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* February 3, 2023: 1st Friday Mass
St. Paul of the Shipwreck
1122 Jamestown Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124



CONGRATULATIONS


Congratulations to all the re-elected Executive Officers of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Board of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for the year 2023-2026 led by Bro. Danny Garza (Chairman), Sis. Sally Yeo (Vice Chair), Sis. Tess Garza (Secretary), Bro. Jose dela Torre (Finance) and Bro. Romy Arellano (Treasurer).

We also would like to acknowledge and compliment all new members of the CCR Board as well. More work to do in the vineyard of our Lord Jesus Christ!

To God be the glory and praise.




Congratulations to all the incoming 2023-2024 Filipino Catholic Charismatic Communities Officers led by their new Head Coordinator Sis. Tess Garza as commissioned by Rev. Fr. Ray Reyes at the Piro Hall of St Andrew Catholic Church in Daly City.





1st Friday Mass:
St. Augustine, So. San Francisco, CA
January 6, 2023








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Fruitful Corner

REFLECTION FOR WEDNESDAY
January 25, 2023


By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA

AN ENCOUNTER THAT TRANSFORMED

“Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17

Our scriptural reference today formed part of conversion and encounter story of Saul whose feast we celebrate today. This story of encounter with the Lord culminates in a question: What shall I do, sir? In this profound encounter, Jesus did not explain everything to Saul, rather He sent him to the Christian community in Damascus.

Paul known as Saul of Tarsus was a devout Jewish Pharisee who vigorously defended the law. After Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, the newfound Christian faith began to grow rapidly. As a result, Saul of Tarsus vigorously tried to end this new religion which he perceived as erroneous.

He travelled about looking for followers of Jesus to arrest and imprison. Saul even gave his consent to the stoning of the deacon, Saint Stephen, the first martyr. However, on one of his journeys, Saul had a vision of the risen Christ Who spoke to him gently, saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”. It was in that encounter that Saul was left blinded for three days.

Blinded by the light of this encounter, Paul was led by his companions to meet Ananias, a devout observer of the law. Ananias healed Paul, taught him, and challenged him to take the next steps in his relationship with Christ. This story reminds us that every person is called to encounter Christ and share that Good News with others.

Though there are many fascinating aspects to the story of Saint Paul and his conversion, it is also inspiring to reflect upon the way in which God first converted him. Jesus was not harsh with Saul. He did not condemn him instead; He saw the goodness and vigor of Saul and knew that he would respond if he were given the opportunity.

This same truth applies to our lives. Each of us has incredible potential for good, and God see this. God is aware of all that He can do with us and is seeking to draw us into His mission of sharing the Gospel with those in need. The question to ponder is whether or not you have responded to the ways that God has spoken to you and invited you to serve Him with your life.

Saul’s encounter with Jesus was powerful and transforming not only because he was blinded by this vision, but because Saul wanted to serve God and was trying to do so in an erroneous way. And once that error was corrected, Saul responded in an immediate and complete way.

As a result of that encounter, Saul was transformed from persecutor of Christians to defender of the Gospel. As the “Apostle to the Gentiles,” he was a powerful force in the early Christian communities. His preaching, particularly on Christ crucified, baptism, Christians as the Body of Christ, and our relationship to the divine (and God’s to us) helped the Church develop much of its theology.

Reflect, today, upon the desire in the heart of Jesus to invite you into His mission. Though you may be unaware of the many ways God can use you, Jesus is fully aware. He sees all of your gifts and knows who He wants to draw to Himself through you. Say “Yes” to Him this day and do so with every fiber of your soul. Doing so will allow God to do great things through you.

Lord Jesus, I do love You and desire to be used by You in the way that You choose. Help me to convert my heart more fully to You so that I can be led by Your gentle and powerful hand. I accept whatever mission You give to me and pray that my life will give You true glory and further Your glorious Kingdom on earth. Jesus, I trust in You.


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Mission Statement

As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:

  1. To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
  2. To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
  3. To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
  4. To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
  5. To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.