Catechism over coffee launched to attract yuppies to faith

Jhonsen Sales and Sky Ortigas came up with the idea of a venue where ‘coffee for the soul’ would be served, after a 33-day consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary late last year.

Philippines
Feb 13 2014, 1:52 PM
Catechism over coffee launched to attract yuppies to faith

A little coffee will help open up young professionals reluctant to talk about their faith, believes a couple of Catholic professionals who launched the Mercy Café on February 8 at the Grills and Sizzles Restaurant in Quezon City.

Jhonsen Sales and Sky Ortigas came up with the idea of a venue where ‘coffee for the soul’ would be served, after a 33-day consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary late last year.

“If you go to the Mercy Café, people are there to talk about spiritual things and there’s no place like that, only the Church. Since many find it hard to appreciate the Church, that’s the main vision of Mercy Café, to have a certain place where we can nurture the knowledge of our faith,” Sales, founder of Mercy Café explained, adding how the project is designed to cater to singles who need a break from work, but who are not part of covenanted communities or youth groups.

According to Sales, an electronics design engineer, he was initially attracted to the idea of offering creative catechism to people who may feel a bit distant towards the Church.

“I was attracted to coffee for the soul because I thought, ‘Is there really such a thing?’ That’s the curiosity. The good thing is, when you visit the Mercy Café, we’re catering to the spiritual need of the soul. That’s what we will offer at the café,” he added.

The first Mercy Café talk, given by Father Ransom Rapirap, titled “Stay in Love, Fall in Love and It will Decide Everything” focused on the beauty and experience of romantic love, as well as the truth of Jesus’ sacrificial love for all.

Ortigas, co-founder of Mercy Café, said upcoming Mercy Café talks will include discussions about the Blessed Virgin, the saints, the Eucharist, presented in a “creative manner”.

“It’s more of intimate conversations over coffee, while imparting teachings about the faith,” Ortigas added.

Source: CBCP for life

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