The mission of the Magnificat Prayer Group is to provide a forum for the praise and worship of the Holy Trinity, for the encouragement of learning about and living the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit, and for witnessing to the Holy Spirit alive in our lives.
The following introduction to the book Strengthening Prayer Groups provides a clear description of the charismatic prayer group.
The prayer group and prayer meeting provide a venue for people with a similar experience of the Holy Spirit to come together. There is value in coming together in that one can share one’s experience of God and gather with others to offer praise and worship to God. But the prayer meeting isn’t just another club meeting of people with a like experience of God. The prayer meeting is an experience of praising and worshipping God. It is also a venue for healing, not only of one another but of praying for healing for others. It is a venue of evangelization, telling the good news both through reflection on Scripture and reflection on the experience of the attendees. It is a training ground, a kind of workshop, in being open to charisms and learning how to discern their use. It is a place for people of vision to come together and search out how they might serve God in daily life.
Used with permission from the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the United States.
Meeting Schedule - Alternating Thursdays, 7pm to 8:30pm except holy days of obligation and holidays.
Meetings are loosely structured, giving the Holy Spirit freedom to move within the group. We sing songs of praise, pray devotionals (litanies, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary, or other favorites), and have presentations or teachings and discussions. We have quiet time that allows for hearts to open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; sharing prophecy and wisdom are encouraged. We witness to how the Lord has worked in our lives since our last meeting. We close our meetings with our signature song, Holy is His Name (The Magnificat), and intercessory prayer. Following the meeting, individual healing prayer is available.
The prayer groups from St. Rose of Lima, St. Joseph York and St. Patrick facilitate quarterly charismatic Masses with prayers for healing at St. Rose of Lima Church, 950 W. Market St., York. Watch for bulletin announcements or get in touch with contacts below. Although these Masses are exactly like our Sunday Eucharistic celebrations, the music may focus on charismatic themes, participants may raise their hands in praise and occasionally praying in “tongues” may be heard. Frequently within the context of these regular Masses, the celebrant will administer the Sacrament of the Sick / Anointing. After Mass, intercessory prayer teams are available for individual healing prayer. We encourage you to join us for this wonderful experience.
Life in the Spirit Seminars
The prayer groups from St. Rose of Lima, St. Joseph York and St. Patrick facilitate Life in the Spirit Seminars. This 7-week, DVD-based seminar, developed by the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, provides instructions in the charisms of the Holy Spirit. Watch for bulletin announcements or get in touch with contacts below.
St. Joseph Church, 2935 Kingston Road, Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org, 717.843.7033
St. Patrick Church, 231 S. Beaver Street, Anne at email@example.com, 717.843.0303
St. Rose of Lima Church, 950 W. Market Street, Joyce at JBankowski5639@comcast.net, 717.308.7245
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 309 S. George Street, Deacon Catalino Gonzalez, 717.683.8752
Diocese of Harrisburg Charismatic Renewal http://aliveinthespirit.net/
What does the Church, the Pope, and other church leaders have to say about Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
"For this reason, I also say to you: 'Open yourselves with docility to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Receive with gratitude and obedience the charisms that the Spirit does not cease to offer! Do not forget that all charisms are given for the common good, that is, for the benefit of the whole Church!' "
Pope John Paul II ("Insegnamenti," XXI, 1 , p. 1122).
"Thanks to the Charismatic Movement, a multitude of Christians, men and women, young people and adults have rediscovered Pentecost as a living reality in their daily lives. I hope that the spirituality of Pentecost will spread in the Church as a renewed incentive to prayer, holiness, communion and proclamation."
“Open yourselves meekly to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Accept with gratitude and obedience the gifts that the Spirit does not cease to give! Do not forget that each charism is given for the common, in other words for the benefit of the Church!”
At the First Vespers of Pentecost, a Homily given by Pope John Paul II, Saturday, 29 May 2004
What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
"It is an experience of the person of the Holy Spirit bringing alive in new ways to the graces we have already received through our baptism. And it’s the Holy Spirit coming and bringing new gifts in our lives."
Charles Whitehead, National Director of Catholic Charismatic Renewal, England
"Baptism in the Spirit is not a human invention; it is a divine invention. It is a renewal of baptism and of the whole of Christian life, of all the sacraments.”
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal Household, interview given September 2003
"Fuller life in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit’s charismatic anointing, endows the church with a full range of gifts. Gifts of adoration, praise and prayer deepen the contemplative dimension of Christian faith. Gifts of service animate a life of Christian holiness committed to justice. All the charisms bring a new docility to the Spirit, an expectant faith in God’s saving intervention in human affairs, an enhanced zeal for the gospel, and a respect for authority in the church."
Fanning the Flame document, p. 12
"Charismatic Renewal is a work of the Holy Spirit responding to the spiritual needs of our time. It is a sign in the life of the Church of the continuing relevance of the ‘outpouring of the Holy Spirit’ on the baptized, which gives life and direction to the Church in the accomplishment of its mission in the world."
Bishop Paul Josef Cordes, in his book Call to Holiness.