Delaware County, PA – In order to establish Base Ecclesial communities for Latinos in this area, two groups of lay persons meet once a week for a Bible and basic Catechism formation program; ‘new evangelization’ the South American way. The last Saturday of each month they are learning practical ways for effective evangelizing. On July 28th, 40 people gathered to strengthen their fundamental knowledge of the Bible and to learn the steps to implement apostolic action:
- to See – being in contact with reality
- to Think – according to the Word of God and the magisterium of the Church
- to Act – according to what was planned
- to Evaluate – accomplishments and failures
- to Celebrate – our faith expressing our gratitude to God.
Fr. Paul taught the pattern to follow to promote this experience: the Word of God, prayer and catechesis. The participants committed themselves to invite others to join the weekly formation. In August and September they will study the fundamental truths of the faith.
A chance meeting has led our community in Springfield to begin a possible collaboration with Dr. Frank McNesby with the Holy Family House in Chester, PA. Dr. McNesby is a pediatrician who serves nearly 1000 children with special needs in the City of Philadelphia. He has been with St. Christopher’s Children Hospital for over twenty years and is a devout Catholic interested in promoting the dignity of human life as espoused by our recently canonized Founder. On Thursday, April 19th, Fr. Paul Oggioni and Fr. Dennis Weber visited Frankie’s World, a medical day-care program for 47 children ages 6 months to 8 years. After a tour, we met with Dr. McNesby and proposed the possibility of joining forces to establish a similar program in the impoverished city of Chester, near our house in Springfield. Fr. Paul has identified a number of families of children with special needs who could benefit from this program. We ask for your prayers as the Springfield community seeks to spread the tent of charity in collaboration with committed laity.