Mangaluru, August 6, 2017: Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore inaugurated the preparations for four days of Karnataka Regional level Convention to be held November 9 to 12 to mark the Golden Jubilee of Catholic Charismatic Renewal worldwide. the bishop released posters today, August 6, sunaday at Bishop’s house. The Bishop in his message wished well for the preparation and also success for the convention.
The year 2017, is the year of the Golden Jubilee of Catholic Charismatic Renewal worldwide the Karnataka Regional level Service Team has plans for this occasiion in the month of November. The Charismatic Renewal has brought showers of blessings on the Catholic Church at large and particularly to the Catholic Church in Mangalore. The Charismatic Movement has infused a lot of spiritual strength into the traditional minded Catholics and has brought in a lot of change in the life of Catholics. Hence it is an occasion to celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The four days programme will have two parts i.e. training in the morning to 500 leaders from 14 dioceses of Karnataka and Convention in the evening from 4pm to 8 pm in which 10,000 are expected to participate. The Convention will be held at Rosario Cathedral grounds. In preparation for the convention intercessory prayers will be held in all the parishes of the diocese and also in fourteen diocese of Karnataka. Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore will officially inaugurate Convention and Most Rev Dr Bernard Moras the Archbishop of Bangalore will celebrate the concluding Holy Mass. Other bishop’s from Karnataka will celebrate Holy Mass on other days in turn. Eminent preachers under the leadership of Most Rev Dr Lawrence Mukkuzzy Bishop of Belthangady will preach the Word of God on all the four days.
Fr Onil D’Souza the Convener of the Convention gave a brief information on the preparation and the Convention to be held. Arun Lobo the Chairman of Mangalore Service team welcomed the gathering. The members of Mangalore Service team were present on the occasion. Berdie Mascarenhas proposed the vote of thanks.
Catholic Charismatic Renewal - A Recap
Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a spiritual movement within the Catholic Church that incorporates aspects of both Catholic and charismatic practice. It places an emphasis on having a personal relationship with Jesus and expressing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Parishes that practice charismatic worship usually hold prayer meetings outside of Mass and feature such gifts as prophecy,faith healing, and glossolalia. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, a Catholic church describes charismatic worship as "uplifted hands during songs and audible praying in tongues." It further distinguishes a charismatic congregation as one that emphasises complete surrender to Jesus in all parts of life, obedience to both the Gospel and Catholic teaching, as well as Christ-centred friendships.
Perceptions of the Charismatic movement vary within the Catholic Church. Proponents hold the belief that certain charismata(a Greek word for "gifts") are still bestowed by the Holy Spirit today as they were in Early Christianity as described in theBible. Critics accuse Charismatic Catholics of misinterpreting, or in some cases violating, Church teachings on worship and liturgy. Traditional Catholics, in particular, argue that charismatic practices shift the focus of worship away from reverent communion with Christ in the Eucharist and towards individual emotions and non-liturgical experiences as a substitute.
In search of a Spiritual experience, professors from Duquesne University, a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, attended the Congress of the Cursillo movement in August 1966. While visiting, they were introduced to the book entitled The Cross and the Switchblade, which emphasized the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s charisms. This book became the focus of their studies and further led them to pursue the Holy Spirit.
In January 1967, professors Ralph Keifer and Patrick Bourgeois attended a prayer meeting where they ultimately received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The following week, Keifer laid hands on other Duquesne professors, and they also had an experience with the Spirit. Then, in February, during a gathering at Duquesne University, more people asked Keifer to pray over them. This led to the event at the chapel where they too received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, as well as many other students who were present in the chapel. Keifer sent the news of this event to the University of Notre Dame, where a similar event later occurred, and the Renewal began to spread.