Charismatic Renewal Movement

Prayer Ministry

Time: 8.00pm every Tuesday
Venue: Greenhouse
Contact person: Patrick Lee
Contact No.: 96208105 or 97578075

1967

Beginning of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in USA and spreading all over the world

1976
Beginning of renewal in Singapore at St. Anthony's Convent - Bro. Emmanuel with a small group met to worship and share testimonies.

1978
Prayer groups in Singapore started to sprout, especially in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

1979
Friday prayer meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes and crowd swell to 2,000 on some days. A small group of 10 to 15 brothers and sisters who have been attending Prayer meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes wanted to start a renewal closer to home at Hougang, the Church of the Nativity of the BVM.

Some of the early members were Rev. Bros. Emmanuel, George Lee and Edward Pang, Edmund Ang, Stanley Tan, Peter Low and Stephen Chua. They met fortnightly at either Montfort School or St. Francis Xavier's Minor Seminary and then in a little room next to the Parish Hall. Very soon meetings were held every week on Sundays. The Nativity Charismatic Prayer Group is born

1983
Many visits by leaders from abroad who supported the Prayer group considerably in its development - Bro. Steve Clark and John Keating from the Word of God Community in Ann Arbor and Mike Joseph from the Philippines. They gave many talks and retreats to build up the group.

1987
On 23rd August a small container unit beside Nativity Church was given special blessings by His Grace Archbishop Gregory Yong. This marked the official opening of the Magnificat bookshop, started as a form of outreach and service to the Parish by the Prayer Group.

Activities organized over the years

1988 - New Life Program (3 Jul - 28 Aug)

1989 - Youth Rally at the Church Centre in February.

1992 - In spirit with Charismatic all over the world, the prayer group celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

1993 - 8 May: Retreat given by Bo Sanchez and Dave Kintana.

12 June: Rally. Theme : Start a new Life policy with Jesus.

27 June: New Life Program - 104 participants.

1996
In conjunction with the Nativity Church Parish Mission, the Prayer Group celebrated its 17th Anniversary on Pentecost Sunday with a special Mass for the whole church celebrated by Fr. Peter Wee.

1998
Building up to Jubilee Year 2000, this was the Year of the Holy Spirit. As part of the Nativity Church Feast Day, the prayer group leaders were involved in sharing about New Life in the Holy Spirit during the 9-Day Novena Masses.

1999
Prayer Group celebrated 20th Anniversary with a Triduum from 21st to 23 May.
Friday 21st May; Praise & Worship Rally, speaker: Fr. Steve Tynan from the Philippines.
Saturday 22nd May; Car Rally, ending off with BBQ and fellowship.
Sunday 23rd May; Pentecost Mass in nativity Church celebrated by Fr. Steve Tynan.
31st Dec; Jubilee Mass to welcome the year 2000.

2000
18th June - The Power of Praise Retreat was opened to the whole parish

2002
The Lord is not finished with us yet. The Nativity Church Center is acquired by the Archdiocese, and the Prayer Group moved on to a new location at Nativity Parish Centre (old CHIL Ponggol building). Assigned to Auditorium 2 for our prayer meetings, brothers and sisters volunteered to paint up the place, equip the room and sew the curtains, making it our new home.

The prayer group also started to use computers and data projectors for our worship sessions. Indeed the Lord continues to bless the Prayer Group by providing for a new place, new resources and new people!!

2003
The group was approached by the then Parish Priest, Fr. Augustine Tay to assist in the Faith formation Program (a 4-year program to prepare the youths for the Sacrament of Confirmation). Sensing the call of the Holy Spirit to this important outreach to the youths of our parish, the group agreed to embark on this. A Team Charter was created to give a clear definition of the scope, objectives, plan, approach, roles, responsibilities, commitment and expectations of those involved. This was presented to the Parish Priest, who gave his endorsement, signaling the launch of the outreach program. In July the training for the Faith Formators was conducted and at the end of that year there was a retreat organized for the youths to establish first contact with them.

2004
Year 2 Faith formation commences. Our 25th Anniversary celebration starts in June 2004. All glory and thanks to the Lord for 25 years of faithfulness, blessings, love and guidance. Alleluia!

2006
Some brothers & sisters of the Prayer Group moved to Church of St. Anne's and started Burning Bush under the guidance of Rev Fr. Henry Siew, who was then the Parish Priest. They have been faithful worshippers since.

2008
With some of the brothers & sisters of the Prayer Group remaining at Church of the Nativity and again with the prompting of the Holy Spirit and again through the invitation of Fr. Henry Siew who is now our Parish Priest, "Nativity Charismatic Renewal Movement" was revived. Our first prayer meeting was held on Tuesday, 11th November 2008 at Wing 3, Block A, the very same room (Auditorium 2) where the early faithful gathered to worship. Early members were; Patrick Lee, Jimmy Chua, James Kheng, Josie Chua, Paul Chia, Michael Sabai, Patrick Ang, Rita Arazoo, Agnes Cher and Anne Chan.

The group now meets every Tuesdays from 8.00pm at the Greenhouse for praise and worship.

"A Charismatic Meeting" is a weekly gathering of Christians to give praise, thanks, honour, and love to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. It is characterized by expressive, joyful praise, an openness to the spiritual gifts and an expectancy that God will speak and work in power within the meeting. Music is an important element, helping to lift the hearts of those present. God is praised with enthusiasm. Praise of God is characteristic of Catholic Charismatic Renewal, in line with the Catholic tradition in which praise permeates the liturgy, song and prayer.

A short talk on one of a variety of subjects aimed at helping us to know God and to leave better Christian lives. A testimony which is also called "faith sharing" is often shared during the meeting. The meeting has been a place where many, many, people have found a new dimension to their spiritual lives, and have discovered the love of God in a more profound way.

The meeting also provides a caring, sharing and trusting environment where members sit down to share their lives and support one another in their Christian journey. This is a form of "Neighbourhood Christian Community".

When you assemble, one has a hymn, another some instruction to give, still another a revelation to share, one speaks in a tongue, another interprets. Let all things be done to build up the community.
- 1 Corinthians 14:26