by DioceseofVenice | November 10, 2017 5:55 pm
Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic
The Spanish and English Catholic Charismatic Renewal Commissions of the Diocese of Venice came together for a Golden Jubilee Celebration on Nov. 5 in a day filled with the Holy Spirit.
About 1,400 people from more than 40 separate English and Spanish Charismatic Renewal prayer groups across the Diocese attended the celebration at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Convention Center in Punta Gorda. The event, which had a theme of, “A New Pentecost for a New Evangelization,” was delayed six weeks because of the impacts of Hurricane Irma.
The delay in the celebration did nothing to deter from the excitement for a Diocesan event that brought these groups together, unified in their passion for the Holy Spirit and in serving the Church.
“What a wonderful day,” said one women from Holy Cross Parish in Palmetto. “The Holy Spirit was here with us and we are ready to go out into the world and share the graces we have been blessed with,” said Jose from St. Paul Parish in Arcadia.
Contessa Alvarez of St. Leo the Great Parish in Bonita Springs described her day as one she will carry in her heart forever. “I have been a Charismatic since I was a child, but today brought me closer to the Holy Spirit than ever before. It was a perfect day. I cried some, I sang loud, and I opened my heart to the graces that wash over me. My task now is to go forward and share this experience with everyone I encounter in the way I live my life, blessed.”
The day included inspirational speakers and music in both English and Spanish, often switching between the two languages to ensure everyone gained the most from the celebration.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrated the closing Mass and offered words of encouragement to the Charismatic Renewal movement in the Diocese.
“I pray for your mission to the body of Christ,” Bishop Dewane said. “May the Spirit fulfill your vocation – the Lord wants you to hold nothing back.”
The Bishop reminded the Charismatics that they are also called to humility, that their charism is not about themselves but building up others.
“Let the gifts the Lord has given to you help you to become a true servant to the Lord,” Bishop Dewane added. “A servant who recognizes the Holy Spirit speaking to them and who they are, but also recognizing the Holy Spirit in tradition, the Scripture and in the Magisterium. The Holy Spirit will give us all the insight to rise up and become the more that each of us is called to be.”
In addition to music throughout the day from the Magnificatos, of St. Leo the Great Parish in Bonita Springs, there were a number of inspirational speakers, including: Bishop Emeritus Sam Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana; Father Juan Carlos Sack, STL; Jose Soto, Coordinator of the Hispanic Renewal and Coordinator, Ministry V Encounter, Central Deanery; Renee Marazon, President, English CCR Commission, National Service Committee Council Member, and Dalysse Soto Rivera, regional representative in the National Secretary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Throughout the day, there was a Eucharistic Chapel where people could spend quiet time with the Lord. In addition, priests from across the Diocese were present for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In addition, there were separate youth sessions, designed to inspire the youth to find their potential by giving themselves over to the Holy Spirit.
The mission of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal within the Diocese of Venice is to stir into the flame of grace of Pentecost by promoting a personal relationship with Jesus.
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