Come, Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of
the earth! Come with your seven gifts! Come, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Communion and Love!
The Church and the world need you. Come, Holy Spirit, and make ever more fruitful the
charisms you have bestowed on us. Give new strength and missionary zeal to these sons and
daughters of yours who have gathered here. Open their hearts; renew their Christian
commitment to the world. Make them courageous messengers of the Gospel, witnesses to the
risen Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and Saviour of man. Strengthen their love and their
fidelity to the Church."
Pope John Paul II May 30 1998
Of its nature the Church is missionary.
Evangelization is the proper vocation of the Church.
"It is not enough to discover Christ--you must bring Him
to others! The world today is one great mission land, even in countries of
long-standing Christian tradition."
Pope John Paul II
Apostolic Exhortation ECCLESIA IN AFRICA of Pope John Paul II quotes Proposition 40 of
the Synod: "United to Jesus Christ by their witness in Africa, Catholics are invited
to develop an ecumenical dialogue with all their baptised brothers and sisters of other
Christian denominations, in order that the unity for which Christ prayed may be achieved,
and in order that their service to the peoples of the continent may make the Gospel more
credible in the eyes of those who are searching for God." (EA 65)
AND EVANGELIZATION RESOURCES
Small Faith Sharing Communities
Evangelizing Together: Together
in Mission. Guidelines for Parish Pastoral Councils by the Department of
Evangelization, Diocese of Johanensburg. Publication available from the Diocese. Review the Table of Contents and Read the
Foreward by Reginald J Orsmond, Bishop of Johannesburg.
in the Modern World. Guidelines for Parish Pastoral Councils by the
Department of Evangelization. Chapter 8
Ecclesia in Africa: Apostolic Exhortation
by Pope John Paul II Post-Synodal
Apostolic Exhortation ECCLESIA IN AFRICA
Evangelization Resources by Topic
Internet Resources for the Christian Evangelist New
A growing compilation of Catholic and Christian evangelist resources. Newsletters and
websites equipping the Christian to lead others to a personal relationship with Jesus
Christ in fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
- an annointed Christian programme attended by millions across the globe across all
denominations. Start an Alpha seminar today in your Parish or local community, or even
your home. Read
what Bishop Orsmond says about the Alpha seminar.
- The Gifts of the Spirit
for Evangelization (by Matteo Calisi)
Jesus has said: "Preach, heal, cast out demons" (see Mt 10
7-8) therefore, if in the Church we only preach we are not doing Gods Will. The
Mission of Jesus and of the Church has not ended but must continue through the work of
contemporary apostles who preach and perform the same acts of power done by Jesus and the
apostles. On the contrary, Jesus insisted that they perform "greater things than
those which He himself has done" since by going to the Father He has entrusted to the
Church the task of continuing His mission. Source International Catholic Charismatic
- billygraham.org - How to Become
If you would like to pray with Mr. Billy Graham and hear his words of
encouragement to inquirers at one crusade, select your connection to view the RealPlayer
video: 28.8, 56, ISDN.
an article on one of these topics
The role of lay person in Christ's Great
How Can I Give My Life to Christ?
How Can I Deepen My Faith in Christ?
How Can I Lead Others to Christ?
Developing leadership amongst the laity.
Guidelines for Home Cells and Home Cell
Incorporating Praise and Worship into our
Christian community meetings.
ARTICLES & RESOURCES
Renewal Journal New
Index of journal articles. Extensive articles on wide ranging topics.
Little Rock Scripture Study--Introduction
"The Church forcefully and specifically exhorts
all the Christian faithful . . . to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by
frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 133
Reflective study of Gods saving Word is at the heart of Christian life. As
the new millennium draws near we are challenged to turn to the Bible to effectively bring
about a new age of evangelization. Scripture study in every parish will form a sure
foundation for personal growth in faith, renewed parish life, and outreach to
others-essential marks of an evangelizing community.
Resources from Catherine of Siena Institute
- Called & Gifted Workshop Brochure PDF
The Institute's program to teach lay Catholics about their role in the Church and its
mission to the world. See also their workshops page. Can also be ordered
locally in South Africa. To see when the next workshop will be run in South Africa
please visit our "events"
- Being a Lay Catholic: the Call & the
Challenge brochure PDF
See also their workshops page.
- Discerning on Your Feet: Navigating Life's Moral
Complexity PDF See also their workshops
- "The role of the parish in the new
evangelization," Fr. Robert Christian, O.P. PDF
Article from their spring 1998 newsletter, to be downloaded separately.
- Charisms of the Holy Spirit FAQ PDF See
also their online FAQ.
- Spiritual Gifts Discernment Program FAQ PDF See
also their online FAQ.
- Collaboration with the Laity, Fr.
Michael Sweeney, O.P. Text PDF
According to Pope John Paul II and the Second Vatican Council, the proper role of lay men
and women in the Church is a collaborative one: by virtue of baptism and confirmation, all
Catholics are called to bring Christ into every human situation and to be co-responsible
for this work of the Church in the world. Fr. Michael takes a look at what work needs to
be done toward the Christian formation of the lay faithful before this goal can be
- Government in the Church, Fr.
Michael Sweeney, O.P. Text PDF
A look at the implications for the Church's government and for parish life of Church
teaching about the role of the lay faithful.
- In the beginning: the unlikely adventures of the
Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell and Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P. Text
What do you get when you mix a shoestring with some midnight oil, then spice it with a
daring, last-minute rescue? Find out in this illustrated account!
- Pope John Paul II speaks on charisms Text
From a 1994 general audience.
- The strategic role of lay Catholics in the
Dominican mission, Sherry Weddell Text PDF What can Dominican
parishes (and all Catholics) learn from the experience of evangelical Protestants in
mobilizing their laity for the work of the Church?
- Dominican freedom and responsibility: towards a
spirituality of government, Most Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Link
A letter on governance written to the whole Dominican Order, by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe,
O.P., Master General.
Sword of the Spirit
Articles and Books on Christian Community
- Lay Renewal Ministries - a Diocesan lay
ministry fulfilling the directive to lay persons to become active in the Church and the
World as set out in Encyclical Christifideles Laici Under construction
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