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Acts 2:42  They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Pentecost Vigil

Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar, which falls fifty days after Easter Sunday and celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and upon all Christians.   It is the celebration of the beginning of the Church where the apostles were empowered to go forth and baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.   It is a great feast day for the entire church and for all those filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

The Catholic Renewal Services (CRS) hosts a Pentecost Vigil mass (Saturday evening) within the Archdiocese of Edmonton where the Catholic Charismatic Community along with all of the ecclesial associations and movements from the Archdiocese gather to celebrate the birthday of our Church.   Prior to the mass there is a procession of all of the various groups, with their banners, and a time for praise & worship which then leads into the celebration of the mass and fellowship at the end.

Mass with Healing Service

The CRS hosts approximately four masses with healing services annually.   This event moves throughout the Archdiocese to make it easier for all people to be able to participate and always begins with at least 1/2 hour of praise and worship.   Usually there is a mass but depending on the availability of priests and who is leading the healing service we sometimes have a healing service outside of the mass setting.   The mass with healing service may also be done using the sacrament of 'Anointing of the Sick.'

Praise Report

I feel privileged to have been able to participate in the mass with healing service held at St. Teresa’s Parish, on November 12/14. When we were praying and singing before the mass, my right hand was in pain and my pinky finger was red and swollen for several months due to arthritis. Clapping was painful, then there was a moment when I felt very warm through my hands and later I notice I was free of the pain. PRAISE BE THE LORD.

Maria Z. García