Our new Lay Associate Program is growing in membership out of a desire from Resurrectionists to have more collaboration with lay people and respond to their desire to have a deeper lived experience of "Resurrecting Society." This exciting new program is called "Apostles of the Resurrection".
The first meeting for this year of the Apostles of the Resurrection was held on Saturday, March 4th at 10 a.m. The Apostles of the Resurrection gathered at St. Joseph’s Parish, 260 Herkimer Street, Hamilton.
This Formation Session was focused on the Eight Principles of Resurrectionists’ Spirituality. We began with a liturgy with the Sunday readings during this time of lent. Fr. Michal greeted the group and welcome new members who are joining us for the first time. The Eight Principles of Resurrectionist Spirituality were outlined;
- God loves us unconditionally
- God created us from nothingness
- Evil attracts us
- We succumb to sin
- God calls us to conversion – the Paschal Mystery
- God calls us to community
- God calls us to work for the resurrection of society
- Mary: Our Model and Mother
Father Michal spoke about three of the spiritualities, God created us from nothingness, Evil attracts us and We succumb to sin. He indicated that the next time we meet the principle; God loves us unconditionally will be addressed. Father Michal gave us the upcoming schedule and resources.
Fr. Murray welcomed Dana Donelson, Kevin Donelson, Martin Pandzich and Ed Ruppe who were not able make our renewal session December 8, 2016 at University Parish to renew their intentions to serve as Apostles of the Resurrection for the upcoming year. Thank you, Fr. Murray.
This was followed by Father Michal calling upon the Apostles of the Resurrectionist to chose co-chairs who will meet with the committee and represent the Apostles. Dee Sproule and Lois Peterson were the 2 people selected.
Our session was followed by a time of fellowship and lunch. A huge thank you goes out to Fr. Jim Link for his gracious hospitality and the great meal he prepared. You are a chef extraordinaire Fr. Jim.
Our next Meeting is Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. Sacred Heart Parish, 66 Shanley Street, Kitchener. All are welcome to come out to our next meeting and see what the Apostles of the Resurrection are all about!
As Resurrectionists we invite lay people to live out their vocation to holiness by sharing in our Resurrectionist spirituality, and to work with us for the resurrection of society by embracing our Charism and Mission in their everyday lives. In order to commit himself or herself more fully, a lay person may wish to become our Lay Associate – an Apostle of the Resurrection.
Our “Apostles Handbook” which includes all of the important details regarding this special program, is available for downloading HERE.
Copies of this handbook are available in all of our CR parishes and at future meetings (as well as mailed out upon request)
If you would like to know more about the "Apostles of the Resurrection" you are welcome to attend any or all of our 2016 meetings - download our 2017 Meeting Schedule HERE, or contact us for more details.
St. Mary Magdalene, patron saint of the Apostles of the Resurrection, pray for us!