Mission Evenings held in Sorell and Bridgewater

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Mission Evenings held in Sorell and Bridgewater
A mission evening was held at St Thomas' Catholic Church in Sorell earlier this month.

The special mission project 'Mission Evenings' has begun with evenings of preaching, song and prayer held at St Thomas' Catholic Church in Sorell and at St Paul's Catholic Church in Bridgewater earlier this month.

The evenings featured music, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a talk by Archbishop Julian on the Gospel message. Each night also featured a personal testimony by a Catholic on how they have experienced God working in their lives.

To a full church in Sorell, youth leader Jemille West shared how she came to realise that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist – and how the experience of adoration changed her life.

One of the many attendees, Lucille Maglinte, said that the evening was ‘refreshing’, and that she enjoyed the liveliness of the music and the informality of the program.

“I think my relationship with God is strengthened … [the Mission Evening] reminded me to make God the priority of my life,” she said.

Sr Florence Estela MLCC is a parishioner at St Paul's in Bridgewater and says she experienced a conversion in her late 40's through an evening similar to the Mission Evenings.

Born a Catholic and attending Mass on Sundays, Sr Florence says she was carried away in living for the world.

“I was being carried away by working, working in government, and I was really bored … I couldn't find any meaning in my life.”

She said she cried out to God, “Lord, please lead me. Call me again,” and saw a notice advertising an evening of testimony, music and prayer.

At that evening, she was touched by the Holy Spirit and the encounter changed her life.

“I experienced the love of God. How God really is so loving,” she said.

A Mission Evening will be held in every parish in Tasmania this year, with parishioners, family and friends invited to attend.

Archbishop Julian says he hopes the evenings will be a way of growing deeper in faith and a desire to live for Christ more fully.

“I am hoping each parish community will find the evenings a real lift and inspiration,” he said.

The next Mission Evening will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Bellerive at 7.00pm on Wednesday, February 28.