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Sometimes The Holy Spirit Zig Zags
September 22, 2021
The Holy Spirit has been prompting us to "take it to the street" for several years. In August, 2016, eight of us ventured out, door to door, with the newly founded Legion of Mary. The experience was wonderful and we were able to uncover children who needed baptism, marriages which needed validated and people who needed to return to our parish. Through a number of years we struggled with getting people to go out on the street. For the most part, our group wanted only to do nursing home visits as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Members left as they became more and more physically unable to perform the apostolic works required of Legion members. In June of 2017 several of us took the Basic Evangelization Training with Steve Dawson and Brian Lee at St. Francis DeSales parish in Akron. Our hope was with training, we would renew the vigor in our LOM groups for going door to door. In the end, between infirmity and covid, our Legion of Mary was officially disbanded in summer of 2021. The Akron team of SPSE also disbanded. But, you see, the Holy Spirit wasn't about to let us just sit, so after meeting with Fr. Jared, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, we decided the solution was to reignite St. Paul Street Evangelization team here in Cuyahoga Falls. The mission was the same: save souls through Mary, the promotion of the Rosary and evangelization on the street and door to door. The advantage was a slightly less structured format and a lesser, looser time commitment. After a prayerful summer and some online refresher courses, St. Paul Street Evangelization - Cuyahoga Falls Team was officially "born again" so to speak. Please pray for our team and encourage anyone in our area to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on joining our team or inviting us to your parish.