Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from across the archdiocese attending a day of recollection on March 11.

More than 320 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from 28 parishes gathered for a day of recollection at St Joseph’s Institution Junior recently.

The March 11 event, organised by the Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE), is believed to be the first of its kind.

It was part of ONE’s outreach to engage members of Church ministries on their roles, and sharing with them how they can play a part in realising the archdiocesan pastoral vision of a being a “vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church”.

Fr Terence Pereira, Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation, shared with participants the role and privilege of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the corresponding call to grow in holiness and authentic participation in the Eucharist, citing Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation.

“Pray one hour a day, bring your daily sacrifices to the Holy Eucharist on the Lord’s Day. Be a beacon to those receiving Holy Communion from you. Do not let distraction or routine rob you of every opportunity to give glory to God through your role,” Fr Terence told participants.

He stressed that their main work is not the “task” of distributing Holy Communion but to “share and show concern” for their community, “worship and pray together, and teach,” grounded on the Word, tradition and Church teachings.

“Use your gifts to serve and evangelise each other and society,” he urged.

Fr Terence also introduced the “4 Es” of the Formation Roadmap for New Evangelisation, which offers a frame of reference for the formation of members of parishes.
They are:

 Excite: Helping the individual become excited about the faith.
 Encounter: Helping the individual to experience a deepening of Jesus’ call to “come and see”.
 Engage: Providing faith information for the individual, and helping the individual to practise his faith.
 Evangelise: Those who are formed are then ready to evangelise others.

Participants were then divided into groups comprising representatives from different parishes to share their feedback on this roadmap.

Parishes, ministries and other communities can draw up their own roadmap from this framework.

More information on the framework may be obtained from http://www.one.org.sg./resources-milestone-conference/

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