Advent Mission Soho

Be bold!  Be Catholic!  Be a joyful missionary!

December 17th, 2018
St Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Soho (Meet at 32 Prince St)
4:30 to 7:30 Street Evangelization

7:00 Mass

7:30 Reception

Street Evangelization Bring your faith to all the people

From the Mission Director…

Dear Fellow Missionaries in Christ,

In just two short days, we will find ourselves once again out on the streets of SoHo looking for souls.  Our mission this year comes at a challenging time for our church, the bride of Christ.  As we prepare our hearts and minds for this mission, let’s collectively pray on three themes:

  1. Humility.  If there is any good that can come out of the present crisis in our Church, maybe it will be that all of us develop a greater sense of humility.  We are all sinners, and we all fail.  Out on the streets, we need to approach others with a deep sense of our weaknesses, seeking souls not from a high perch, but from a low one.  The path to God is one founded firmly in humility before Him and before others.  More than ever, an attitude of humility makes a missionary far more attractive and effective than one of pride.  Humility is at the very heart of Jesus, “the meek and humble of heart.”
  2. Sacrifice. We won’t know until we try, but my guess is that we may encounter more than the usual resistance on Advent´s mission. In those moments, we need to remind them that they are not confessing to a priest, but to God himself through the priest.  We need to be able to tell them that we too have received reconciliation, as have the priests that are with us. We cannot counter rebuke with rebuke, insult with insult, an argument with counter-argument.  This approach, more than ever, will not be effective, and in addition, will diminish us as Christians.  On the streets, we need to demonstrate to others the joyful, peaceful, confident perseverance of Jesus, who endured far worse than we’ll ever get on Monday. Let’s all pray this weekend for the help and aid of the Holy Spirit to endure and persevere, with joyful and confident hearts.  Let’s be Jesus to others out on the streets.
  3. Love. More than ever, our motto “Love them in” needs to be in full force.  Trust me, we will not be able to marshal sufficient arguments or evidence to counter the barrage of bad press Christ’s Church has endured over the last few weeks.  So don’t even try.  Instead, love.  “Love is patient.  Love is kind…. Love never fails.”

See you Monday in SoHo.  Bring your hearts of Jesus.

In Christ,



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Questions? Oscar Velasco ovelasco@arcol.og or call 914 244 3685

New Yorkers constantly hurry past Old St. Patrick Church in Soho. Many seem happy, others look solemn, occupied, unmindful of their surroundings. Happy or occupied, many of them are souls hungering for love, thirsting for warmth, yearning for peace. They have braved the city that never sleeps, have given much to be on top of the heap. Souls in pain… Who would know what’s in their hearts? Who feels their pain? Who understands their desires?

Come to New York! Be a joyful presence on the street, a witness to Christ’s love! Come and be the voice of the One who knows what’s in their hearts…….the One who hears their sobbing and knows what they need. With the Holy Spirit, be the loving arms to lead them back home to where Christ’s mercy will restore them…..To the Lord whose unfailing love will rescue them. Come! Be the happy Christian face that will brighten the day!

Mission Headquarters

St Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Soho 263 Mulberry St, corner of Prince and Mott

Volunteers needed

Street missionaries: man a street corner in SoHo/Little Italy, paired with one to three other missionaries. Greet passerbys, hand out a flyer with information on the Holy Week services and, if they appear interested, describe the services available, including the sacrament of Confession.

Street missionary helper: walk with people the street missionaries have identified and who want to go to Confession, help them find the Church courtyard and introduce them to one of the greeters in the courtyard.

Mission coordinator: man Mission HQ, greet missionaries as they come in and, using a predetermined map of missionary locations, give them their assignments. Give the missionaries a short explanation of the job, how things are going so far, and if possible, a short meditation to inspire them.

Runner: work with the Mission Coordinator in HQ, checking in on the missionary stations in the neighborhood, making sure people are where they need to be and that they are properly supplied.

Church greeter: is stationed in the courtyard outside the Church, greeting people who have been sent in by the missionaries or wandered in on their own. There will be “Guide to Confession” cards to pass out, and answer questions as needed for those seeking help preparing for Confession. Guide people to the various Confession stations in the Church and ensure none of the lines is getting too long.

Mission store: man the mission store at Mission HQ, handing out equipment and taking in contributions.