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DIY Praise & Worship: Lenten Edition

Praise music isn’t usually associated with Lent. Somber, penitential music comes to the fore during this season, and for good reason. The purpose of Lent is to remind us of our need for a Savior and to prepare our hearts for Jesus. Sober repentance is necessary. But that doesn’t mean we should stop praising Him. […]

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Discovering God in Charismatic Worship

Ken Bogan didn’t know what to expect when he signed up to attend the 40th Anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in 2007. What happened changed his life. I was a fairly new parishioner of Christ the King when there was a big charismatic conference at Cobo Center. I decided to attend, even though […]

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DIY Praise & Worship: Christmas Edition II

When God has become man, and stepped into time so that we can step into eternity with Him, how else can we respond but with praise? And as we praise, we will taste the sweetness of Heaven! To aid your worship, below are three simple steps and a set of Christmas songs that draws from […]

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DIY Praise and Worship: Advent Edition

The purpose of Advent is to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus. One of the most effective ways we can do this is through praising and worshiping him. When we praise and worship Jesus, we recognize who he is. He is God incarnated as a man who came to earth so that we could know […]

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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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Springtime

Spring dawns almost like the sun. Nearly imperceptibly sticks presumed dead furl forth buds. This year they whisper to me: “Glory.” I pause a moment to see if I’ve heard correctly and again they whisper “Glory! Glory!” Then I shiver with goosebumps not from cold but from holy fear and awe. God is once more […]

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DIY Praise & Worship: Christmas Edition

Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ gift of Himself to us. He is so gentle that He came as a baby. Yet He is so powerful that He conquered sin and death. Emmanuel is with us now and wants us to be with Him through all eternity. How do we respond to such a gift? […]

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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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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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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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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
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