By Fr Dwight Merrick, Parish Priest
The La Horquetta parish comprises the villages of La Horquetta, Carapo, and Cumuto. From January 1 to March 8, at the largest of the three congregations, La Horquetta, there has been a sudden increase in attendance both at the Saturday and Sunday Masses of approximately 54 per cent and 35 per cent respectively. This account tracks the story of what has happened.
The introduction of a new parish priest in mid-2017 meant new ideas and a new focus for the entire parish. Contemporary literature on Church revival, Church renewal and evangelisation became regular topics shared during homilies, along with best practices of parishes around the world where renewal is taking place. After much study of what works from Divine Renovation, Intentional Discipleship, and John Paul II and the New Evangelization, Life in the Spirit seminars for adults and a weekend seminar for the youth took the parish to the end of 2017.