The Promise is to You

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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His Power, My Weaknesses

Theresa Hofer, CTK’s Communication Coordinator and an Upper Room prayer minister, blogged this article on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. She has given us permission to share it now because of its timely relevance to what the Holy Spirit has spoken at the Jubilee events and to our preparations for Alpha.   “My grace is sufficient […]

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From Springtime to Summer in the Church

By Christy Whiting, Upper Room Director Pittsburgh is not only the birthplace of the modern Catholic charismatic renewal, but it is where three rivers—the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela—come together. It proved to be a symbolic location for the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)’s Jubilee Conference. There, an estimated 6,000 people gathered, […]

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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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A Dry Tree or a Watered Garden?

Some days I get virtually nothing done. I accomplish little on my “To Do” List and my own cares and the cares of those near to me dominate my thinking, stealing my joy. Why would I not turn to God? Why rely on my own resources when I know that God is only a heartbeat […]

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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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A Pilgrim on El Camino de Santiago

After a summer break, Upper Room’s blog returns with a guest post from one of our former young adult leaders, Louis Brown. Louis now directs the national Catholic health care sharing ministry, CMF CURO. He recently made a pilgrimage hiking El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain. He gave permission for […]

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Intimacy with God and the Second Commandment

Intimacy with God has the primary result of deepening our union with him. It enables us to live out the Greatest Commandment and prepares us for Heaven. Our intimacy with God bears another sublime fruit as well. It is what enables us to obey the second commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt […]

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Who I Am

Recently I have had to limit my activity due to painful contractions. For those of you who don’t know much about pregnancy, contractions are a normal part of pregnancy – your body getting warmed up for the big day. However, painful contractions are not. These are the ones that stop you in your tracks, take […]

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He Makes All Things New

Today I took a walk. It was a walk very similar to one I’d taken back in October on my birthday. I traced almost the same route, walking past a graveyard and down a hill onto the boardwalk. Joggers and other walkers were out, too, cautiously-optimistically dressed in spring coats and vests. I was even […]

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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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