St. Mary's Parish
St. Mary's Catholic Church -- 600 Avenue B Sterling, IL 61081 -- Call 815-625-0640 -- Rev. James Keenan- Pastor

Family of Praise (Charismatic) Prayer Group

James 5:16b  "The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects"



The FAMILY OF PRAISE Prayer Group was formed in 1971 and is made up of men and women who have experienced a personal spiritual awakening (conversion), through the love of Jesus Christ and the "internal spiritual experience" of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. As a result, the Spirit draws us together in a number of ways, one of which is the weekly prayer meeting.  The prayer group is the "living stone" of  Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  At the heart of the prayer group is the weekly charismatic prayer meeting.  The spiritual goal  of each prayer meeting is to be evangelistic in format and overflowing with the Spirit's activity. The focus is on giving God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, glory, honor and praise.  This happens through songs, spontaneous / expressive prayers of thanksgiving, praise and worship, charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit, quiet moments, scripture, short teachings, witness talks, personal sharing, and intercessory prayer.  The "joy of the Lord" is experienced by all!
The FAMILY OF PRAISE Prayer Group embraces and joins the Church in it's mission and efforts to evangelize.  We do this via: Weekly Prayer Meetings -  The Annual Life in the Spirit Seminar - Charismatic Eucharistic Celebrations - Days of Renewal - and being actively involved in Parish Life and Ministries.  
The FAMILY OF PRAISE Prayer Meeting is held Thursday evenings  from 7-8:30 PM in the Parish Center. (* Please note the schedule changes during the summer months.)  Individuals of all ages and walks in life are always welcome! 

For further information, call  Artie or Patty Mendoza (815)625-0736.