Some of the places we evangelized in 2016 include:
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown Syracuse
A north side neighborhood park (multiple times)
Oswego city Farmer’s Market (multiple times)
Pulaski Farmer’s Market
4th of July Fireworks, Brewerton
Syracuse Bus Station (Downtown)
Clinton Square ice skating rink
Various streets, Downtown Syracuse
On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, four Syracuse team members set up near the Clinton Square ice skating rink. What a joy to interact with folks in the Christmas spirit! Even those not interested would exchange an enthusiastic “Merry Christmas” with us. Lots of rosaries were given out, and folks were encouraged to attend Christmas Mass at the Cathedral or another local parish. When someone said “We go to such-and-such church,” we just continued a friendly conversation with them, and gave them some tracts saying “This explains what we Catholics believe, so you can understand us better.” It’s all about planting seeds, and encouraging people to grow in closeness with Christ.
After a couple of hours (we started to get cold), we jumped in the car and found some homeless individuals holding signs at the freeway ramps. Two team members walked over to them, encouraged and prayed with them, and gave them sandwiches and toiletry items. Along with Rosaries and pocket Bibles, of course!
On Christmas Day, two team members went downtown again, seeking out the homeless. More rosaries, prayers, and sandwiches were shared. As usual, we wondered if we were not more blessed by their hope and faith than they were by ours! It is such a wonderful interaction to pray with our less fortunate brethren. The streets were so empty that chilly Christmas afternoon, yet we found Jesus there.
The Syracuse St. Paul chapter is always looking for new members. We only go out as a group of two or more, so this ministry can only happen when someone like you is willing to join us and spend a little time interacting with people in a public setting. It really is fun and rewarding. Anyone can say “Hi! How are you today? Would you like a free rosary or medal?” That starts the conversation, and you just listen and ask questions from there, to get to know the person a little bit. And there will always be a team member right next to you if you need help.
God calls all of us to evangelize. This is one of the easiest ways to start. So just click on the “Get Involved” tab above, and get started!