‘Hearts On Fire’ Mission week 2015
POST BY AGuest
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 17:01
Finding God in daily life
I can hardly believe it’s all over after all the careful planning that went into this mission week. However, although ‘Hearts On Fire’ mission week might have come and gone so fast, it will not be easily forgotten, as most of our parishioners have shared with us. We have been truly blessed with all of our visiting J’s, men and ladies, ordained and not, who all helped make this week the success it has been. One parishioner said they felt “the community has been linked together in affirmation and that they felt a unity amongst us like never before”. The aim for the ‘Hearts On Fire’ mission week was to build up the community which over the years has become more and more diverse and multi-cultural. We also wanted reach out and to empower people to discover and to recognise God at work in their daily life by enabling them to explore and to learn more about Ignation spirituality in a variety of ways. During the mission week we had on offer a wide array of events for people of all ages and from all backgrounds, such as workshops led by the visiting J’s about aspects of Ignatian Spirituality, ‘art workshops’, ‘Emmaus walks’, ‘awareness walks’, ‘one to ones’ with trained spiritual guides. The ‘one to ones’ proved particularly popular especially for people who were participating in the various workshops and who felt the need to clarify new ideas or realizations that arose for them at that time.
There was meditation for the young children and the youth, where a simple guided version of the examen was offered to them and was received well.
Steve Murray’s (of behold ministry) testimony and mime captured both the youth as well as the adults and the young ones. Some returned to watch the mime again the following day.
The daily homilies during the regular 10:00am Mass were inspirational, and one parishioner shared that they “remember something helpful and supportive from every homily from each Jesuit to help them in everyday life situations and this has set their ‘heart on fire’”.
The ‘Healing Service’ and the ‘Taize’ were very peaceful and well attended, with beautiful music and readings, and for some there was a deep sense of healing and renewal. The housebound and people in care were also reached by having visits from the Eucharistic ministers, after daily Mass, accompanied by one of the visiting Jesuits.
There were also some evenings in the pub (of course!!), one organised especially for only the men which again was also well attended. The week ended on the feast of St. Ignatius with a Mass concelebrated by some of the J’s, followed by a BBQ and fireworks on the beach, where God also graced us with the beautiful ‘Blue Moon’ to end this wonderful and ‘uplifting’ week. (photos were taken by Ania Kawka one of our parishioners who is also a CLC member)