Called, Transformed and Sent
Around 4,000 people came together from 2 to 4 November 2023 in Rome for an international gathering of CHARIS. We hope to share more from Maria Heath, Co-ordinator for the National CHARIS team, from her experience of being there.
Watch a short video here, for a glimpse of the gathering, including Cardinal Cantalamessa and the arrival of Pope Francis for his closing address.
You can see a longer version, including what Cardinal Cantalamessa and Pope Francis had to say to all those gathered and Rome and now, us here.
You can read and watch an account of Pope Francis’s address here.
Life in the Spirit Seminars
As a team, we have been greatly encouraged by these particular words from Pope Francis, in his recent address on 4 November, about Life in the Spirit seminars:
“…today I would ask you: are the Life in the Spirit Seminars being offered in a variety of ecclesial contexts, in small and remote places and among the poor and on the peripheries? One obstacle to this might be the idea that these Seminars can only be held in large venues and with well-known leaders, whereas in reality even small parish groups and local leaders can organize them and present them to people in their area.”
Plans are now in place, drawing on local leaders, as Pope Francis has encouraged, to deliver Life in the Spirit Seminars from 21 February 2024, 7.00pm to 8.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Sunderland. The themes and speakers for the first five sessions are as follows:
- 21 February: Andy Drozdziak on the theme of God’s love.
- 28 February: Amy Cameron on the theme of Salvation.
- 6 March: John Wheeler on the theme of The New Life.
- 13 March: Pat Kennedy on the theme of Receiving God’s Gifts.
- 20 March: Fr Shaun O’Neill on the theme of Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The remaining two seminars, on the themes of Growth and Transformation in Christ, will be held after Easter as preparation for Pentecost. Details of dates and speakers will be confirmed shortly.
Mass for Pentecost
We will be hosting a Mass for Pentecost at St Mary’s Cathedral Church at 1.00pm on Saturday 11 May 2024.
Pope Francis, in his recent address, also emphasised that CHARIS’ role is to point all communities of the Charismatic Renewal, which he called a “current of grace” to “communion, on the path ahead.” The annual Mass for Pentecost is proving to be a blessed opportunity for sisters and brothers in Renewal to come together in communion on the path ahead for us in the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle.
News from the Emmanuel Community
The Emmanuel Community’s recent hosting of Chris Thomas was a great source of inspiration, reminding us all how vitally important it is for us to be inspired by God’s vision for us, the world, and all the ways we are called to contribute to the building of God’s kingdom in the world. A more detailed account of the day will be shared by Pat Kennedy in the next edition of the Northern Cross.
The next opportunity for inspiration will be from 10.00am on Saturday 20 January 2024 at St Mary’s School, Newcastle when the Emmanuel Community will be hosting David Wells. David will present on the theme of ‘Pilgrims for Hope’, in preparation for the 2025 Year of Jubilee.
On 8 June from 10.00am at St Mary’s School, Newcastle the Emmanuel Community will be meeting to reflect on the input of speakers on the previous few days. All are welcome.
We hear that Michelle Moran spoke with great power to the 4,000 people who attended the recent international gathering of CHARIS in Rome. We were greatly blessed by the Emmanuel Community’s last hosting of Michelle. The Emmanuel community will be hosting Michelle again from 10.00am at St Mary’s School, Newcastle on Saturday 12 October 2024.
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John Wheeler, Co-ordinator Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Service of Communion.
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