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CRSB NEWSLETTER   MAY 2017

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ is risen from the dead, Hallelujah! May the miracle of Easter bring you renewed hope, faith, love and joy!

Rom: 14:17: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus describes joy as a manifestation of the kingdom of God and a sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence. What better time to speak about the gift of joy, especially, during this Easter season. We can celebrate the amazing love of the Father and His gift of righteousness (won by the death of Jesus), and peace and joy (gifts of the Holy Spirit.)  By Jesus’ death on the cross, He has wiped our sins away so that we can now stand before the Father pure and blameless and heaven is our inheritance. This is certainly a cause for rejoicing and lasting joy!

This year, the Golden Jubilee Year 2017, marks the joyful celebration of 50 years of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The upcoming 50th Anniversary commemorates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit amongst college students and professors on the Duquesne Weekend in February 1967 at The Ark and The Dove Retreat House near Pittsburgh, PA.

Golden Jubilee Year Events 2017

  • Rome Jubilee Pilgrimage Celebration to be held in Rome, Italy– Pope Francis has invited all charismatics to make pilgrimage to Rome, The Eternal City, to celebrate the Jubilee Year 2017. Starting Wednesday May 31st there will be various celebrations happening in several locations in Rome leading to the Pentecost Eucharistic celebration on Sunday June 4th. Visit this website for more detailed information: www.iccrs.org
  • NSC 2017 Jubilee Conference (Rivers of Living Water)/50 Years of Catholic Charismatic Renewal, July 20 – 23, 2017 Pittsburgh Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA – CRSB office is looking into vans as transportation to the July celebration in Pittsburgh. Space is limited so please make your arrangements soon by contacting Romanus Ajaero (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) For further information regarding the conference, please access the following website: www.nsc-chariscenter.org
  • CRSB Annual Fall Conference (Spreading the Flame), celebrating the Jubilee Year 2017, will be held on September 8-9th at Betania II, Medway, MA. Please save these dates. For more information, please access our website: www.crsboston.com

Here’s what’s been happening at CRSB since our last newsletter:

CRSB Day of Recollection: “You Have Lost the Love You Had at First” was held March 4th at Betania II in Medway for all prayer groups and ministry leaders. David Brooks was the coordinator, and about 30 retreatants attended. After a time of extended praise and worship, led by Vin Cerasuolo, Romanus Ajaero gave the keynote talk, exhorting all to return to their first love in this year of the Great Jubilee of Charismatic Renewal. Many gifts were manifested, especially tongues and prophecy and Fr. Mike McNamara presided at a closing Mass. 

CRSB Multicultural Ministry Workshop “Unity within the Christian Familywas held on Saturday, March 25 at Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA. This CRSB multicultural event was sponsored in celebration of the Jubilee year 2017.  This Workshop Day consisted of 4 sessions of ministerial service and prayer sessions lead by the following people: Youth Ministry – Leila Andrade, Music Ministry – Roque Pena, Praying with Mary – Magalie Rowe, and Healing Ministry – Romanus Ajaero. The opening talk, “Unity within the Christian Family and Evangelization Outside to all”, was given by Enrique Mendez. It was a great day for collaboration of ministry ideas and to celebrate unity among our ethnic groups.

Healing Service was held on April 8, at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy, MA. It was organized by Romanus Ajaero, head of the CRSB Healing Ministry. Praise and worship teams were led by Vin Cerasuolo and Anibal Gonzalez, and the opening remarks were given by Guido Quesada. Many came forward to receive a healing touch from the Lord.

Council Elections were held on Wednesday, May 3rd at the CRSB Leaders’ Assembly.  Our newly elected member to the council is Manuel Najarro who will be replacing Guido Quesada as a representative for the Hispanic Community.  Manuel is from St. Anthony’s prayer group in Everett and will be installed at the opening mass on Friday Sept. 8th at our Fall Conference. Please keep him in your prayers as we welcome him to the council.   We also want to extend our gratitude to Guido for his years of service to the council and to the Renewal.

Hispanic National Conference was held on April 28 and 29 and was hosted by the Hispanic Community of the Boston Renewal.  This conference was held in Medway and was a blessing to all.

May you have a blessed and joyful Easter Season!

Christine Muise,  Newsletter Editor

Announcements:

  • CRSB Fiesta  will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 10 am to 4 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer St,  Holliston.  Join us for this fun-filled event and bring your family and friends.  There will be plenty of music, food, games and lots of fun!!  For more information, please see our enclosed flyer or contact us at 781-333-5308 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • CRSB Fall Conference – Friday evening Sept. 8 and Saturday Sept. 9 at Betania II in Medway, MA
  • Third ELT Leader’s Meeting – October 30  at St. Mary’s in Waltham.

Charismatic Renewal Services Archdiocese of Boston

CRS-Boston
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA  02184

781-333-5308

www.crsboston.com

Did You Know?
 Pope Francis spoke Francis spoke to priests about Life in the Spirit Seminars in his address at the 3rdworldwide priest retreat on June 12, 2015:
 
“I ask each and every one of you, as members of this current of grace of the Charismatic Renewal, to organize Seminars of Life in the Spirit in your parishes, seminaries, schools, and neighbourhoods in order to share the Baptism in the Spirit, even in catechesis, so that the Holy Spirit could bring about that personal encounter with Jesus Christ, which changes our lives.”   

 

 

 

 

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His Love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

Autumn is the season when God gives us a glimpse of His glory and splendor in the beautiful display of color that spreads across our region during this time of the year.  The trees show off their arrays of reds, golds and yellows, and we enjoy a respite from the long hot days of summer and the anticipated cold days of winter that lie ahead. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, declared the last Thursday in November, as a day set aside, to give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed on us as individuals and as a nation. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the bountiful blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Yes, it is a season of giving special thanks to God for all that He has done for us, for all He is doing for us, and for all He will do for us. The Bible says, “In everything give thanks….” 1Thes 5:18 and we have much to be thankful, for God loves to care for us, in the good times and in the bad times.

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest person
it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow
. Edward Sandford Martin

 How true! Let us give thanks with a grateful heart, this season and always!

Here are some of the things that are happening at CRSB since the last newsletter:

CRS Boston Annual Conference - Mission in Mercy, was held on September 9th and 10th at St. Stephen’s parish in Framingham, MA. The conference opened with a concelebrated multicultural Mass and music ministry all praising the Lord and welcoming the Holy Spirit. The conference hosted speakers from the Brazilian, Spanish, and English speaking communities. The Spirit fell in power that weekend and many hearts were rekindled with the fire of the Spirit and the commission of spreading the good news of the gospel, to all those we meet!

CRS Boston Healing Service – was held at St. Mary’s Parish in Waltham on the 8th of October. Guido Quesada gave the opening remarks and the music ministry led the congregation in praise and worship. Teams were available to pray for the needs of all who came forward for a healing touch from the Lord.

Website update!    Our new website is up and running. Please be sure to visit the website at

                            www.crsboston.com

Upcoming Events

Christmas Celebrationwill be held on Thursday, December 29th from 6-9:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Waltham. Please see the enclosed flyer for this wonderful celebration.

English Speaking Retreat – to be held on March 4th at Betania II.  More info to follow.

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all!

CRSB NEWSLETTER   September 2016

Living the Gospel“The word of God is living and active” (Hebrews 4: 12).

The word of God is not dead, but is alive. It has life and it gives life. It brings healing and refreshment, restoration and revival. It imparts mercy and forgiveness and brings hope to God’s people. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and is the living Word among us. Living the gospel then is doing what Jesus did.

A reflection from Pope Francis says that there are three things that show Christians are living the Gospel. The first is “faith.” This is more than believing that God exists. It involves a relationship with God that includes trust. Jesus told us not to worry (see Matthew 6: 25-34) and the trusting peace that follows will lead people to wonder what our secret is.
Secondly, living the Gospel involves honesty. Jesus said he was the truth (John 15: 6) and that he came to witness to the truth (John 18: 37). Our honesty with God, others, and ourselves is a hallmark of our Christianity.

But perhaps the greatest witness to our living the Gospel is our love for others. As Jesus said, “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13: 35). We pray with Pope Francis that all Christians may live the Gospel, for we may be the only Gospel that some people will ever see or hear.

Here are some of the things that are happening at CRSB since the last newsletter:

Multicultural Fiesta:  CRS Boston fired up their grills and joined together as one family in Christ and celebrated with food, fun, music and dancing at our annual multicultural fiesta, which was held on August 6th. The heat and humidity did not put a damper on the festivities and a great time was had by all!

CRSB Fall Conference is fast approaching!  It will be held at St. Stephen’s in Framingham on Friday evening Sept. 9th and Saturday Sept. 10th. The theme this year is Mission in Mercy. Final preparations are underway, and tickets are now available for sale. You don’t want to miss this event!

Healing minister’s workshop with Fr John Capuci: Saturday, October 1, 2016, at St. Malachy Parish Hall, 99 Bedford Street, Burlington, MA. Time: 8:00 AM-1:30 PM.  This is open to all prayer ministers, and the cost is $20 which includes lunch.

Next Healing Service – Saturday, October 8, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church, 30 Pond Street, Waltham, MA. Time: 6:30 PM. All are welcome who need a special touch from the Lord!

Website update! We will have some exciting news to share soon about our new website. There will be links to ethnic group websites and much more.  This is a work in progress and we are beginning to add information which can be viewed at www.crsboston.com .  To see our upcoming events, click on the event tab at the top of the page.

In Closing: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Colossians 3: 12-17

See you at the conference!

Christine Muise

Newsletter Editor

Announcements:

ª  Leaders’ Assembly:  No meeting in September.  The remainingmeetings for 2016 are on Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7from 7:00-9:00 pm.  These will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall, 30 Taylor St, Waltham.  Please note this new location from Oct. to April.

ª  CRSB Fall Conference - Friday evening Sept. 9 and Saturday Sept. 10 at St. Stephen’s Church, 221 Concord St., Framingham, MA.  Mass on Friday is free, tickets for Saturday are $25 which includes a light breakfast and lunch. To register, mail payment with your name, address, phone# to CRS Boston, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA, 02184. For questions, directions, hotel info, call 781-333-5308 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ª  Healing Service: Saturday, October 8 at 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s Church, 30 Pond St, Waltham.  Please see the enclosed flyer.

ª  CRSB Christmas Celebration - Thursday Dec. 29 at St. Mary's Church Hall, 30 Pond St, Waltham, MA

 Did You Know?

Pope John Paul II had continuously recognized the importance of the charismatic renewal. In 1979 he spoke to the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service meeting in Rome: “I am convinced that this movement is a sign of the Spirit’s action…a very important component in the total renewal of the Church.”

In 1992 he addressed the international council again: “The Charismatic Renewal can play a significant role in promoting the much needed defense of Christian life in societies where secularism and materialism have weakened many people’s ability to respond to the spirit and to discern God’s loving call, Your contribution to the re-evangelization of society will be made in the first place by personal witness to the indwelling of the Spirit and by showing forth His presence through works of holiness and solidarity.”

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