Charismatic Renewal marks 50 years

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Catholic Charismatic Renewal is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the United States this year with a national celebration in Pittsburgh, where the movement began in 1967.

The local Charismatic Renewal Heart of Jesus Prayer Group plans to charter a bus to the July 20-23 event.

Charismatic Renewal centers on “baptism of the Holy Spirit” in which God’s Spirit renews and fills a person with grace. It began in the U.S. at a weekend retreat at Duquesne University.

The local prayer group meets every Wednesday at Holy Family Church, 3938 Poplar Level Road. The group also is hosting a series of programs on the movement this spring, including one called “How to Get Baptized in the Holy Spirit.” It will be held on April 20 in Holy Family’s chapel from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone who has been part of the movement in the past and those who are interested in it are invited to join the prayer group ad the bus trip.

The cost for the trip, including bus, hotel (sharing four-person room) and the conference registration, is $350.

For more information about the trip, send an email to

For more information about the local prayer group, call Bob Garvey at 459-6066.

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