Our mission is to introduce and prepare young men and women for a new world, giving God a new humanity renewed by the action of the Holy Spirit in the body, soul and spirit. With this desire, we are dedicated in all our activities to providing a solid formation , which according to the Aparecida Document must be integral, kerygmatic, permanent and aware of the various dimensions, respectful of the processes accompanying the disciples, and above all, it must be missionary (279-285). We understand that receiving men and women, shaping and interceding for them, and transforming them into new men and women for a New World, is the result of obedience and peace.
With this concern, the «EFETA» School (St Teresa of Avila School of Education and Spirituality) was born, in which we promote Christian education through various courses such as: Human-affective Training, Life and Spirituality of the Saints, Discipleship, Biblical-Theological Studies, Liturgy, Social Doctrine of the Church. The purpose of this training school is the maturing of the whole person, in a continuous conformity with Jesus Christ. Through lectures and practical, dynamic group work, retreats and personal guidance, we lead a path of encounter with God, in the light of faith and doctrine of the Church, making participants aware of their responsibility as authentic disciples and missionaries before the Church and Society.
The CEFA – Center for Spirituality, Training and Counseling – John XXIII is in São José do Rio Preto, is a project that stems from the awareness of the Comunidade Católica Mar a Dentro (Catholic Community «Into the Sea»), that man is not limited only to physical and spiritual components. With the aid of scientific knowledge about the human psyche, with various techniques, and an understanding of the importance of spiritual assistance, we believe the individual will have an experience that stimulates his ability to accept the inherent difficulties of life, to mature with these and find meaning and balance through a life of union with God, with himself and with others. Other activities are conducted in this centre such as: Art Workshops, sessions for counseling and prayer as well as daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration.
Communion and Life Project
Another social project we carry out is the Communion and Life Project, which consists of various activities and events that make real and concrete the Lord’s command to «love one another». Aided by the project EmpreMDe, Entrepreneurs «Mar a Dentro», Communion and Life is currently promoting visits to needy families in the city of Iturama/MG , and in Belém, the capital of Pará/PA (North of Brazil) . These visits include religious and human formation as well as the social promotion of the same families with welfare bazaars (charity sales), distribution of food, clothing and footwear, training courses, counseling and support for families; work with children and also participation in third-party projects, school tutoring for students in public schools.
In our Houses, we work together with the pastoral ministry in collaboration with the parish, preparing people as special ministers for the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, as teams for the liturgy and liturgical music, preparation of catechumens, Training Courses for lay people; prayer groups, sharing and reflection groups and outreach programs on the radio.
With special zeal for beauty in the liturgy, we produce and package sacred furnishings, stoles, chasubles, mitres, and other liturgical items, to be sold at the Via Apia Liturgical Vestments in Iturama, MG. These items are sold at low prices so as to permit parishes to be equipped with beautiful, elegant furnishings.