Retreat for RCIA facilitators

St Ignatius Church (SIC) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) facilitators organised a retreat at the Maranatha Retreat Centre March 1-3.

Mar 13, 2019

By Shaun Chan
St Ignatius Church (SIC) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) facilitators organised a retreat at the Maranatha Retreat Centre March 1-3. Fr Simon Pereira CSsR from Novena Church Singapore was invited to refresh and renew the team members to continue their journey in RCIA. The theme was on Empowerment so that RCIA team members are empowered to be sent to evangelise and to build strong human relationships.

Fr Simon reminded that there be no intense focus on Jesus’ miracles but rather the focus should be on Jesus’ teaching of quiet moments, to be in solitude, to get connected and to be close to Our Father. Current society is filled with brokenness and woundedness, especially in relationship matters. RCIA facilitators dealing with adults must be empowered with the Word of God, proclaiming the Gospel to newcomers who wish to embrace the faith. Fr Simon touched on “Encounters, Liberation, Transformation and Mission”, with the final word that God is Love.

Fr Simon also gathered all the children and celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation with them. Mass was celebrated every day as the Eucharist empowers all to continue the sharing of God’s presence. Fr Simon then blessed the facilitators saying, “Christ is depending on you”. The facilitators responded with “and I on Him”. The final moment was a prayer from the entire team to thank the Lord for His presence. They also prayed that Fr Simon be blessed in his work to shepherd all his missions. Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!

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