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"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

Come Lord, Set Us On Fire.
Clasp us close to your bosom. Seduce us with your beauty. Enchant us with your fragrance. Let us love you.

Descend into my heart, O Holy Spirit, and lighten the dark corners of this wretched dwelling place. Pierce the gloom, with your joyful beams, dwell in that soul that longs to be your temple; water the barren soil, overrun with weeds and thistles, making it fruitful with dew from heaven. O come, refresh my faint and languid spirit. O come, guide this lost soul tossed about on the stormy seas of this world, and bring me safely to the haven of your love.
St. Augustine of Hippo


“We have experienced the grace of a new Pentecost. There are many signs of hope which have flourished for the mission of the Church” among which are “the discovery and the appraisal of charisms … the renewed zeal for evangelisation and the advancement of lay people.” Pope John Paul II, 1 March 1999, address to  Pontifical Council for the Laity


Of its nature the Church is missionary. Evangelization is the proper vocation of the Church.

Matthew 28:19-20

"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


"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."

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 "Christianity cannot be reduced to a doctrine, or simple principles," John Paul II said today, alerting his listeners against a stagnant idea of Christian life. In fact, the Holy Father added, "Christ, the center of Christianity, is alive and his presence is the event that constantly renews the human creature and the cosmos." 

John Paul II said that what characterized the "Cursillos de Cristiandad," as well as similar ecclesial movements, "is the new evangelization of adults." Over the past half century, these realities have caused a genuine revolution in the Catholic Church: "The Christian message is proposed through times of intense spiritual experience, capable of making one rediscover the beauty of encountering Christ and of being Church, as well as the joy of fraternity and reciprocal service, permeating the whole of life with a Christian spirit."

The demand of integral Christianity -- that no reductions be made when it comes to truth -- at the same time, knows how to measure itself against history and modernity. It marked the whole of the last century and emerged with force during Vatican Council II," the Holy Father added. Thus the Pope explained the motive that gave life to these new movements and communities, which on other occasions he has referred to as  a "springtime of the Spirit": "Through the unfolding of what at times were dramatic events of the past decades, the Church has understood ever more clearly that its task is care and responsibility for men and women, not in the 'abstract,' but the 'real,' 'specific,' and 'historical.' The Church incessantly offers Christ, the only Redeemer of humanity."

"In fact, only in Christ, and the Church does not tire of repeating it, especially in this Jubilee Year, can human beings find the real and full meaning of their existence. Therefore, Christianity cannot be reduced to a doctrine, or simple principles, because Christ, the center of Christianity, is alive, and his presence is the event that constantly renews the human creature and the cosmos. This truth of Christ is vigorously proclaimed today, as it was courageously defended in the 20th century by so many witnesses of the faith and illustrious Christian thinkers, among whom I am pleased to remember today Vladimir Sergeevic Soloviev, the centenary of whose death we commemorate these days." the Holy Father said.

"Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world" (Matthew 28:19-20).

"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is coming to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and kingly power, I charge you to preach the word, to stay with the task whether convenient or inconvenient - correcting, reproving, appealing - constantly teaching and never losing patience" (2 Timothy 4:1-2).

Christ, like a skillful physician, understands the weakness of men. He loves to teach the ignorant and the erring he turns again to his own true way. He is easily found by those who live by faith and to those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, he opens immediately. 

 -- St. Hippolytus

The air which we breathe, the bread which we eat, the heart which throbs in our bosoms, are not more necessary for man that he may live as a human being, than is prayer for the Christian that he may live as a Christian. 

 -- St. John Eudes


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Every Christian Must Be a Missionary Pope John Paul Message for World Missions Sunday VATICAN CITY, JUNE 5, 2001

Every Believer Should Be a Missionary, Pope Says

VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2001 ( Every Christian believer, and not just those who take vows, should become a missionary, John Paul II said today.

"All believers are called to 'prepare the way of the Lord,' casting all fear and doubt aside," the Holy Father told members of the Higher Council of the Pontifical Missionary Works, who are in Rome for their annual assembly.

"Conscious of their own poverty," the Pope added, "all are called to accept Christ's invitation to 'go out to the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.'"

The directors and collaborators of the Missionary Works came to the papal audience with Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, recently appointed Vatican director of the missions. The agency fosters missionary awareness and sends personnel and materials to promote evangelization around the world.

The Holy Father told the 114 national directors of the Missionary Works that, following the Jubilee, it is necessary to launch "a new missionary era." The salient characteristic of this new era is that the mission is no longer the monopoly of consecrated persons, he said.
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Alpha - Leading others to Christ! ALPHA

Bishop. R Orsmond
The Holy Father appealed for a New Evangelization and the Jubilee Year was part of that. But the work of evangelization goes on. This new millenium calls for a new energy, a new thrust for evangelization. I remind you of the words of Evangelii Nunciandi, 'the Church exists to evangelize' and as the present Holy Father says 'For the disciple of Christ to evangelize is an obligation of love'.

Looking at our present situation I would have to say, as do many others, that we are more into Church maintenance than into church expansion or outreach or simply direct evangelization. I can you say 'but we have no time'. True but we are in the period of collaborative ministry whereby the laity should have a deeper and more personal involvement in the work of evangelization. They have to be empowered for their share in the mission of Jesus. And many want to.

It is interesting to note that last November the Holy Father presided over a Jubilee Congress in Rome on the Lay Apostolate. 600 delegates from round the world attended and their theme was "THE LAITY WILL BE THE MISSIONARIES OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM". It reinforces the need to help laity to do what the Church expects of them. Remember that one of the roles of the priests is to be a catalyst, to empower people and create for them opportunities for the exercise of their God-given gifts, and not to be an obstacle. [Read the full invitation from Bishop. R Orsmond, 20 January 2001]

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The Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver has issued an invitation to his clergy to attend a Catholic Alpha conference there in July, describing the course as ‘a most effective tool of evangelization.’ The Most Rev’d Adam Exner wrote, “Why am I inviting you to this conference? “The Alpha course has been used in may countries throughout the world and has proved to be a most effective tool of evangelization. “It gives us practical ways of sharing our faith with others: with those who have never heard of Christ, with those who have fallen away from their faith, with those who wish to grow into a deeper personal relationship with Christ and His Church.“The Great Jubilee of Christ’s Birth is a unique moment in the history of the Church and of the world.“Alpha could be one way for you to answer the call of the Spirit to bring about the new Springtime of Faith and Christian Living desired by Pope John Paul II and to help make your parish an evangelizing community.”

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In 1990, Pope John Paul II and over 5000 priests and religious (incl. Mother Theresa, Fr. Tom Forrest, Fr. Cantalamessa) called the Church to a New Evangelisation. Watch the audiovisual overview of this retreat. From The Way Home

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to evangelise is an obligation of love"
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Are you leading others to Jesus Christ?

My hope for all of the churches represented here is that our churches will be places where people can encounter our Lord Jesus, where people can experience personally the power of the Holy Spirit as a power which transforms - a power which enables us and our people to be agents in going out and touching and transforming the world around us.
Cardinal Keeler.

"Alpha appeals because it revives in all of us Christians
• the need to make Christ known;
• the need to bring him to wherever we are;
• the need to bring the whole world under his sway."
Bishop Orsmond
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Christian Growth and Formation:
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Using the Power of the Holy Spirit
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Power for the Impossible
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Opportunity of Lifetime is the title of a new series of programs Fr. Tom Forrest has prepared especially for this unique time in which we live.  He encourages us to seize the opportunity presented by this Jubilee Year to make Jesus known at home and abroad. Listen to Tape 1 From The Way Home is the title of a new series of programs Fr. Tom Forrest has prepared especially for this unique time in which we live.  He encourages us to seize the opportunity presented by this Jubilee Year to make Jesus known at home and abroad. Listen to Tape 1 From The Way Home is the title of a new series of programs Fr. Tom Forrest has prepared especially for this unique time in which we live.  He encourages us to seize the opportunity presented by this Jubilee Year to make Jesus known at home and abroad. Listen to Tape 1 From The Way Home

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