The Promise is to You

Wielding the Weapons of Mercy

I prayed over a young woman at the Encounter Conference, and as I listened to her story, I began to cry, and the tears would not stop. The next day I was listening to Ave Maria Radio and someone was sharing her story with a counselor, and again I found myself weeping. As counter-intuitive as […]

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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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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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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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