I've said many times that I'm not a very good Catholic but I feel the need to reiterate here that, with this post, I'm not pretending to be the more faithful adherent. Still, when Pope Francis called this the Year of Mercy, I'm not sure this is what he had in mind (forwarded by a member).


WHAT:           Blessing of the Experience Mercy Billboard

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 25, 1:30 P.M.

WHERE:        Parking lot at 348 First Street S.W., New Brighton, MN

WHO:             Fr. Michael Skluzacek and Fr. Andrew Jaspers,
                        St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School, New Brighton

CONTACT:     Marty Schutz, parishioner, 763.242.XXXX

In response to Pope Francis’ call for a Jubilee of Mercy, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton, MN has launched an outreach campaign encouraging people to partake of God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Fr. Skluzacek and Fr. Jaspers will be conducting a brief blessing ceremony of a billboard posted this week as part of the campaign.

I guess you go where the sinners are. This actually reminds me of the WWJD series of church parking photos I did a couple years ago.

In all seriousness, it's a sad day when we have to reach our flock in the seven seconds they are driving by. My church here, like most others, has not only accepted the environment Americans live in but has joined in the program to convert neighborhoods to parking lots. You may or may not like car culture, but it seems to me that an organization dedicated to following the difficult path of Jesus and the Apostles would, as a starting point, realize that people coming into passive contact with other people -- of their own faith and not -- is an essential component of building a community.

Just one more heretical thought to confess.