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Diocesan charismatic gathering set for June 8

By RENEE WEBB, Globe senior reporter
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In the Catholic Church, Pentecost is a feast day that celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.

With that in mind, Father David Hemann said it is perfect timing for a charismatic prayer meeting.

A charismatic gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, at St. Michael Church in Sioux City. Depending on the turnout, the gathering will either be held in St. Anthony Chapel or the large church.

“It will be a day of prayer, teaching and renewal,” said Father Hemann, who noted it will be modelled after the apostles meeting in the upper room when the Holy Spirit descended upon them.

The gathering, which is sponsored by the diocesan spiritual renewal pastoral team, will begin with praise music and the faithful will have time to be open to prophetic and scriptural words given to them from the Lord.

“Then we will go into petitioning. We will pray and intercede for the church and for all of the needs of the world,” he said.

Father Hemann, who is the diocesan liaison to the spiritual renewal pastoral team, will give a talk centered on living in God’s constant presence.

“I want to make people more aware of the constant abiding presence of Holy Spirit,” he said. “We need to learn to listen to him more and communicate with him more.”

Father Hemann said if every human being on earth practiced the continual presence of God “there would obviously be a lot more love, a lot more peace and a lot more goodness in this world. Any goodness comes from God so if we learn to constantly live in his presence, then a lot more would come from us because you can’t give what you don’t have.”

If people could move in that direction, he said the world would be much more unified, healed and closer to the Kingdom of God.

After the talk, prayer teams will also be available to pray with individuals for specific needs.

This gathering, which celebrates the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, is open to all who are interested in charismatic prayer and renewal. Persons of high school age on up are welcome to attend.

While the Mass is the greatest form of prayer, Father Hemann said this type of gathering can offer another dimension of prayer.

“It’s not an either/or; it’s a both/and. There is a dynamic interaction between the charismatic dimension of our prayer and the liturgical dimension,” he said. “From the liturgical dimension and the group, charismatic dimension, we hope people can all the more develop their personal prayer life and also that people can be empowered to minister to others better. It’s not just priests that help, all the baptized are called to minister the word and healing presence of God to one another.”

The priest pointed out that the diocesan spiritual renewal pastoral team hopes to offer about four events during the year.

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