The Promise is to You

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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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Intimacy with God: The Key to Everything

I used to wonder why Jesus never sat down with his disciples to systematically explain all the truths in Scripture and Tradition. Wouldn’t that have prevented a lot of confusion, false teachings and schisms over the centuries? Certainly he explained enough for our salvation, but over the past 2000 years countless arguments over what is […]

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A Simple Way to Grow in Intimacy with God

Even more than we crave knowing God’s love, God thirsts for us to know him intimately.  Jesus declared, “As the Father loves me, so I love you. Abide in my love” (Jn 15:9). The apostle John confirmed: “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 Jn […]

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Recognizing the Lord’s Voice

“How can I know what the Lord is saying to me?” It’s a universal question with high stakes. We long to hear the voice of the One who is Love and Truth, and we need to be able to recognize his voice so we can follow him. It’s astounding to even consider that God who […]

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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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DIY Praise & Worship in 3 Steps

One of the most powerful parts of our parish’s Easter liturgies is the praise and worship. We have been very blessed with gifted musicians whose worship leads the rest of our congregation in a beautiful and powerful unison that unveils a glimpse of Heaven. This glimpse of heavenly worship is not only for Easter, though, […]

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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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Announcements:


Healing Service: Dr. Mary Healy and Paco Gavrilides will lead a healing service on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 7-9pm in the Worship Space. Invite family, friends, and anyone in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing. All are welcome!
 
This Friday, Nov. 24: Due to Thanksgiving, there will be a 5:30pm Mass, but there won't be an Upper Room dinner or Praise & Worship. Our regular schedule will resume on Friday, Dec. 1. In the meantime, come to our Healing Service!
 
Praise & Worship Pondering, 11/17/17: The gift of tongues is a *gift* from our Heavenly Father. He delights when we take joy in it. Holy Spirit, increase this gift in us!
 
Why Pray in Tongues? Check out our new blog post: "Pursue Love and Strive for the Spiritual Gifts".
 
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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