|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,
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.
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
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
rejoice in their Catholic faith!
|Eucharistic Adoration at St. Agatha's in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.|