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Knocking on Hearts
Regnum Christi members join forces with Legion of Mary to evangelize in the Providence, Rhode Island, diocese

Day of Evangelization group in Rhode Island
RC consecrated women and candidates joined other young people and the Legion of Mary for a Day of Evangelization.

By Jennifer Ristine

Pentecost was alive a day early in the hearts of many gathered in St. Agatha’s parish in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, for a Day of Evangelization on June 8, 2014. 

This was the 13th "Day of Evangelization" this year run by the Legion of Mary in the Providence diocese.  The effort is an attempt to answer the decree from Vatican II for the laity, encouraging them to answer the Gospel appeal to “Go out to all the world…” and share the good news.

Today’s “reach out” was at the request of Fr. Michael Kelley, pastor of St. Agatha and Precious Blood parishes.  Two Regnum Christi consecrated women and 6 candidates joined the endeavor, hitting the streets in pairs.  

At the end of two hours, the teams returned to the parish for a moment of prayer and sharing.  They had knocked on approximately 800 doors, encountered 500 people and received requests from 54 people for a follow-up phone call or visit.  Where doors were not opened, the visitors left a friendly card inviting them to call the parish if they were interested in learning more. Those not reached in person surely received God’s grace through prayerful intercession in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Victoria Backstrom, a sophomore and candidate to the consecrated life at Mater Ecclesiae College, reflected on the variety of people whom she met with lifestyles and beliefs different from her own.  After her morning of knocking on doors, she felt inspired to share with the community of evangelizers that Jesus Christ reached out to sinners and loved them.  “As followers of Christ, we need to reach out to others as he did.  People don’t need us telling them that what they are doing is wrong. They need to be loved because that is ultimately what they are looking for.”

Edward Gallagher, Legion of Mary member and the main organizer of these Days of Evangelization, reminded the participants that they are Christ’s hands, feet, and voice in this world and rallied them to
Eucharistic Adoration at St. Agatha parish
Eucharistic Adoration at St. Agatha's in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
rejoice in their Catholic faith!



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