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Brazilian Redemptorists take evangelization to the streets

From a recent edition of Scala, the monthly newsletter of the Redemptorist General Government:

 

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The Interprovincial Mission in the city of Itabuna is located in the geographic territory of the Vice-Province of Bahia, with some 250,000 habitants. There was a year-long process of preparation, before the period of explicit proclamation of the Word of God, involving 14 parishes of the city.

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For the second period, the Preached Mission, August 24 – September 4, it was necessary to create almost 60 sites of mission and celebration. In each site, Redemptorist priests, brothers and lay missionaries were present.

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The Mission was a unique and unforgettable experience. Almost 100 Professed and lay Redemptorists were animated by the ideal of reaching out to the most abandoned. They walked and announced the Word of God in churches, chapels, streets, city squares, in downtowns and in the barrios, to the poor and the forgotten, from sunrise until late into the evening. They shared in the lives of others, living as guests of families, immersed in their difficulties, joys and hopes. Their missionary action took them to some areas and groups of persons in society that the Church usually does not reach. They were enabled to address particular concerns to: professionals in the medical field, diverse categories of law enforcement, professors and educators, persons involved in social media (radio, television, and print).

The affirmations shared by the laity were very clear:

“We Catholics must change our way of living in the Church and society; we must actively reach out to others. It is not enough to profess in words that we are Catholics; it is necessary to witness by our lives and dedication to announcing the light of the Gospel to those who have not yet received it. The mission awakened a missionary consciousness in a great number of Christian laypersons in this city. The proposal, the dynamic, and the unfolding of the mission won out over the resistance of those who did not believe in the force of this method of evangelization. The laity regained a consciousness of their responsibility for and in the Church and Her Mission. There remain many persons in the city who are in need of evangelization. There are many persons in the city who are in need of evangelization. The mission cannot stop. It must continue in the organized missionary sectors, family groups, public and private institutions, communities and parishes.”