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Celebrating 50 days of Easter

Easter celebrates the greatest event of all time, so it is meant to be the greatest celebration of each year. “The first eight days of the Easter Season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord” (Universal Norms for Liturgical Year and Calendar, 24). Divine Mercy Sunday concludes the […]

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Humility That Brings Healing

Last fall I took a grad class at Sacred Heart Major Seminary that required writing a research paper on an ecumenical topic. The professor emphasized that the purpose was to teach us to listen closely to what others are saying, and not to respond with pre-packaged apologetic answers that we assume will apply, but may […]

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Wielding the Weapons of Mercy

I prayed over a young woman at the Encounter Conference, and as I listened to her story, I began to cry, and the tears would not stop. The next day I was listening to Ave Maria Radio and someone was sharing her story with a counselor, and again I found myself weeping. As counter-intuitive as […]

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Lent is Here – Praise God!

Praise music isn’t usually associated with Lent. We tend to associate it with joyful celebrations, and consider Lent a different, more sober time. While there is a necessary sobriety to Lent, this does not mean that Lent is supposed to be devoid of joy, nor of praise. In fact, one of the greatest effects of […]

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Close Encounters of the Third (Person of the Trinity) Kind

“There is more!” resounded throughout the Encounter Conference we hosted, welcoming 1,000 people here from Jan. 4-6. Our God is infinite love, truth, beauty, goodness, and power. And unless we are all those things as well (obviously not), He always has more for us. This is more than a generous offer on His part: this […]

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Prayer Ministry: Receiving What God Has For You

Prayer ministry is a unique way of receiving God’s blessings. Anyone can bring the prayers of their heart to a team of prayer ministers, so that together they can intercede. Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Mt 18:20). To receive the most from prayer ministry, come […]

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At the End of the Double Jubilee Year

Wait. What? It’s a “Double Jubilee Year”? Um…what jubilees? 2017 has been the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. (Yep…now you remember.) It’s true that it hasn’t been talked about much besides the February “50 Years of Amazing Grace” conference, the Annunciation event in […]

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DYI Praise & Worship: Christmas Edition III

A short reflection quoted in Archbishop Charles Chaput’s blog: “We can have this mentality around Christmas. ‘Get more. Get merrier.’ And the stores and Internet are filled with the products that are filling people’s homes, all for the sake of getting happier. All so someone can know you love them because the price tag says so…. […]

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Welcome the Word

Jesus is revealed to us as the “Word of God” (Jn 1:1, Rev 19:13). He is the communication of God’s love for us, the “Word Made Flesh” (Jn 1:14). As Word, Jesus is constantly communicating. Just as He is Love and Truth, and never ceases to be Love and Truth, He also never ceases to […]

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DIY Praise & Worship: Songs of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving tradition isn’t only about the turkey and stuffing, as we all know. Part of our practice as a secular nation is inspired by our tradition as Christians to offer thanks to our Lord. Thanksgiving is an act of worship; it is our heart’s response to what God has done. We are grateful for a God […]

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Announcements:


NEW May - August Schedule: To give everyone a summer break, we'll only be having Upper Room on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from May 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.
 
Help Needed: Registration for the Fire It Up! retreat is now closed. However, many volunteers are still needed to make it a success. If you can help for even two hours on Friday evening, May 18, or Saturday, May 19, we have a role for you! Click here to sign up.
 
Night Vigil: A Trinitarian Night of Miracles This special event has been permanently posted on Shalom World's website here so you watch it anytime. (Note: Because the topic was moving from despair to hope, some of the situations described in the talks may be too mature for young children.) The program will also be permanently posted on Shalom's website next week so that it can be viewed anytime.
 
Upper Room Praise & Worship Pondering, 5/11/18: We're still in the Easter season, we're celebrating the Ascension, and we're preparing for Pentecost. This is a time of many graces. Soak them in! Receive what the Holy Spirit has for you!
 
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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