For the third year in a row, One Bread Lay Apostolate, a worldwide Catholic Evangelization group based in Sanford, North Carolina, will be marching in the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade to spread the good news. This year’s parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 11.
As with many holidays that have their origins as Christian feast days, St Patrick’s Day has become secularized and its Christian meaning obscured. One Bread seeks to bring back the true spiritual meaning of these holidays by using them as evangelization opportunities and a means to educate people about Christ, his holy Catholic Church and the heroes of the faith, like St. Patrick.
Parade participants will be wearing Catholic Evangelist T-shirts and distributing St. Patrick prayer cards with a bio of St Patrick and an invitation to attend Mass at nearby Catholic Church on the back of the cards. The Diocese Web site is listed on the cards so people can go online to locate a Catholic church close to them. They also include a link to the One Bread Website (http://1bread.catholic.org) where they can receive free information about the Catholic faith.
To encourage youth groups to participate, One Bread will be having its first annual "Catholic Youth Evangelization Award." The youth group with the best costumes, signs, and performance in the parade wins a trophy, St Patrick medals, and more.
After the parade, One Bread will be hosting a fundraiser by selling baked Irish goodies, drinks, and religious items including books, jewelry, rosaries, and many Irish gifts. There will also be FREE information about the Catholic Church available for people to pick up and take home.
One Bread is a Catholic lay apostolate dedicated to evangelization and primarily evangelizes on the Internet through their Web site http://1bread.catholic.org. Now in their fourth year of operation, One Bread has distributed hundreds of free pamphlets and rosaries to countless of people who have requested them from around the world.