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Aparecida 312: Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, Part 2

New movements have been in ascendancy since the days of Pope John Paul II. The ones with ideological leanings to the re-writing of Vatican, especially. But many movements have burnished the spread of the Gospel through their charisms. Pope Benedict … Continue reading

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Aparecida 311: Ecclesial Movements and New Communities

Three sections discuss “Ecclesial movements and new communities.” 311. The new movements and communities are a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. In them the faithful find the opportunity to be formed as Christians, growing, and committing themselves … Continue reading

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Aparecida 309-310: Small Ecclesial Communities, Part 2

Base communities are essential, but there is also a need for connections. The bishops describe a “full communion” with parishes and the diocese. That seems fair and wise. 309. If lively dynamic small communities are desired, a solid spirituality must … Continue reading

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Aparecida 307-308: Small Ecclesial Communities, Part 1

The Aparecida bishops turn their attention to “Small ecclesial communities” for the numbered sections through 310. Think base communities, something more permanent and long-standing than the American phenomenon of small groups. 307. It is evident that in recent years the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 305-306: Parishes At Worship and Devoted To Mission

More on the importance of the parish community, Pope Benedict is quoted about Sunday Mass: 305. Hence, community formation must especially be cultivated in the parish. Through various celebrations and initiatives, primarily with the Sunday Eucharist, which is the “the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 304: Formation in Parishes

Today, we begin a brief look (304-306) at the parish as a place of faith formation. A heads-up on those notes: my reference document for the Aparecida excludes a key for the abbreviations SD, EAm, and others. In other posts, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 301-303: The First School of Faith

With the fourth theme of Chapter Six we’ll discuss “Places of Formation for Missionary Disciples.” This will take us right to section 346, the end of the chapter. A brief intro: 301. We will now briefly consider some spaces of … Continue reading

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