- Parish Mission: Door-to-Door Prayer Ministry: October 14-20
Many were nervous at first; however, once they began to do it, they quickly discovered how beautiful it is, as we simply went to the doors, telling the residents who we were, asking them if they had any prayer intentions we could take back to the Church to lay before the altar, and giving them a prayer book. If no one was home, we left a card with the parish information on it and a handwritten note that said, "We prayed for you today." If we bring one soul closer to Christ and His Church, then praise God.
We went out three different times during the week, having between three to four teams. One evening, we had a group of 8th grade girls who participated. It was great to see the excitement and joy on their faces. I told the three young ladies with me that even if we had a door slammed in our face, we would be blessed, for did not Christ say that if one offers another a blessing and he does not accept it, then the blessing returns to that one? While most were accepting, there were a couple who, in fact, did slam the door. We prayed even more fervently for them.
|Some of the Prayer Ministers|
In all, we visited 358 homes, so it was a good week, and we pray that the members of St. John the Baptist will continue this important ministry.
- Fr. Daniel and College Retreat: St. Felix Oratory: October 12 to October 14
In addition, the officers of the Newman Catholic Fellowship planned and put on a wonderful retreat the weekend of October 12 to October 14, focusing on the theme of Christ being the Vine and we being the Branches. There were over 30 young people, not only from IPFW but also from Manchester University and Trine University.
|Saint Felix Oratory|
|Closing Prayer on Sunday|
|Closing Prayer on Sunday|
I was able to be there on Saturday for Adoration, a talk on the Eucharist, and Confessions. I returned on Sunday for Mass and another talk in the afternoon. Other presenters included two diocesan priests, one of the Dominican sisters, a married couple, and a lay woman. So many of them said the highlight of the weekend was the time in Adoration before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, praising and adoring the King of Kings. How encouraging to see the faith alive in these young people who will continue to be a part of the New Evangelization! Please keep them in your prayers.
- Fr. James at the United Nations: Week of October 15 to October 18
- Fr. James and The Neri Institute
God bless you all and through the intercession of St. Philip Neri and Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, may you spread the Gospel in all you say and do. Please pray for us.
Fr. Daniel Whelan
Sons of Saint Philip Neri