Index Parish Groups Neocatechumenate


The early Church grew in a predominantly pagan world. When a pagan wanted to become a Christian he had to begin a course of formation, called the catechumenate, in which he was prepared for baptism.

In our increasingly secularised world many people have abandoned Christian faith and the Church, or live their faith at a very superficial level. For many of us Baptism has remained dormant in our daily life.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
"By its very nature infant Baptism requires a post-baptismal catechumenate" (No. 1231).
The Neocatechumenate is a way of conversion to discover the immense richness of our faith in a post-baptismal catechumenate, so that the Baptism which the Church gave us can grow within us and become a "sign" for the far-away that God is Love and has the power to save.

The Holy Father in his letter "Ogniqualvolta…"(30 August 1990) wrote: "I acknowledge the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation valid for our society and for our times".

The Neocatechumenate is lived in small communities within the parish structure. In our Parish there are 3 of these communities, each formed of 20-30 members. They include both young and adults, couples and single people, from different cultures and backgrounds.

Each community meets every week on a weekday evening for a liturgy of the Word at which a number of readings from Holy Scripture are proclaimed. Each member of the community may then share with others the light those readings have shed on his own life. The communities also meet every Saturday evening to celebrate Mass and once a month for a day of prayer and sharing.

Everyone who wishes is welcome to join. For this purpose, every year a series of talks is given by a team of catechists, in which the Neocatechumenate is presented and offered as an occasion for people to receive the announcement of Christ who has died and risen for us to give us a new life. Those who desire to continue on this way of formation begin to meet regularly as a new community. It is also possible to attend a liturgy of the existing communities as a guest.



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