Tag Archives: Evangelization

Spreading the Message

The position of The Printery House General Manager has proven to be a bigger task than I had ever anticipated.  Now in my third year of being the General Manager of the press I would like to share with you one of the great things that I have learned.

Throughout our lives we receive several invitations, whether it be to a wedding, a dinner party, or to share a prayer with a family member or loved one.  In seminary, we were taught that the people who come to church every day are not the people of God that we needed to worry about.  We as future priests needed to be more attentive to the people who only come to church at Christmas and Easter, or even more important than those people who live within our parish boundaries that we never see. At the time it sparked a couple of questions.  How does one reach out to the people of God who only come to church once or twice a year?  How do I reach out to the people whom I never see? 

In October 2016 I was in the press room talking with our Press Manager/Operator while she was printing an order for 4,600 Christmas cards.  As the cards were coming off the press, I looked at the card and was blown away by the innovative way this pastor was reaching out.  The card itself was one of our Christmas cards.  As you would open the card up on the left-hand side, he had printed the church services for the Christmas Season.  On the right-hand side of the card was our message, but underneath that the pastor wrote his own note.  “Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas Season with the Peace and Joy of the New Year to come!” and then he signed his name. 

I found out that there are several pastors that have cards printed in this way, which is a creative way of reaching out to everyone within the parish. We can now help out these pastors even more with our new mailing program. Given the mailing addresses, we can print, stuff and mail all your Christmas cards for you hassle free. This could be a great way for your own parish to reach out to people, and a unique way to invite people to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

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Bringing the Gospel to Every Person and to Every Situation

“Evangelization is the mission of the Church to tell the world the truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ.” St. John Paul II said these words in November 2001, and in 2008, Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J. echoed these words and defined evangelization as “bringing the Gospel to every person and to every situation.”

We as baptized Christians are to bring all people to Christ, to proclaim the good new of salvation to the whole world. This is easier said than done… we are taught at a young age to avoid talking about religion and politics in polite company. However, the mission of the monks at Conception Abbey and the work done here at The Printery House, is to bring that message to every person and to every situation. This does not mean that we are going to rub your nose in the Gospel, but rather bring you the good news of salvation through the beauty of art and the word of God.

The Printery House has a story to tell, and we are wanting to share our story with all of you. It is our hope that each week we will write on our blog things that are going on here at the Printery House. I have asked different members of our staff to take part in writing each week, so that you may get to hear different perspectives of what is going on and how we are proclaiming that good news.

This coming Sunday we celebrate the tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and we hear Jesus say: “For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (MK3:35) In newspapers and on television across the country we hear of school shootings and shootings at different establishments, and the question that is on my mind is; “WHY?” Just after I joined the monastery someone asked me if I ever run out of things to pray for? I have been in the monastery for sixteen years, and I have not run out of things to pray for. The monks of Conception gather six times a day to pray, and before we begin, we are to cast our eyes across the world and pray for those most in need. This past year I have been doing a lot of praying over the question of: “WHY?” This has not diminished my hope, nor has it lead to depression. Rather it has strengthened my resolve as a monk. It has given me knowledge of a greater propose in the world and has shown me that God is truly at work in our lives. I don’t have an answer to “why” but I have discovered that I don’t need an answer to that question. If I truly see the person next to me as my brother, and sister, and mother, then I have no need for violence. We are all on a journey as we walk with our brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and we are to help each other grow in our relationship with one anther and with God.

Peace,

 

 

 

Fr. Guerric Letter O.S.B.

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