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Archbishop William Goh speaking at the Pentecost Rally held at Holy Innocents’ High School on June 4.

The Holy Spirit creates diversity and unity, and in this way forms a new, diverse and unified people – the universal Church, said Archbishop William Goh.

He was delivering his homily during Mass at the Pentecost Rally held at Holy Innocents’ High School on June 4.

The celebration was jointly organised by the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE) and the Office for New Evangelisation (ONE).

“Today, we are of different nationalities and races coming together as one Church,” said Archbishop Goh. “As individuals, we are Christians because we all follow Christ, but as Church we are Catholics. Are we proud to be Catholic? If we are, then we must go out to proclaim Jesus to others and gather them together into one body of Christ,” he said.

“The Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s gift for every Catholic is to help them receive a conscious experience of the risen Lord through the Life In The Spirit Seminars (LISS). A definite, concrete sign that God is with us in our lives is the gift of tongues,” he said.

The most important of which is the language of love, said the archbishop. To remain relevant and attractive, especially to young people, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) needs to give them not only the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also a loving community where those who have encountered the Lord through the LISS can feel welcomed, he added.

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Fr Terence Pereira reminded participants to continue to proclaim God to others.

Fr Terence Pereira, Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation, reminded the 1,000 or so people in attendance that although Charismatics are known for their joyful praise and worship – which the Filipino Light of Jesus community demonstrated in the opening segment of the rally – they must also be still before the Lord in the adoration room, to receive His peace, to discern His will, and to be more empowered to proclaim Him to others.

Carmelite Fr Thomas Lim then led the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as the SACCRE Music Ministry led in worship and prayer for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit and His peace, joy and empowerment.

Concluding the rally, Archbishop Goh exhorted everyone to be truly part of a community on fire in the CCR by continuously exercising their different charisms and using their gifts to make present the Holy Spirit. 

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Carmelite Fr Thomas Lim led the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the rally.

History

At the beginning of the 1960s, Pope St John XXIII called for the Second Vatican Council because he desired the Holy Spirit to bring new vision and power in the life of the Church. Among the many fruits of Vatican II was a much greater appreciation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the blossoming of new ecclesial movements and communities.

Among these was the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR), which was started in 1967 by a group of American students in Duquesne University, a Catholic university near Pittsburgh.

From these simple beginnings, the baptism of the Holy Spirit spread rapidly through the campuses of Catholic universities in the US and into the wider Church. Today, the CCR exists in over 230 countries in the world, with over 160 million members.

SACCRE comes under the umbrella of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Rome, approved by the Holy See as a Private Association of the Faithful with a juridical personality recognised by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

CCR participants also collaborate with non-Catholic ecclesiastical communities for ecumenical events, as encouraged by the Church.

In Singapore, SACCRE, together with Methodist, Anglican and Lutheran charismatic communities, organise annual ecumenical healing rallies attended by Archbishop Goh and the bishops of these Churches. 

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The Filipino Light of Jesus community during a praise-and-worship segment.

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