In order to carry on the mission of evangelisation, people are required to gather together, associate with one another, plan, organise, carry on programmes, ventures, projects and endeavours – open to collaborations among themselves and with all others. However, this is not possible unless they gather together as a community that is of one heart and one mind as the early Christians did. That is why, all the members of the ACJM commit themselves to the sharing of lives. This requires that they are to be there for one another concretely in whatever way the situation calls for. They are called to bear one another’s burdens – to be there with comfort, encouragement and concrete help whenever the occasion arises; to share with one another the blessings, joys, hopes and sorrows, struggles and challenges – to be truly brothers and sisters in the Lord. Whenever differences arise, the members are committed to dealing with these differences honestly and openly in dialogue and to the asking and giving of forgiveness. This way of living is being facilitated in the ACJM through the frequent conclaves conducted regularly. The conclaves help in strengthening the fellowship not only with God but also with one another. Learning to live as a community of the New Covenant then makes it easy for members to carry out the mission of evangelisation, which is the charism of the Crusaders.
The entire leadership of the ACJM went in for a joint core conclave from 25th to 28th January 2018 at Collem Farm house. Besides studying and meditating on the Word of God, and spending time in fellowship with one another, the leaders also evaluated the work in the various ministries and planned ahead for the year 2018.
The macro-evangelization work of proclaiming Christ to the masses took off this year with street programs held at the Holy Spirit Church grounds in Margao and in Vasco on the road opposite the Municipality building. Through live Gospel music, skits, audio-visuals, worship dances and Bible talks, the Gospel was proclaimed from a stage erected in the midst of the cities of Margao and Vasco.
The youth ministry of the Crusaders conducted the annual youth retreat titled ‘Ignite for Christ’ at St Therese Retreat House in Margao from 1-3 September 2017. The theme of the retreat was “With man this is impossible, but with god everything is possible”. The retreat was attended by youth from all over Goa.
The Margao branch office of the Crusaders for Jesus with Mary was inaugurated this week on 11 Sept 2017. The office which will serve as the hub of fellowship and spiritual nourishment has already begun functioning as the meeting point for those willing to dedicate their time to intercessory prayer (10 am – 12 pm each day) for various needs, besides serving as the coordinating point for the various ministries of the Margao Zone throughout the course of the week.
All are welcome to join the increasing numbers of those meeting at this office for intercessory prayer.
Shop no 1, ground floor, Da Costa Chambers, opp Metropole next to Club Harmonia, Margao.
The leading members of the youth ministry of the Crusaders got together for an overnight conclave from 25th to 26th June 2017 at Collem. Having been strengthened by the Word of God and the fellowship of one another, the youth set out for Valpoi on 3rd July 2017 to organise a disciple-building programme for the youth of Valpoi parish.