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Evangelization – What is it Really? and a Workshop in Port Huron, MI

September 19, 2015

What is Evangelization, Really?

bewMany of us evangelize without even being aware of it, and at the same time we are put off by the word itself and stay away from anything that says “evangelization”. So what is it really? Saint Peter tells us to “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame” (1 Peter 3:15-16). The key point here is being able to give a reason for our hope; THAT is evangelization! Some of us are good at expressing this hope and others need to learn how. While evangelization can mean speaking to strangers on street corners about Jesus, that is NOT the main goal of the New Evangelization that the popes have been promoting for several decades. Rather its purpose is to get us comfortable just talking about Jesus Christ, even at the dinner table. Many of us have lived a “private” Catholic life. We pray, but we don’t talk about religion or Jesus. Why is that? It’s like keeping your family private and never talking about them.

So it is time to become comfortable with the word evangelization. And it’s time to talk to each other about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, just like He is one of the family. He is the hope and joy that is within us, we should be bursting at the seams wanting to talk about our relationship with Him! We especially need to be able to share our love for Jesus in these troubled times. Many a person is struggling with one thing or another, and we need to give them a reason to hope!

Do you have trouble expressing the hope that is within you? Do you want to learn how to express it better? We have the perfect opportunity for you! The Blue Water Vicariate Evangelization Committee is hosting a Basic Evangelization Workshop presented by St. Paul Street Evangelization. Yes, I know. It says “street evangelization.” Sure, there may be a bit of that talk, but there will be people there who might be interested in that level of evangelization. The basis of basic evangelization is being able to express your hope in Christ to others in ordinary, everyday situations. You don’t need a special college degree, you don’t need to be an extrovert, you just need to love Jesus. Please join us! Friday, Oct. 9 (7pm-10pm) and Saturday, Oct. 10 (9am-3pm). Refreshments and a lunch on Saturday will be provided, all for FREE! The workshop will be at St. Mary’s in Port Huron, 1505 Ballantine West. For complete details and/or to register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-evangelization-workshop-presented-by-spse-bwvec-tickets-18477848743

The BWVEC is also hosting a Healing Service, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at St. Stephen’s in Port Huron (325 32nd St.). Confession is at 6:15pm, Holy Mass at 7pm, Anointing of the Sick will be during Mass. Following Mass there will be prayer teams available to pray for you and there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Registration is not necessary.

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