Charismatic Prayer Group
COME BLESS THE LORD
We have an active prayer group at St Edmund's, with a wide spread of ages, from children to senior citizens. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday we have a Praise & Worship meeting in the church from 7:45pm to about 9pm, where we come together for an informal time of Prayer, Praise and Worship. Each meeting is different as we open it to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Lord is always very strong! Usually we start with a time of Praise, worshipping the Lord through song and prayer. This is followed by reading of Scripture, times of silence where we listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say, and offering up intercessions for our needs, the needs of our family and friends, our parish and our community. We also offer individual Prayer Ministry.
You are warmly invited to come to our meeting and join
us - everyone is very welcome! You can find out more by sending an email
What is the Charismatic Renewal?
Perhaps you are wondering what Charismatic means. It means being open to the gifts (charisms) given to all baptised Christians by the Holy Spirit.
In 1996 Cardinal Suenens wrote: "To interpret the Renewal as a 'movement' among other movements is to misunderstand its nature; it is a movement of the Spirit offered to the entire Church and destined to rejuvenate every part of the Church's life".
While addressing a gathering of fifty thousand people in Rome in 2014, Pope Francis described the Charismatic Renewal as "A current of grace in the Church and for the Church". He went on to say: "I expect from you that you share the Grace of the Baptism in the Spirit with the whole church." Pope Francis repeated this at a gathering of about 30,000 in Rome on Pentecost Eve 2017.
On Pentecost day 1998, Pope St John Paul II, while addressing an even larger crowd of pilgrims in Peters Square, said that during the Vatican II council there was a new realisation of the awesomeness of the Holy Spirit whenever He acts." He then went on to tell of a rediscovery of something that had long been lost sight of. He explained that what had been rediscovered was that the Hierarchical element and the Charismatic dimension are co-equal and co-essential to the configuration of the Church." In other words, when the Charismatic dimension is down-played or separated from the Hierarchical element the power of the Church is weakened, and consequently less effective in proclaiming the Kingdom of God. The balance should be restored.
"CHOCOLATE MINISTRY" TO THE HOMELESS
We have felt called to reach out to the Homeless in Oxford and several times a year we take a pile of chocolate bars to Oxford and give them out to the Homeless that we meeet there. This gives us the chance to chat with them, to tell them about Jesus, and to offer to pray with them. In the cold winter months we also take gloves, scarves and other items of warm clothing to give out or to take to the Night Shelter.
We offer prayer ministry after the 10:15am Mass on the 1st Sunday of each month and invite those in need of prayer to come up to the Altar, where we have one or two pairs from the Prayer Group available. Jesus is the Healer - we just pray! Watch the Parish Newsletter for details.
During the Parish Day in September 2013 we organised a "Prayer Chair" in the Parish Centre and a steady stream of people came along for ministry.Prayer ministry is available at our regular Prayer Meetings in the church, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:45 - 9pm.
PENTECOST EVE CELEBRATION
On the eves of Pentecost 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and
2016 we organised a charismatic evening, featuring powerful praise,
a talk, and a time of waiting on the Holy Spirit during which the Spirit
was free to move - and indeed He did! Prayer ministry was offered and
many came up for prayer, and many were blessed. We have received a lot
of very positive feedback from those attending these events.
On Pentecost Eve 2017 Pope Francis invited Christians from around the world to gather with him in Circus Maximus, in the centre of Rome, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the move of the Holy Spirit which led to the birth of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. By means of the internet we were able to stream the event live to the screen in our Parish Centre and we joined with the Holy Father and the crowd of about 30,000 as they praised the Lord and prayed for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS
During Lent 2010 we ran the Life in the Spirit Seminars
in the church. We were blessed with seven great speakers and the numbers
attending greatly exceeded our expectations, with well over 100 coming,
some from large distances. Read an account of how the Holy Spirit really
moved during the course, and touched many lives:
THIS PROMISE IS FOR YOU
For six weeks during Lent 2012 we ran This Promise is for You, which is a video version of The Life in the Spirit Seminars, with excellent talks presented by Michelle Moran and Charles Whitehead. The course was run in the Parish Centre on Thursday evenings, repeated Friday lunch-times with a simple lunch. around 45 to 50 attended in all and many were greatly blessed. It was wonderful to see the Holy Spirit moving as the weeks progressed, and week five, when people were prayed over for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, was particularly powerful.
We ran The Gift, another video version of the Life in the Spirit Seminars, during Lent 2014. The Gift is a six part course produced by CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) with talks by David Payne, Michelle Moran, Charles Whitehead & Jenny Baker. The course was run in the Parish Centre on Saturday lunch-times, with a simple meal of soup and desert provided. About 18 people attended and many were blessed.
THE BIG PICTURE
During 2016 we ran the Big Picture, an excellent course produced by the CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) team. The course took us on a biblical journey through Salvation History in 12 sessions. We had a good mix of people including many from the Alpha course that ended earlier and who had requested a good follow-on course which would help them deepen their faith.
Each participant received a hard-back journal and video DVD containing all the course material for use at home. The Journal contains bible verses and reflection for each day of the week, plus questions to ponder over prayerfully, with space to write down thoughts. Also each week there is a longer bible passage to read and meditate on.The following Sunday evening we met to discuss the previous week in our small groups and watch the 15 minute video for the coming week, presented by amazing speakers speakers filmed around the biblical world.
HEALING WEEKEND January 2008
In January 2008 we organised a four-day Healing Weekend at St Edmunds conducted by Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill. The presence of the Holy Spirit was very tangible and many blessings were poured out. We witnessed many healings. To read an account of the event, with photos and testimonies, click here
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