I think the Bible says something about not doing your alms before men but my Church sure don,t teach that nonsense.Being a carnival-barker is wrong. Praying in public (or encouraging prayer), however, is not. [The late] Fr. John A. Hardon (a good friend of Mother Teresa's), once said:
One final word. All that I have said was not only an exhortation to say the Rosary. Absolutely not! I am pleading with you to become apostles of the Rosary. Promote the Rosary. Urge the Rosary. Teach the Rosary. Shall I say, advertise the Rosary. It is through the Rosary that we can bring countless souls back to Christ from whom they have strayed. It is through the Rosary that we can make them lovers of Christ through the mediation of His Mother, the Mother of Miracles since the marriage feast at Cana even to the dawn of eternity. [emphasis; mine]Since I have a disability that is always hard to deal with and on some days impossible to withstand, I carry a rosary around with me about 50% of the time. It not only helps me get to where I'm going (and back), but many people have commented on it, as it's beautiful in addition to being functional. In brings up wonderful conversations, as many folks are non-attending Catholics, but remember their First Communions with joy, etc. I do not know your affiliation, but some non-Catholics bring up that verse [I think] because they don't want others to be encouraged to pray asking intercession [of Mary].
Whoops, you said alms... I put that post up too quickly... was in a hurry to give alms to the church... -lol-