Newsletters include all of the past WOCCR letters sent out to members on the mailing list, since 2016.

Catholic Liturgical Year: The year begins around the first Sunday in December each year. It marks the beginning of the Advent season – four weeks before Christmas. It ends the following year on last Saturday before the season of Advent.  Additional information is provided by the Santa Clara University.

Liturgical Year 2024

  • Plans for 2024

Plans for 2024

By |January 23, 2024|Area Wide Prayer Meeting, Charismatic Renewal, Day of Renewal, Healing Mass, Prophesies, Retreat, WOCCR Website|

Dear Friends of the Charismatic Renewal,

The WOCCR Service team met January 9 via Zoom.   We discussed plans for 2024. The WOCCR is thinking about a Day of Renewal in June and another Area Wide Prayer Meeting in the Fall.  We are reaching out to potential speakers.

We also discussed new memberships as well as a possibility of forming a support group that would pray for us and help us support our events with advice, […]

Liturgical Year 2023

  • News Update

News Update

By |November 17, 2023|Area Wide Prayer Meeting, Charismatic Renewal, Retreat, Spiritual Development|

Dear Friends of the Charismatic Renewal

This news update covers a number of different topics: Area Wide Prayer Meeting; newly revised and updated website; Healing the Whole Person event; Advent Day of Retreat; and Planning for future events.

The Area Wide Prayer meeting

Area Wide Prayer Meeting Area Wide Prayer Meeting

The Area Wide Prayer meeting was held at Christ the King Church, this September 30th.  The surrounding […]

  • WOCCR Website Redesigned

WOCCR Website Redesigned

By |October 18, 2023|WOCCR Website|

The Western Oregon Catholic Charismatic Renewal is proud to announce completion of our redesigned and updated website. Here is a list of many enhancements: Refreshed and updated overall design, using the latest available web tools. Added a Tag line below the title on each page. Added links within the text of most pages, so you can cross reference topics. Updated Menu design for easier navigation throughout the website. Added space on the Home page for you to give testimony about the Renewal. Significantly expanded Resources section to provide more information. Added a Newsletters page, so you can access all pervious editions. Added a new Page for Questions and Answers (Q & A’s). Restored the capability for you to make Donations. And much more.

  • Remember to Mark Your Calendar

Reminder to Mark Your Calendar

By |July 7, 2023|Area Wide Prayer Meeting, Healing|

Newsletter: There will be a Healing Mass at Holy Trinity Parish (13715 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR) with Bishop Peter Smith celebrating. It will be on Saturday, July 29, from 10 am – 1 pm. So, there will be plenty of time for personal prayer. In addition, there will be an Area Wide Prayer Meetingwith lots of Praise and Worship music, some testimonies, prophecies (God Willing), and Ministry. Christ the King Parish (7414 SE Michael Dr, Milwaukie, OR) will be hosting us on Saturday, September 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Mark your Calendar

Summer & Fall Planned Events

By |May 8, 2023|Area Wide Prayer Meeting, Healing Mass, Spiritual Development|

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.

Liturgical Year 2022

  • Ralph Martin Conference

Mini-Conference with Dr. Ralph Martin

By |October 22, 2022|Conference|

Newsletter: What a beautiful ceremony it was. The WOCCR Team and St. Edward's Staff wish to thank everyone who participated in the Ralph Martin Conference held on September 23-24, 2022. We wish to thank Bishop Smith for celebrating the opening Mass along with Deacons Leo Rasca and Del DeSart and the Knights of Columbus. The music team, Sonset Worship, graced us with their Holy Spirit talent and gifts during the Mass and throughout the conference. Dina Marie Hale a wonderfully gifted radio host was the Emcee. She did a fantastic job this weekend.

  • Request for Pray and Volunteers

Request for Prayer and Volunteers

By |August 10, 2022|Spiritual Development|

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.

  • Eulogy -- Yvonne Krill

Eulogy — Yvonne Krill

By |March 12, 2022|News|

Newsletter: Yvonne Krill was a Spirit-filled, faithful vessel of God’s Word, artistic, caring, kind, loving, and graceful dancer.  A true gift to us all.  These are just a few of the words friends and family use to describe Yvonne Krill, who ascended to Heaven Friday, March 4, 2022, after being diagnosed with lymphoma, nine months prior. She was a devout member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, in Lake Oswego, OR and helped with many programs including Grade School, Sunday School, Catechism and Marriage classes.  Yvonne was invited by a Nun to attend a prayer meeting which sparked Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the charismatic renewal that became the bedrock of her life.

  • Prayers for Healing


By |January 31, 2022|Charismatic Renewal, Healing|

Newsletter: We are pleased to announce a number of events that are planned for this year. They include: School of Healing; Healing Service; two Healing Masses this Summer; and a Mini-Conference with Ralph Martin. Here are the current details on these events. Please see the events page for updated information. Mark you calendar and plan to attend.Jesus promised, “These signs will accompany those who believe…They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover”(Mark 16:17-18). Jesus has called us to do what he did, and that includes healing the sick. The Encounter School of Healing is a two-day conference to teach, impart and activate Catholics to be a more effective minister of Jesus’ healing in the world! Jesus wants to use you as an instrument of his divine healing. Are you going to give him the chance?

Liturgical Year 2021

  • News Update


By |November 24, 2021|Charismatic Renewal|

Newsletter: One of the strengths, and indeed the beauty, of Catholicism that we can embrace different expressions of our faith. Many people find that expression within the context of a parish community, while others find it within what we call ecclesial communities. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is one such community. The CCR, however, is not a single community, but rather a variety of entities which have formed for different purposes, such as evangelization, prayer, service, worship, healing, catechesis, and youth ministry. What unites these various groups is that at the heart of every group, and every member, is the desire to draw on the graces that flow from the Holy Spirit — described by the term, “Baptism in the Holy Spirit”.

  • Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

Spiritual Encouragement

By |March 18, 2021|Spiritual Development|

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.”


By |January 23, 2021|Spiritual Development|

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.

Liturgical Year 2020

  • Daniel Fast

Daniel Fast

By |August 10, 2020|Spiritual Development|

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,,, etc. Another great practice is to perform a Daniel Fast.

  • Caroline J. Doering

Eulogy — Caroline Doering

By |July 10, 2020|Conference, Healing, Spiritual Development|

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.

  • COVID-19

COVID-19 Changes Plans

By |May 23, 2020|Charismatic Renewal|

Newsletter: Because of the Pandemic, people are having to do things a little differently.  This can be a real gift, if you look at that way. For instance, many of our prayer groups are very small -- too small really, to be able to conduct a Life in the Spirit (LIS) seminar without help. The Ark and the Dove Retreat Center (where the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began in 1967), is offering an online LIS for free, beginning May 24, 2020. It will not be lived streamed but recorded and put on their website (YouTube and Facebook).

  • COVID-19 and People

Coronavirus Changes

By |April 20, 2020|Charismatic Renewal|

Newsletter: Have you ever had a project to do and kept putting it off because you didn’t know what to say or how to do it? And then months later, something happens, and you realize that it just wasn’t time to do that project. It was a God thing. Well that is what this information letter turned out to be. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic there are things we cannot do to remain safe. There are also many services being cancelled, temporarily. If you have not seen it, I am enclosing a letter from Archbishop Sample, dated April 4, 2020.

Liturgical Year 2019

  • Time to Renew -- Newsletter

Day of Renewal

By |September 12, 2019|Charismatic Renewal, Day of Renewal|

Newsletter: The WOCCR Team is proud to announce a Fall Day of Renewal with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. On October 19, 2019, the Day of Renewal will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Parish Center, at 650 “A” Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR. The theme of the day is “Build Unity in the Power of the Holy Spirit.”

  • Encounter Jesus in the Power of the Spirit

Report: Fr. Privonka’s “Encounter Jesus in the Power of the Spirit”

By |June 24, 2019|Healing, Spiritual Development|

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.

  • Encounter Jesus in the Power of the Spirit

Encounter Jesus in the Power of the Spirit

By |April 4, 2019|Charismatic Renewal, Day of Renewal|

Newsletter: The WOCCR Team is proud to announce that Fr. Dave Pivonka will be coming to Oregon City, OR on June 1st to give a series of talks titled: “Encounter Jesus in the Power of the Spirit”. Please save the date and plan to attend this regional charismatic event. We are also very happy to announce that Dina Marie Hale former Program Director and Morning Show host for KBVM now Mater Dei radio will be our Master of Ceremonies

  • Team Work

New Members for the WOCCR Team

By |February 22, 2019|Charismatic Renewal, Healing, WOCCR Team|

Newsletter: I first would like to thank Mike Dorthalina, Jay D’Souza and Yvonne Krill, who resigned this year, for their gifted and very important service to the WOCCR Service Team, through the years. I want to introduce and welcome our new members: -- Felix Barba from St John the Apostle in Oregon City, OR. -- Patty Rydquist from St Patrick’s in Canby, OR. -- Catherine Van and Danny Truong from Our Lady of Lavang in Portland, OR. -- Angie Price from Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego, OR. -- Terry Heaton from St Thomas Aquinas in Camas, WA.

  • WOCCR Website Redesigned

WOCCR Team Announces Website 3.0

By |January 19, 2019|WOCCR Website|

Newsletter: The WOCCR Team is pleased to announce the release of Website 2.0. This is great news as we begin 2019. 1) Our existing website has received nearly 6,000 visitors, from many locations around the world. Thanks to all who have visited our site. 2) The updated website now includes a number of new features: * We added a navigation “sidebar” to each page, etc.

Liturgical Year 2018

  • Life in the Spirit

Life in the Spirit Seminar

By |October 17, 2018|Charismatic Renewal, Life in the Spirit|

Newsletter: New on the calendar is a one-day Life in the Spirit (LIS) seminar at St Anne’s in Gresham, 1015 SE 182 Avenue, on Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  We will be using Fr. Pivonka’s “The Goose is Loose” series. Please invite anyone you know who is interested in more of the Holy Spirit and a closer relationship with Jesus and His Father. All are welcome. Please bring a lunch with you.  There will be snacks, coffee and tea.

  • Healing

Report on Healing Mass

By |June 28, 2018|Day of Renewal, Healing Mass|

Newsletter: If you attended the Healing Mass on May 25th with Fr Justus Kizza at St Joseph’s Church in Vancouver, WA, then you know that was a very blessed time. Beginning at 7:00 pm and ending at 11:00 pm, the Mass was beautiful and the praise and worship by Greg Stone and several of his friends was perfect, Fr. Justus celebrated the Mass with Fr. Chuck Wood concelebrating. All in the church came up for prayer after the Mass.  It was a very holy time in which several people were healed, and many friendships strengthened.

  • Planned Events

Planned Events

By |April 2, 2018|Charismatic Renewal, Day of Renewal, Healing Mass|

Newsletter: This year we have three events planned: 1) The first is in Vancouver, WA at St Joseph’s on May 25. We are very pleased that Fr. Justus Kiiza has accepted our invitation to celebrate a healing Mass with us beginning at 7:00 p.m.; 2) Fr. Bill Adams from Huntington Beach California will be our Presenter at a Day of Renewal on July 14th, at Our Lady of the Lake Parish Center, in Lake Oswego, OR from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and 3) On October 27,  Fr. Tim Furlow from St Mary’s Cathedral will be celebrating a healing Mass for us beginning at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral. Dave Bentz will provide the music.

Liturgical Year 2017

  • Ark and the Dove Retreat Center

The Arc and the Dove

By |May 15, 2017|Charismatic Renewal|

Newsletter: The Ark and the Dove is the name of the retreat center where 25 Duquesne University students attended a retreat in February 1967. It is on that "Duquesne Weekend" at the Ark and the Dove, that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began. There was a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those participants. From that famous "weekend retreat", the Catholic Charismatic Renewal spread worldwide.

  • World Wide Web Image

WOCCR Team Announces New Website

By |March 11, 2017|WOCCR Website|

Newsletter: The Western Oregon Catholic Charismatic Renewal (WOCCR) Team is celebrating a significant accomplishment.  Today, we are launching version 3.0 of our website -- a totally redesigned site for our visitors and members.  It includes a number of significant, new features including a redesign of the Home page and many other updates.

  • Update Button

WOCCR Website Now Accepts Donations

By |March 7, 2017|WOCCR Website|

Newsletter: The WOCCR website has just added capability to accept "donations" from our visitors.  This is an new feature that was built into the development of version 3.0 of this website.  Try it out!  I think that you will find that it is an easy and convenient way to make donations to WOCCR.

  • Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Announcing the 50th Jubilee Celebration of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

By |March 4, 2017|Charismatic Renewal, Golden Jubilee|

Newsletter: Welcome to the celebration of the 50th Anniversary for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Archdiocese of Portland at Salem, OR. We are planning on an exciting agenda with guest speakers and two Masses. Archbishop Sample will celebrate the Holy Mass on Friday night from 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. and Bishop Peter Smith will celebrate a Healing Mass on Saturday vigil at 4:30 p.m.

Liturgical Year 2016

  • Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

By |December 3, 2016|Charismatic Renewal, Golden Jubilee|

Newsletter: The Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church started during the "Duquesne Weekend" in Pittsburgh, PA, USA on February 17-18, 1967.  Since that time, the Renewal spread from one small retreat group to over 120 million people, worldwide.  This movement is renewing the faith of individual participants and is renewing the Church. The 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be held in 2017.