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St. Raphael

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State or province: Minnesota

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Sharon Hedman
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Christmas Village 2019

December 12, 2019


December 7, the St Raphael parish team had its inaugural display at the annual St Raphael Christmas Village bazaar.  Evangelists staffing the display were Phil Reif, and Denise Hirl-regional missionary and myself-Sharon Hedman.
Many people stopped by the display including
1) A parishioner to pick up a supply of chains for both SPSE medals that Sharon had previously given her and also for crucifixes given to her by another Catholic.  She uses these items in her ministry as a Eucharistic Minister at a local senior care facility. She also picked a pamphlet on confession to help a resident (a non-Catholic) at the care facility do an examination of conscience as the woman's health is failing.
2) A gentleman who carried on a conversation with Phil in Spanish.  This gentleman is interested in our mission and gave Phil his contact information.
3) Many St Raphael school children who performed for family, friends and shoppers at Christmas Village.  Denise challenged some of the school children to give away Miraculous Medals and to tell the recipients of the medals why they love the Catholic faith.
4) A St Raphael school boy who took  Miraculous Medals for his female cousins and St Michael medals for his male cousins for Christmas presents.
5) Another St Raphael school boy (Fulton pictured with Denise) who was evangelizing the attendees by handing out rosaries (given to him by a Knight of Columbus member).  This boy impressed Denise with his knowledge of the Catholic faith and was given a Miraculous Medal to hand out.
6) A woman who is a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and whose niece (a Protestant) attends St Raphael school. Denise, Sharon and Phil had a long and interesting conversation with her.  Our conversation ended with Denise giving her several pamphlets and Phil leading us in a prayer of thanksgiving for our shared beliefs, and praying we grow in understanding, and ending with the Our Father.  The woman had previously said with pride that her three  year old, who she hopes will attend the St Raphael preschool, already knows the Our Father.
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Our next event is February 23,2020.  Reaching for Faith (the St Raphael evangelization group) will host Hospitality (aka Donut Sunday) and the SPSE display will be up.  Denise Hirl will speak about SPSE.