St. Paul Street Evangelization

In This Issue

1. Same Sex Marriage & Evangelization
2. Stories from the Street: Airport Evangelization
3. Stories from the Street: “The Joy of Being Well-Prepared”

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Same Sex Marriage & Evangelization

Many people have been gathering their thoughts since the United States Supreme Court made a ruling that effectively overturned any state laws banning two people of the same-sex from getting a civil marriage license. This is not the first time that Catholic teaching has been at odds with civil law. No fault divorce, contraception, sterilization, abortion, and IVF are other examples of problematic or sinful behaviors that are legally permissible. I’ve written a couple of thoughts of my own on this ruling, along with ways in which Catholics can respond.

The Catholic Church has always maintained that marriage is limited to one man and one woman who are free to marry. It cannot be between people of the same-sex, more than two people, between people who are already married, between people who cannot consent, people who cannot consummate their marriage, between a child and an adult, and so on.

In particular, excluding people of the same-sex is not unjustly discriminatory due to the sexually complementary nature of men and women in the procreation of children. The Church does not make a purely “religious argument” (which is often meant as an “argument from authority”). Instead, it gives sound reasons why this type of union is not only immoral, but impossible. Chief Justice Roberts picked up on this in his dissent:

“This universal definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is no historical coincidence. Marriage did not come about as a result of a political movement, discovery, disease, war, religious doctrine, or any other moving force of world history—and certainly not as a result of a prehistoric decision to exclude gays and lesbians. It arose in the nature of things to meet a vital need: ensuring that children are conceived by a mother and father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship.”

Children are conceived through a sexual relationship between a man and a woman, and as the American College of Pediatricians just pointed out, children do best when they are with their mother and father. Sometimes that doesn’t happen and they can be successfully raised in less than ideal conditions with loving people – which is great! We have lamented fatherless homes for decades because it is not ideal for a child to be raised without their dad. When the Church says it cannot admit two people of the same-sex to marriage it is not to be mean or because they want them to spend their whole lives alone. Instead it is out of the churches love and care for people with SSA that it opposes same-sex marriage.

Marriage is concerned first with children. That’s why we also do not recognize other sexual unions, friendships, or even business relationships as a marriage. Marriage is meant to give a child a stable home through which they are protected, educated, and nurtured. Marriage is meant to be total, faithful, fruitful, and free.

There is much more that can be said, but what can we do as Catholic evangelists?

What we always do.

1. Live your faith. You’ve been called to holiness. Attend Mass, go to confession, read the Bible, pray, and fast. Go about the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Live out the greatest commandment.
2. Learn your faith. Read the compendium of social doctrine which talks about marriage, the family, the political sphere, and Christians in public life along with Humanae Vitae. Learn the Theology of the Body. Know why marriage is only possible between one man and one woman. Understand how SSM will harm not only religious freedom, but children, culture, and family life.
3. Share your faith. Break the silence, tell your story, share the Good News, and live as a missionary disciple. Give away miraculous medals, start new relationships, be open to new friendships, invite people to encounter Jesus.

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Airport Evangelization

This last weekend our San Diego team became the first St. Paul Street Evangelization team to street evangelize at an airport.

Steve Beuerle, Central San Diego Director for St. Paul Street Evangelization, has been flying back to Northwestern Michigan frequently over the last few months to visit his mother, who has cancer, and during one of his layovers in Detroit Metropolitan Airport he got the idea of why not trying to do street evangelization in an airport. When he returned to San Diego he googled the phone number for the San Diego International Airport and spoke to the person in charge of permits for this type of activity and obtained the necessary permit, which he said was a very simple process.  “We had a very successful outing at the San Diego airport this last weekend and plan to make this a regular location for street evangelization,” said Beuerle.

Two of the numerous visitors to their table were Dax and Danille who said they were returning from a trip to Norfolk, Virginia and Missoula, Montana where they both got to meet their respective biological fathers for the first time.

They said that these meetings were set up as part of a new television show filmed by NBC Productions called “Finding my Father”. They said they both believe that God had a hand in all of this and plan to keep in touch with their biological fathers.

Great job team!

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“The Joy of Being Well-Prepared”

SPSE teams are self-funded, so you see a variety of team set-ups — from a folding chair and Rosaries, to a full canopied booth at a public event. Our team from Toledo, OH, found an effective middle ground.

Toledo’s annual Old West End Festival attracts thousands. So the Toledo team simply set up outside the festival boundaries, on an approach route. Five team members, joined by special guest SPSE National Director Steve Dawson, kept busy there all afternoon talking with passersby about the Faith.

For example, “Samuel” accepted a Rosary, and then proceeded to put two evangelists through their paces. He maintained that Christianity was only about love and compassion, and so it didn’t matter what “denomination of Christianity” one identified with.

So team members explained further. Catholicism isn’t a denomination, but the one, true, holy, and apostolic Church founded by Jesus. Only the Catholic Church offers the fulfillment of the Faith that Christ intended — through Scripture, Tradition, and the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Samuel seemed genuinely receptive and so the team challenged him to read the SPSE pamphlets. They exchanged contact information.

Other visitors included a major politician with entourage. Sadly, most of the team’s visitors were either inactive Catholics or had left to join another faith community. Their reasons for leaving varied but our Toledo team was prepared to discuss those concerns and more. Afterward, the team reported feeling they accomplished a lot — not only to “set the record straight” about Catholicism and encourage further exploration, but “to plant a few seeds” to help some consider the Church once again.

Thank you, Team Toledo! Please, pray for Samuel and all those who encountered our team? Do you want to help people discover/rediscover Jesus Christ and the Church that He founded? Do you enjoy friendly conversation? Then you can do this, too! SPSE has developed training courses for our members, so you can be as well-prepared as our Toledo Team is. Have you already joined us? If so, thank you! If not, please pray about doing so today.


Upcoming Training Events
Register for these upcoming training events and workshops:

Coming Soon
July 10-11 | Basic Evangelization Training – Alabama
July 20-23 | Teen Encounter Workshop – Flint Mission Project
August 14-15 | Basic Evangelization Training – Sacred Heart Major Seminary
August 15 | Teen Encounter Workshop – Sacred Heart Major Seminary
September 18-19 | Basic Evangelization Training – St. Paul / Minn.

Just Announced
September 11 | Basic Evangelization Training – Michigan State University
September 12 | Basic Evangelization Training – Franciscan University of Steubenville
October 8 | Entertaining Angels Hospitality Training – Archdiocese of Detroit
October 9-10 | Basic Evangelization Training – St. Mary Parish, Port Huron, MI2
October 16-17 | Basic Evangelization Training – Wilmington, NC
December 12 | Basic Evangelization Training – Austin, TX

Bring SPSE into your diocese, parish, or university for Basic Evangelization Training, Evangelical Apologetics Training, Catholic Hospitality Training, or conference talks. Email for more information.

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