Prayer and Reflection
Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon who did not die
until he had been privileged to welcome the Messiah.
In Sacramental Celebrations we meet the Risen Christ.
May he continue to give us life.
The experience of community is an essential and enjoyable
part of life for people of every age and faith. The cycle of a year and the span of a lifetime contain occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises, when people want to celebrate with family, friends and communities.
Think back to your childhood. Which celebrations of community life did you most enjoy?
How did you celebrate? Who took part?
Which celebration are you looking forward to in the coming months?
How will you celebrate? Who else will take part?
Word of God - Scripture
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was
Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for the Gentiles and glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:25-32)
Belonging to a community
Jesus chooses people to work with him
The parish community
How people within the parish serve the community in church
Ministries in the parish – reaching out to the community
Joining together as a community
The parish community celebrations
Remembering, celebrating and responding to belonging to a community and the life of the local Christian community