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1 BLD Phoenix Post Recollection Workshop August 28, 2011

2 Workshop Agenda Praise/Mass Readings Community Building Principles/Issues Workshop by Circles Break Circle Reports/Plenary Session Lunch Plenary Session: Designing Gods Kingdom in our Midst Q&A Closing Prayer

3 Community Building Principles Principles learned from Recollection BLD Vision & Mission Proposed new BLD Statement on Community Culture

4 What Community-Building Principles Did We Learn From the Recollection? Obedience Power of obedience Purification of motives (transformation, reformation) Evaluation Meaning of commitment to covenanting Forgiveness Freedom Division is the work of the Devil Humility Baptism in the Holy Spirit

5 Community-Building Principles Learned From the Recollection Perfect love casts out all fears Covenant is sacred We are a people set apart Sacraments are given to individuals to be sanctified; charisms are given to individuals to be used for the good of the whole body Receiving and giving- key to life and growth If we are in the excuse level, it means we have not been fully converted yet

6 Community-Building Principles Learned From the Recollection Conversion requires dying to sin and to our attachments The road to hell is paved with good intentions; the road to heaven is paved with good decisions Division is the work of the devil To be a vibrant community is to live our baptism as members of the family of the Holy Trinity

7 Community-Building Principles Learned From the Recollection The gift comes before the command Forgiveness is unlocking chains to set me free Law is the ordinance of reason for the common good Authority requires listening The Church is not a hierarchy but a communion The Spirit of God brings consensus

8 Community-Building Principles Learned From the Recollection Obedience is not imposed but is a decision of love from the heart Love is the greatest gift of all We must always be reformed Do everything for the glory of God Glory comes from the cross: embrace it for Gods glory Humility

9 Audio Reference Please click to listen to Fr. Brendan Williams Talk Part 1 Please click to listen to Fr. Brendan Williams Talk Part 2 Please click to listen to Fr. Brendan Williams Talk Part 3 Talks by Fr. Brendan are summarized in the previous slides on Community Building Principles Learned from the Recollection Follow Fr. Brendan at on Pastor Notes Section.www.stveronica.comPastor Notes Section

10 BLD Vision BLD Vision or click on title above We are a community of disciples inspired by the Holy Spirit to be living witnesses for transformation in Christ to bring about a world of justice, human development and true peace.

11 BLD Mission BLD Mission or click on title above In response to the challenges of our particular place, time and culture: For our families: We will evangelize families and build communities of faith through encounters, Life in the Spirit Seminars and discipleship formation. We will give formation on personal and family prayer, pro-life values, Catholic social teachings and stewardship.

12 BLD Mission For our communities: We will actively participate in the life and mission of the Church in accord with our God-given gifts. For our country: We will work on poverty alleviation through scholarships, housing for the poor and advocacies for life, environment and good governance.

13 Proposed New Community Culture Statement

14 What is Culture? Merriam-Webster definition The customary beliefs, social forms and material traits of a racial, religious, or social groups Characteristic features of everyday existence Set of shared attitudes/values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization Set of values, conventions, social practices Culture is the historically developed common form of expression of the insights and values which characterize the life of a community. Cardinal Ratzinger

15 What is Culture? Has to do with knowledge and values Goes beyond what is visible and apparent to actual causes. At its core, it means an opening to the divine Develops through its encounter with new reality and the arrival of new insights Able to progress, depending on ability to be open and to allow transformation through encounter Cardinal Ratzinger- Christ, Faith and the Challenge of Cultures, March 1993

16 Proposed New BLD Community Culture Statement (Outline) We are Roman Catholic We are Christ-centered We are a covenant community We are witnesses of our transformation in Christ We are evangelized and evangelizing families We are global and local We move in the Spirit We collaborate in ministry We embrace the Catholic social mission We serve the Church

17 We are Roman Catholic We are a covenant community in communion with the Roman Catholic Church. We fully embrace its teaching, observe its liturgy, and submit to its ecclesial authority. We obey Gods commandments. We seek to deepen our knowledge and understanding of our faith, that we may be able to live it faithfully and share it to others. We are active parishioners where we live. We witness to our Catholic faith in all circumstances.

18 We are Christ-Centered We profess that Jesus Christ is our communion with God. He is the foundation of our community (1 Cor 3:11), the Lord whom we worship and the Teacher whom we follow. He is our life, our peace and our joy. We proclaim His name, life, kingdom and mystery. We seek a full relationship with Jesus, who is the condition for our existence and growth. Our communal relationships are anchored on the love of Jesus. We share His ministry to bring salvation and life to all, for the glory of God the Father.

19 We are a Covenant Community We live our Baptismal Covenant in the concrete ways that we pledged to in our Community Covenant. The paradigm for our relationships is the friendship of Jesus Christ (Jn 15:13-15). We have different roles in community- some are in positions of authority over others. But no one is greater than others. Every member belongs and is vital. Every one is accorded with hospitality, respect and honor befitting Gods children. We safeguard our communion by following Christs example and teaching. And when in conflict, we practice His teaching on fraternal correction, forgiveness and reconciliation. Our words and actions are guided by the Gospel, hence the wellbeing of others.

20 We are Witnesses of our Transformation in Christ We have given up the world and its enticements, and we follow Jesus Christ and Him alone. We witness to the love and truth of Jesus in our lives. We seek continual formation and spiritual direction to equip us for the disciples walk. As leaders and members, we are servants of His flock and stewards of His ministry. We practice transparency and empower one another. We give fully of ourselves and are accountable to the Lord. We pray for and serve one another. We live with humility, gentleness, patience, bearing one another through love. We preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3)

21 We are Evangelized and Evangelizing Families We believe that Christian marriage and the Christian family build up the Church. As a communion of families, we are faithful to the Christian values on which marriage and family are founded. We bring Christ to other families and help provide formation to grow in their communion and faith. We welcome and minister to the needs of all family members: young and old, single and married, widowed or divorced, parents and children. We offer Catholic pathways to the young as they journey toward adulthood, marriage and family life, helping them to discover the beauty of the vocation to love and the service of life.

22 We are Global and Local We are a community of districts residing in different dioceses in various parts of the world, yet we are one. We have diverse backgrounds, circumstances and citizenship, yet we are one, We are structured globally and locally, yet we pray, worship, share the Word, discern, act and move as one community, in accord with our shared identity, vision, mission, covenant, statutes and policies. Locally, we respond to the challenges of our particular place, time and culture. Globally, we respond to the universal or particular challenges as directed by our leaders. We practice subsidiarity.

23 We move in the Spirit Our name reflects the inner disposition of our hearts- a welcoming place for the Holy Spirit. We are sa Diyos; we belong to Him as His sons and daughters. We are blessed with charismatic gifts. We unite our decisions and actions with our Fathers will, for example, in starting new communities, selecting new leaders, appointing members to ministry, crafting policy, and determining worship theme & directions. We consult and confirm our decisions with those who have authority over us and with those who will be affected. Our openness to God allows us to be open to one another. One with God and with each other, we move as one community in the Spirit.

24 We collaborate in Ministry We are parts of the one body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12), each one essential for the proper functioning of the whole. We are equipped with many gifts, which we release and unify to serve the Givers purpose. We are assigned to our ministries based on our gifts and fruitfulness. We consider a call to serve in ministry as a call that comes from the Lord. We work interdependently. We communicate, cooperate, collaborate and help one another in every possible way, so that the fruit of our labor may truly be a fragrant offering to the Lord and redound to the common good.

25 We embrace the Catholic Social Mission We reach out and build relationships of love and justice in the world by our commitment to the Churchs social mission. We believe that every human being is created in Gods image and redeemed by Christ. We advocate the gospel of life and human dignity. We work for poverty alleviation. We call on the government to live up to its duty to promote the common good, to protect the family and the institution of marriage. We care for Gods creation. Our commitment is rooted in and strengthened by our continuing transformation in Christ and our love for one another as God has loved us.

26 We serve the Church We are filled with the ardor of the Pentecost Spirit and the burning conviction of Paul who cried out, Woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel (1 Cor 9:16). Our passion for Christ stirs up in us a sense of responsibility and commitment as Gods people to serve with great enthusiasm in the Churchs mission of evangelization. We honor our priests and obey our bishop. We fulfill our calling as lay Catholics to consecrate society to God. As ministers of the Gospel and recipients of the joy of Christ, we serve with our lives so that Gods Kingdom may be proclaimed and the Church established in the world.

27 Workshop Reflect/Share/Develop Circle Response List down three community issues that we need to work on together to bring us closer to Gods vision & mission for us? What community-building principles apply? What recommendations will you make to resolve these community issues? What commitments are your willing to make to realize these changes?

28 Plenary Session Presentation of Circle Responses Circle #IssuePrincipleRecommendationsCommitments

29 Plenary Session Presentation of Circle Responses Circle #IssuePrincipleRecommendationsCommitments

30 Plenary Session Presentation of Circle Responses Circle #IssuePrincipleRecommendationsCommitments

31 Plenary Session Presentation of Circle Responses Circle #IssuePrincipleRecommendationsCommitments

32 Plenary Session Presentation of Circle Responses Circle #IssuePrincipleRecommendationsCommitments

33 Plenary Session Designing Gods Kingdom in Our Midst Integrate the circle responses Develop and commit to a prioritized plan action for the district

34 Plenary Session Designing Gods Kingdom in Our Midst What would it be? -we are a community called to worship, we give the highest priority to worship God *punctuality *as members of the assembly we give our very best to God in our PW *we lift each other up *find means to bring members to PW – to community

35 Communication: *we are many parts (differences, etc) but one body *act interdependently – we collaborate *sense of belongingness *connectedness *common purpose to do the work of God Conflict *fraternal correction *pain of one if pain of others, joy of one is joy of others *we are all equal – sons & daughters of God *annihilation of self *division among brothers & sisters is a wound in the body of Christ Plenary Session Designing Gods Kingdom in Our Midst

36 Obedience *4 th commandment: honor your father & mother… *effectiveness vs affectiveness *choice among good(s) – where the Lord brings us to consensus Work overload (calendar of community affects calendar of members) (cluster ministries) *we are called to be prudent and fruitful stewards Plenary Session Designing Gods Kingdom in Our Midst

37 Plenary Session Designing Gods Kingdom In Our Midst Circle # IssuePrincipleRecommendationsCommitments

38 Reference July 2008 Qualitative Evaluation Report BLD Statutes BLD Values, Norms and Culture Please find more information about BLD at

39 Parallelism between Paschal Mystery & Phases of Community Public Ministry Passion Death Resurrection Pseudo- Community Chaos Emptiness Community

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