‘The Catholic Guy’ at Toongabbie Parish
|‘The Catholic Guy’ (Bruce Downes, at left) with Fr Paul Marshall.|
By Rev Fr Paul Marshall, Catholic Outlook August 2014
In the weeks leading up to the Catholic Guy Mission Event, banners flew outside St Anthony’s Church in Toongabbie, signalling a new parish celebration.
Preparatory DVDs and talks were given by the parish organising team after Communion at weekend Masses.
A special effort was made to outreach to families in our local Catholic primary school. The Skoolbag app invited all school families to come along; invitations were sent to surrounding parishes.
A six-week education program called ‘Operation Andrew’ preceded the Catholic Guy Mission.
The program sought to inform parishioners about the power of welcome and invitation in our lives based on the biblical reference of John 1:41-42:
“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.”
When Bruce Downes (the Catholic Guy) strode out into the church on the first morning of what was essentially a four-day parish retreat, there was an air of expectation about what a Catholic evangelist would bring. Would he be a holy-roller, a televangelist, a Pentecostalist?
The Catholic Guy was all of those, and none of those.
Continue reading full story at the Catholic Outlook For more information about Bruce Downes and The Catholic Guy ministry visit: www.thecatholicguy.com
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