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                 Archdiocese of Canberra                                      KERYGMA
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                  CCR News Bulletin                                            Radical for God?                   Issue 41                                     The New Millennium                                        August 2005

                                                                                KT Discipleship
E     xciting things are happening in the Canberra Goulburn Charis-
      matic/Church movement. On the Feast of the Assumption, 15th
August, members of the CCR are joining with various local church
                                                                                Training School
                                                                               for Young People
                                                                                                                             Signs and Wonders Conference
movements (including New Communities and all Church Organisa-                26th September 2005-                                                                      Be Renewed in the Holy Spirit
tions) to celebrate the Eucharist with Archbishop Francis Carroll, DD.          10th March 2006
It will be an opportunity to see how each organisation can work to-                                                                                              Workshop on the Charisms
wards the growth of holiness by truly living the Archdiocesan Synod
call to be “One in Christ Jesus”.
                                                                            The KTDTS is...                                                                                                 with
In recent months two Life in the Spirit Seminars have been success-
                                                                              A chance to see how God can
                                                                                                                                                                   Damian Stayne, Surrey, UK
fully held, with good numbers attending. Planning is under way for            use you
another Life in the Spirit Seminar to be held, commencing on October                                                                                        need to tone them up”.                      Damian says that “growing in
                                                                              A chance to listen to God's heart
12, 2005 at the ABBA Father Gowrie Prayer Group.                                                                                                                                                         faith is an ongoing process”.
                                                                              A chance to discover your gifts                                                “I believe the charisms are dying
                                  Bridge for Peace Team                                                                                                      because of a lack of training and        “Many of us don’t pray for
                                                                              An amazing opportunity to see
                                  The Bridge for Peace Team from New                                                                                          people’s lack of expectation that       faith...we don’t realise how much
                                  York, USA will be visiting St Bene-         God working through your life                                                       God can use everyone.”              the Holy Spirit has been limited
                                  dict’s Eucharistic Centre on Tuesday 8                                                                                                                              by the smallness of our faith.”
                                                                              A time to chill out with people
                                  November at 7.30 pm. Their ministry                                                                                      Damian felt called to pray for
                                  is to build bridges of peace to the na-     your own age                                                                 guidance and as a result he initi-         The weekend programme will be
                                  tions and they will be praying with                                             Damian Stayne is the founder of a ated a programme on how to grow                   quite busy, with time to use the
                                                                              An opportunity to meet people
                                  you for healing. Annette, a member of                                           small Catholic lay community in the in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. “I             spiritual gifts in small groups,
                                  the team, always says: “Jesus did not       from many different nations         United Kingdom called Cor et Lumen believed this was urgent because                 and it is important that the par-
                                  come to bless the sick but to heal the                                          Christi. He has been invited by the Na- people are going to the New Age             ticipants follow the whole pro-
                                                                              A chance to experience the joys
                                  sick”. Sometimes praying with people                                            tional Service Committee of the CCR to and using occult practices for               gramme. The course starts on Fri-
                                  takes a while as the group expects          and challenges of community         conduct a series of workshops in Austra- healing because they cannot find           day night at 7.30 pm, Saturday
God to heal his people, either spiritually or physically. ■ ■                                                     lia called “Signs and Wonders”.
                                                                              living.                                                                      it in the Christian Church”.               from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm, Sun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      day from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, with
Some past events which have taken place:                                      An opportunity to experience        The venue for the Sydney workshops
                                                                                                                                                             “People need to see that Jesus           an open Healing Rally on Sunday
                                                                              overseas missions                   will be the new Servants of Jesus
                                                                                                                                                              heals in the Church to-day.”            night at 7.30 pm.
                                                                                                                  Community Centre, Seven Hills, and
                                                                             Are you up to the call and           the date will be the weekend of 12-
                                                                                                                                                          Since the commencement of these
                                                                              challenge of missions?              14th August (see insert, “Coming
                                                                                                                                                          charism workshops Damian has
                                                                                                                  Events” for full details).
                                                                                                                                                          trained over 16,000 people in the
                                                                                                                                                          use of these gifts in the Power of
                                                                                                                  Cor et Lumen Christi community,
                                                                                                                                                          the Holy Spirit, and has seen
                                                                                                                  which was founded in the late 1980s,
                                                                                                                                                          many thousands of healings
                                                                                                                  has always used and practised the
                                                                                                                                                          through his ministry.
                                                                                                                  gifts of the Spirit, and they also fast
                               Commissioning of Brian Welsh and team                                              regularly for the Spirit’s anointing.
                               for Evangelising Mission to Ireland                                                                                        It is expected that the Charism
                                                                                                                                                          Workshops to be held on 12-14th
At St. Thomas in                                                                                                  Damian’s concern is what he has seen
                                                                              Karygma Team in Ghana,                                                      of August will prove to be very
Kambah. Gathering of                                                                                               as a diminishing use of the charisms
                                                                                Africa with Fr Linus                                                      popular since they focus both on
parishes of South                                                                                                   (spiritual gifts) within the Catholic
                                                                                                                                                          what the Bible and the Church
Canberra under the                                                                                                         Charismatic Renewal.
                                                                                                                                                          teach about charisms.                         Leg brace no longer needed
banner “One in the                                                           For more information contact
Spirit”. Both Anglican                                                                                            He says: “I think people have felt that
                                                                                    Kerygma Teams                                                           There will also be an emphasis on         The cost for the weekend school is
and Baptist                                                                                                       to make the Baptism in the Spirit
                                                                                                                                                            the importance of the gift of faith       $50 per person, and there will
representatives                                                                                                   more accessible we have tended to
                                                                                  Ph. 02 9688 4233                                                          which is at the heart of our Chris-       also be a love offering to cover
                                                                                                                  tone down the use of the spiritual
                                                                                                                                                            tian belief.                              Damian’s travel expenses, etc.
                          Corpus Christi Festival 27–28 May 2005.              Email Sydney@kteams.org            gifts. But what I’m saying is that we
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Booking is essential ■ ■
                          Eucharistic Retreat with                             website. www.ktsydney.org
                          Bishop Julian Porteous in St Benedict’s
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                                                             It is Jesus who Heals                                       When Jesus Touches Our Life                                                    A Call to Prayer
 Voice of the
                                                           Also, Jesus said in Matt.
                                                                                          wrongly, with a view to
                                                                                          squandering what you re-
                                                                                                                         W      hen Jesus touches our life -
                                                                                                                                and how many can lay
                                                                                                                         claim to this - it is not only for our
                                                                                                                                                                  accountability. It would surely go
                                                                                                                                                                  without saying that the Prayer
                                                                                                                                                                  Group Leader and the Core Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I will bring them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to my holy moun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tain and give them
                                                             “You will receive all that   ceive on your pleasures.”
                                                                                                                         own sake, but also for the sake of       have the responsibility of ensur-                 joy in my house of
                                                           you pray for, provided you     So, it’s most important
Official Newsletter of the                                                                                               others. Similarly, do we use our         ing that those in Prayer Ministry                 prayer…”
      NSW Catholic                                         have faith.”                   that even though we may
                                                                                          be praying for physical        gifts so that others may be en-          are known to them, approved by                               (Isa.56:7)

 Charismatic Renewal                                                                                                                                                                                          cting on this prophecy
                                                           Earlier in Matt. 7:7-8, Je-    healing we realise that the    riched?                                  them and are spiritually mature.
 This newsletter is                                        sus talked about the           person being prayed for                                                 The gifts will grow as we use               and on the decision of the
published quarterly.                                       power of prayer when he        may need healing in other                                               them and this gift is no exception.   CCR State Service Team some
Articles, news items             A recent picture of       said:                          areas. Remember, the                                                                                          months ago, a time of interces-
                                                              “Ask, and you will re-      Lord will always heal, but                                                  For this reason there is a
and other contribu-                “our Dorothy”                                                                                                                                                        sion takes place on the fourth
 tions are welcome                                         ceive. Seek, and you will      he knows exactly where                                                   bimonthly Tuesday meeting at
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday of each month at the
   and should be                   o you believe that      find. Knock, and it will be    our greatest need is. Let’s                                               the CCR Centre so that, as it
    forwarded to:                                                                                                                                                    says in the Prayer Ministry        CCR Centre, Rozelle, starting
                                   when we pray with       opened to you. For the one     leave the decision-making
                             people they are always        who asks, receives. The        to him - and be content to                                              Guidelines, we may be informed,       at 10.30 am with praise and
  The Editor                 healed? Well, if we truly     one who seeks, finds. The      be his hands and his feet.                                                 encouraged and supported.          worship for about 30 minutes,
  Voice of the Spirit        believe that it is Jesus      one who knocks, enters.”                                                                                                                     followed by prayer, and con-
     CCR Centre              who heals - and I am only                                    I would like to give you                                                It would be of great benefit to the   cluding at 12 noon.
  19a Quirk Street           the instrument that God       So, there is great power in     a personal illustration       We in Catholic Charismatic Re-           Prayer Group if at least one per-     The next meeting will be
    Rozelle 2039             is using - those we pray      prayer - and particularly        of the power of inter-       newal hear and speak much about          son attended either the morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                        on August 26.
                             for always are healed.        in united prayer - as we           cession, or united         the gifts of the Holy Spirit, recog-     or evening session. In fact, dare I
                                                           see in Matt. 18:19-20                    prayer.                                                                                              We would like you to join us
                             However, there are cer-                                                                     nising the need to allow the Spirit      say, it is very important!
 Production                  tain conditions.              where Jesus said:                                             to use us through the exercising                                               at the CCR Centre on that
                                                                                                                                                                  This year we are having video         day, but if you cannot we
   Team:                                                      “Again I tell you, if two   Over the last few months I     of these gifts. I consider the ca-
                                                                                                                                                                  teachings by John and Paula
                             Step one in learning to       of you join your voices on     had had intermittent pain      pacity to pray with others to be                                               encourage you to set aside
Dorothy O’Sullivan           pray with people is to        earth to pray for anything     on the right side of my        one such gift. In CCR we refer to        Sandford which are both informa-      some time during the fourth
 Vince Fitzwilliam            believe that Jesus is        whatever, it shall be          body. When I did eventu-       this as Prayer Ministry.                 tive and enriching. I find, too,      week of each month, either
Michael van Ommen             still at work healing        granted you by my Father       ally go to the doctor and                                               that the interaction at the conclu-
  Sue Newnham                                                                                                                                                                                           privately or in your prayer
                                his brothers and           in heaven. Wherever two        had a colonoscopy, I was        You may have thought that you           sion of the input among those at-
  Margaret Doyle                                           or three are gathered in my    diagnosed with colon can-                                                                                     groups, to join with us in
                                  sisters to-day.                                                                          had to be “qualified” in some          tending is quite stimulating—we
  Dr Alex Reichel                                          name, there am I in their      cer. However, prior to the      way for this particular ministry        actually encourage each other!        praying for the needs of the
                             His love for us is so great   midst.”                        operation taking place the       when, in actual fact, anyone                                                 CCR. ■ ■
    Deadline for             that he still has both the                                   message had filtered out         (with some reservations) can
  November issue,            desire and the power to        Another condition is          to the groups I’m con-            pray with another person.
 Friday 14 October,          heal - just as he did when     that we must always           nected with - CCR, Secu-                                                                                      Elijah House Prayer Ministry
       2005                  he walked this earth. Be-        ask in God’s Will.          lar Franciscan Order, Bi-      A pre-requisite would surely be                                                School. Terry and Isobel Bocca-
                             lieve that, and in time                                      ble Study, Parish Council,     that you are a praying person;                                                 latte co-ordinate these on a regu-
                             you will experience it.       He knows exactly what we       etc. I was overwhelmed by      that is, that you have a relation-                                             lar basis at the CCR Centre.
Permission is granted        Finally, you will know it     need, whereas in our hu-       the love and prayers of so
to reprint any article                                                                                                   ship with Jesus. How can I im-                                                 If you now think you know all
                             with a certainty that no      manity       and     self-     many people, including
  from Voice of the                                                                                                      part to another what I do not                                                  about Prayer Ministry within
                             one can shake.                centredness we can make        priests who remembered
 Spirit (VOS) as long                                                                                                    have myself? There are different                                               the Catholic Charismatic Re-
 as VOS is quoted as
                                                           the mistake of asking for      me in their Masses. My
                                                                                                                         ways by which we can support                                                   newal let me tell you that what
      the source.            So, the first condition is    what we want. 1 John           own parish priest anointed
                                                           14:15 says:                    me during the Sunday           another in prayer….                                                            has been written here has only
                             that we must have faith,
  Articles in VOS are        expectant faith that all        “We have this confidence     Eucharist, with the con-       There is “Intercessory Prayer”                                                 scratched the surface. And even
 the personal views of       things are possible for       in God: that he hears us       gregation participating. I                                                                                    when you think you know all
                                                                                                                         (see opposite) whereby one will
the writer and, unless       God. Absolutely nothing       whenever we ask for any-       praise and thank God for                                                                                      that needs to be known, there is
   indicated, do not                                                                                                     pray for another - intercede with
                             is impossible - if we co-     thing according to his will.   you all.                                                                                                      always more!
necessarily reflect the                                                                                                  Jesus on behalf of another. We
                             operate with him. This is     And since we know that he
      view of the                                                                                                        have a number of intercessors            A further area of Prayer Minis-
                             brought out strongly in       hears us whenever we ask,      As a result I was at peace                                                                                    I pray that Jesus, by the power
  NSW Service Team.                                                                                                      who pray for those who ’phone            try is that undertaken at the
                             Luke 17:5 when the apos-      we know that what we           and without pain during                                                                                       of his Holy Spirit, will anoint
                                                           have asked him for is          the whole procedure - and      into the Centre with their par-          CCR Centre. This is available
                             tles said to the Lord,                                                                                                                                                     more men and women to minis-
The CCR Centre is                                                                                                        ticular needs.                           Monday-Friday for the one who
                               “Increase our faith,” and   ours.”                         I have just received a very                                                                                   ter his healing, peace-giving,
      open:                                                                                                                                                       needs that bit more time, privacy
9.30 am to 4.00 pm           he answered: “If you had                                     good report from the doc-      There are those who “Pray with                                                 forgiving love to those who are
                             faith the size of a mustard   Also,     talking    about     tors.                                                                   and, if necessary, some ongoing
Monday to Friday.                                                                                                        Others” in the context of your                                                 the lowly, the captives, the bro-
                             seed, you could say to this   worldly desires, or what                                                                               prayer in a way which is not ap-
                                                                                                                         Prayer Group. This is a very spe-        propriate at the Prayer Meeting.      ken-hearted, the prisoners. This
                             sycamore, ‘Be uprooted        we want, James 4:3 tells         Such is the power
Ph   (02) 9810 2499
                                                                                                                         cial ministry. It is a ministry          To be part of the Prayer Ministry     is the mission of Jesus and, as
                             and transplanted into the     us:                                 of prayer.
Fax (02) 9555 5962                                                                                                       which holds a certain responsibil-       team at the CCR Centre one            his disciples, it is ours too. ■ ■
                             sea,’ and it would obey           “You ask and you do         PRAISE THE LORD!
      E-mail:                                                                                                            ity and for which there is to be         needs to have participated in an               Sr. Margaret Scully RSC
                             you.”                         not receive because you ask
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                                                            Around the Prayer Groups                                               Standing Room only for Father McAlear’s
                                                      Pentecost at Greystanes                                                           Ministry of Hope and Healing
(continued from page 5)
Father Bob Faricy spoke on charismatic
spirituality and shared with us the importance
of the Mass and the Sacraments, contempla-
                                                                         T    his year a great number of people
                                                                              attended our Mass on the feast of
                                                                         Pentecost at Our Lady Queen of Peace
                                                                                                                                                                               The theme of Father’s message was that each of us
                                                                                                                                                                               present came because we recognised our need for
tive prayer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.                            Church at Greystanes. Auxiliary Bishop                                                                healing; in those deep places in our lives as well as
Michelle Moran gave many great practical                                 Julian Porteous, liaison bishop to the                                                                physically. We need Jesus, our Saviour and our
skills and tools for leadership.                                         CCR, was the main celebrant, together                                                                 Healer, but there is something in the human heart
Stephen Clarke's theme was mentoring and                                 with Fr Kevin O’Grady. He spoke on the                                                                which knows fear - fear and anxiety. But Jesus in
discipleship. He also shared his experience                              theme proclaimed by the late Pope John                                                                the Gospels tells us not to be afraid, and he repeated
with communities and how to function in the                              Paul II, “The Year of the Eucharist”.                                                                 it very often because he knew people needed to hear
Renewal.                                                                 As in previous years the Greystanes                                                                   it (in fact it is mentioned 365 times in the Old and
Jim Murphy was the Director of the course.            Prayer Community provided a sausage sizzle for the                                                                       New Testaments).
He spoke to us about practical skills in giving       “hungry souls” at lunch-time. This was a time to fellowship
talks and communication skills with individu-         with old friends and to make new ones. Bishop Julian also                                                                  However the important part is not the words
als as well as in prayer group situations.            took the opportunity to mingle with the people and to                                                                                   “be not afraid”,
Father Ernest Sievers was our Spiritual Di-           encourage us in our service to the Church                                                                                        but the message that follows:
                                                                                                                                     Fr Richard McAlear
rector and he taught us how to be active and          The theme for the afternoon session was “healing” which                                                                    “Because I am with you - you are not alone”.

vibrant people in the Renewal.                        was beautifully led by Joe and Julie Chircop of the Servants         ather Richard McAlear OMI from the United
Our last speaker, Oreste Pesare, the Director         of Jesus Covenant Community. Joe and Julie are very                  States brought his ministry of healing to Sydney    Jesus is Lord … He is the Holy One, the Most High.
of ICCRS, left us with a word from his heart.         gifted in this area and again we saw the power of the Holy                                                               There can only be one Most High, and he is higher
                                                                                                                     in June last. The fruits of his gift of healing are ex-
He said the Renewal is God's gift to us. Our          Spirit working through them as they prayed for each                                                                      than whatever is taking away our tranquillity or dis-
                                                                                                                     traordinary. Nearly everyone is deeply touched as he
call in the Renewal is to be disciples, to serve      person.                                                                                                                  turbing us. Let us never forget that and let us repeat
                                                                                                                     anoints each person in the presence of the exposed
our Lord and others with all our being, in hu-        Next year Fr John Rea SM from New Zealand will be the                                                                    frequently:
mility and in the strength of our God. He said                                                                       Eucharist.
                                                      main celebrant. Fr John has a well known healing ministry.                                                                  “I will not be afraid, Jesus, because you are
our greatest strength is that He has chosen us,                                                                      Father’s ministry was very powerful when he was
                                                      ■■                                                                                                                              always with me. I am not alone”. ■ ■
and our commitment should be to be salt of the                                                                       here two years ago, so people eagerly awaited his
earth for the Renewal.                                                                                               return visit. Consequently St Joseph’s Church in Ro-
                                                      22nd Pentecost Celebration, Armidale
                                                                                                                     zelle was packed to the rafters, including the choir
                                                                                                                     loft, for the Healing Mass on June 19. As one of the
                                                                                                                     regular parishioners commented: “It’s so good to see
                                                                                                                     my church filled with people all praising God”.
                                                                                                                     They came from far and wide; from Bathurst, New-
                                                                                                                     castle and other outlying areas. And people kept on
                                                                                                                     coming until there was standing room only. The at-
                                                                                                                     mosphere was full of expectation and no one was dis-
                                                                                                                     appointed as Father prayed for each person individu-
                                                                                                                     ally. We have heard of many healings that have re-
                                                                                                                     sulted from Father Richard’s ministry in Rozelle.
                                                      From left to right: Ossie Miller, Graeme Parker (Music)        Our friends from the Rockdale prayer group, who
                                                      Anne Marie Gatenby (State Service Team) Fr Paul Glynn,         have a very anointed music ministry, quickly set the
   Oreste Pesare, with Anne Marie & Sally             Pam and Henry Carlon ( CCR Coordinator, Armidale)              tone throughout the time of praise and worship and
We received wonderful teachings and we have
so much to share with you. What kept coming           This year the Armidale Diocese celebrated 22 years of
                                                       Pentecost celebrations, and as in previous times a CCR
                                                 team from Sydney travelled to the district of New England.
                                                                                                                     during the Mass.                                                       Rockdale Music Ministry

through is that we are called to be a prophetic
people and it is important that we do not lose   This year they went to Tamworth, Narrabri, Armidale,                “A new Experience of the Holy Spirit” …… Pope Benedict XVI
                                                 Glen Innes and Tenterfield and finished on the Sunday at

sight of this. Also, the Renewal is a vessel for
                                                 Fr Bernard Frize’s Inverell parish for the Pentecost celebra-                                                    here is joy in the Charismatic Renewal at the election of Pope Bene-
people to experience the Spirit through the
                                                 tion.                                                                                                            dict XVI. His Holiness has known the Renewal for many years.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit. We need to walk in
the power of this Spirit, to use the gifts given It was a busy schedule with quite a bit of travelling, which                                                For a long time he was a theological consultant for the first Malines
                                                 was compensated for by that great country hospitality and
to us so that we will be salt, full of flavour. But                                                                                                          (Belgium) Document (CCR) [May, 1974]. The Pope’s vision for the
we must do it with the heart of a disciple, serv-the warm friendship we received wherever we went. People                                                    Church is contained in his publication, “The Ratzinger Report”, where
ing both our Lord and others.                    were waiting for us, made room for us in their homes and                                                    he referred to the Renewal as “A New Experience of the Holy Spirit”.
                                                 couldn’t do enough for us. Fr Paul always feels very much                                                   Soon after his election the Holy Father gave a talk at the Vatican on 7
In the next issue of Voice of the Spirit we will at home there as he has a very strong link with that part of                                                May, 2005 in which he said: “The Holy Spirit is the power through which
include some of the teachings we were privi- NSW. Armidale was the place were he studied for the                                                             Christ causes us to experience his closeness”. Already Pope Benedict
leged to receive during the Course. ■ ■          priesthood. ■ ■                                                                                             has shown himself to be a man of surprises. His early speeches have
                                                                                                                     laid out his vision for the Church. We in the Renewal welcome our new Pope. We pray for him. ■ ■
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Report About The International Institute for                                                                          Catholic Charismatic Leadership Formation
                                            by Anne Marie Gatenby and Sally Worner                                    (members of the NSW State Service Team)

O     n 2nd June last we said fare-
      well to our families as we
headed to Rome to attend the
                                       name of the retreat house where
                                       the course was being held.
                                       At 6.00pm the opening ceremo-
                                                                               There were 43 students from
                                                                                                                      ers and keyboarders, so the music
                                                                                                                      was beautiful and varied. Fr
                                                                                                                      Ernest concelebrated with Fr
                                                                                                                                                             much he needs our prayers. It
                                                                                                                                                             was a great experience and even
                                                                                                                                                             though the weather was shocking
                                                                                                                                                                                                    had, and still has, water running
                                                                                                                                                                                                    from it. This provided Peter with
                                                                                                                                                                                                    water to drink before he died.
ICCRS course, called The Inter-        nies began. We were greeted by          many nations. They came from           Richard (USA), who was a stu-          prior to the Pope's arrival the        Here again we prayed and sang in
national Institute for Catholic        the Retreat Director – Jim Mur-         Africa, Malaysia, America, Singa-      dent on the course. Fr Ernest of-      spirit of God among the waiting        tongues. It was very moving be-
Charismatic Leadership Forma-          phy from the United States. Many        pore, India, Croatia, Australia (7),   ten preached on the power of the       people was fantastic.                  cause that little cell was so full of
tion.                                  of you will remember him (and           Portugal, England, Belgium, Can-       Holy Spirit and broke open the         The second highlight was a spe-        God’s love.
                                                                               ada, Pakistan, Italy, Denmark,         word for us. He spoke with such        cial Mass at St Peter's Basilica
               Assisi                  his guitar) from his visit to Syd-
                                                                               Poland and Germany. It was good
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fourthly, visiting different offices
                                       ney last year. Jim is a great man                                              fire in his heart for the renewal of   down near St Peter's and Pope          within the Vatican City was a
We had a few days before the           of God who lives out what he            to see that half of the students       the Church.                            John Paul’s tombs. This was an         great experience. We visited the
course began so we decided to          teaches. A short address from the       were 35 years and under, and in-                                              awesome experience. We were in         Pontifical Council for the Laity
spend them in Assisi. It was a                                                 stantly there was a great bond
long journey from Sydney and
                                       Director of ICCRS (International
                                                                               between us all. We were all there
                                                                                                                        Holy Hour/Prayer Time                St Stephen's Chapel, which was         and were addressed by the Secre-
                                       Catholic Charismatic Renewal                                                                                          like a little cave. Fr Ernest and Fr   tary, Bishop Clemins. The PCFL
twenty eight hours later we col-       Services), Oreste Pesare, followed.     with the fire of God in our hearts,    We came together daily for an          Richard concelebrated. We were         is responsible for all the lay move-
lapsed in our hotel room ex-           The Institute was Orestes' dream        seeking ways to build up the Re-       hour of adoration. It was so good      told it was a real honour to be        ments (e.g. Catholic Charismatic
hausted but excited to be                                                                 newal. We were thirsty      to come before our God quietly                                                         Renewal) within the
in this beautiful place -                                                                 for knowledge and keen      and to seek him for the                                                                Church. Later, the Presi-
this amazing city perched                                                                 to learn from those who     direction he might have                                                                dent of the PCFL, Bishop
on top of a hill, full of cob-                                                            have been in the Re-        for each one of us and for                                                             Stanislow Rylko, came to
blestone streets that wind                                                                newal since the early       the Renewal. There was                                                                 The Institute to speak
and twist and then sur-                                                                   days. We spent much         also time set aside each                                                               further about the PCFL.
prisingly break open into                                                                 time in fellowship with     day     for   community                                                                We also visited the office
bustling piazzas. The                                                                     each other, learning        prayer. During this time                                                               for the Propagation of the
walls of many houses are                                                                  what God is doing           we would have Praise &                                                                 Faith and were ad-
filled with beautiful flow-                                                               around the world and        Worship - again led by the                                                             dressed by the Secretary,
ers adding great bursts of                                                                how the struggles that      country which looked af-                                                               Bishop Sarah. Lastly we
colour, and of course there                                                               we might be experienc-      ter the Mass that day. It                                                              were treated to a wonder-
are     the     wonderful                                                                 ing in Australia are of-    was a great experience to                                                              ful lunch by our brothers
churches so steeped in                                                                    ten the same as other       see how other countries                                                                and sisters at the ICCRS
history, so ornate, so full                                                               nations. It was particu-    praise God. We also spent                                                              office also within the
of Jesus. The Basilica of                                                                 larly interesting talking   time praying for the Re-                                                               Vatican.
                               Australian students. Charlie Gatt, Anne Marie, Sally, Lily
St Francis and the                                                                        to our brothers from Af-    newal within each of our                       St. Stephen’s Chapel
                               Rattray, John Duiker, Carmen Sylvester, Carmel Risson.
Church of St Clare (Santa                                                                 rica where the Lord is      countries. Each afternoon              able to have Mass in this special
Chiara) are definitely the high-                                               doing amazing things within the        we had a couple of hours free time
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our Teachers
                                        and he has long had a great de-                                                                                      place. They also told us to praise
lights. We were touched by what         sire to build up new leaders in the Renewal. In Africa thousands at-          and many of us spent it alone          God quietly so that we wouldn’t        Below are some snippets of the
St Francis gave up to follow Je-        Renewal. He is on fire for the tend their gatherings and most                 with Jesus, either in the beautiful    disturb others visiting the Basil-     wonderful teachings that were
sus. He loved the poor and the          Lord and has a great passion for prayer groups have around 500                gardens of Fraterna Domus or in        ica or the tombs. Well it’s hard to    given to us: -
helpless; he gave up his wealthy        the Renewal. How he inspired us members. Their seminaries con-                our rooms.                             ask a group of charismatics on         Father Peter Hocken gave us a
upbringing to live in poverty.          all!                                   tain thousands of young men                                                   fire for the Lord to praise God        history of the early Church up to
Even though Jesus is not calling        Then came the first of many, studying to be priests. Just amaz-                   Our Roman Experience               quietly. We started softly but got     and including Vatican II, the Holy
us to live in poverty he is cer-        many wonderful liturgies led by ing! The African people are crying                                                   louder and louder. People must         Spirit in the 20th century and the
tainly asking us to turn from the                                                                                     The group had three wonderful                                                 beginning of the 21st century –
                                        the Spiritual Director, Fr Ernest out to the Lord - and the Lord is           days in Rome during the course.        have wondered what language we
things of this world and follow         Sievers, a German priest who has answering their prayers.                                                            were singing in when we started        and the history of the Charis-
him.                                                                                                                  There were many great experi-                                                 matic Renewal.
                                        spent many years in Uganda. Fr                                                ences, too many to list here, so       to sing loudly in tongues. It was a
         The Institute                 Ernest told us that his mission                  The Liturgies                 we'll just touch on a few.             truly beautiful experience that        Pepe Prado Flores spoke on the
                                       from God is to build up new lead-                                                                                     will never be forgotten by any of      Spirit in the word and he traced
After a few wonderful days in                                                 We experienced the power of God                                                                                       the Holy Spirit through the Old
Assisi we headed to Sacrofano          ers within the Renewal so that all     daily in the liturgies that we cele-    The first highlight, of course, was    us.
                                       the knowledge he has gained can                                                                                       Thirdly, we visited the prison         Testament to the New.
where the Institute was to be                                                 brated together. Each day one           the audience we had with Pope                                                 Charles Whitehead was present
held. Sacrofano is a small Italian     be passed on to the next genera-       country (or group of countries)         Benedict XVI in St Peter's             where Paul and Peter died. This
                                       tion. This was a wonderful way to                                                                                     was a tiny underground cell,           when the CCR first began, and he
village surrounded by beautiful                                               would be responsible for the            Square. Pope Benedict passed in                                               talked about the Charismatic Re-
countryside about 30km north of        begin our three weeks' journey         Mass. We were blessed to have           front of us, just meters away, and     where there is a stone post they
                                       together.                                                                                                             tied Peter to that miraculously        newal's nature, vision and struc-
Rome. Fraterna Domus is the                                                   many guitarists, violinists, sing-      for the first time we realised how                                            ture.          (continued page 6)

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