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New Life in the Holy Spirit
This is a prayer we need to pray every day, every day: "Holy Spirit may my heart be open to the Word of God, may my heart be open to good, may my heart be open to the beauty of God, every day." - Pope Francis

Prayer Resources:

Prayers to the Holy Spirit from Catholic online

​​​​"Pray as you go" - online and downloadable prayer


1. Pray expectantly to the Holy Spirit every day (see column on left).

2. Read this article by a priest about new life in the Holy Spirit.

2. Read more about the Holy Spirit (see top right of the page).

4. ​Consider coming to the weekly "Life in the Spirit" prayer group.

5. Or come to an evening of Renewal service at St Joan's Church 8.00pm on the first Wednesday of most months. Format varies but usually includes Praise, Adoration, and Prayer for healing.

6. Come to Alton Day of Renewal (see below)
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Suggested further reading

A prayer journal for Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Therese Boucher

Towards a fuller life in the Holy Spirit – Charles Whitehead

Shall I renew my Baptismal promises? - Ambrose Walsh

Walking in the Spirit (various)

Pentecost is always for living - Charles Whitehead

Baptism in the Holy Spirit - ICCRS Doctrinal Commission

(Available from Good News Books www.goodnewsbooks.net)
How can you help make life at St. Joan's even more dynamic?
We are a vibrant Parish, but what else could we be doing to bring God's love to all?
THE ALPHA COURSE AT ST JOANS

“I was going to Mass but yearned for something more.
I came across Alpha. I loved the warm and inviting atmosphere - spiritually enlightening, but in a really gentle way. I felt I was experiencing the fullness of life like I hadn’t known before"
– Ben, Catholic Alpha participant.

Ask questions, share ideas, build friendships and experience the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Choose either Thursdays at 10.30 am, from 25th April to 18th July.Or Sundays at 6.45pm from 28th April to 21st July. Plus Holy Spirit day for both streams on Saturday 15th June.

With FOOD to relax and build community; TALK on DVD to engage and inspire conversation; followed by DISCUSSION - the chance to share thoughts and ideas (if you wish) in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Register in advance: alastairemblem@yahoo.co.uk
Or come to the introductory/sign up on 25th or 28th April
how to grow in the spirit
ALTON DAY OF RENEWAL
Come and be inspired at a day (or half-day) mini-retreat. Including Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Rosary, Reconciliation, Praise and Worship, Inspirational speakers and Healing prayer ministry.
Every month (except December) at Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton. 11.00-4.00
No charge (collection taken). No need to book. Plenty of free parking space. Full details HERE