Dear Friends of the Charismatic Renewal, we have a number of news updates for this edition.
Spirit-led Ecclesial Communities Unite
by CHARIS International | Oct 13, 2021 | CHARIS
Pope Francis, Center, Mr. Pino Scafuro, CHARIS International moderator, Right, Mr. Shayne Bennet from Australia member of CHARIS International Service of communion.
A universal journey
It is 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”.
The CCR, in its current form, has existed for over 50 years with large numbers of different communities across the world. In 2018, Pope Francis proposed that all CCR communities be served at the international level by one body. Thus, Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service (CHARIS) was born in 2019, to strengthen and unify the communion among all Catholic charismatic renewal groups. By doing this, the Pope moved to canonically establish Charis as a Public Association of the Faithful and, as such, recognized the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a gift to the whole Church.
Used with permission by CHARIS International.
The following article is for your information and consideration. It is taken from the website of the Catholic News Service.
Date: September 30, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is asking “all Catholics and others of goodwill” to join a prayer and fasting campaign for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic Democrat who supports legal abortion.
She represents California’s 12th Congressional District, which is entirely within San Francisco.
What has prompted the prayer and fasting campaign is her leadership on the Women’s Health Protection Act, or H.R. 3755, passed by the House in a 218-211 vote Sept. 24.
It codifies the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. The measure establishes the legal right to abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states under federal law.
“A conversion of heart of the majority of our congressional representatives is needed on this issue, beginning with the leader of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Archbishop Cordileone said in a statement Sept. 29. “I am therefore inviting all Catholics to join in a massive and visible campaign of prayer and fasting for Speaker Pelosi: Commit to praying one rosary a week and fasting on Fridays for her conversion of heart,” he said.
Reprinted with permission of Catholic News Service; © Copyright 2021 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/CNS.
Here is one prayer to St. Joseph, you may want to use.
“Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, whose power makes the impossible possible, come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty. Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you, that they may have a happy outcome. My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power.” Amen.
From Archdiocese of Portland Website
The WOCCR Service Team met recently to begin planning events for next year. Our major event: Ralph Martin will be coming on September 23–24, 2022. It will take place at St. Edward’s in Keizer. There will be pre-registration and registration at the door; we don’t know the cost yet. We will likely reserve a hotel block of about 25 rooms for Friday night. If you are coming from southern Oregon, we will reserve a few two-night rooms, for your convenience.
Besides that gathering next September, we explored providing two Healing Masses. We have yet to determine what churches would host those Masses, and we’re considering a live-streaming option. I will give you updates on all the above as we know them.
God Bless you and keep you safe in this time of Covid.
Jackie Morgan & WOCCR Team