Parish Cells System of Evangelisation -
Diocese of Ossory - Kilkenny
We have just returned from the 27th International Parish Cell Seminar held in the Church of San Eusturgio in Milan, Italy. The Seminar was on from 19th to the 22nd of May, and over the four days we experienced a Parish alive and on fire for Jesus Christ.

The parishioners of San Eusturgio along with their Parish Priest Don PiGi Perini are living the whole concept of Evangelisation that Pope Francis is proposing in his Apostolic Exhortation" Evangelli Gaudium" or "The Joy of the Gospel".

There was close on 300 participants from 18 countries, 24 people coming from Ireland. We were told we would experience something special but nothing prepared us for the amazing witness and enthusiasm of the parishioners of San Eusturgio. These people were living out the call by Pope Francis to be" Spirit filled Evangelisers " and it was infectious.

Our trip included a visit to a Cell, all of which are held in peoples homes. The Cell meeting takes place once a week. The Cell meeting is a place where people gather once a week to share their faith and their life journey and what the Lord has done for them. The fruit of these gatherings is a reaching out to others in a sharing of their faith and a feeding back into the Parish be it through a ministry or some form of Lay involvement at Parish level. Lives are transformed by this simple gathering and sharing.

The highlight of the International Seminar was the celebration of the Eucharist. The reverence for the Word of God and the Eucharist was overwhelming, making it truly a celebration. We were blessed out of our boots by the care and attention our host families bestowed on us. They are a shining example of how to live out your faith in this Year of Mercy.
If you have been listening to Pope Francis since his inauguration or if you are trying to respond to the " Joy of the Gospel " on a personal level or as a Pastoral Council, I encourage you to take a look at Parish Cells.

If this movement is reaching those who are gone from Church or if it's deepening peoples faith well then it's life giving and as Pope Francis said " WAKE UP the world! Be witnesses of a difference way of DOING things, of ACTING, of LIVING!

It is possible to live differently in this world."