Alton Day of Renewal
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Alton Day Of Renewal
January 25th: “The Almighty has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49) Introducing the year’s theme. How can we know, like Mary, that God wants to do great things for us through the Holy Spirit?. Speaker: Alice Hall (full time missionary with Sion Evangelisation Community and resposible for their formation and training events).
February 22nd: “A light for revelation” (Luke 2:32) At the Presentation, Mary heard how Jesus was the fulfilment of prophecy. How does prophecy inspire us today? How can we be prophetic in our own parishes? Speaker: Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. Director of Redemptorist Publications and an international lecturer and author.
March 28th: “May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38) Mary’s Yes enabled Jesus to be conceived. How can we hear and respond to the Holy Spirit? Speaker: Maria Heath, Chair of the National Service Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal and a passionate speaker on how Parishes can become more missionary.
April 25th “The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28) Gabriel’s greeting to Mary reassures her of God’s favour. How can we be assured of God’s love through His word? Speaker: Fr Anthony Meredith,
Vicar General of the Institute of Charity (the Rosminians) and former Chaplain and Spiritual Director to Alton Day of Renewal.
May 16th: “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14) Mary and the disciples prayed for the Holy Spirit before Pentecost. How can we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Speaker: Andrew Lawrence. Lead Elder of Harvest Church, Alton and part of the leadership team of Commission, an international family of churches.
June 27th “The Word became flesh” (John 1:14) God became man through Mary. Jesus enters the world today through us. How can we witness effectively? Speaker: Peter Hobbs, leader of Parish formation and confirmation courses and helper on the bereavement team.
July 25th “She treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2: 52) Mary pondered over what Jesus said to her. How can we find the hidden treasure in God’s word through Lectio Divina and in all forms of Silent Prayer? Speaker: David Beresford, Director of the Catholic Bble School since 2014 and active in Christian ministry for 30 years.
August 22nd: “Filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41) Mary, Elizabeth and John the Baptist at the Visitation: the first charismatic prayer meeting? How can we be filled with the Spirit and with joy? Speaker: Charles Whitehead, respected speaker and author; former chair of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service. Meeting venue: Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth. This will be the official celebration of 45 years of Alton Day of Renewal.
September 19th: “Here is your mother” (John 19:28) From the Cross, Jesus asks John to care for Mary. How is Jesus asking us to be loving and compassionate, and how will we respond? Speaker: Fr John Seddon, Benedictine priest based at Chilworth Abbey, where he leads monthly days of praise, healing and reflection.
October 24th “My spirit rejoices in God my saviour” (Luke 1:47) How can we, like Mary, use the words of Scripture to praise God? Speaker: Mgr. John Armitage, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and closely involved with the rededication of England as "Mary's Dowry" this year.
November 28th “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5) At Cana, Mary encourages obedience to Jesus. Will we see more miracles if we obey the word of God with expectant faith? Speaker: David Matthews, popular speaker at Catholic charismatic conferences and former Protestant pastor received into the Catholic church in 2011.