New Springtime
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May 22nd 2020

Dear reader,

In mid June 2008 four members of the Irish Alpha board suggested that interested people be invited to join them on four successive Sunday nights to pray for a Spirit filled revival in the Church. When the four weeks had passed the meetings continued by common agreement. Sometime later the eighteen or so participants acknowledged that they were becoming a community with a common sense of purpose. As a result they wrote a mission statement which expressed their core vision in these words: “With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will engage in evangelisation ourselves, as well as teaching, training and equipping others who also desire to evangelise those who have not yet developed an intimate personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.” In May 2009 the members were led by the Spirit to call themselves the New Springtime Community and to choose the buttercup as their logo. In 2011 the members agreed that they would commit their energies primarily, though not exclusively, to one or other of three interconnected streams; Evangelising; Formation; and Intercessory Prayer.

Over the years the growing number of members of the community have been involved in many forms of evangelisation and they have also engaged in regular periods of intercessory prayer which asked that, among other things we might be delivered from all evil and empowered to proclaim the Good News effectively. For many years now our energies have been mainly focused on training evangelisers. To that end we ran a number of courses and an annual summer School, mainly in Donnybrook. One of the things that frustrated us was the fact that despite our desire to reach people all over the country, it was not possible because of geographic, accommodation and financial difficulties.

During the lockdown in 2020, which was a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the members of the New Springtime Community began to see that there was a silver lining to the dark cloud of difficulty. We discovered that if we used modern means of communication such as Zoom or Cisco Webex, we could realise our dream of establishing a school of evangelisation. We felt that we could reach people all over Ireland and even further afield in a way that was not possible in the past. As a result, we propose to run courses like the following on line.

  • The New Evangelisation Course.

  • Healing and Evangelisation.

  • Evangelisation and Discipleship.

  • Deliverance and the New Evangelisation

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the New Evangelisation

  • The New Evangelisation Parish Course

  • Life in the Spirit Seminars

As a school of evangelisation, we intend to publish a yearly brochure which will contain a schedule of available courses, the lecturer’s name, dates and times when the respective courses will be available, as well as information about how to sign up to a specific course or courses. Students will be charged a modest fee for attending each course. We already have books by Fr Pat Collins, C.M. to back up four of the courses. Where no textbook is available, the participants will be provided with written notes. There will be no written admission requirements, assignments or exams associated with the courses. Anyone who completes a course will receive a certificate from the New Springtime Community which will acknowledge that fact. 

God willing, we hope to start the Zoom courses in September of 2020. To avail of this opportunity you will need to download the Zoom software. We will send you information before each talk which will enable you to log in to each specific meeting. Before September we are going to host a number of stand-alone talks, which will be given by Fr Pat Collins, C.M., on subjects such as, The Healing Power of the Eucharist; How to Overcome Depression; and Overcoming Evil Spirits in Secular Society. We will send you the relevant information about when these talks will be given. There will be no participation charge, and the talks will be open to anyone who wants to tune in.

I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that, not only are we living through a crisis, we are also living through a providential time brimming with exciting new possibilities. The psalmist wrote, “Unless the Lord build the house, in vain do the labourers build” (Ps 127:1). Pray that the good Lord will bless this new initiative which is our way of fulfilling our mission statement by carrying out the great command to evangelise all people.

 

God bless,
Pat Collins, C.M. 

 


The members of the New Springtime Community warmly welcome you to our website. You may be interested to know what inspired our name.
 

 

Pope Benedict XVI said in 2008;

“We can and must believe, with the late Pope John Paul II that God is preparing a new springtime for Christianity.”

Like his predecessor, Benedict believes that this renewal of Christianity can only be brought about by a new evangelisation, i.e. by sharing the basic teachings of Christianity, which focus on the person and saving work of Jesus.

 

As Benedict has reminded us;

“Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional – rather than as an encounter with Christ… Christianity is not a new philosophy or new morality. We are Christians only if we encounter Christ… Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we really become Christians.”

The notion of a new springtime has biblical roots of a paradoxical kind. The Jews planted their seed in the autumn when the early rains fell, and they harvested their crops in the springtime following the later rain.

 

So the new springtime is the time when souls are harvested for God by means of a new evangelisation, principally of the un-churched and unbelievers.