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Page 8 March 21, 1998 e.e.d o/c ' Evangelistic Foods offers a new twist quote inside fortune cookies. on an Asian favorite by placing a Scripture as not MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) -- When Bill Heiland prayed for a unique way to evan- to be mechanically inserted in the cook- ies. @ By Barb Minczewski DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Pope John Paul II has called all Catho- lics to enter into a process of preparing for the Third Millennium of Christianity. Part of the millennium process involves planning for the future. This can involve answering some questions that will guide our journey as individuals, organizations, and parishes to the Third Millennium. These questions need to be asked from the perspective of evangelization, conver- sion, catechesis, formation and celebra- tion. 1. Where are we right now? Where are we in need of conversion and forgiveness? What are good things that are happen- ing, what are things that need to be changed? How are we living and practic- ing gospel values? How are we now bring- hag about the reign of God in our world? 2. Where do we want to be as we cel- ebrate the Great Jubilee in 2000, and begin the Third Millennium of Christian- ity? What is the vision that the pope is calling us to in his apostolic letter, "As the Third Millennium Draws Near?" What does this document mean for individuals, O ~SAS ~ CATHO1 r m 00q i Encourage all groups in ;the parish1 use the 1998 millennium prayer as of this gathering. Q Encourage all adult Catholics to # these years of preparation as an portunity for an examination of co science based on the Gospel of JeS Christ and the teachings of the Chug especially the documents of Vatican! O Study the Scriptures, especially the g| pels, the documents of Vatican Co [ cil and ask how are we living and nessing the teachings and principl ![ these documents? Work for Christian unity through tinued study, common dialogue constant prayer. Q Foster the development of small tian communities. What are some reasons for prepa#t for the Third Millennium? O The pope has invited us to do so, order to bring about a "new spri time of Christianity." A new millennium is a grace-filled 0g portunity, to bring about a new tion for the future. O These years give us an opportunity fl[ evangelization, to bring gospel val!l[ gelize, he never dreamed he would carry The cookies have been used for wed- out his mission by opening up a cookie dings, church suppers, graduations, re- business, treats and even Halloween. One food He said the inspiration came to him concession sells them at the annual Min- after a period of thoughtful prayer a nesota State Fair. Heiland said most of few years ago. His idea was to insert a the cookies have been distributed printed passage from Scripture into through Christian bookstores. each cookie, not unlike Chinese fortune He said customers frequently write to tell cookies, him how they were spiritually uplifted after Knowing nothing about the food in- finding the scriptural message in a cookie. dustry, he gathered people who knew the "If you'd asked me before I came to bakery business and he then launched know the Lord if I'd be doing this, I'd Evangelistic Foods in Minneapolis. have said 'Fat chance,"' Heiland said. Heiland announced recently that the "When I was first invited to join a char- company has sold over 5 million Scrip- ismatic prayer group, I joined a duck iden- ture Cookies. "Ours is a specialty prod- tification program instead. The Natural uct in a tight niche market," he said. Resource group met on the same night, "Our customers are Christians seeking so I had an excuse," he added. unique ways to evangelize. We've grown Today Heiland credits his business for mosdy by word of mouth." bringing special blessings to him and his Heiland, a Catholic with a theology family. "It s not just the cookies," he said, minor from LaSalle University in Phila- noting that Mass and Scripture readings delphia, operates the business from his are important in his family's daily life. home with his wife, Marie. "Nevertheless, the cookies have en- He has gleaned verses from more than hanced our prayer time." 400 scriptural passages and has them For more information, contact Evan- printed on large sheets of paper. Cur- gelistic Foods at P.O. Box 16410 Minne- rendy, retired nuns at a convent in St. apolis, MN 55416, or call (800) 748-0142, Paul cut the printed verses apart and mix or find the company on the Intemet at and stack them before they are sent off organizations, parishes and society as a to our culture and society. whole? What vision of life do we want to O An opportunity to celebrate what | embrace as Christians in the Third Mil- good and positive about the Christi#[ lennium? life, while re-committing ourselves 3. How are we going to get there? What the teachings of Jesus Christ that [ do we need to do in preparation for the us how to live fully as human | year 2000, to open the doors of our hearts Prayer Cards of Pope John Paul [ more to Jesus Christ and his teachings prayer for the Holy Spirit are avail ] [ and ministry? What are four or five things for 3 cents each in both English #o| that we can do in order to better live Spanish from the diocesan Office of,l ! gospel values in the Third Millennium ligious Education and Christian Initia 0 [ Groups and families are encouraged [ ofandGod?mre deeply bring about the reign pray this prayer as part of their aill# [ How can we make 1998 to 2000 a time Ilium preparations. [ of preparation for deeper personal con- Parish catecheticai kits containrr ,l#[ version and spiritual renewal? A few sug- wonderful resources: There are vari0], I gestions: sessions for small groups of adults, [ 0 Use the parish millennium kit materi- ads to be sent home for families to boy[ als for adult faith formation in the par- their preparation, sessions for catecl ish, small groups and organizations that resources for retreats and other inform= meet in the parish. All parishes should tion to help the parish prepare for have a copy of the parish catechetical Third Millennium. This is a process [ kit for 1998 Preparing of the Jubilee not a program. These materials can i Year II -- the Holy Spirit Source of be used with groups that are already I Unity. These parish kits were distrib- hag in the parish as part of their i uted to parish millennium contactmeetings. The diocese has a list ot ," [ persons at meetings held in five differ- sources available to help prepare for tm [ ent sites throughout the diocese in No- Third Millennium. For more informati " [ contact the Office of Religious Educati0 [ vember and sent to parishes not in at- _., . tendance. and Christian Initiation at (501 ) ,( OAK FOREST GLEANERS Park Blvd. 663-60q9 B717W. ;Markham 22q--761 cleaners Quality Service Since 1937 Charleston, AI/72933 n n nn 1 I WILLS & TRUSTS ASSET PROTECTION BUSINESS START-UPS CORPORATIONS & LLC5 ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS (50 I1 28-2688 1O2O1 112 gu. 21S 72205