Go forth and be fishers of men

Will you heed the call?

Today we are asking you to sign up for prayer teams for our upcoming “street evangelization.” You’ve heard me mention this and even explain it in homilies in the past, but now it gets real. On two upcoming Saturdays (April 8 and 22), a couple of parishioners and I will set up a table with Catholic materials at Congress Heights metro station from 2-4 p.m. We will ask passersby if they’d like a miraculous medal or rosary as a way to start a conversation. The table will include these items as well as Catholic pamphlets. The goal is to engage people in a discussion about faith, spread the Good News mainly through personal witness, and invite them to visit Assumption. This is the basic premise of street evangelization.

Evangelization is necessary

As we have been saying here for over a year, evangelization is not just a good thing for our parish to do, it’s necessary. We all know that in order for our parish to survive and thrive in the future, we have to bring in more people now with the help of God. Hopefully, it will be young people and young families who will become the next generation of active, long-standing parishioners here. I drove through the neighborhood the other night and saw many young people and families on their porches and in their yards enjoying a warm, spring evening. They are around us!

Prayer teams are also critical

Other parishes in our area have had a similar approach when they have evangelized in the neighborhood. That is, they have teams of evangelizers as well as prayer teams. Those on the prayer teams want to be a part of the evangelization effort but don’t feel called to go out. It’s kind of like going into battle: you have those who fight on the front lines and those who are in the rear supporting them. Both are needed! In fact, in the Church, it is believed that the strongest element of the “Church militant” is the prayer contingent.

Ask God to open hearts and minds

So, if you sign up to be a prayer for street evangelization, please pray on that Saturday; if you signed up for the prayer teams, pray during the 2-3 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. hours. You are praying that God will bring people to our table with open hearts and minds. You are praying that we will be good, joyful, and inviting witnesses to the Catholic faith. And, you are praying that these conversations will be fruitful, and that the people will come to encounter the Lord here at Assumption. You have much to pray for! As the Lord says in the Gospel, “this can only come about through prayer“. In the future, we will hopefully have prayer teams come to the church for Adoration during the times of evangelization. Parishioners will literally bring their prayer requests for street evangelization (as stated above) to the Lord himself. For now, we ask you to do this in your home or preferred place of prayer. We have confidence that God will bless our team effort!

In the future, we will hopefully have prayer teams come to the church for Adoration during the times of evangelization. Parishioners will literally bring their prayer requests for street evangelization (as stated above) to the Lord himself. For now, we ask you to do this in your home or preferred place of prayer. We have confidence that God will bless our team effort!

All of us should be evangelizing regularly. All of us should be praying for more people to join our Assumption family. But, street evangelization is a particular and intentional way of going out. It has been fruitful in other places, and we trust that God has initiated this to do the same here.

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg

Men and Women of the Resurrection

Resurrection Instilled In Us
Not in those at time of Lazarus
    Jesus perturbed, troubled, weeping
    Doubt
    Raising of Lazarus changed them
Resurrection of Christ has changed us
    Joy in sadness
    Light in darkness
    Hope in doubt

Seeing as God sees

Couples
Wedding
Infertility
Seeing as God sees not as man sees
   Moral issues
   Church
Sin of Pharisees: not open to seeing what God sees (truth)
   “We see” = I got this, I don’t need God, I know better than God + Church
     Vs. humility / openness of blind man + all those healed by Christ in Gospel
            And hopefully us!
Eucharist
    Man sees: bread and wine
    God sees: Body and Blood of Christ

Encounter with Jesus Christ

3rd Sunday of Lent –
Ski retreat
Outreach – blessings
Woman at well

Encounter
Worship
Evangelization

On The Mountain of the Lord

2nd Sunday of Lent
Mountain
Encounter with God
     Transfiguration: Divinity of Christ
Fear of Apostles

Lenten Reflections

1st Sunday of Lent by Fr Mark Ivany

God Will Provide

8th Sunday
Ash Wednesday
“Seek first the kingdom of God”
    God and Kingdom first
    “And all these will be given you besides”
God will provide for all that we need
    He knows what we need more than we do
    Every good desire comes from God
    God gives us desires
Then fulfills them

Eucharist

Be Holy

7th Sunday
Be holy as God is holy
Mass
Be prayerful, respectful, reverent, silent, actively participating
    Dress to impress God
    Arrive early
    No bathroom breaks
    Respect the Eucharist!
    Prayer of thanksgiving
Be perfect as God is perfect
Love that stands out
“Unusual”
Pray for TrumpGrace

Salt of the Earth

5th Sunday –
Cardinals appeal
Catholic Charities

Bread for hungry
Shelter oppressed and homeless
Clothe naked

Salt and light!
In all these ways
Our Salt makes life better for others

Sin
Lose taste and hide light
Selfishness

Holiness
Salt and light
Holiness
Serve!
Volunteer!

     Your unique salt

Eucharist
Greatest seasoning in the world

The Meekness of Christ

Youth group
Beatitudes
    Blessed are the merciful
    Blessed are the meek
    “God moment”
Humble / lowly
    Apostles, saints —-> power of God
Eucharist / meekness of Christ