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We can’t keep this gift to ourselves. We’re called to share the gift of faith in word and in deed- by proclaiming the love of God to others and by caring for the least among us. Learn how you can get involved.

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Everyone has their own story of how they have experienced God’s joy. A few parishioners from across the Archdiocese of St. Louis took the time to share with us stories of how they’ve experienced God’s love and joy. Check them out below and ask yourself - How have I experienced God's joy in my life? Take this question to prayer and ask God how he is calling you to share his joy this season.

 

"The joy of evangelizing always arises from grateful remembrance: it is a grace which we constantly need to implore." - Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel (13)

 

Spend some time in prayer today refelcting on what God has done in your life and they ways that you've felt his presence.  After that, we want to hear how you have experienced joy in your life during this year. we invite you to post a 1-2 minute video on social media using the hashtag #sharethejoy to share your story of joy with everyone you encounter online. it’s a simple step, but it can bring hope to a world that so desperately needs it.

 

Here's how it works. 


1. Record a simple video of yourself talking about your own experience of God's love in your life. It doesn't have to be a deep theological statement, but rather a simple witness of the goodness of God and how you have seen him active in your life.

2. At the end of your recording, choose 2-3 people to "challenge" to share their own stories of Joy.

3. Share your video on social media using the #sharethejoy hashtag and tag those who you have challenged.  Also share the link http://www.archstl.org/share-joy on your post for anyone looking for further instructions. 

It's that easy!

A sample video is below to help you get started. Good luck! 

 

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Evangelization

Looking to learn to Evangelize?  The Office of Evangelization and DIscipleship has partnered with Revive Parishes to give you free access to some of the best formation around to help prepare you deepen your faith and to prepare to share the Joy of the Gospel with all that you meet.  Sign up for free today at: www.reviveparishes.com/STL

 


Recommended Course: Evangelization by Chris Stefanick

 

10 practical tips for parish engagement

5 practical tips for personal evangelization 

 

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Another important way to witness our faith to those around us is to give to those in need. By helping the poor and the least among us, we show them the face of Christ. In Matthew 25, in the parable of the sheep and the goats Jesus says ““Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

 

 

Sign up for free today at: www.reviveparishes.com/STL

 

Recommended Course: Loving and Serving the Poor, Fr. Mark-Mary CFR

 

The poor are Christ’s gift to us, not a burden. And supporting the Church brings us closer to Christ’s heart. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the bleakness of these days, consider making a sacrificial gift to one of the organizations listed below. Your expression of love will help to lift your spirit and the spirits of those you serve.

 

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Explore the other areas of our site to help you open your heart during Advent to prepare for Christ's coming at Christmas.

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