Last Saturday, 21 members of the Catholic Church in South Wales broke new ground by going on to the streets of Barry and Newport to invite passers-by to light a candle, say a prayer and try coming to Mass next Sunday. The response was overwhelming – in the course of under three hours, about 300 passers-by accepted the invitation to light a candle. Nearly 100 wrote down a prayer intention.
Those who stopped were offered the chance to take a random scripture verse from a basket. Time and time again, the words received touched the hearts of those who chose them. “This has made me want to go back to Mass” said one woman. A gentleman picked out the words “do not be alarmed” and exclaimed “This is completely true! I am always alarmed! I’m going to take this with me when I visit my nan (who is sick) this afternoon and share it with her too. If she’s well enough, I’d like to take her to Mass next week.”
Question for thought:
- How would I respond if someone in the street asked me to light a candle?