Retreat

Catholic and Confident Retreat

What they say about the Catholic and Confident Retreat

  • I learned a lot about being confident in my faith. Above all, it was wonderful to know that we are disciples and helpers of God in telling the Good News and not being ashamed of evangelizing and bringing others to God.
  • The explanation of the Mass helped me appreciate more the Eucharist.
  • I will begin sharing faith with the adults in our family.
  • I was encouraged to evangelize others by having conversations about my faith, I also got ideas on how to reach out to visitors to our parish and to help foster evangelization throughout the parish.
  • The retreat helped me appreciate more our need to be more Catholic in our daily lives. It also helped me appreciate the beauty of our Catholic faith and to be more confident in sharing it with others.

Catholic and Confident Retreat Outline

1.     The Foundation for Sharing Faith

 “Do not conform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”  Rom 12:12.

This presentation helps laity become more comfortable with sharing their faith.

  • Catholic evangelization is friendly and gentle, not pushy and offensive. It is rooted in personal prayer, Mass and the Sacraments. It springs from our community of faith and calls others into the parish family.
  • Second: Lay people must be reformed into a missionary spirituality. The call to evangelize come from the Lord and is echoed and urged by our Holy Fathers, bishops and Vatican Council II. It is not an option. It is a joyful responsibility.

2.  Confident in Mission: Let the Spirit Act in Your Life

“… (The) laity become powerful heralds of the faith to be hoped for if they join unhesitating profession of faith to the life of faith. This evangelization, that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life, acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world. … Therefore, even when occupied by temporal affairs, the laity can, and must, do valuable work for the evangelization of the world.”  Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, No. 35.

This presentation explains that successful Catholic evangelization is accomplished in the work and dreams of everyday life.

  • Faithful disciples must learn first of all to discover God’s action in their daily lives.
  • They must learn the grace and strength of Holy Matrimony.
  •  Their faith union with the Lord brings a Eucharistic power into their families and the world.
  • They will learn the strength and attraction of their own personal story, their own experience of God, and how to prepare for sharing their experience of God and Church.

3. Confident in God; Courageous for the World

“The very future of the world is at stake. Morality is collapsing without which juridical and political structures cannot function.” Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas message, 2010.

This presentation shows that the conversion of the world begins with and continues through each Catholic’s personal fidelity to Christ and his Gospel. It is strengthened through the graced experience of the parish community.

  • They will see the promise of good that comes from sharing their own personal witness and that of all other committed Christians around the world.
  • When each disciple of Christ lives under the influence of the Holy Spirit, the whole Church is strengthened; our common and united mission of evangelization holds forth the Light that is Christ
  • United in the Spirit of God, our global witness holds forth as a gift from God the peace that is the longing of every heart and soul.

 To schedule Deacon Henry, please e-mail hlibersat@cfl.rr.com or at the following address:

Deacon Henry Libersat

380 Golf Brook Circle, No. 108

Longwood FL 32779

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