MISSION STATEMENTS FOR CCR CAIRNS
Centered in the love of the Father,
We, are a faith-filled body,
And with Jesus to shepherd us
We are available always,
To reach out and embrace all people
Seeking healing and freedom to live the Gospel,
Our giftedness and oneness in the
Holy Spirit may grow.
"STIR INTO FLAME THE GIFTS GOD BESTOWED WHEN HANDS WERE LAID ON YOU"
(2 Tim 1 v6)
MINISTRIES OPERATING IN THE CAIRNS DIOCESE
St Therese's Church, Edmonton
Every 1st Wednesday of the Month
DIOCESAN PRAYER MEETINGS
St Therese's Church, Edmonton
Every 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 7.00 pm.
(Christmas School holidays exempt)
St. Francis Xavier's Chapel
Every Friday at 7.30 pm.
St. Clare's Church.
Every Tuesday 5.30 pm.
(School holidays exempt)
WHAT IS A CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING?
A charismatic prayer meeting consists of a group of people from varying backgrounds who meet regularly (usually weekly) in an atmosphere of love and support for one another in an effort to grow in the knowledge and love of God, and to show this love in their attitude to their neighbour. Each prayer meeting is open to anyone who wants to come. Those who attend are predominantly Catholic.
St Paul writes about prayer meetings in 1 Cor 14:26:
When we come together, one may share a psalm,
someone a teaching, another a prophecy or revelation,
one speaks in a tongue, another interprets.
The meeting takes place in a relaxed atmosphere where joy and the love of God is emphasized, and where everyone is welcome. God is praised with enthusiasm. The Word of God is listened to, and regular teaching instructs and helps people to grow in their life in the Spirit. A leader co-ordinates different segments of the meeting:
PRAISE - God is praised in song and prayer for His Majesty, His love and His faithfulness, and thanked for His Grace in our lives. This praise and thanksgiving may be in words, songs or through that way of praying without words known as ‘praying in tongues,’ and in silence we wait & listen.
PROPHECY - Someone may speak an exhortation or word of encouragement from God, through the Holy Spirit. The group discerns this word in the light of Scripture and the Catholic tradition.
SCRITPURE - Reading & Study of the Bible is encouraged. In CCR we have a great love for the scriptures.
WITNESS & PERSONAL TESTIMONIES - It is important to witness to others & share what we have experienced about God working in our lives & how God has blessed us and changed us.
INTERCESSION - There will usually be a time of intercession for the needs of the world, the Church, parish and home. Always and everywhere we pray for all aspects of our family life. Prayer for healing is always available for those who seek it.
We Emphasize the Eucharist, Eucharistic Adoration & The Sacraments & Devotion to Mary
THE EXPERIENCE OF THE BAPTISM OF THE SPIRIT – Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a Grace freely given to everyone and is normative for all Christians.
Regular Life in the Spirit seminars of about eight weeks duration are conducted, during which participants are encouraged to enter into a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus, and to yield more completely to the power of the Holy Spirit. As a result of this prayer, people experience the loving presence and the enabling power of God in their lives. The experience of God’s presence and power should be expected in the life of every follower of Jesus.
This transforming effect is usually referred to as the “Baptism in the Holy Spirit.” It is sometimes called the “Release of the Holy Spirit,” or “a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” Bishop Sam Jacobs (U.S.A.) describes this grace as “normative for Christian living.”
MINISTRY OF HEALING- In CCR we endeavour to spread the Good News of God’s desire to heal hurting and broken people through the mission of Jesus Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit & to form a people to know how to bring Gods love and healing power to a broken world by actually praying with the sick. There is a grace at this time – it is the season for healing to be restored to the Church.
TRANSFORMED LIVES - Today there are millions of Catholics around the world, who speak of a new Pentecost, and give a clear, powerful witness to a personal Pentecost – their own experience of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. They include cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, and lay people in all walks of life, of all ages, and from every level of society. Each has come into a new relationship with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, and at the very heart of this, is a new awareness of the presence of God.
The Charismatic Renewal is about a fundamental transformation of individual lives, making us God-centred instead of self-centred, turning us upside down and inside out, cleaning out our worldly ideas of how we should think and act, purifying us and setting us apart for the service of God and our fellow men and women, in the love and power that He provides. If we allow Him to, the Holy Spirit will reveal Jesus Christ as Lord, (1Co 12:3) draw us closer to the Father, (Rm 8:15), and release his power into our lives so that we are empowered to live in accordance with God’s will. Prayer will always be at the centre of spiritual renewal. Jesus offers peace & blessings when we invite him into our brokenness & needs.
Throughout, the aim is to be open to the action of
God’s spirit in our daily lives.
Some comments from our present and past Bishops
BISHOP JAMES FOLEY
CURRENT BISHOP OF CAIRNS
“The first generation of believing Christian people experienced and witnessed extraordinary signs and wonders of the presence of the Spirit of the risen Christ among them. The Acts of the Apostles are full of accounts of these events, starting with the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost day. As believing people settled down to what became increasingly evident would be an extended wait for the return of Jesus and continued to pray “Come Lord Jesus,” their faith life became somewhat more staid and lost its early enthusiasm. In our time, some aspects of our own faith lives may have also become rather too secure and set or even stale. It is in the Father’s Providence that there would be a renewed outpouring of the Spirit to bring that enthusiasm and joy back to our Christian lives. It is in this sense that we can understand something of the events which have happened in our Church in the last few decades. People have become more attuned to God’s Spirit in their lives. May this continue to grow in us and in our local Church here in Cairns.”
ARCHBISHOP JOHN BATHERSBY
“The Charismatic Renewal Movement enriches the spiritual life of the Diocese of Cairns. Its members have a deep devotion to the Holy Spirit and a commitment to the fundamental importance of prayer. As a result they manifest the joy and happiness that is a visible reminder of the presence of God in their lives. I give the movement my enthusiastic support.”