Proclaim 15 is the new initiative being launched in 2015 by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales to support, enthuse and equip Parish Evangelisation.
Evangelisation takes place in obedience to the missionary mandate of Jesus. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” Mt. 28:19-20 and so in response to the call of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel) we will be joining with our clergy, religious and lay people to proclaim the joy of the Gospel during 2015.
There will be a series of initiatives planned for the year ahead, some National and some local that will bring about and support Parish evangelisations inspired by Pope Francis.
Three evenings of Christ-centred prayer and reflection: Tuesday 23rd & 30th June and Tuesday 7th July at 7.45pm in the upper new hall (see below for the details of each prayer evening) and culminating in an evening vigil on Saturday 11th July, 19.30 – 22.30, when we as a parish reflect on the Gospel of St Mark. Please put these dates in your diary and if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Martine, parish office 020 8672 2179. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Gately, Email: email@example.com
Further information is available from www.catholicnews.org.uk/proclaim15
Evangelisation Prayer Vigil July 11th 2015
In response to Pope Frances’ Evangelii Gaudium ‘Joy of the Gospel’ and to the call to evangelise as requested by the Dioceses of England and Wales, we here at St. Anselm’s Parish Tooting Bec proclaimed the Gospel of St. Mark in a three hour reading vigil. The process for the many attendees was a profound prayer experience and came at the end of three sessions of Christ-centred discussions, discernment and prayer all devoted to the saints of the Evangelisation, namely Our Blessed Lady Mary Queen of Evangelisation, St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Blessed Henry John Newman that took place in June and July.
The evening concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a resolve by all present to re-enact this reading again during the “Year of Mercy” ahead.
What was acknowledged by all was the way in which the narrative of St. Mark really flowed and we could see that Mark through his association with St. Peter (from whom we believe he got his account of Jesus’s life) really showed Jesus to be a man of action, a healer and a miracle worker. If we missed the gospel narrative of St. Luke surrounding the birth of Jesus we were richly compensated by the treasures of the Parables and the portrayal of Jesus as the suffering servant often misunderstood with even his “own” failing to get the message from the great riches of the Parables.
For those who were present the final chapter was read after refreshments (we paused for a short break at Chapter 15) when we read of the joy of the Resurrection and a promise to meet again and an instruction to spread the Good News.
Father Romanus conducted the Benediction with Father Will reading the Prayer of the Faithful. Father Paul had been in attendance at the evangelisation session Our Lady Queen of The Evangelisation and the evening was assisted by Martine Mercer and Tom Gately.
Here are a pictorial cross section of the readers representing the important Ministry of the Proclaiming the Gospel of St Mark.
We give thanks for our readers who really took to heart the dictate in Acts 6.:1-6 “that is not right that we should serve at tables but present the Word”
By their actions they represented the Ministry of the Word in study, in prayer in suffering (by sharing and giving testimony) and in Joy.
It was an evening worthy of John Henry Newman’s great hymn of hope for we had taken “one step enough for me.” We do indeed hope to lead others on to the light of the Lord.
Lead, kindly Light, amid th’ encircling gloom;lead thou me on;
the night is dark, and I am far from home;
lead thou me on;
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
the distant scene; one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
pride ruled my will; remember not past years.
So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still
will lead me on
o’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
the night is gone.
and with the morn those angel faces smile,
which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!
Text: John Henry Newman, 1801-1890
Music: John B. Dykes, 1823-1876