With Hearts Burning
Summary of Module Two
Jesus’ response – A Ministry of Presence
St Mary Star of the Sea Gisborne May 2018
is a collation of responses provided by five discussion groups
possible the actual words reported have been used and comments with similar
wording have been included together.
number of very specific and detailed suggestions because of their length have
not been included here but are held in their original form and are available
for viewing and discussion.
original reports are held for reference.
Am I a person who goes outside of myself?
dependent on personality, availability, previous experiences
takes time and effort – it is difficult
culture of our parish is reserved
of invading individual privacy
is easier if there is a connection
What is the response when I reach out to
sometimes get a bad response and are challenged about their religion. Judged on
abuse scandals do not make it any easier
outreach in the name of God is affective
can be knocked but good response encourages people to do it again. Good to
see myself as an “evangelist”
What stops me from reaching out to others?
laziness, shyness or preference for introversion
of rejection –barriers built up by previous rejection
not welcome in present society
How can I change this?
to know myself, my boundaries, my limitations, my fears.
to be vigilant to spot chances
acts of kindness, smiles and music often brought responses
a Catholic caring way so reach out through this means.
church invitation to Joy Cowley resulted in a big turnout of non-church goers.
How does your community reach out to families,
sick lonely and lost?
outreach by individuals and groups in the parish. St Vincent de Paul, Legion of
Mary, Community communion ministry, Priests and Sisters, Hospital visitation,
small group activities such as meetings for morning tea after masses in homes
and in cafes inviting others.
outreach after funerals. Managed by CWL in Parish centre.
priest” wears the smell of the sheep and the smile of the father”
Suggestions for Action
for each person to be aware of “the other” Need to reach out
change of mind set re living Christianity. Not only about beliefs but about
apostolic out reach
to clarify rules around Baptism, marriage, funerals which are outside the
How do our schools reach out to new students
who have little or no faith background? (This response from a discussion group
based in the school)
Vinnies – very highly responded to by participants
– challenges and activities
activities – Chanel Shield
have children who want to be baptised and know of examples where families have
credit to priests having a user friendly approach and presence in our schools.
asked by group outside the schools “How is sin taught in our schools?”
How much time is spent on administration and
management and by whom?
contact, BOT Meetings, Finance meetings, management, PLT by the priest.
spent by Parish secretary and a number of volunteers
a very large amount of time. We are unaware of how much time is involved
priests do what the priests do well” – shepherd.
tapping “ people to use their talents
paticipative leadership – eg Finance team, Communications team, Maintenance
at succession planning
Question Seven and Eight
How do we reach out to families where there is
someone in prison or suffering from a range of social ills in our community?
who are struggling – ‘it should not just be agencies.’
conversations with neighbours – back garden chats
there” – asking and answering the right questions at the right time.
out will include groups including St Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary, Community
communion ministry, Priests and Sisters, Hospital visitation, Catholic Women’s
League, small tea groups
Are we Catholics who smile? Are we attractive
people of faith?
· How to
share our faith – “to be happy and smiling’ – but not always!!!!!!
on the individual – an encounter uplifts the heart.
How do we as a parish community or school
become more present to people not practising their faith?
at occasions to connect with people and provide opportunities to develop
as “brother and sister” and honour difference
for ecumenical sharing – shared services
the fact that there is a range of spiritualties in our community
opportunities for people to explore different spiritualties and allow for the
expression of all. Eg Life in the Spirit, Meditation group,
Legion of Mary.
statement Module 2 from Men’s group
have walked away from the Church have to feel a need for the Church to want to
to see the Church meeting a deep-down need within themselves.
God is a
part of this equation. God has instilled into all people a hunger for Truth, for
life with God. God gently leads people to open up to people of Faith,
speak to us we need to be very humble. When what they say is negative of the
Church, do we automatically become defensive/ judgemental?
really listen, process, comprehend and digest?
Sometimes people are deliberately trying
to provoke us. We mustn’t attack back! We mustn’t over-react!
The Church must be seen to be listening to
the worries of people and responding to real needs within people’s lives.
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