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Sims Lake Outing - 9-22-19
September 23, 2019
We had a very good outing yesterday at Sims Lake Park. We had between 5 and 7 evangelizers come out, 2 for the very first time. Although it started out very slow, we ended up having 5 or 6 meaningful engagements. We spoke with a couple of Baptists and a Lutheran worship leader. All of the engagements were very amicable and pleasant.
- We engaged a man named Mike who was there with his two boys. He was Protestant and his wife was Catholic. Although he has attended the Catholic Church at various times, both he and his wife had recently been attending a local protestant church. When asked if he had ever considered becoming Catholic, he said he had considered it but never seriously looked into it. Some team members shared their own experiences about discovering the truth of the Catholic faith and the grace that comes from the Sacraments. He accepted a miraculous medal for one of his sons.
- Perhaps the most important engagement we had was with a women (Terri or Kerry) whom we initially offered a rosary to who, and after a brief discussion revealed that she, although not Catholic herself, had been attending Saint Monica with her husband and child. Her husband was Catholic and she had been taking her child to Saint Monica for catechesis and preparation for the sacraments. We asked her if she had considered becoming Catholic herself and she said she had but had not seriously looked into how. We provided her with a Church bulletin and noted the person with whom she would contact regarding Adult Faith formation.
One footnote on the this last engagement that we discussed afterwards was the fact that we probably overwhelmed her with information coming from multiple evangelizers. One was providing her information on how to pray the rosary, another was handing her literature about the Catholic Church, in general, while yet a third person was providing her information about who to contact for inquiring about RCIA at St. Monica. This is probably too many people at one time and we should take note not to overload people with too much information at once. We will continue to pray for her that she will seriously look into the RCIA program at Saint Monica.