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Teams is a lay movement within the Catholic Church that offers couples a chance to discover the Lord’s presence in their marriage and to live in Christian fellowship with other couples as a way of giving thanks to God and bearing witness to Him in the world. The goal of the movement is to help couples live their lives with more strength, light and hope.
The movement was formed in France in 1938 and now exists in many countries in the world. Max and Stephanie Charlesworth brought it to Australia, starting a Team in Victoria in 1960.
In Oceania, there are now some 180 Teams comprising about 1,700 members.
Generally, a Team is a community of five to seven married couples and perhaps a spiritual counsellor, which meets one evening each month in the home of one of the couples.
They meet to share prayers, a simple meal, their life stories and events, their attempts to grow together as a couple in union with God, their thoughts on agreed discussion topics, and importantly, support each other in good times and in bad.
Team life is one of encounter and communion that builds our capacity for dialogue, mutual respect and openness. Over time, such a group sharing can create a community whose members grow in spirituality and support of one another. Members of Teams value the opportunity to be heard and accepted by others. However, there is no compulsion in all this and members are free to contribute, as they feel moved.
The monthly meeting follows an agreed format and is chaired by one of the couples. Where spiritual counsellors are included in individual Teams, they participate as equal members with unique gifts that can be shared with everyone else.
Each Team is autonomous and elects a ‘Responsible Couple’ each year to guide and co-ordinate its activities for the coming year. However, each Team is also part of a wider movement of Teams encompassing local, regional, national and international functions.
Team life does not consist simply of meetings. Couple spirituality is encouraged through practising ‘Endeavours’ that involve a rule of life, regular reading of the Bible, retreats, prayer, and interpersonal dialogue. Most teams could be expected to meet socially from time to time and to attend wider Teams and Church events.
Teams International Gathering Fatima July 16 to 21, 2018
9000 global attendees!
Oceania will be well represented at the upcoming International Gathering in Fatima this July.
Forty-five members, including four priests, are now making final arrangements to be part of this unforgettable event.
Participants are looking forward to meeting Teams members from all around the world. They will experience what it means to belong to a truly international movement that bridges many languages and cultures. Over a six-day period, they will hear from excellent speakers and have the opportunity to pray, share and laugh with 9000 Teams members.
A number of attendees from Oceania are travelling together on a pre-Gathering tour of Northern Spain and Portugal, ending in Fatima. This will be a wonderful chance for the group to get to know each other before the event.
Your prayers would be much appreciated for all attendees and especially for the couple from the Philippines, that they will be able to secure visas to attend the Gathering. In the past, it has been very hard to get approval. Last time, the Philippines missed out, but this time things are looking a little more positive.
You may like to follow the news leading up to and during the event by viewing the international Teams website at: http://www.endfatima2018.pt/en/
About the Logo: This artistic and profoundly spiritual logo evokes Our Lady of Fatima, who will watch over us during the whole period of our Gathering in July 2018.To learn more about the meaning of the various components of the logo, go to
http://www.equipes-notre- dame.com/en/life-of-the- movement/news/a-logo-for-the- fatima-gathering-of-2018
The theme: Reconciliation, a sign of love. See link: http://www.endfatima2018.pt/en/tema/
The biblical focus is ‘The Lost Son’:
“He was still a long way off when his father caught sight of him. His father was so deeply moved with compassion that he ran out to meet him, threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.” Lk 15, 11-32
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