Arlington’s Catholic Herald newspaper, the teens were sponsored by five
parishes — St. John Parish, McLean; St. Catherine of Siena, Great
Falls; St. Louis, Alexandria; St. Anthony of Padua, Falls Church; and
St. Mary of Sorrows, Fairfax.
St. Mary of
Sorrows hosted nearly 30 young men for the mission. Many of the
participants came from Maryland or Washington and were joined by
members of local youth groups.
went door-to-door several times during Holy Week, from Wednesday to
Saturday. They explained that they were Catholic missionaries and
invited people to attend Holy Week activities at the parish, including
a Living Stations of the Cross, performed by young people from St. Mary
of Sorrows. Some attended.
returned with stories. Some people had welcomed them into their homes
and listened to what they had to say. They met people who didn’t know
how to return to the Church or didn’t realize they were welcome back.
Others were less positive, slamming the door in the young people’s
faces or expressing their anger toward the Church.
The teens also
participated in service projects for their host parish. During the
Stations of the Cross, the young people carried a tall wooden cross
around the block. On the main highways along their route, people honked
their horns in support.
150 teens traveled to the Diocese of Arlington last week for the ‘Youth
for the Third Millennium Mega Mission’--an outreach of Regnum
Christi--for a week of door-to-door evangelization.