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Maitland Newcastle November 2015 Newsletter

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In an address to the leadership of the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America in 2013, Pope Francis posed this question to clergy; “Are we conscious and convinced of the mission of the lay faithful and do we give them the freedom to continue discerning, in a way befitting their growth as disciples, the mission which the Lord has entrusted to them.” This was, and continues to be, a challenge to clergy. But, I believe he was also laying down a challenge to us as lay people – a challenge to us as church in the world, to the world – to mission to those around us, to those in our world.

In June this year, many of us had this mission experience, and it was good. However, time passes and we must look forward to 2016 and beyond. Our last Ultreya for 2015 incorporates our AGM, details of which are included elsewhere in this Sharing. At the AGM, two current members of the Secretariat are standing down and it will be looking for two people to accept the challenge. Time on the Secretariat involves four to five meetings during the year and is quite rewarding as it provides us with a fuller understanding of what makes Cursillo tick. If you haven’t had this experience before, contact any one of the current members. If you are thinking you’re not qualified consider this, “God does not ask if I are qualified, He asks if I’m available”!

Cursillo calls us into community, where we are challenged to be the hands of Jesus wherever we are – but we need to keep in mind the power of prayer – nisi dominus aedijicaverit domum – “Unless the Lord build the house, the builders labour in vain.”

As this is the last Sharing for 2015, I take this opportunity to wish all Cursillistas, your friends and families, a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Rick McCosker


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