Dear Friends of the Charismatic Renewal This news update [...]
Newsletter: There are a number of charismatic and church related activities this summer and fall: One is a Healing Mass at Holy Trinity Parish, located at 13715 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, OR, with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith celebrating; Second is an Area Wide Prayer Meeting with lots of Praise and Worship music, some testimonies, prophecies (God Willing), and Ministry. Christ the King Parish, located at 7414 SE Michael Drive, Milwaukie, OR; and several more.
Newsletter: Lenten Opportunities -- 2023 announces two opportunities: A Women's Lenten Retreat and Day of Reflection in Gresham, OR and A Led by the Spirit-A Lenten Adventure in Eugene, OR.
Newsletter: Last night the WOCCR Service Team met to work out some of the outstanding items needed to put on the Ralph Martin conference. One item discussed was the very few numbers of registrants. The Conference is five weeks out and only 18 people have registered as of this date. Our other concern is a lack of volunteers. We need help in a number of areas: setting up and tearing down; someone to sit at Ralph’s book table during breaks; etc. Please note that volunteering would not impact the ability to watch the conference. We also need eucharistic ministers for the Mass and ushers.
Newsletter: Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. (Romans 8:35, 37 The rousing declaration above, “… we conquer overwhelmingly,” is likely more familiar as, “… we are more than conquerors.”
Newsletter: With God’s help, WOCCR is planning two events this year. The first is a Day of Renewal with Fr. Tim Furlow. It will be virtual as we are still not out of the woods with COVID-19. Many of you watch the Holy Mass via Facebook or U-Tube streaming and that is what we plan here. The date is April 24, 2021. Mark your calendar for the second event. Ralph Martin from Renewal Ministries will be presenting a Day and a half mini Conference here in the Portland Area onon September 23-24, 2022.
Newsletter: Glory to God who is all good and deserving of all our love and praise. We are in his hands and he is in control. All we have to do is seek his face and everything will fall into place in his time. The pandemic and the riots will pass. Nothing is permanent in this life but God. Most of us are staying home and out of harm’s way due to age or health. It is a perfect time to be enriching our lives with online LIS seminars, daily you tube videos, live streaming conferences and prayer meetings via Go to Meeting.com, Zoom.com, FreeConferencecall.com, etc. Another great practice is to perform a Daniel Fast.
Newsletter: It is with much sorrow that I have to tell you that our beloved friend of so many years has gone home to the Lord. She will ever be remembered as a Holy, Godly person who never met an anyone she didn’t love, mentor, teach, pastor and support. I was no exception. She picked me up at my first Life in the Spirit Seminar (LIS) at St Henry’s in Gresham, OR, in 1989. She was part of the Core Team putting this LIS on and not even really knowing me, charged me with heading up the music ministry for an upcoming Healing Mass. I had been in choirs most of my life but never as a cantor. She absolutely assured me that I could do it. That was how it began.
Newsletter: On June 1, 2019, Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR came to Portland, OR with the message that "God Loves Us." Now we already know that, but Fr. Dave showed us how that affects us personally. For instance, we all know that we are adopted children of God. However, did you know that because you are adopted that makes you special? Much more so than a natural child. In the 1st century, a parent could do anything they wanted to a natural child; they could expose them after birth (abortion) they could send them to an orphanage, sell them or keep them. But an adopted child could not be abused in any way. Their reasoning was that they did not have a choice about natural children, but when you adopt a child, you do something on purpose -- something that you want -- and once you’ve signed on the bottom line, you can never go back. Our Father chose us on purpose to be his children and he will never let us go.