This group of mothers meet for fellowship, faith sharing, and fun. All mothers are invited to participate. Breakfast and childcare are provided. Meetings are typically held the second and fourth Thursday morning of each month from September to May.
The Christ Our Light Prayer Group meets every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9 PM in the school all-purpose room (first floor, hallway on right). The prayer group is part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
What is the purpose of a prayer group meeting?
A prayer meeting is not a discussion club or a therapy session. It is a time to give our full attention to Jesus through the help of the Holy Spirit.
The purpose of Christ Our Light Prayer Meetings is:
What happens at the meetings?
Each prayer group is uniquely different because the group reflects the personalities and gifts of those who attend. In Christ Our Light Prayer Meetings we start by praying the rosary since Mary is the Patroness of the Charismatic Renewal.
7:30 to 8 PM: Rosary
8 to 8:45 PM: Opening Prayer, Praise & Worship (Singing), Scripture Readings (for Upcoming Sunday), Faith Sharing
8:45 to 9 PM: Announcements and Reports about Upcoming Events
Do I have to raise my hand to pray if I attend a prayer meeting?
No. While hands raised in prayer is not unusual, you should pray as you feel comfortable. Outward manifestations of prayer are less important than the prayer of the heart.
Do I have to say, "Praise the Lord," "Alleluia," or "Amen"?
No. You do not have to say or do anything.
Do I have to talk about myself or speak at a prayer meeting?
No. Most people do not. You don't have to give a testimony. Simply come to experience the life and love of Jesus working in the people present at the meeting. Come to listen, praise, and learn how prayer to God the Holy Spirit can change your life.
What is a "testimony"?
A testimony is also called "faith sharing," which is the recounting of how the Lord is working in your life. It is always a first-hand experience, not another person's story. If the testimony is led by the Spirit, the result will be that the center of the testimony is the honor and glory of Jesus, not the person sharing.
Is the Christ Our Light Prayer Group a parish organization?
While it is parish-based and under the director of the pastor, its primary mission is to encourage a personal conversion to Jesus Christ through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
Can I grow spiritually in the Charismatic Renewal?
Yes! We are encouraged by the leadership of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II and the Bishops of the United States, who have written pastoral statements supporting and encouraging the Renewal.
The Bishops of the United States, in their 1984 pastoral letter, wrote: "We assure those in the Charismatic Renewal of the support they enjoy from the bishops of the United States and we encourage them in their efforts to renew the life of the Church."
God bless you by awakening the power of the Holy Spirit within you!
Host an international student.
The Women’s Cornerstone Retreat is offered annually for all women of the parish. Women who have attended the retreat participate in the Cornerstone ministry by serving as Team members to prepare and lead the retreat for new participants. Meetings are held monthly during the autumn, and every two weeks leading up to the spring retreat. Team members also host reunion evenings to nurture the sense of community built during the retreat.
Leisure Club, a club comprised of parishioners who are 50 or over, meets on the second Tuesday of the month this year. Activities vary from month to month. If you would like to know more about the club
If you are interested in learning about the trips that are sponsored by the Leisure Club, contact Rose Brzycki. Trips are open to anyone and not just members of the Leisure Club.
You may also contact Pat Slater, Pastoral Associate for Justice and Community Outreach
COL Book Club
The Hospitality Committee organizes the food and drinks for parish events. Committee members can be available for days, evenings, or weekends and will be asked to serve on a rotating basis. Tom and Ann Coyle are the coordinators.
Help organize the annual Misa de Gallo.
The Catholic Community of Christ Our Light is a parish that is active and full of life. We are not only a community but rather a family. Our parishioners are active within the church, the ministries, the school and the athletic and performing arts programs. Many parishioners are active in multiple activities such as teaching an exploratory at school and a church ministry. I would like to take a moment and let you know a little about KOCA and what we do.
KOCA's mission is to promote a greater sense of community and volunteerism amongst the men of our Parish community, to leverage the abundant talent and gifts present within our Parish community, to coordinate outreach efforts that bring these talents and gifts to support the needs of our Parish, our School, and our Community to unite for social purposes those individuals who are interested in the distinguished record and future progress of our Parish community.
That sounds impressive but what does it mean? KOCA is doers; we assist in the management of the grounds and facilities, providing input to Fr. Tom, working with the school to perform minor repairs and upkeep. Assist PTA with various events as well as sponsoring and putting on an end of year picnic for the RCS students. We also perform outreach within the Camden Diocese, supporting Catholic Charities with monthly furniture pick-up for the refuge program and performing minor maintenance to parishes within Camden.
Lastly, we are a social ministry. We hold meetings every other month from September to May and have several social events throughout the year. Our annual Christmas social has sold out every year and has become a tradition with many of our members. We try to have at least 2 -3 socials per year (Christmas, mid-winter social, and summer social).
We are always looking for new members. KOCA is a great way to be involved in your child’s school and in the Parish without huge time commitments. KOCA is an easy way to get to know what’s going on at RCS and Christ Our Light, to make new friends, and be a part of the community/family that is Christ Our Light Parish.
Our meetings are the third Thursday of every other month from September to May at 8:00 PM in the school auditorium. Our meeting for 2015-2016 will be:
•September 17, 2015
November 19, 2015
•January 21, 2016
•March 17, 2016
•May 19, 2016
Come out and meet KOCA’s members, hear what they say about KOCA.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.
KOCA Executive Board
Dave Schmotzer ~ President
Ed Dunn ~ Vice President
Joe Hoag ~ Secretary
Ed Beitz ~ Treasurer
Joe Wolfram ~ Membership
Anthony Viola ~ Socials
To get text notifications regarding KOCA’s meeting, events and socials text @20ba61 to 81010
This organization is a lay apostolate to help spread the Gospel of Jesus by honoring Mary. Active members meet once per week to say the rosary, pray together and report on their assigned work which must bring spiritual value to others.
|Contact||Liz Bender - 856-443-8849