Our Year of Faith has begun and what better way to start it off with the first of our two Recharge Catholic Men’s Retreats, held over the weekend of 12 – 14 October. From the feedback we received, the retreat had a very positive impact on the men who attended.
We are on the final countdown for the second Recharge retreat to be held at Glentui in Canterbury and we pray that it will be equally successful, especially given the challenge what our South Island brothers have had to face over the last couple of years.
This particular retreat also represents a couple of firsts in that the NLT has taken overall responsibility for the organisation of the weekend, but not without the indispensable on-the-ground assistance help from men of Joshua Christchurch. And it will be the first time Joshua has used this venue for a men’s retreat.
It has been a collaborative effort which has been made possible thanks to modern communication technology. Look out for a report on the Glentui Recharge retreat in next month’s newsletter. The annual meeting of the National Service Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand was held recently at St Joseph’s Centre in Takapuna.
A number of years ago Joshua, along with Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women were invited to be represented on this committee and so once again I attended this weekend meeting. Joshua has several connections with this group. Fr Tom Sherry from Palmerston North and Fr Jack O’Connor of Christchurch, both chaplains of Joshua branches in their cities, and Maurice Smith, branch leader of Joshua Hamilton.
Maurice was there to represent the renewal in the Hamilton Diocese together with Deacon Henk Gielen from Tauranga.
This annual meeting brings together people from all over New Zealand representing various areas and ministries within the renewal in this country. It was also attended by Anne Brereton, chairperson of the National Service Committee for the renewal in Australia. Anne is also a representative on ICCRRS, the worldwide governing body for Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
The purpose of the meeting is to discern where and how the Holy Spirit is moving, and how each ministry should respond.
One of the initiatives of this particular meeting was to facilitate a conference earlier next year for the increasing number of younger people becoming active in the renewal. This is the first time this will have happened and was seen as an important first step to bring these young people together to share experiences and ideas. It is proposed to hold this conference in March 2013 at St Joseph’s Centre.
St Joseph’s Centre, as many of you will be aware, has hosted the Catholic Discipleship College. Since this college has now moved to other premises, the centre is now able to accommodate individuals or groups of up to 20 staying on site for conferences, retreats and so on at reasonable rates. Although the number of people able to stay on site is limited, there are a couple of separate areas big enough to cater for a larger number of people that can be used for meetings.
For bookings or enquiries, contact Sheila Baker on 09 489 5613. The accommodation is comfortable, the food is great and hosts Sheila and Peter are outstanding. There is an on-site chapel, Catholic book/gift shop and St Joseph’s church is right next door. Keep it in mind if a church group you know of needs a venue like this at some time in the future.
That’s it from me for this month.
Ka kite ano.