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Nick LaBanca

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Report From Morris Corn Fest 2023

October 7, 2023

Our last big outing of the summer just took place on the last day of September, and we had fantastic weather! This was our second year at Corn Fest and we met many people who needed prayer, and also many others who accepted the literature and sacramentals offered to them. One of our Station Leader's Mary Beth, saved the day when we started running out of supplies midway through! Below is a report from another one of our Station Leader, Rachel, who organized and led this event:

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The morning started out slow with a lot of polite "no, thank you's" to our offers of free rosaries and medals. Even though we had our table banner that read "FREE ITEMS," many people were in the shopping mindset and were shocked that we were offering these things free. After the first couple hours (and some prayer), the foot-traffic picked up. Rachel, Tim, and Michael gave away several rosaries, St. Benedict medals, and Holy Face of Jesus medals, and they took many prayer requests. After the supplies started to get low, Mary Beth arrived with Miraculous medals and St. Michael/Guardian Angel medals.


Some of the more noteworthy conversations:


  • a man who said he was a Unitarian in a Presbyterian denomination but appreciated the consistent pro-life ethic of the Catholic Faith
  • a mom who said she was Lutheran but encouraged her two children to pick out rosaries and said she wanted one of all the pamphlets we had
  • a woman who said she was Lutheran but was interested in knowing more about the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus
  • a deaf couple who took several pamphlets and showed us pictures of a time they got to meet Pope Francis β€” although we couldn't understand everything they said, they were clearly emotionally moved with joy by our interaction

Please pray for all those we reached, and we'd love to have any of you reading this join us in our mission of inviting people to enter into (or return to) our Lord Jesus Christ's Catholic Church!