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ANIMER AVEC PASSION P.5

ANSWERING THE CALL

RISE UP P.3

BY NICK MEISL

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DÉCOUVERTE D’UNE MÈRE ACTIVE P.9

DISCOVERY INTERACTIVE TRAINING P.8

WINTER 2013 | HIVER 2013 | CCO.CA/GRAPEVINE


WINTER EDITION /ÉDITION D’HIVER

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS! NOS 25 ANS EN FÊTE!

CCO EXPANDS TO RYERSON, FALL 2013 EXPANSION DE CCO: MISSION-CAMPUS À L’UNIVERSITÉ DE RYERSON À L’AUTOMNE 2013

In 1988, André and Angèle Regnier founded Catholic Christian Outreach at the University of Saskatchewan. This year, 2013, marks the 25th Anniversary of CCO. To celebrate, we are launching a year long campaign, “Leading Discovery”. Learn more at www.leadingdiscovery.ca

At the invitation of Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, CCO will be expanding to Ryerson University, Toronto, in the fall of 2013. CCO will be partnering with Ryerson Catholic Campus Ministry led by Fr Michael Busch, Rector of St Michael’s Cathedral, and Oriana Bertucci, Director of Campus Ministry.

En 1988, André et Angèle Regnier ont fondé CCO: Mission-Campus à l’Université de la Saskatchewan. L’année 2013 marque le 25e anniversaire de CCO: Mission-Campus. Pour souligner cet anniversaire, nous lançons la campagne annuelle: «Animer Découverte». Pour en apprendre davantage, visitez www.leadingdiscovery.ca (version française à venir)

À l’invitation du Cardinal Collins, archevêque de Toronto, CCO: Mission-Campus va commencer son travail d’évangélisation à l’Université de Ryerson à Toronto dès l’automne 2013. CCO: Mission-Campus travaillera en collaboration avec la pastorale universitaire catholique de Ryerson dirigée par l’abbé Michael Busch, recteur de la cathédrale St Michael, et Orianna Bertucci, directrice de la pastorale universitaire.

A redesigned online presence/ Une présence internet redessinée CCO has refreshed its online presence! Two new sites have launched: RISEUP.CCO.CA and CAMPUS.CCO.CA We will complete our new look, with new sites to be launched later this spring. CCO: Mission-Campus a renouvelé ses ressources en ligne! Nous avons lancé deux nouveaux sites internet: RISEUP.CCO.CA et CAMPUS.CCO.CA. Encore d’autres nouveaux sites seront accessibles dès le printemps; restez à l’affut de notre nouvelle image sur le web!

WHAT’S INSIDE / À L’INTÉRIEUR A STUDENT LED MOVEMENT LEADING DISCOVERY

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RISE UP

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LEADING WITH PASSION

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ANIMER AVEC PASSION

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+ CCO Summer Mission Projects

DÉCOUVERTE D’UNE MÈRE ACTIVE A BUSY MOM’S DISCOVERY

CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN OUTREACH

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DISCOVERY INTERACTIVE TRAINING

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CATHOLIC MISSIONARY IDENTITY

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AT HOME & ABROAD

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PRAYER INTENTIONS

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+ Yes! I want to make a special gift to CCO

ANSWERING THE CALL + CCO Cookbook 25th Anniversary

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A Student Led Movement Leading Discovery by Julia Bolzon, a student at McMaster University

Last semester at McMaster University, there were 11 Discovery Faith Studies led by students on campus, and 40 students took a study for the first time! McMaster does not have a chapter of CCO present on campus nor any missionary staff working with our students. Where did we find the students to lead and take the studies? It all started in my first year at McMaster in September 2009. I had been paired up with a second-year student named Teanna through my faculty’s mentorship program. I immediately noticed two things about this girl that struck me as different from anyone else I had ever met: her vibrant and contagious personality, and her ability to speak freely about Jesus as if he were a real person in her life. Though we didn’t have much in common other than our program, we soon became good friends, and later on she invited me to take part in a faith study she was leading that semester. Being curious about my faith, I took part in it, but more so because I was attracted to what Teanna was experiencing in her faith life that I was so clearly lacking. My first year of university was a transformative period of my life where I can say with certainty that I encountered the person of Jesus in a way that I had not before, and in a way that I did not know was possible! My encounter with Jesus was one that changed everything about my life, and I wanted everyone to know! A great desire was born within me to spread Jesus to others, especially to students like me who just never knew that it was possible to live in a relationship with Him. Through Teanna’s friendship in my life – her guidance and mentorship – I led a faith study on my own in my second year, and was also driven to take part in CCO’s summer mission called Impact in Ottawa 2011. After she graduated, I gladly took on the role of coordinating the faith studies for our campus in my third year, as I was coming back to campus with a new zeal and training from CCO missionaries after having done a summer mission.

Over the years the Lord has blessed our campus with many faith-filled students. This year I’m serving as the Ministry Leader, and with our student executive, we run events and activities to lead students to both begin and deepen their relationship with Christ. The CCO faith studies are an invaluable tool that allows us to grow as leaders and to share the Gospel to students who have either never heard it before, or who have grown up Catholic but have never been exposed to an understanding of their faith in such a clear, concrete, and sharable way. In September, MACSA (McMaster Catholic Students Association) used a 60-second survey during our clubs day to gain contacts, and through a week of phone calls and personal meetings, we invited students to participate in MACSA events and join a faith study! It has been so inspiring to see those students who we met through a survey last term, then strangers, now inviting their own friends to take part in a study that they might lead themselves!

“MY ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS WAS ONE THAT CHANGED MY ENTIRE LIFE, AND I WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW!” This January was our first ever Mission Week, where we conducted surveys for three days in the student centre. Ware now working to phone those that left their information and personally invite them to check out a study. Though the work is challenging, and at many times discouraging, there are many wins that remind us of the importance of our outreach! The best part is seeing the new student leaders that have encountered Jesus and now desire to make Him known. Because of them, other students will hear the message of the Gospel perhaps for the first time this term as they go through Discovery. 1 / CCO.CA/GRAPEVINE


RISE UP

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Forgiven

Freedom

Overshadowed

Dismas, Rise Up East

Rachel, Rise Up East

Nicole, Rise Up West

“I went to confession for the first time in ten years. After going, I felt a great sense of relief.”

“I had a really big fear of putting God at the centre of my life, but at Rise Up I’ve learned that God is love and with love you can get rid of all your fears.”

“For me, this yes was a chance to start new. By me making this yes, the Holy Spirit has overshadowed me and has replaced hate with love. I have given my heart, my ears, my mind, my hands to God and I want everyone to know Him.”

Joy Liam, Rise Up West “There is so much joy in me, I want to explode!”

Loved by the Father Compelled

Avery, Rise Up East

Heather, Rise Up West

“God loves me for who I am, just as God loves you for who you are. Make something of that.”

“I came to Rise Up, I didn’t know what to expect, but today my life changed. When the priest asked people to come forward to say yes, I felt compelled to go. I had to say it!”

TO HEAR MORE STORIES GO TO YOUTUBE.COM/CCORISEUP 2 / CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN OUTREACH


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Bénis par l’Esprit Nicole, Rise Up ouest

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«Ce oui était un nouveau départ pour moi. En disant oui, l’Esprit Saint est venu sur moi et a remplacé la haine par l’amour. J’ai donné mon cœur, mes oreilles, mon esprit, mes mains à Dieu et je veux que tout le monde le connaisse.»

Rachel, Rise Up est «J’avais très peur de mettre Dieu au centre de ma vie, mais à Rise Up j’ai appris que Dieu est amour et que l’amour fait disparaitre la peur.»

Pardonné Dismas, Rise Up est

Aimé du Père

«Je suis allé au sacrement de la réconciliation pour la première fois en dix ans. J’ai ressenti un grand soulagement après avoir reçu le pardon de Dieu.»

Avery, Rise Up est «Dieu m’aime comme je suis. Nous devons tous agir sur la vérité que Dieu nous aime.»

Invité Heather, Rise Up ouest

Joie Liam, Rise Up ouest «Je suis tellement heureux que je vais exploser!»

«Je suis arrivé à Rise Up ne sachant pas à quoi m’attendre, mais aujourd’hui ma vie est transformée. Quand le prêtre a demandé à ceux qui voulaient dire oui de s’approcher, j’ai senti l’invitation de me lever. Je devais dire oui!» 3 / CCO.CA/GRAPEVINE


LEADING WITH PASSION BY KURTIS LUSH, STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

My name is Kurtis Lush and I am from Sarnia, Ontario. I am a second-year student at the University of Ottawa in the International Development and Globalization Studies program. My faith adventure initially began as a grade 11 student. Now with the help of CCO, my definition on what it means to be a Catholic in today’s world has changed. We need to evangelize and bring others to the faith. After taking my first two faith studies, I was offered the opportunity to lead a Discovery study, to which I agreed. Leading a Discovery study is not always easy. In the first study that I led, I had three very unique participants who had different faith backgrounds. I was presented

“While the study did not end in all of my participants saying yes to Christ, it brought me joy knowing my participants were open to the lessons.” with challenges during the first lesson, where only one participant showed up. So, for the first two lessons, I found myself meeting with my participants at different times off-campus and leading one study lesson three times a week, instead of once a week. This became very tiring and time-consuming. For the third lesson, I convinced my participants to meet at one time. I knew I had only one shot 4 / CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN OUTREACH

to get them interested to come at the scheduled time for the remainder of the study lessons. After looking over Lesson 3 and offering my concerns up in prayer, along with my passion for board games, I thought a game could be made out of the lesson, while still teaching the key points just as effectively. My board game idea turned out to be the most successful lesson in my study. My participants enjoyed it and as a result, they became consistent in attending the study at the scheduled time. While the study did not end in all of my participants saying yes to Christ, it brought me joy knowing my participants were open to the lessons. While I still have a lot to learn about leading a Discovery study, the main thing I learned is that leaders need to incorporate their gifts and passions in the study. Doing this will not only bring the leader joy but their participants, too. Bringing my passion for board games to my study made me a more effective and engaged leader,

which in turn made my participants more interested in the study. God gives everyone talents for a reason, and I was able to use mine to help others find answers in knowing who God is.


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ANIMER AVEC PASSION par Kurtis Lush, Étudiant à l’Université d’Ottawa

Je m’appelle Kurtis Lush et je suis originaire de Sarnia, en Ontario. Je suis à ma deuxième année au programme d’Études internationales en développement et mondialisation à l’Université d’Ottawa. Mon cheminement de foi a débuté lorsque j’étais en 11e année. Grâce à l’aide de CCO: Mission-Campus, mon idée de ce que signifie être catholique dans le monde d’aujourd’hui a changé. Nous avons besoin d’évangéliser et d’apporter la foi aux autres. Après avoir participé à mes deux premières études de foi, on m’a demandé d’animer celle appelée Découverte. J’ai, bien sûr, accepté ce défi. Animer une étude de foi n’est cependant pas toujours facile. La première fois que j’ai animé une étude de foi, les trois participants inscrits avaient

chacun une expérience très différente de la foi. Lors des premières leçons, seulement un des trois s’est présenté. J’ai donc décidé de rencontrer les deux autres à différents moments et à l’extérieur du campus. Ainsi, j’ai animé la leçon trois fois dans une semaine au lieu d’une fois! C’était très fatigant et cela prenait beaucoup de mon temps. Pour la troisième leçon, j’ai convaincu les participants de nous rencontrer tous

«MÊME SI, À LA FIN DU PARCOURS, TOUS LES PARTICIPANTS N’ONT PAS DIT OUI À JÉSUS, J’ÉTAIS HEUREUX DE CONSTATER QU’ILS AVAIENT L’ESPRIT OUVERT À CHAQUE LEÇON.»

Même si j’ai encore beaucoup à apprendre sur l’art d’animer une étude de foi Découverte, la chose la plus importante que j’ai apprise est que les animateurs doivent mettre à profit leurs dons et leurs passions. Cela procurera beaucoup de joie non seulement à l’animateur mais aussi aux participants. Le fait de miser sur ma passion pour les jeux de société a fait de moi un leader plus efficace et engagé et a augmenté l’intérêt des participants pour la démarche que je leur proposais. Dieu donne des talents à tous dans un but précis, et moi j’ai pu les utiliser pour aider les autres à apprendre qui est le Seigneur.

ensemble à un moment et un lieu déterminés. Je savais que j’avais une seule chance de les persuader de fonctionner ainsi pour le restant de l’étude. Après avoir assimilé la troisième leçon et remis entre les mains de Dieu mes inquiétudes, j’ai pensé que je pourrais transformer la leçon en jeu de société, une de mes passions, tout en enseignant les idées maîtresses aussi efficacement. Cette initiative a permis à la troisième leçon d’être le plus grand succès de toute mon étude! Les participants l’ont grandement appréciée et, par la suite, ils ont tous assisté ensemble à l’étude de foi. Même si, à la fin du parcours, tous les participants n’ont pas dit oui à Jésus, j’étais heureux de constater qu’ils avaient l’esprit ouvert à chaque leçon.

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DÉCOUVERTE D’UNE MÈRE ACTIVE PAR JEN BOYER, ANCIENNE MEMBRE DU PERSONNEL

Je m’appelle Jen. Je suis une jeune maman de deux garçons. Dès que je me suis assise pour commencer à écrire ce texte, un de mes deux bambins s’est mis à piquer une crise alors qu’il est en pénitence. Aussi, je viens tout juste de terminer le ménage, mais ça ne paraît même pas en raison de la tornade qui s’appelle «deux ans» qui me suit partout pour «m’aider». Ma routine consiste à faire du lavage, planifier les repas et m’assurer de l’équilibre entre la quantité de Cheerios et de légumes. C’est parfois difficile car les enfants raffolent des Cheerios alors que, pour une raison inconnue, les légumes deviennent entre leurs mains des projectiles. Mais ils sont ma joie – mes garçons, pas les légumes. Récemment, le bureau d’Évangélisation de notre diocèse a mis sur pied l’initiative d’animer Découverte dans les paroisses et on m’a demandé d’animer une étude de foi dans la mienne. J’ai d’abord été tentée de refuser, mais en y repensant je me suis dit: «Peut-être que je pourrais inclure cela entre la première salve de projectiles et le dîner? Peut-être que nous pourrions commencer tôt avant que les garçons se lèvent ou au contraire une fois qu’ils sont couchés? Ou pourrions-nous le faire au parc?» J’avais des doutes, mais j’ai dit oui et honnêtement c’était uniquement un acte de ma volonté. Débordée par mes obligations familiales, j’avais perdu de vue le «sentiment» d’aimer ceux qui sont éloignés de l’Église, ce qui me tenait pourtant à cœur dans le passé. À cause de mes journées tellement occupées, je n’avais plus le goût d’inviter des 6 / CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN OUTREACH

gens chez moi, dans un environnement calme, ce que je faisais quand ma maison était bien en ordre. (À ce moment précis, mon petit dernier arrive dans le salon avec un tube de dentifrice vide! J’ignore où est allé le dentifrice, mais je vais finir d’écrire avant d’aller constater le dégât…) J’ai donc accepté d’animer une étude de foi et je me suis mise à la recherche d’un groupe de leaders qui, après avoir suivi l’étude, pourraient l’animer à leur tour. C’est le modèle classique de la multiplication spirituelle: diriger des personnes qui, par la suite, en dirigeront d’autres. Nous avons commencé en septembre avec les enfants, les miettes et les jouets, tous ensemble dans une salle de notre centre paroissial. Nous avions tous déjà suivi l’étude de foi Découverte et plusieurs d’entre nous l’avaient aussi animée. Sans que ça soit planifié, nous avons passé un beau moment de partage rempli de grâces tel que je n’avais jamais expérimenté auparavant et auquel je ne m’attendais pas. Je crois fermement qu’il est impossible d’entendre trop souvent le contenu de l’étude de foi Découverte. Cela signifierait que parler de l’amour de Dieu et de sa miséricorde est dépassé ou superflu. Ce n’est pas le cas. Le Seigneur est capable de nous révéler (et de nous rappeler) son

amour de différentes façons, chaque fois que nous nous arrêtons pour l’écouter. Nous sommes maintenant rendus à l’étude de foi Envoi de CCO: Mission-Campus. À l’automne, nous allons nous séparer pour commencer Découverte avec de nouveaux groupes. Pour le moment, en continuant de chercher Dieu dans les petites choses du quotidien, je sais que chaque fois que je dis «oui» malgré mon égoïsme, mon horaire chargé, mon manque de patience et chaque fois que je «veux» dire non, Dieu va me surprendre avec sa grâce de façon inattendue. Dieu est ici dans ma maison en désordre et bruyante et pour me voir proclamer Jésus, en dépit de la folie - et même à cause de cela. C’est ce qui m’apporte de la joie!


A BUSY MOM’S DISCOVERY My name is Jen. I’m a young mom of two little boys. As I sit down to write this, one of them is pitching a fit in his time out. I just finished cleaning, but you may not be able to tell because of the tornado named ‘two year old’ that follows me around ‘helping’. My usual daily routine revolves around laundry and meal plans, making sure there is a sort of balance in the Cheerio-to-veggie ratio, which is hard sometimes since the Cheerios are liked and the veggies, for some reason, get turned into projectiles. They are my joy – my boys, not the veggies.

“I KNOW THAT EACH TIME I SAY ‘YES’ DESPITE MY BUSYNESS, EVEN ‘DRYNESS,’ AND EACH TIME I WANT TO SAY NO, GOD WILL SUPRISE ME WITH HIS GRACE IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED WAYS.” Recently, the Office of Evangelization for our archdiocese started a parish-based Discovery initiative and I was asked to lead a Discovery study in my parish. My initial reaction was to run, but maybe I can fit that in between veggie firing session #1 and lunch? Maybe we could start early before they’re up? Or after they go to bed? Or maybe we could do it at a playground? I had my doubts, but I said yes and, in all honesty, it was solely an act of the will. Gone from these busy days are the ‘feelings’ of loving the lost the way I have known in the past. Gone from these busy days are inviting people over to my orderly house and sharing in a quiet attentive environment. (Even now, my little one has shown

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up in the living room with an empty tube of toothpaste. I’m not sure where the contents are but I am going to wait until I’m done here to go see.) I said yes to leading the Discovery study and set out to find a group of leaders who, when done, would lead it as well. This is known as the “spiritual multiplication method” which is a tool CCO uses in its evangelistic efforts. We started in September with kids, crumbs, toys and all in a room in our parish centre. All of us had taken the Discovery study before and most of us had led it, but what ended up happening was a wonderful time of sharing and grace that I had not experiecned and didn’t expect. I firmly believe you can’t experience the Discovery study too many times – that implies that speaking of God’s love and His saving power is ‘getting old’. It isn’t. He is able to reveal (and remind) us of His love in new ways each time we open ourselves to listening. We are moving on now to CCO’s Commission study, and in the fall will all branch off to start the Discovery study with new groups. For now, as I continue to seek God in little ways, I know that each time I say ‘yes’ despite my own selfishness, busyness, even ‘dryness,’ and each time I ‘want’ to say no, God will surprise me with His grace in the most unexpected ways. God is here in my loud and messy house and to see Jesus proclaimed, in spite of the craziness, and maybe even because of it, is what brings me joy! 7 / CCO.CA/GRAPEVINE


DISCOVERY INTERACTIVE TRAINING BY ANGÈLE REGNIER, CO-FOUNDER OF CCO

CCO is very proud to announce the public release of our online interactive training for the Discovery faith study! We believe this is one of the biggest things CCO has offered the Church to equip others to engage in the New Evangelization. Thousands have taken Discovery on university campuses across Canada, and an increasing number of people, both young and old, are leading the study in their homes with their friends. More and more parishes are using it as a tool for evangelization, especially with the Church’s recent focus on the New Evangelization since the Synod and during the Year of Faith. We believe that leaders are attracted to resources. The impetus for creating this resource was the growing use of our materials by individuals, groups and parishes who do not have CCO staff members to coach them in leading the faith study. This training allows us to extend our reach so that countless others can gain from the expertise CCO staff have gained over 24 years of leading Discovery. CCO’s new interactive training can be found on the LeadingDiscovery. ca website. It is a series of nine multimedia tutorials which supplement the content in the Discovery leader’s guide. People will feel confident leading Discovery thanks to the audio and video segments which give insight and tips on how to lead each section of every lesson. The videos, in particular, allow one to see the analogies shared by a CCO staff member. This way the leader can clearly understand how they can share them themselves.

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The interactive Discovery training is being enthusiastically welcomed by parishes who have hosted CCO missionaries on our summer Impact missions. Now, they can continue to multiply Discovery leaders for years to come in their parish even if CCO members are not there to help. Just recently, we had a young man from New Jersey phone to say that his parish priest wants to offer Discovery to all 5000 parishioners! Besides ordering some materials to build awareness and momentum for the campaign, he had questions about how he could train leaders for such a bold venture. When he heard about the online interactive training he was ecstatic! Now any number

of parishioners could be trained, on their own time. The possibilities just exploded in his mind and heart. This training also comes at the perfect time with the launch of our Leading Discovery campaign. In honour of CCO’s 25th anniversary we desire to give to the Church a gift of self — “what CCO does best” — that is, to teach and send people to share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. The interactive training along with the Discovery leader guide allows anyone, in fact, you, to concretely and effectively bring others to a personal encounter of God’s love and mercy.

EXPERIENCE THE INTERACTIVE TRAINING ONLINE AT WWW.LEADINGDISCOVERY.CA ORDER DISCOVERY FAITH STUDIES AT HTTP://WWW.CCOCANADA.CA/STORE.ASPX


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CATHOLIC MISSIONARY IDENTITY: GETTING RIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE CHALLENGE WE FACE by Father Scott McCaig, CC

There is much to be admired about André Regnier’s new book entitled Catholic Missionary Identity. It’s a small book that packs a big punch! It contains a wealth of wisdom for anyone truly serious about the work of renewal in the Church today. But perhaps its most important contribution is that it gets right to the heart of the challenge facing the Church. As this little book points out clearly, there is a great divide between what the Church professes about evangelization and the lived reality in most Catholic institutions and parishes (at least in the North American and Western European context). The Second Vatican Council clearly called for the mobilization of the whole Church to the Great Commission of Jesus to bring the Gospel to the whole world. As the late Cardinal Avery Dulles pointed out, this is one of the most significant features of the whole Council! We are called to this mission by virtue of our Baptism – not through religious consecration or Holy Orders. Thus evangelization is the mission of every member of the Church. According to Blessed Pope John Paul II, the Universal Call to Mission was one of the great rediscoveries given to the Church by the Holy Spirit at the Council. But despite the consistent call for a New Evangelization by every Pope since the Council, the message has yet to permeate deeply into the consciousness and practice of most Catholics – wheth-

er we sit in the pews or behind the altar. There are promising signs and hopeful beginnings to be sure, but by and large the divide between our official teaching and the lived experience of most Catholics is great indeed. As André points out so well, the solution to this crisis is not yet another program. There is something more fundamental that must happen first: A radical conversion in thinking.

“WE MUST BEGIN TO RECOGNIZE THAT EVANGELIZATION IS NOT SOMETHING SECONDARY OR OPTIONAL IN THE LIFE OF A CATHOLIC. IT IS NOT JUST SOMETHING WE DO, IT IS WHO WE ARE! WE HAVE A MISSIONARY IDENTITY!”

identity, one person at a time, that the entire Church will move more completely from maintenance to mission. It is the critical first step. As my own spiritual father in Christ, Fr. Bob Bedard, CC, used to say, “The Lord is knowable. Just as we can know one another, we likewise can know the Lord. He lives. He can reveal Himself to us and will, if we let him. This is the work of evangelization – opening people up to a real contact with the living God.” Catholic Missionary Identity by André Regnier goes right to the heart of how this can become a living reality, in theory and in practice, for the entire Church.

A radical conversion in thinking is required in order to become a missionary” - Blessed John Paul II

André Regnier CCO Co-Founder has just published his first book, “Catholic Missionary Identity”. Visit cco.ca to order a copy

This identity comes with Baptism and is energized by our personal and ongoing conversion. Recognizing that we are truly ambassadors of God’s love in Jesus, we begin to develop a heart for the lost and share in Jesus own love for souls. We will also begin to recognize the inseparability of our call to holiness from that of our call to mission. It is by engaging our Catholic missionary 9 / CCO.CA/GRAPEVINE


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Students from Québec City attended Rise Up in Halifax. A few are shown here touring the sites. Des éudiants de Québec ont participé à la conférence Rise Up à Halifax. Quelques étudiants de Québec profitent des attraits touristiques. B

OTTAWA

Over 150 students from Carleton and the University of Ottawa gathered at a local coffee shop for an evening of entertainment where they got a chance to appreciate the talents of their fellow students. Plus de 150 étudiants de l’Université Carleton et l’Université d’Ottawa se sont réunis à un café pour une soirée de divertissement où ils ont eu l’occasion d’apprécier les talents de leurs pairs. C

ECCLESIA IN AMERICA

At the invitation of Cardinal Oullette, prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, Talitha Lemoine and Angèle Regnier attended the Ecclesia in America congress in Rome. Suite à l’invitation du Cardinal Ouellet, préfet de la congrégation des Évêques, Talitha Lemoine et Angèle Regnier ont assisté au congrès Ecclesia in America à Rome. D

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

Students and CCO staff at the U of S celebrated the end of the year with a Winter Formal Dance. Over 130 students came out and celebrated the end of classes and another successful term of faith studies. Des étudiants et membres du personnel de CCO: Mission-

Campus de l’U de S célèbrent la fin des cours avec un bal d’hiver. Plus de 130 étudiants étaient présents pour célébrer la fin des cours et le succès des études de foi qui ont eu lieu pendant la session d’automne. E

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

Following our monthly adoration event, students make sandwiches for one of the local homeless shelters. Des étudiants font des sandwichs pour une soupe populaire lors de notre événement d’adoration mensuel. F

SYNOD

Immediately following the Synod of Bishops in Rome, CCO hosted a Forum of International Catholic Leaders in New Evangelization on university campuses. Many Bishops present at the Synod gave presentations and valuable experiences were shared amongst the international leaders. Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Council for New Evangelization, celebrated the closing Mass. Immédiatement après le synode des évêques à Rome, CCO: MissionCampus a organisé un Forum international pour les leaders catholiques qui œuvrent dans le domaine de l’évangélisation sur les campus universitaires. Plusieurs évêques présents aux synodes y ont donné des présentations. Le président du conseil pontifical pour la promotion de la nouvelle évangélisation, Mgr Fisichella a célébré la messe de clôture. G

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CCO Missionaries are not present at McGill, but students are using CCO materials to proclaim the Gospel!

Les missionnaires de CCO: MissionCampus ne sont pas présent à McGill; par contre il y a des étudiants qui utilisent le matériel de CCO: Mission-Campus pour proclamer l’Évangile! H

QUEENS UNIVERSITY

Students attended Rise Up in Halifax. Here with their chaplain, Fr Raymond de Souza, they show their ‘red and gold’ school pride. Des étudiants ont participé à Rise Up à Halifax. Ils affichent les couleurs «rouge et or» de leur université en compagnie de leur aumônier, l’abbé Raymond de Souza. I

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Students played games from the television show Minute to Win It. The event is friendly to new students and a way to introduce them to the CCO community. Des étudiants jouent des jeux de l’émission de télévision: Minute to Win It. Cet événement constitue une belle activité aimicale et est aussi un moyen d’inviter des nouveaux étudiants à se joindre à la communauté de CCO: MissionCampus. J

DALHOUSIE/SAINT MARY’S

The JAM (Jesus and Music) event is every Monday evening. It starts with songs then a Gospel reflection and small group discussion. L’événement JAM (Jesus and Music/Jésus et musique) se déroule chaque lundi soir et comporte des chants de louange, une réflexion sur l’Évangile et un partage en petit groupe.

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February: For the new faith study leaders, that they may have the courage to boldly proclaim the Gospel.

Février: Pour les nouveaux animateurs d’étude de foi, qu’ils aient le courage de proclamer avec audace l’Évangile.

March: For all the Discovery faith study participants, that they may open their hearts to Christ and say yes to his invitation.

Mars: Pour tous les participants de l’étude de foi Découverte, qu’ils ouvrent leur cœur au Christ et disent oui à son invitation.

April: For the Leading Discovery campaign, that students, alumni and supporters respond to the challenge of starting their own faith study with their friends, family and colleagues.

Avril: Pour la campagne Anime Découverte, que les étudiants, les anciens et les bienfaiteurs relèvent le défi de commencer leur propre étude de foi avec leurs amis, membres de leur famille et leurs collègues.

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CCO COOKBOOK CCO’s cookbook is back by popular demand — and here to commemorate CCO’s silver anniversary! The 20th anniversary edition received glowing reviews and an overwhelming response.

ANSWERING THE CALL NICK’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY AND HOW CCO HELPED HIM DISCOVER HIS VOCATION

Nick Meisl is a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Vancouver and has delcared his candidacy for the Priesthood, accepted by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB

me? That He loves me and wants a relationship with me? In the past I had avoided answering these questions for myself.

When I was younger, I sometimes felt a desire to become a priest, but I gradually ignored this as I focused more on my studies and making friends. By the time I entered university, I had slowly grown away from the practice of my faith. My prayer life was almost non-existent. It was a painful and difficult period for me.

By the end of the study, I took a leap and answered “yes” to these questions and I prayed that Jesus would enter my life. After university I heard God’s call to “come follow Me”, and I spent two years at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, and then another five years in a religious congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, in Mexico and in Rome.

Around this time, I was invited to join a CCO Discovery faith study. At first I rejected this idea, but eventually agreed. During the study I was brought face-to-face with a question that I felt Jesus needed me to answer, “Who do you say that I am?” Did I believe that Jesus was God? That He died to save

I am convinced that I could not have responded to Jesus’ invitation to “Come follow Me” until I had first answered His question: “Who do you say I am?” I believe that it was through my friends at CCO that Jesus asked me this question and I am grateful to God for the wonderful call that He has given me and to CCO for helping me respond.

“I’ve never used a recipe from this book that hasn’t been fantastic!” “I wish every university student had this cookbook. They would feel equipped to prepare a meal just like they eat at home.”

CCO’s 25th anniversary edition features additional recipes (more than 900) and new content and layout of the “memory” section, with photos spanning our 25 years of campus ministry including missions and conferences. This makes a great keepsake of CCO’s 25 years, and a treasured gift. To order go to www. ccocanada.ca/store.aspx or call 613-736-1999. Cost $25.


NEW LOOK, NEW FEEL You may notice something different about this edition of the Grapevine—we`ve switched to colour! We`ve also created a modern new feel with our redesigned layout. We feel this fresh new update better reflects the joy and energy of our movement. With minimal increase in printing cost, we hope to improve your reading experience while continuing to bring you great content and to inspire hope for the renewal of the world.

CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CANADA CCO (Catholic Christian Outreach) : Mission-Campus est un mouvement d’évangélisation en milieu universitaire. Il incite les étudiants à vivre pleinement leur foi catholique et met l’accent sur la formation de leaders pour le renouveau du monde.

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Grapevine Winter 2013