The Promise is to You

Author Archives: Christy Whiting


DIY Praise & Worship: Lenten Edition

Praise music isn’t usually associated with Lent. Somber, penitential music comes to the fore during this season, and for good reason. The purpose of Lent is to remind us of our need for a Savior and to prepare our hearts for Jesus. Sober repentance is necessary. But that doesn’t mean we should stop praising Him. […]

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Living in the Graces of This Jubilee Year

“To grow in love is to grow in the Spirit. To grow in the Spirit is to grow in holiness. Holiness is the will of God for us.” With these words, Bp. Sam Jacobs reminded us at the “50 Years of Amazing Grace” conference of our fundamental call as disciples of Christ. We are to […]

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DIY Praise & Worship: Christmas Edition II

When God has become man, and stepped into time so that we can step into eternity with Him, how else can we respond but with praise? And as we praise, we will taste the sweetness of Heaven! To aid your worship, below are three simple steps and a set of Christmas songs that draws from […]

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DIY Praise and Worship: Advent Edition

The purpose of Advent is to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus. One of the most effective ways we can do this is through praising and worshiping him. When we praise and worship Jesus, we recognize who he is. He is God incarnated as a man who came to earth so that we could know […]

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Evangelism and the Gift of Tongues

Personal prayer in tongues is the only one of the charismatic gifts that is not by definition oriented to the benefit of others. Prophets prophesy to other people. Healers heal other people. Prophetic words proclaimed in tongues are for other people, who then pray for an interpretation. Yet St. Paul says that tongues is for […]

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When we Hesitate to go Into the Deep

Peter did it, too. Jesus told him in Lk 5:1-11 to “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Peter doubted if anything would happen. He replied, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing.” Today we phrase it: “Been there, done that.” And many times we have […]

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Impelled by Love (or: How an Introvert Evangelized at the Art Fair and Actually Liked It)

The thing about writing a blog like the one I did two weeks ago is that the writer is on the hook to do exactly what she wrote about. When the title is “Now is the Time: Proclaim God’s Love” that can be a bit intimidating. I’ve had my share of nervousness about such things, […]

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“Now is the Time: Proclaim God’s Love”

This is the prophetic call that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Michigan is hearing strongly. It was the theme of the annual All Michigan Catholic Charismatic Conference (AMCCC) event held on July 8-10 with keynotes by James “Butch” Murphy. It’s Go-Time for all of us…and no, it’s not referring to Pokémon. It refers to the […]

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The Promise is to YOU

These words spoken by Peter in today’s first reading describe the guarantee that Jesus promised those who repent and are baptized: they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. To prevent any confusion, Peter continued, “The promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord […]

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From Light to Peace

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. ~Is 9:2 The sun broke through the cloud-covered winter sky as I read these words. They took on a new meaning as the thick, gloomy grayness was unexpectedly dispelled. With the […]

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NEW Summer Schedule: To give everyone a summer break, we'll only be having Upper Room on 2nd and 4th Fridays through August. At Praise & Worship on 2nd Fridays we'll have prayer ministry, and we'll leave the 4th Fridays flexible for extended praise, testimonies, etc. There will still be a 5:30pm Mass on the other Fridays of the month.
 
This Friday, June 22 Join us for a taco salad bar dinner in the gym between Mass and Praise & Worship (approx. 6:30-7:30pm). Please bring a side or dessert to pass, and rsvp if possible to Mary Jo (paquin.mj@gmail.com). Then we'll adore our Eucharistic Lord present on the altar at Praise & Worship. All are welcome!
 
Upper Room Praise & Worship Pondering, 6/8/18: Mary Healy opened by saying that we need to become like little children to receive the Holy Spirit. Throughout the night, dozens of children of all ages gathered around the altar and tabernacle, worshiping Our Lord. Some prayed in tongues and some prophesied. Lord, help us all to receive you as these children do!
 
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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