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Crystal - St. Raphael

Country: United States
State or province: Minnesota

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Sharon Hedman

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Festival 2023

August 11, 2023

Our pastor wants  one of the primary foci (plural of Focus) to be community outreach. He is very glad our RFF (Reaching for Faith)/SPSE ministry can help with that.

We had  approx 8 SPSE medals offered as well most SPSE brochures set out.  We had our collection of donated used religious books  as well as a new Matthew Kelly book and the new book by Bishop Barron on the Eucharist set out.  Several people took the Matthew Kelly book and the Bishop Barron book.  We gave out two Bible. Of course, medals are always popular items as well as rosaries.

One woman stopped with her mother who is visiting from Ecuador.  I pointed out our selection of Spanish brochures and she happily took a few.

The wife of new volunteer for the RFF side of things died recently.  He donated various religious articles (some new) that she had accumulated.  We gave out several one decade rosary bracelets along with other articles that team lead Sharon had blessed in the morning to make sure everything was blessed.

Sharon needed to have more St Benedict medals and St Benedicts crucifixes blessed in the morning also to make sure we had an adequate supply.  Our pastor noted that St Benedict medals need a special blessing (exorcism?).  As Sharon was setting up the booth, Father came by to give the extra blessing.

Pope Francis made an appearance again.  Even Elvis wanted a photo with the pope.

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