On May 18th, Legion of Christ seminarians studying in Cheshire,
Connecticut, participated in a door-to-door mission for St Anthony´s
Parish in Prospect, Connecticut. The goal of the activity
was to help the parish priest take a census as
well as to invite non-practicing Catholics back to the Church.
|Bringing Christ door-to-door|
The seminarians used methods common in Youth for the Third
Millennium (YTM) missions. The only difference was the personnel:
while YTM missionaries are young Catholics from all walks of
life, this particular mission was conducted by seminarians.
began in the parish hall. There Father Phil Cascia, the
pastor, gave his blessing to the seminarians and to the
20 laymen who offered to take them around the town.
Despite the drizzly morning, the Legionaries knocked on about
1100 doors, receiving answers from 620 families. They were
able to meet some young men thinking about the priestly
|Father Phil Cascia, the pastor, gave his blessing to the seminarians and to the laymen .|
The mission came about thanks to the initiative of a
Regnum Christi family, Vince and Margaret Cannuli. The Cannulis have
been active in the parish over the past four years
and have become good friends with Father Phil . They
helped put Father Phil in contact with the Legionaries and
then organized the mission.
|Legionaries participated in the Masses on Saturday and Sunday helping the faithful to grow closer to Christ|
In order to prepare for the
event, there was an article in the local newspaper a
few days before the mission, letting the townspeople know about
the Catholic missionaries in town.
Father Phil was very grateful
for their work. The members of the parish were
also quite impressed by the seminarians´ testimony of joy, apostolic
zeal, and love for their faith. To end the
mission, some Legionaries participated in the Masses on Saturday and
Sunday, reading commentaries that helped the faithful acquire a more
profound appreciation of the wonders of the Mass.
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