was clear that Caleb is not a fan of Our Lord’s Church (the Catholic Church).  The two primary differences discussed were Church Authority (they do not recognize the authority of the Church Christ founded) and Salvation (they believe we do not have free will – Caleb explained that he was there to reach already “chosen” (saved) people.

Halfway through the discussion Caleb excused himself to take care of some business.  When he returned there was a woman following him.  This woman had walked by earlier, saw St. Paul Street Evangelists handing out Rosaries, and had come back to get one.  She approached Caleb and, not knowing that he was not Catholic, asked him for a Rosary!  Amazingly Caleb did not try and talk her out of getting a Rosary and lead her away from Catholicism but he led her to us and asked if we could help her!  What a powerful Christian act of charity from one of our separated brethren.

At the event Caleb would not take a Rosary or any of our tracts but Sean followed up by mailing the following tract to him: Salvation, Petrine Primacy & the Pope’s Authority, The Bible Alone?, What About Mary and Common Objections.

Please pray for this man as we would love to one day see him in full communion with the Catholic Church!

  • Another powerful moment for me came when we met Frank who was visiting from the New England area and stopped by to check out our SPSE literature and talk with us. We were about to launch another small group of Evangelists and invited Frank to say the Evangelist’s prayer with us.   He joined in and was moved by our presence at this event.  I noticed some emotion in his eyes and asked if he or a loved one needed any prayer, as I told him we were a prayer team as well.  He talked briefly about his difficulties with his health but it was his broken relationships which seemed to be in most need of healing.  We asked him if he would like us to pray over him and he said that he would really like that.  We gathered around Frank and using the ACTS prayer model, let the Holy Spirit move us in prayers of Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplications.  It was a powerful few moments together on the street in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the NFL experience venue.
  • A woman who worked for the St. Mary’s parking garage stopped by to talk with Juan and look over the SPSE literature. When asked if she needed any prayer, told us about her Son who was now incarcerated but was Evangelizing in prison.  Juan pointed out that some of the Lord’s most powerful Evangelists are working in the prisons.  We asked her if she would like to take some CDs or the “Made for More” books we were giving away to him.  She indicated she could not take anything directly to him during visits.  Juan suggested we send some material postmarked from SPSE.  She provided the prison address and now several items are on the way.  Please keep her son Frank Poston in your prayers.
  • Please pray for some of the intentions of those we met at the NFL experience:
  • For Jeffrey who has cancer
  • For Destiny who is “searching” for spirituality and whose mother is Pagan
  • For the health of Peter and Leticia Wong
  • For the Flores family
  • For Dawn and John who are considering joining the Catholic Church
  • For Marty Banalle who suffered a stroke and is in the Hospital and his daughter Marlena
  • For Alyssa Alvarez who is 10 mo old with a Brain Tumor
  • For Dave Young in ICU
  • For Tess E. and Family and their healing for an unexpected loss of David, a dear Husband and strong Father
  • For Mike Marshall and his Military duty safety
  • For the soul of Luca Batinic
  • For Kathleen who is finding a home for a friend who is homeless
  • For Alejandro Paladino who is in the Hospital
  • For Quinton, Barney, Robin, Miguel, Jesus, David and Susan, Raul, and Howie
  • For Marie Chavez who is in failing health
  • For Donovan, who is deceased and for the Dashon family that there is no retailiation for the death
  • For Barbara who is deceased
  • For US Marine Staff Sergeant Bret Kerkhoff who was diagnosed with liver cancer and just had a baby
  • For Victoria who has cancer
  • For Dale Harris
  • For Frank Ricardo’s family
  • For Ray Lucero Sr. who is expected to pass very soon
  • For Esteban Chavez
  • For Jose Gonzales

Super Bowl Central Evangelization – Coming Soon

We have a great opportunity to Evangelize the thousands of people that will descend on the City of Phoenix the last weekend of January.  We are making plans now to join forces with other SPSE teams to share the Good News and have a presence at Super Bowl Central events in downtown Phoenix.  Our home base will be near St. Mary’s Basilica and the Diocesan Pastoral Center and will likely target Friday and Saturday Jan 30 and 31st.  More details to come but please plan on joining us for a portion of those days to bring the true joy and peace of the Gospel to those we may encounter.  We will be in great need of Supplies (Rosaries, tracts, and CDs, etc)  to support this event so please prayerfully consider donating supplies or $$ so we can purchase what we need.

Your brother in Christ,

Dave

 

Mesa 2nd Friday Event – Dec 12th 2014

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Our first official time out to the 2nd Friday event in Mesa was a little slow but productive.  Joe McCawley joined me for several hours and also contributed some $$ to the rosary supply fund. Deacon Tom Phelan from Queen of Peace in Mesa stopped by to chat and also contributed for supplies.  Juan drove out from Phoenix to join us on Friday and I captured a picture of Juan with April near our table set up along Main Street.

We had several great conversations throughout the night and many requested prayers. Please include the the following intentions we received in your prayers.

Joseph Guerro – For his peace in death

Dori – healing and faith

Maria – Peace and healing

Dcn. Tom Phalen – for many to attend the Spring Evangelization/Confirmation Course for adults at Queen of Peace in Mesa on Sundays starting the 3rd Sunday in Feb 2015

Leon Lux – healing from Cancer

Arthur Stordeer – Soul

Catherine Cadman – Continued healing of Soul and Body

Kyle Armstrong – Prayer for his drinking

Blake B. – Prayer for Family’s Reconciliation

Jeremy Goodin – Family Prayer – Keep him covered in prayer

Christina – For the souls in Purgatory

Josh Farnsworth – to help him and his family

Charlie A – Help him get out of his drug addiction and to allow God’s presence in his life

Riccardo Sanchez – His beer/drinking addiction

Your Brother in Christ,

Dave

Encouragement from a Saint

“Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages.  This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel.  It is the time to preach it from the roof tops.  The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference.”  ~St. John Paul II – World Youth Day Denver 1993

Welcome!

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.

To learn more about St. Paul Street Evangelization at the national level, click here.