How the Travelling Renewal Programme Works
People in the parish are consulted about the way they would like “Travelling Renewal” to unfold, and they determine the important areas of faith and life which they would like to see covered during the renewal.
It is important that “Travelling Renewal” meet the needs of the parish. Parishioners have wisdom and about what will work, about what is important to people. They can instinctively ensure that such a special time is meaningful for all.
Having listened to the pastor and people, the Redemptorists then facilitate a programme within each participating parish.
Typically, “Travelling Renewal” might run for 2 – 3 weeks in a district. Sunday Mass is an important occasion for preaching the Good News, meeting people, and inviting them to participate in the renewal.
For 2 or 3 nights and/or days per week people gather with the visiting Redemptorists to explore the important areas of faith. Through input, discussion and questions, people are encouraged to deepen their understandings, as well as being challenged to grow and learn in an adult way.
Time is given to celebrating the sacraments including Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. The Redemptorists remain available for anyone who might like to come along for a personal chat.
“Travelling Mission” also includes the students in the Catholic Schools and working with them in their Religious Education classes. Sometimes we are invited to accompany teachers and staff in their professional development.
Parishes, on occasion, have organised gatherings in parishioners’ homes. This is a way for parishioners to meet and get to know people from within the faith community and a chance to share faith together.
The important thing to remember is that each parish is different, and there are many ways in which to celebrate “Travelling Renewal”. What is foremost for the Redemptorists is to cater for the special needs of Australia’s rural, regional and remote areas.