Parish Cells System of Evangelisation - Ireland
Most Holy Father, who we love intensely This meeting of the. Parish Cells of Evangelisation with Your Holiness is also by far the first
World Meeting of our young life, a day we have been looking forward to since the Cells were recognised by the Pontifical Council for
the Laity on April 12th of this year, the feast of Divine Mercy.
We come from so many countries far apart, many of us do not know each other, we have never met before, and the only reason we
could come together and allow us to know each other is You, Holy Father, because you speak to us of Jesus, inviting us to become
missionary disciplines and with authority tell us this way to go.
Most Holy Father we have already read your message in the "Joy of the Gospel " when you said "The missionary dimension
cannot be neglected without leaving a vacuum that disfigures the charism of the group. Mission is part of your faith, it is something
indispensable for those who listen to the voice of the Spirit whispering "Come" and "Go". Those that follow Christ can only be
missionary if they know that Jesus walks with them, talks with them, breaths with them, works with them. They sense Jesus is alive
with them in the middle of their missionary enterprise". The spring that pushes us to proclaim Jesus is the discovery of a new and
disturbing fact, that we need to start with a true love affair with Jesus.
YES! We need to love Jesus with a total value that exceeds the tenderest expressions of love.
"You need to walk with Him, talk with Him, breath with Him" it is a real starting point to true love and the only thing which will
accompany us for a lifetime. But our love for Jesus must also extend to those who touch into our lives, that's why we decided to
dedicate ourselves to the Evangelization of our OIKOS.
For OIKOS, we mean the brothers and sisters that we encounter every day, our relatives, friends, acquaintances, our work mates,
people with whom we share our free time.
Many have lost or misunderstood their relationship with God, many live as if God does not exist and they don't miss Him in the
slightest. Others may be squashed by problems for sheer survival, it's to them the Parish Cells want to turn to help them to start
something that is attractive and not
overpowering. That might lead them to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ who is the only Saviour, who is loving, faithful and
merciful. So we try to be a community that is outward looking.
In fact, about 70% of our Cells members can be considered Christians who have been converted. They have abandoned a life
insensitive towards the love of Christ and His Mercy, to become fervent announcers of Jesus. They have experienced His unique love
and saving Grace which is available to everyone. In fact several of those present are in this situation.
I first got this experience of the Cells when l visited Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA in the Parish of St. Boniface, and its all thanks to
Fr. Michael Eivers. But today, for health reasons, he is unable to be with us. To Fr. Michael we owe everything and our grateful thanks
to the Lord for inspiring him. In November 1986, I met a marvellously alive community that seemed to be in love with Jesus, where
everyone seemed to be missionary.
The multiplication of the Cells is the effect which we can immediately notice and through their Christian experience are converted to
the love of Jesus Christ. After the initial excitement there can be difficulties and discouragements but what sustains us is
- the Word of God which we read every day
- the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that comforts us, transforms us and strengthens us
- confidence in the Mercy of God which always comes to us
- the evidence of new life offered to us and which we offer to our brothers and sisters of our OIKOS
- the protection of Mary whom we invoke during every meeting of the Cells
All these have enabled us not to succumb to the attacks of Satan.
Now Holy Father we ask you please for those here who are thirsty for pure water, to open the taps of Grace, council us, pray for us and
more than anything else continue above all else to love us with the great love of Jesus that we feel vibrating in your parental heart.
Holy Father we thank you for all that you have done for us, we will seek to listen to your teachings with an open heart and try to make
them our own. And finally we pray for all who are searching for a better life here within our Europe like you are asking us incessantly.
That the Lord may always comfort you and sustain you Holy Father.
Address of Don PiGI to Pope Francis at the Papal Audience with the Parish Cells of
Evangelisation on the 5th September 2015 in Rome.
Address of Pope Francis at the Papal Audience to the Parish Cells Community on the 5th September 2015 in Rome.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning.
I greet you and I am pleased to be here among you for this day of prayer and reflection, with which you wish to
celebrate the official recognition that the Church has offered with the definitive approval of your Statutes. But please
do not forget that Statutes help to go on the right path, but what does the work is the charism! May you never lose
your charism by too closely safeguarding your Statutes, please!
I greet Don “PiGi” Perini and I thank him for the words with which he introduced this event, and especially for the
priestly zeal with which he has worked, seeking to be docile to the Holy Spirit, and, as parish priest he has brought
into being this reality of the Parish Cells of Evangelisation, which has spread to various parts of the world.
You have the vocation of being like a seed through which the parish community examines its missionary existence,
and for this reason you feel irresistibly within you the call to meet everyone to proclaim the beauty of the Gospel. This
missionary desire requires, first of all, listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, who continues to speak to his Church
and urges her to take paths still unfamiliar at times but decisive for the way of evangelisation. Remaining always open
to this listening and taking care to never be exhausted due to weariness or the problems of the moment, is a
prerequisite in order to be faithful to the Word of the Lord, and at the same time it is a boost to overcoming the various
obstacles that are met on the path of evangelisation.
With your daily commitment, and in communion with the other ecclesial realities, you help the parish community to
become a family in which the rich and complex reality of the Church is found (cf. Lumen Gentium, n. 8). Meeting in
homes to share the joys and expectations that are present in the heart of each person is a genuine experience of
evangelization which closely resembles what took place in the early times of the Church. St Luke recalls it in the Acts
of the Apostles, when he suggests that “day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes,
they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people” (2:46-47).
You, Cells, strive to make your own this community lifestyle, the ability to welcome everyone while judging no one (cf.
Evangelii Gaudium, n. 165). Our judge is the Lord, and if you have in your mouth a judgmental word about someone
or another, close your mouth. The Lord gave us this advice: “Judge not, and you will not be judged”. Live with
people with simplicity, welcome everyone. Why welcome everyone? To offer the experience of God’s presence and
thelove of one’s brothers and sisters. Evangelisation senses the strong need of welcome, of closeness, because it is
one of the first signs of the communion to which we are called to testify in order to have encountered Christ in our
I encourage you to make the Eucharist the heart of your mission of evangelisation, so that every Cell may be a
Eucharistic community where breaking bread is tantamount to recognizing the real presence of Jesus Christ in our
midst. Here you will always find the strength to offer the beauty of the faith because in the Eucharist we experience
the love that knows no bounds, and we give the concrete sign that the Church is “the house of the Father, where
there is a place for everyone, with all their problems” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 47). This testimony: the Church is the
house of the Father. There is a place for everyone, for everyone. Jesus says, in the Gospel: “You are called good and
bad, everyone, without distinction”.
Your Statutes were approved on Divine Mercy Sunday. May you witness to the tenderness of God the Father and his
closeness to each one, especially to those who are the weakest and loneliest.
May the Holy Mother of God gaze upon you with her merciful eyes; and may my blessing also go with you. Please,
remember to pray for me! Thank you.
Now let us pray, everyone together, to Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Our Lady of tenderness, that she help us to
go forth in this testimony.