All believers are called to spread the truth of the Gospel, and all who have been
baptised in the name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit are
prophets and priests in this regard.
Last Saturday, March 19, was the first time I participated in street evangelisation.
I was thinking that those who believe already come to Mass, it is logical that we
need to go outside the confines of the Church walls, to render the Church visible
to the rest of the population.
I had briefly met Mike, Tadhg and Anthony the previous Sunday in the city, and
after finding out what they were all about, I checked out their website
https://www.catholicstreetevangelisation.co.uk/ and sent
an email, and 6 days later, as they were coming back to Cork from Limerick,
I was on the street with them.
The first person that came up to speak to me said she had just passed, further
down the street, some people who wanted her to sign a petition to completely
ban the Catholic Faith from being taught in Irish schools.
It has already been downgraded in the school curriculum from being the only
religion, to just one of many, but some people are desperate to eliminate it altogether.
But I was heartened to see so many young people taking the pamphlet, and a lovely
young man told me he had been brought up in the Sacraments, he was Baptised,
had his first Holy Communion, Confirmation, but «then all that stuff happened».
I told him that every one of us, priests and bishops too, are sinners, that evil is
everywhere, but that the teachings of the Catholic Church are perfect and true.
Another man who had great memories from his childhood being brought to
Church by his grandmother, came up to talk about his problems.
I was prepared for negative reactions from the public; the wounds inflicted on the
Church by some clergy, but I didn't get any, apart from a woman who said to me
that we don't need religion and all the rules that goes with it, she said that all that
was needed was a good heart and kind actions. I reminded her that those precepts
have their origin in Christianity, and that they are very important, but that the rules
are there for good reasons, to heighten our awareness and control of ourselves, to
enable us to overcome ourselves and to conquer all that prevents and hinders us
from living in unity with the Living God, here and now.
In Cork there are many Catholics, many who are sad about the way things are at
This is our opportunity to do something concrete about it, to pass from words to
The catholicstreetevangelisation is a grass-root laity movement that helps the
Church, the Faith, the priests.
We are Catholics not just to gain our own salvation, we are mandated to go out and
spread the Good News.
«He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.»