The Gift – A Life in the Spirit course for parishes
‘The Gift’ Pilot Course
Over two Saturdays in Lent 2017, 60 people from across the Diocese gathered at Holy Ghost Parish in Luton to take part in The Gift, run by the Westminster based CaFE team (Catholic Faith Exploration).
‘The Gift’ is a DVD course, created by the CaFE team in response to Pope Francis’ challenge in Evangelii Gaudium for all Catholics to have a renewed encounter with the Holy Spirit. It is a life in the Spirit course for small groups, featuring the well-known Catholic speakers, Charles Whitehead, Michelle Moran, Jenny Baker and David Payne as well as testimonies from lay people and clergy from around the country. Pope Francis has given his warm encouragement and an Apostolic Blessing upon the course and to all those who run or attend it.
Bishop Peter came on both days and encouraged representatives from each parish to attend, saying: “When we are confirmed, we are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Gift course is a great opportunity to unlock the mystery of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the life of our parish communities."
During the two days, participants were in small groups and after watching each input on DVD there was an opportunity for discussion and prayer. The two days ended with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter. The participants were sent out with an encouragement to run the course for others in their own parishes, so as to bring a fresh joy into their faith communities, and a renewed enthusiasm to share the love of Christ with all people.