WHAT IS THE BREAD OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP?The Bread of Life Catholic Fellowship is a founding member of the International Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships recognised in Rome by the Pontifical Council for the Laity as a “private association of Christian faithful of pontifical right”. The members of the fellowship individually maintain a sacramental and hierarchical bond with the wider Church.
The ‘Bread of Life’ Fellowship also has its own Statutes, which were revised in 2010 and recognised by the Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta. To become a member of the Bread of Life Fellowship it is necessary to be a member of the Servants of Jesus Community.
We could cite many references and explanations for the existence of laity founded Fellowships and other New Ecclesial Movements, but for the sake of brevity, Pope Benedict XVI’s address, in 2008, to the leaders and moderators in the International Catholic Fraternity of Covenant Communities and Fellowships, captures the essence of our call to establish The Bread of Life Fellowship.
“As I have been able to affirm in other circumstances, the Ecclesial Movements and New Communities which blossomed after the Second Vatican Council, constitute a unique gift of the Lord and a precious resource for the life of the Church. They should be accepted with trust and valued for the various contributions they place at the service of the common benefit in an ordered and fruitful way. Your current reflection on the centrality of Christ in preaching is very interesting as well as on the importance of "Charisms in the life of the particular Church", referring to Pauline theology, the New Testament and the experience of the Charismatic Renewal.
What we learn in the New Testament on charism, which appeared as visible signs of the coming of the Holy Spirit, is not a historical event of the past, but a reality ever alive. It is the same divine Spirit, soul of the Church, that acts in every age and those mysterious and effective interventions of the Spirit are manifest in our time in a providential way. The Movements and New Communities are like an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in contemporary society. We can, therefore, rightly say that one of the positive elements and aspects of the Community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is precisely their emphasis on the charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit and their merit lies in having recalled their topicality in the Church.”
The Bread of Life Fellowship, gathered around the Eucharist and under the unction of the Holy Spirit, seeks to serve the needs and mission of the Church. To be an effective servant in this calling, it is essential that those seeking membership undergo a formation period – a formation process that continues even after each person is accepted as a member. We can only impart to others what we ourselves possess of the Catholic Faith.
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Question 3: WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE BREAD OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP?
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