• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:02

Lay Partners delve deeper into SVD spirituality


CaptureThe SVD Lay Partners group in Marsfield has resolved to continue deepening the formation of members in Divine Word Missionary spirituality as the group moves towards being formalised as part of the SVD community.

At a meeting held by Zoom earlier this month, Provincial, Fr Asaeli Rass SVD spoke of the importance of the SVD Lay Partners in the missionary activities of the Divine Word Missionaries.

“Fr Rass also emphasised that one of the elements that he would like to achieve is the formalisation of the SVD Lay Partners as part of the SVD community,” says group-member Helen Festejo.

“This includes formulating the constitution and by-laws.”

The Lay Partners group formulated a draft mission statement last year, in collaboration with Fr Dom Flores SVD, and Fr Rass encouraged the group to keep moving forward with the draft to bring it to finalisation.

At the group’s previous meeting, in August, the Lay Partners reviewed how they had grown as a group since their foundation four years ago and how they could continue to grow.

“In that meeting, it was pointed out that we should continue with our ongoing formation,” Helen says.

“We felt that we need to persevere to grow spiritually and to align our spirituality with the Arnoldus Spirituality. This is a major part of establishing our identity as SVD.

“To put this in action, we agreed to integrate in our prayer life the prayer or prayers of St Arnold Janssen. It was also suggested that the prayer of St Arnold, which is on a banner in the chapel, be prayed at the end of every Mass.”

On Sunday, September 13, the Lay Partners gathered in the St Arnold Janssen Chapel at Marsfield for a belated joint celebration of SVD Foundation Day, which this year recognised the 145th anniversary of St Arnold’s founding of the Divine Word Missionaries. The SVD Lay Partners were also marking their fourth year.

“Since the Lay Partners’ inception, this annual joint celebration has become an important tradition in the life of the Society,” Helen says.

Fr Rass presided at the Eucharist and he led the congregation in praying the prayer of St Arnold Janssen at the conclusion of Mass.

The Mass was followed by a COVID-safe morning tea gathering.

“This was also a fitting tribute to the Blessed Virgin in celebration of her Nativity (Sept 8 – also the official date of SVD Foundation Day), whose guidance we continue to implore to guide us in all our undertakings,” Helen says.