The Promise is to You

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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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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Sow in Tears, but Reap Rejoicing

This post is written by Claudia Burns, a prayer minister at Upper Room and member of the Liturgical Art Committee at Christ the King. She wrote the icons of St. Mark and St. Luke that are next to the tabernacle. Her story is a beautiful witness that God does not abandon us during times of […]

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From Light to Peace

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. ~Is 9:2 The sun broke through the cloud-covered winter sky as I read these words. They took on a new meaning as the thick, gloomy grayness was unexpectedly dispelled. With the […]

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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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Finding Peace

In today’s gospel Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (Jn 14:27). That can sound like a tall order. Daily we hear about conflicts and suffering both locally and […]

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Lessons from Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

One of Pope Francis’ favorite devotions is to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. When he was studying in Germany many years ago he saw a painting of her in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack. He brought a copy of it back to Argentina and the devotion spread. It is based on the writings […]

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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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Triduum: A Time of Hope

Before the light of Easter, the days of Jesus’ passion seemed very dark. Beginning on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper, Jesus warned his apostles of his death. Judas slipped away and sold him for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus and the other eleven went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus sweat blood as he […]

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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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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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