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This report comes to us from evangelist Mark with the Lincoln Park team in Wyandotte, MI:
Bill, Joe, Mark, and Troy evangelized last Saturday, the second day of the Wyandotte Street Art Fair. Attendance was slightly smaller than the previous night but there was still a large number of people. We gave a large pile of rosaries to the nearby Right to Life table and we gave some encouragement to each other.
A large percentage of people in the area are at least culturally Catholic. Most people were vaguely familiar with the Rosary but could not remember exactly how to pray it. We gave away about 400 rosaries and pamphlets in 8 hours. Troy offered “How to Pray the Rosary” pamphlets to each one, calling it “the owner’s manual.” Several people responded favorably to that term, saying it would help them take it more seriously. We also gave a brief description to each person, saying that the Rosary is a meditation on the Gospel and a way to grow closer to Christ.
Many people have, unfortunately, fallen away from the practice of the Faith. Vince, a middle-aged husband and father, approached our table and was eager to talk to us. His wife stood about 30 feet away, watching and listening to our conversation but wouldn’t engage with us. Vince enjoyed going to church in the past but hasn’t gone back since the pandemic started. In addition, he coaches youth baseball and all of their games are on Sunday mornings. Troy emphasized the importance of giving time to God. You dedicate a huge amount of time to your job, a lot of time to leisure, and time to your family. All of these things are good and important but how much time do you give to God? Vince understood and agreed. Mark referred him to nearby parishes, especially those that offer afternoon and evening Masses. Both evangelists emphasized the importance of going to Confession ASAP and Vince was receptive. We gave Vince a couple of rosaries and pamphlets, as well as “Reasons to Return” and a guide to Confession with an examination of conscience. Before he left, we prayed with Vince, for the health and well-being of his family, and that they may all do the will of God in their lives.
Praised be Jesus Christ!