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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“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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Pentecost Graces

When I used to teach at the Holy Spirit Seminars, we had a saying: “When you ask the Holy Spirit to come, he never says ‘no.’” That was as true as ever this Pentecost weekend. Friday night’s Pentecost Praise & Worship had one of the most fire-filled worship sessions I’ve ever seen. In reference to […]

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Becoming Enkindled

The first time the Holy Spirit asked me to give a prophetic word, I said “No.” I was 14 years old, and had recently become a lector at Mass. I loved lectoring, having gotten past my initial nervous speed-reading for which one deacon said I would need an oxygen tank. But giving a prophetic word […]

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New Saint of Interest to Charismatics

On Saturday, February 14, Pope Francis announced the canonizations on May 17 of three new saints. One of them, Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D., is not well known outside the Order of Discalced Carmelites. She should be of interest to Charismatics, though, because of her deep devotion to the Holy Spirit, which she promoted ardently. […]

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The Dynamics of Praise

“Why would anyone want to spend their Friday night doing praise and worship?” We are frequently asked this. It begs a deeper question: What’s so important about praise? In praise we recognize God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. […]

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T-bone Steaks and the Holy Spirit

When I was little our parish had a Ugandan priest come and visit. The families in our parish took turns inviting him to dinner. When it was our family’s turn my parents, in their usual fashion, went all out. They provided a big meal complete with t-bone steaks. In a story that is now etched […]

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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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