Towards an Apostolic Laity

Towards an Apostolic Laity

by

JOHN N. MOLONY, s.t.l., j.c.l.

Published by the

YOUNG CHRISTIAN WORKERS MOVEMENT OF AUSTRALIA

First published 1960

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Dedicated to

JOSEPH CARDIJN and the AUSTRALIAN YOUNG CHRISTIAN WORKERS

Contents

INTO YOUR HANDS

1. THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CATHOLIC ACTION

Catholic Action Defined

Action of Catholics

The Immediate Aim of Catholic Action

Principles of Basic Training in the Apostolate

The Necessity of Catholic Action

History of the Young Christian Workers’ Movement in Australia

2. THE ROLE OF THE CATHOLIC ACTION CHAPLAIN

Preliminary Preparations

The President of the Leaders’ Group

The Formation and Direction of the President

The Members of the Leaders’ Group

Teams

3. THE MASS APOSTOLIC MOVEMENT

How to Organize the General Meeting

Services

School-leavers

Ex-members

The Adult Movement

4. THE UNITY OF CATHOLIC ACTION

Catholic Action on the Parish Level

Catholic Action on the Diocesan Level

Catholic Action on the National Level

Catholic Action on the International Level Publications—

A Means to Unity Campaigns and Services

5. THE DIOCESAN PRIEST AS SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

The Three Basic Truths

Formation of the Human Person

A Suggested List of Chaplains’ Talks

6. CATHOLIC ACTION TECHNIQUE

The Gospel Enquiry

The Social Enquiry

The Personal Enquiry

Contacts

APPENDICES

1. Girls and the Y.C.W. Chaplain

2. The Preliminary Programme

3. Publications Provided by the Y.CW.

4. Rule of Life Cards

5. Country Groups

6. Suggested Reading for Chaplains and Presidents

7. Specimen Programmes 167