Through the smoke haze of a warm Autumn Saturday in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall at Rozelle, Aneel Aranha cut a swathe with his powerful preaching and teaching to challenge all and sundry. In his opening message he claimed that for too long Christians have been walking around in fear, and that it had to change.
Aneel related this to the Gospel story where Jesus heals the man's hearing (Mark7:31-37) Jesus reached out to the man and cried out "Ephphetha!" and the man’s ears were opened; he could hear! We need to open our ears to hear what God is saying to us.
To read more about Aneel's teaching, download now Voice of Spirit, May 2016 edition.
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On 12 December, 2015, the NSW Service Team for the CCR gathered together with Fr. Hugh Thomas CssR, our Chaplain, and others involved in CCR ministry to pray and discern the direction we felt God wanted to take the CCR in 2016.
This retreat Weekend led by Jim Murphy was such a blessing. Many of those present would have remembered Jim as a gifted teacher and a man of God who speaks God’s word from his heart.
He is also a great story-teller. Over the two days Jim brought each to a new understanding of the meaning of Mercy as he led the gathering to reflect and to make changes in one’s way of living as the Pope calls us to do. As we know Pope Francis pronounced this year to be an extraordinary year of mercy with the words, "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s Mercy." Jim recalled his father, who was a sea captain, telling him, "Don’t ever ask another to do what you yourself are not prepared to do."
To read more about Jim's weekend retreat, download now Voice of Spirit, Feb 2016 edition.
As the year draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on where we are going in our faith mission with the Lord. The Church needs spirit-filled evangelisers. Are we feeling burnt out or pessimistic about the future of our Church? We may need to renew ourselves in the Holy Spirit and immerse ourselves in God’s Love and Mercy.
There have been many opportunities that the CCR has provided to be renewed within through Life in the Spirit Seminars and the Catholic School Evangelisation courses. We now have an opportunity for small or large groups to run the program provided by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services called “The Gift”. Details of this course, which can be run at any time, are set out on page 10 of this publication.
Nov 2015 is now available, download now to find out more about the course.
On Sunday 24th May at Our Lady Queen of Peace Greystanes NSW, an inspiring celebration of the Feast of Pentecost was enjoyed by the faithful from many parts of Sydney and beyond. This joyful feast has been held in this church for many years and is always a time of grace and renewal. Following an uplifting session of praise led by The Servants of Jesus Community music ministry, Mass was concelebrated by Fr Bony Abraham MGL with the four other priests.
Aug 2015 edition of VOS is now available. Download and read Fr. Abraham's homily on Pentecost. Fr. Abraham reminds us that God will send an advocate, a helper, for those who want to follow Him!