St John Paul II Prayer Groups

Timings
Evenings from 7pm – 9pm.

Format

In Pope JP II’s encyclical ‘Novo Millennio Ineunte’ for the new millennium, he outlines foundations for community that we have adopted as the structure for our prayer group:-

‘Yes, dear brothers and sisters, our Christian communities must become genuine “schools” of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly “falls in love”.’ (n. 33)

Therefore the structural layout for our prayer group will be as follows:-

  • 5 Decades of the Rosary.
  • Adoration of Blessed Sacrament for 15 mins. Exposed from start until teaching input.
  • Praise, leading to the intimacy of worship, drawn to the contemplative silence of God.
  • Hearing, listening, sharing, discerning and responding to the Word.
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • Intercessory prayers.
  • Teaching/Catachesis input building knowledge and understanding of our faith, Scripture and its application to our daily lives.

‘Intense prayer, yes, but it does not distract us from our commitment to history: by opening our heart to the love of God it also opens it to the love of our brothers and sisters, and makes us capable of shaping history according to God’s plan.’ (n. 33)

This format will be open to changes to allow us to respond to the direction of the Holy Spirit on any particular evening so that we do not become bound to the structures laid out.

N.B. The availability of Mass at the start will supercede the rosary and adoration.

Direction
The material for teaching input used will be chosen so as to fully support the core values that underpin the Mission Statement of Catholic Spiritual Renewal so that we strive to move forward at all times in line with the stated direction of the Mission Statement.

Personal Response

We would encourage all members to strive for: –

  • A time of personal prayer daily.
  • A time of adoration before Blessed Sacrament weekly.
  • Attendance of daily Mass, where possible.

Spirituality of Communion

The guiding principle for formation

In Pope John Paul II’s encyclical ‘Novo Millennio Ineunte’ he talks about the need to promote a spirituality of communion, ‘making it the guiding principle of education wherever individuals and Christians are formed… wherever families and communities are being built up.’

Seeing His light in those around us

‘A spirituality of communion indicates above all the heart’s contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity dwelling in us, and whose light we must also be able to see shining on the face of the brothers and sisters around us.’

Identifying with others in faith as part of ourselves
‘A spirituality of communion also means an ability to think of our brothers and sisters in faith within the profound unity of the Mystical Body, and therefore as “those who are a part of me”.’
Empathy and Compassion for others.

‘This makes us able to share their joys and sufferings, to sense their desires and attend to their needs, to offer them deep and genuine friendship.’

Value and receiving one another’s gifts as blessings

‘A spirituality of communion implies also the ability to see what is positive in others, to welcome it and prize it as a gift from God: not only as a gift for the brother or sister who has received it directly, but also as a “gift for me”.’


‘Making room’ for one another and resisting destructive behaviour

‘A spirituality of communion means, finally, to know how to “make room” for our brothers and sisters, bearing “each other’s burdens” (Gal 6:2) and resisting the selfish temptations which constantly beset us and provoke competition, careerism, distrust and jealousy.’

Consequences

‘Let us have no illusions: unless we follow this spiritual path, external structures of communion will serve very little purpose. They would become mechanisms without a soul, “masks” of communion rather than its means of expression and growth.’ (n. 43)

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The above guidance and proper use of the spiritual gifts are how we learn to build one another up, providing support, encouragement, friendship, respect and becoming genuine blessings to one another.

Through being educated in prayer and nourished in Word we may learn to grow in holiness.

‘It is therefore essential that education in prayer should become in some way a key-point of all pastoral planning… How helpful it would be if not only in religious communities but also in parishes more were done to ensure an all-pervading climate of prayer.’ (n. 34)