Light of the World
Retreat scheduled for 2017:
July 21-24, 2017
October 27-30, 2017
"The faith journey I have experienced has been a rocky one of believing and then viewing God with great skepticism. Because of this, I have had highs and lows as my journey continued. Confirmation into the Catholic Church was the highlight of my journey, but as time passed, my faith became static. Attending Light of the World renewed my faith and revived my love of God and Christ. Now, with the help of the Small Faith Community that formed from my Light of the World group, I feel sure I will stay energized in the Spirit and my faith will flourish."
~Eileen LOTW VII
Sacred Heart Parish wishes to announce a new Catholic faith initiative through the International Light of the World Evangelization Ministries. Light of the World (LOTW) was initiated to answer the call by Blessed John Paul II for a “New Evangelization” and Pope Paul IV’s Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World). The evangelization ministry was created to reach out to all members of a parish from the seekers to those who are far along in their faith journey. This initiative follows the tradition established first by Jesus Christ and his apostles and later, Ignatius of Loyola and his “Little Infant Society of Jesus.”
What is it all about?
New Evangelization: It brings souls closer to Christ, and along with it, a renewed vitality for Catholic parishes worldwide.
Inviting Christ In: It promotes personal healing and renewal through group discussion, personal witnesses, prayer and a renewal of blessed Sacraments of Initiation.
A More Holy Parish: For young and old on all points on their faith journey, the process helps them form a deeper, more personal relationship with Christ; which in turn helps foster a healthier, more holy parish.
Strong Community: Through prayer, study, fellowship and ongoing support, the process forms strong foundation-level building blocks to support and revitalize entire parish communities.
It's About Authentic Transformation: Jesus asks us to proclaim the good news to all souls - the lost, hurt & indifferent.
There are three parts to this Evangelization process:
1) Light the Fire through at Kerygmatic Retreat (initial retreat scheduled for the first weekend in April),
2) Feed the Fire through ongoing adult formation, and
3) Spread the Fire through internal and external parish outreach efforts.
When is it? The Light of the World Evangelism Retreat being held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from Friday, April 8, 2016 through Monday, April 11th. The retreat will be held in the School Gym and attendees will go home to sleep. Friday is in the evening, 7-9pm. Saturday is from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm. Sunday will be from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm including a Mass and reception. Monday is 6:30-9:30 pm (times could vary slightly!). Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $25 and there are scholarships available.
This Evangelization will transform and illuminate the spiritual essence of our Parish.
Please contact Celine Benoit with any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org and (928) 445-3141 ext 324.