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CCR Diocese of Parramatta
ABN 48 603 215 669
 

About Us

Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is a worldwide movement that promotes a radical renewal of living faith in the power of the Holy Spirit through the formation of Catholic Charismatic Prayer Groups.  It is not a single unified movement but a collection of groups that share the same fundamental experience and espouse the same goals.  The Pontifical Council for the Laity approved statutes recognising the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a world wide institution of Catholic Faithful on 14 September 1993.  Each CCR Prayer Group is associated with other CCR Prayer Groups through a series of Service Teams or Committees at Diocesan, State, National and International levels.

 

International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Committee (ICCRS)

This committee comprises one representative from the various countries of the world with Headquarters at the Vatican, Rome.  Australia and Oceania are usually represented by the current Chairperson of ICCRS.

CCR National Service Committee (NSC)

This committee meets annually and is comprised of one representative from each State and Territory in Australia.

NSW CCR State Service Team (SST)

The NSW SST membership is nominated by NSW Prayer Groups and CCR members.  After discernment, the appointees are approved by the NSW Conference of Bishops for a period of three years.

Voice of the Spirit” is the Newsletter of the NSW Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

The Diocese of Parramatta is served by a CCR Diocesan Service Team (DST)

The CCR Diocesan Service Team for Parramatta Diocese meets at three monthly intervals and consists of two representatives from each affiliated CCR Prayer Group in the Diocese and operates under Statutes approved on 23.12.14 by Bishop Anthony Fisher, Bishop of Parramatta.

The purpose of the Diocesan Service Team is to support the Catholic Charismatic Renewal by meeting the needs of prayer groups and to promote unity of purpose among prayer groups

Affiliated Prayer Groups are subject to the Bishop of Parramatta primarily by incorporation within the Parish structure or occasionally through a direct mandate from the Bishop.

 

 

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1.1    The Catholic Charismatic Renewal promotes a radical renewal of living faith in the power of the Holy Spirit through the formation of Catholic Charismatic Prayer Groups. It is not a single, unified movement but a collection of groups that share the same fundamental experience and espouse the same goals. The Pontifical Council for the Laity approved Statutes recognising Catholic Charismatic Renewal on 14 September 1993.

1.2     The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) follows faithfully the three guidelines of Pope Paul VI on I Cor: 12-13:

(i)        Fidelity to the authentic teaching of the Church;

  • The willingness to accept and use the gifts the Lord gives to the Church;
  • Let everything be done in love, otherwise the Holy Spirit is not present no matter how gifted a person or group might be.

1.3       A prayer group, whether parish based or otherwise, is affiliated within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal when it holds regular meetings in the Charismatic style and is registered with the CCR of the Parramatta Diocese.

1.4       The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Parramatta Diocese Service Team shall represent the Prayer Groups affiliated with the CCR in the Diocese of Parramatta and shall be referred to in this document as “The Diocesan Service Team”.

2    VISION

2.1    The purpose of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Parramatta Diocese is to awaken the Church by proclaiming Jesus as Lord through rekindling the flame of the Holy Spirit.

2.2     The purpose of the Diocesan Service Team is to support the CCR through meeting the needs of prayer groups and to promote unity of purpose among prayer groups.

 

 

3      ROLE AND FUNCTION OF THE DIOCESAN SERVICE TEAM

3.1       To serve the Bishop of the diocese in his pastoring and guiding of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the following ways:

3.1.1   Encourage Catholic Charismatic Renewal members to personal holiness and to integrate fully in the Sacramental and Liturgical life of the Parish.

3.1.2   Provide avenues for Catholic Charismatic Renewal members to learn the authentic teaching of the Church in regard to the faith and the Word of God.

3.1.3  Foster the work of evangelisation.

3.2       To foster the growth of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal by seeking to:

3.2.1   Promote the continued renewal of Catholic Charismatic Renewal members, by recognising and encouraging their gifts and talents as well as conducting conferences, courses etc, including visiting teachers and newsletters.

3.2.2  Promote the proper understanding and use of the Spiritual Gifts.

3.2.3   Offer effective encouragement to Prayer Group Leaders by organising periodic leadership training programs.

3.2.4  Discern any negative factors that impede the growth and fruitfulness of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and take corrective action.

3.2.5  Encourage the Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s ability to awaken all people to the fullness of Christian life.

3.3      To provide support services to affiliated prayer groups and promote unity of purpose by seeking to:

3.3.1  Regularly communicate with leaders of prayer groups and to listen to the needs and aspirations of the prayer groups,

3.3.2   Serve the prayer groups by providing help in activities beyond the resources of the individual prayer groups,

3.3.3   Foster co-operation among prayer groups to achieve a balanced plan of Charismatic events throughout the year,

3.3.4  Gather all prayer groups together periodically to provide a visible sign of unity of purpose.

 

3.4    To represent the Catholic Charismatic Renewal at Diocesan level

3.4.1 Represent the interests of all prayer groups where a coordinated approach at Diocesan level is necessary,

3.4.2 Be the point of contact for other Diocesan bodies and bodies outside the Diocese including the Catholic Charismatic Renewal State and National Service Teams,

3.4.3    Maintain a relationship of dialogue and collaboration with the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities established in the Diocese and other groups as appropriate,

3.4.4 Support all other works of the Spirit within the Diocese and be a source of unity in the Body of Christ.

4        ACCOUNTABILITY

4.1    The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Parramatta Diocese is in submission and obedience to the Bishop and is accountable to him at all times. Prior to 31 October each year a report on the year’s activities is to be forwarded to the Bishop.

4.2      The Diocesan Service Team has no juridical authority over the individual affiliated prayer groups. All affiliated prayer groups are directly subject to the Bishop primarily through incorporation within the parish structure or occasionally through a direct mandate from the Bishop. The Diocesan Service Team is responsible to the Bishop for providing advice on matters that affect the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in any way on a Diocesan level and in particular in regard to fidelity to the authentic teaching of the Church.

4.3      The assets and income of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Diocese of Parramatta shall be applied solely in furtherance of its above-mentioned objects and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the organisation except as bona fide compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the organisation

4.4      In the event of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Diocese of Parramatta being dissolved, the amount that remains after such dissolution and the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall be transferred to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Team, New South Wales so long as it has similar purposes and rules prohibiting the distribution of its assets and income to its members or, if the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Team, New South Wales is already dissolved or no longer prohibits the distribution of its assets and income to members, to another organisation, approved by the Bishop, with similar purposes and which has rules prohibiting the distribution of its assets and income to its members.

 

5       MEMBERSHIP

5.1      The Diocesan Service Team shall consist of up to two representatives of each affiliated prayer group.

5.2      The Diocesan Service Team may co-opt other members who can provide special expertise or services to the team.

 

6       THE EXECUTIVE

6.1       The Executive of the Diocesan Service Team shall consist of the Chairperson, Assistant Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer.

6.2       The Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer, or their delegate, must be present at each meeting of the executive.

6.3       The members of the Executive shall hold office for three years unless determined otherwise by the Executive. Members of the Executive are eligible to stand for re-election to the executive.

6.4       The Diocesan Service Team at a meeting called for that purpose should elect a member of the Executive.

6.5       Duties of the Executive

6.5.1  The Executive will conduct the business of the Diocesan Service Team between meetings in accordance with decisions made at the Diocesan Service Team meetings and ensure that decisions taken between meetings are confirmed or corrected at the next meeting of the Diocesan Service Team;

6.5.2    Prepare and distribute the agenda for each meeting of the Diocesan Service Team;

6.5.3    Oversee the development of proposals and activities sponsored by the Diocesan Service Team;

6.5.4    Regularly liaise with Diocesan bodies and the State Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Team.

6.6       Duties of Chairperson

6.6.1  The chairperson shall preside over the Diocesan Service Team and provide a leadership role;

6.6.2  Chair each meeting of the Diocesan Service Team and Executive;

6.6.3  Represent the Diocesan Service Team as required.

 

6.7    Duties of Assistant Chairperson

6.7.1   The Assistant Chairperson shall carry out all the duties of the chairperson as delegated by the chairperson.

6.8    Duties of Secretary

6.8.1   The secretary will provide for the recording of the Minutes of all meetings of the Diocesan Service Team and Executive;

6.8.2   Arrange for the necessary meeting place and resources appropriate for the meeting including the Agenda and prior Minutes;

6.8.3   Distribute all information and correspondence to members and prayer groups as directed and attend to inward and outward correspondence;

6.8.4   Update Diocesan Service Team documents as required;

6.8.5   Keep a file of records of Diocesan Service Team history, development, minutes, decisions, activities, and a list of affiliated prayer groups.

6.9     Duties of the Treasurer

6.9.1   Maintain an account in the name of the Parramatta Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal with the Diocesan Development Fund, Parramatta;

6.9.2   Maintain a set of financial records and arrange for these records to be examined and approved by a person appointed by the Diocesan Service Team to audit the records before the annual meeting with affiliated prayer group leaders;

6.9.3  Make the records available to any member of the Diocesan Service Team on request.

7        MEETINGS

7.1      The Diocesan Service Team shall meet at least five times per year.

7.2      The chairperson shall preside at all meetings unless the Chairperson delegates the Assistant Chairperson to chair the meeting.

8        DECISIONS

8.1    The Diocesan Service Team will generally reach decisions by consensus rather than majority or unanimity. However, where, in the opinion of the Chairperson, consensus cannot be reached and a decision needs to be taken at the meeting, a majority of two thirds of the members present will be necessary.

8.2    The Diocesan Service Team will consult with prayer groups and other affected parties before and inform the prayer groups after its decision as appropriate to the matter in hand.

9        COMMITTEES

9.1     The Diocesan Service Team will have the power to appoint standing committees, Working Parties or Task Forces, to assist in carrying out its work at such times as it deems fit.

9.2     These committees shall be given clear, specific terms of reference in addressing a particular need or issue. Included in the terms of reference will be an outline of the tasks to be undertaken, terms of office or duration of the task, and appropriate reporting procedures.

9.3     The Diocesan Service Team will have the power to co-opt prayer group members other than Diocesan Service Team members to serve on these committees.

10       MEETINGS WITH PRAYER GROUP LEADERS

10.1  The Diocesan Service Team will convene an annual meeting attended by the overall leaders of each affiliated prayer group to report on progress and to set policy, goals, and priorities for the year.

10.2   The agenda will be forwarded to affiliated prayer groups at least one month before the date of the meeting. The agenda shall contain all matters to be resolved at the meeting including submissions from affiliated prayer groups.

11      AMENDMENTS

11.1    Notwithstanding the provisions of Clause 8.1 above, any amendments. to these Statutes shall be passed by consensus of accredited representatives from affiliated prayer groups

11.2    The special general meeting referred to in Clause 11.1 above shall be fully advertised among affiliated prayer groups for one month before the date of the meeting.

11.3    All amendments to these Statutes shall be submitted to the Bishop for his approval of the Revised. Statutes. The Revised Statutes, approved by the Bishop, shall be distributed to the affiliated .prayer groups within two weeks of receiving that approval.