Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

A Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion was held on Saturday 11th July  at St. Joseph's Centre Gateshead led by Sister Anne McCarthy. 94 people attended a wonderful day of prayerful reflection on Scripture and meditation at prayer stations, concluding with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Father Adrian Dixon.

We were asked to ponder the significant moments during the exercise of our ministry in the past year and to consider how God might be calling us to an even more meaningful way of exercising it from now on. We shared the Gospel Reading of the Loaves and Fishes and then 'Breakfast on the Shore' when Jesus asked Simon Peter for a commitment of love. We were given some quiet time in which to renew our own commitment of love and service to the Lord and His people.

In the afternoon, 10 Prayer Stations were set up for us to reflect on our lives and the people with whom we shared our lives. The stations were entitled: Hands; Peace be with you; Jesus at the Well; Holding Crosses; Icon; The Open Door; The Washing of the Feet; The Pearl of Great Price; "Your name is written on the palm of my hand; Letting Go.
All of us found the hour or so spent in quiet reflection at some of these stations most moving and meaningful.

We came away from the Day refreshed and renewed in our ministry, having been given much food for thought and prayer.