March 6, 2011
The past two days (Friday evening and all day Saturday) were spent presenting a condensed Life in the Spirit Seminar to the Parish Core Team at All Saints Parish in Plymouth. This was done to prepare them to better facilitate the Lenten weekly Life in the Spirit sessions that will be sponsored by the parish in the upcoming weeks.
Father Bob Kelleher, Deacon Joe DiVizia, and the Parish Core Team were welcoming and very hospitable. The program was conducted in the Chapel below the church. They heard teaching on life in the Spirit mixed with personal testimony of conversion and living out the life in the Spirit. All seemed to enjoy the variety of songs that accompanied the program.
Jim teaches on "God's Love"
On Saturday afternoon, with the music ministry playing in the background, Fr Bob, Deacon Joe and his wife, Maria, and the members of the Parish Core Team (Elaine, George, Joe, Lucille, Rosemary, Cindy, Tina, Shirley, and Claudia) were each prayed with to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Jim leads us in song as Bob prepares to speak
Bob teaches on being baptized in the Holy Spirit
Please continue to pray for them and their parish as they strive to grow deeper in their relationship with God, live the life in the Spirit, and share their faith with others.
February 8, 2011
From a message of soon-to-be-Blessed Pope John Paul II in the latter
weeks of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000:
7. Participation of the lay faithful in the life and mission of the Church is expressed and supported by various associations, many of which are represented at this congress. Especially in our times, they represent an important means for deeper Christian formation and more effective apostolic activity. The Second Vatican Council says: “Associations are not ends in themselves; they are meant to be of service to the Church’s mission to the world. Their apostolic value depends on their conformity with the Church’s aims, as well as on the Christian witness and evangelical spirit of each of their members and of the association as a whole” (Apostolicam actuositatem, n. 19)……
Today we can speak of a “new era of group endeavors of the lay faithful”. It is one of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council. Along with the associations with a long and praiseworthy tradition, we observe a vigorous and diversified flourishing of ecclesial movements and new communities. This gift of the Holy Spirit is another sign of how God always finds appropriate and timely responses to the challenges posed to faith and to the Church in every historical era. Here too we must thank the associations, movements and ecclesial groups for their work in Christian formation and for the missionary enthusiasm they continue to bring to the Church.
…I invoke upon everyone the protection of Mary, Queen of Apostles and Star of the new evangelization.