The Promise is to You

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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Elderly Evangelism

In response to Upper Room’s invitation to share stories about proclaiming God’s love, Claudia Damian sent in these stories. Being a senior citizen, I spend several hours a day with other seniors who have undergone organ transplants, stent implants, cardiac episodes, strokes, etc. I try to get to know everyone in the program for cardiac […]

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Evangelizing Can Be Easy?!

In response to Upper Room’s invitation to share stories about proclaiming God’s love, Laura sent in these stories. I went to Upper Room and felt God convict me that I needed to initiate conversations with people about Jesus more, instead of just trying to be kind and loving and solely waiting on them to bring […]

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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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Encountering People in Parking Lots…and Churches

In response to Upper Room’s invitation to share stories about proclaiming God’s love, Anne Harman sent in these two stories. Parking in the back, shaded area of the church lot for noon Mass meant that the cooler in my car with lunch for my mom would stay cold. It also meant a fair, hot walk […]

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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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Announcements:


More Jubilee Graces at Praise & Worship! Upper Room Director Christy Whiting and Music Director Doug Helderop just attended the national Catholic Charismatic Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh. Christy & Doug will begin Praise & Worship this Friday, July 28 with a multi-media presentation about what the Holy Spirit is doing in us as a nation. Come early for...
 
A Summer Dinner Everyone is invited to a summer dinner with pulled chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and vegetarian options. It'll be in the Parish Center Gym from 6:30 - 7:30pm (after the 5:30pm Mass and before Praise & Worship) on July 28. Please bring a dish to pass and rsvp for the dinner to Mary Jo, paquin.mj@gmail.com, for planning purposes. Then stay for Praise & Worship!
 
A Treasure Trove of Jubilee Year Graces: At Pentecost, Pope Francis invited the Catholic Charismatic Renewal to celebrate our Jubilee with him in Rome. This 5-day event featured many teachings from CCR leaders from around the world. It was highlighted by Pope Francis' address thanking the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and calling us onward in unity. For the papal address, videos of the teachings, and more, click here.
 
Read about the national conference on the blog From Springtime to Summer in the Church, and check out the links there to the prophetic words and to order talks from the conference.
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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