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Holy Spirit Conference Mass Celebrants

Saturday, September 16, 2023
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, CA

Left to Right:
Deacon Ernie von Emster: Assisting
Fr. Armando Lopez
Fr. Ray Reyes: Main Celebrant
Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
Fr. Ken Barker



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.





Fruitful Corner


REFLECTION FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024

By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA

JESUS AND NICODEMUS

Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.” Jn. 3:9-11

Our gospel reference formed part of Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus who had come to visit him at night. Nicodemus was a rich Jewish rabbi and one of the seventy members of Sanhedrin. He wanted to clarify whether the obeying of the Mosaic Law and the offering of prescribed sacrifices were enough for one’s eternal salvation.

Unlike the other Pharisees who were not interested in the message of Jesus, Nicodemus wanted to be clear on ways to eternal life and Jesus had told him the only way was to “be born again”. The issue of being “born again” was confusing for Nicodemus.

Hence, Jesus used the occasion as a teachable moment, showing Nicodemus the necessity for a spiritual rebirth through the action of the Holy Spirit by means of the water of Baptism as an essential condition for one’s salvation.

Jesus teaches Nicodemus the effects the Holy Spirit produces in the souls of the baptized.

This passage continues yesterday’s Gospel conversation in which Jesus says clearly to Nicodemus that the way to Heaven is to be “born from above.” Nicodemus questions how one can “be born again,” and then Jesus issues this apparent criticism of Him quoted above.

The apparent criticism of Jesus in our gospel reference was not a condemnation of Nicodemus. It was not in the tone of His normal “Woe to you…” statements; rather, it was a gentle but very direct challenge to Nicodemus so as to move him from his questions to faith.

Unlike the other Pharisees, Nicodemus did not come to trap and condemn Jesus. He came because he was confused. Most likely, he was confused because he felt great peer pressure from his fellow Pharisees to condemn Jesus. This encounter between Jesus and Nicodemus shows the goodness and courage of Nicodemus as well as the loving boldness of Jesus.

Jesus knew that Nicodemus was open. He knew that Nicodemus could be won over. He also knew that Nicodemus needed to be challenged in a direct and firm way. He needed a bit of a positive criticism so as to enter into the gift of faith. This challenge and positive criticism of Jesus ultimately won Nicodemus over.

Reflect, today, upon any way in which you, too, need a challenge and positive criticism from Jesus. What form of worldly pressure do you experience in life? Do friends, neighbors, family members or co-workers impose upon you in some way a peer pressure that is contrary to the life of true holiness? If so, ponder the ultimate courage of Nicodemus. His witness should inspire us and allow Jesus to challenge us where we need it the most in our lives.

Lord Jesus, You are unwavering in Your determination to challenge me in the area that I need it the most. Help me to receive Your challenge, positive criticism, and gentle rebukes of love when I am weak so that I will have the courage and strength I need to be your faithful follower. Give me clarity and understanding and help me to overcome the misleading pressures of the world. 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.