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!
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 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.”