We invite all members of the ICCC and those discerning a vocation with us to join in our annual all-church gathering as we come together as a church to be with Christ and one another! During the weekend, we'll explore how we are being built together into a dwelling-place for God through the Spirit. There will also be daily Mass, opportunities to experience different styles of Morning and Evening Prayer, and a chance to meet and get to know other members of the Independent Catholic Christian Church.
What happens during our Annual Gathering?
Prayer: During the weekend we’ll be praying from a number of different liturgical rites ranging from some of the most ancient forms to the modern versions. Some may be familiar to you and some may be new. We’ll have everything you need to pray along and we encourage everyone to participate, ask questions, and learn. We’re always happy to introduce people to different ways to experience prayer.
Sacraments: We’ll have Mass each day and there will also be several opportunities throughout the weekend for the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession. There are many ways to approach this sacrament. One which may be helpful is to consider the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession to be a sacrament of healing, the healing of one’s relationship with God and others. If you have not been to this sacrament in a long time or aren’t quite sure what one does, the Bp. Tim, Mtr. Sandy, Fr. Michael, and Mtr. Lyngine are all happy to answer any questions and guide you through the process. If you'd like to meet with any of them outside of the times listed in the schedule, please let them know and they'd be happy to do that.
Sessions: During the four sessions and the Annual Meeting, we’ll be discussing where we have been and where we feel the Spirit leading us next as a church. Before the Gathering we ask that people take some time to reflect on the following questions:
When are we as the ICCC at our best? What are our strengths?
What are our challenges?What gets in the way of us doing what we are called to do?
What is the ICCC being called to be and do at this point in time?
What will we commit to doing in the coming year to live out our call as individuals, as constituent ministries, as a jurisdiction?
Community: We have some time set aside for people to share a little bit about types of prayer or aspects of the spiritual life as a Christian that you are passionate about. There’s also time to hang out, sing some hymns, play games, and get to know each other.
Quiet Time: During the breaks, you may want to explore the outdoor labyrinth or take a walk in the gardens (there’s a very friendly black cat outside too!). In addition to the small chapel that we will be using, there is also a larger church with a quiet side chapel with a tabernacle for Eucharistic adoration and some quiet time with the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Mary of Grace Mass and Meet-and-Greet/No-Coffee Coffee Hour: We’ll be having Sunday Mass as usual at St. Mary of Grace Parish and welcome Rev. Sandy, who will be celebrating and preaching. After Mass, we’ll have our monthly No-Coffee Coffee Hour and a Meet-and-Greet for all the ICCC laity and clergy!