Save the evenings of April 29 through May 1 for the Ablaze Parish Renewal with Deacon Keith Strohm speaking.

ABLAZE PARISH RENEWAL

Monday, April 29–Wednesday, May 1
Praise and Worship begins at 6:30 PM and presentations start at 7 PM.
Childcare is available, but reservations are necessary.
Contact jennifer@stamadison.org for questions or to reserve childcare.

Discover the answers to the three deepest questions in the human heart:  Who am I? What’s my purpose in this life? And what happens to me after I die? It’s about experiencing the love, freedom, and intimacy with God for which we were originally created.

During this special 3-night event, Deacon Keith Strohm from the Archdiocese of Chicago will help lead us to a new appreciation of the love God has for us, the blessings He offers us, and the power of the Holy Spirit. He will show us how we can embrace more fully a life that is filled with peace, joy, freedom, and communion with God and with each other.

Overview of the Talks

Night One: The Father’s Love
We were created for an eternal life filled with peace, joy, freedom, and communion with God and each other. Before we were even conceived God held us in His Heart. His desire for us to be in relationship with Him is so intense that when our First Parents rebelled against God and chose themselves over Him, the Father sent His Son to seek after us, the children of Adam & Eve. The Son’s love for the Father and compassion for us was so great that He willingly chose to leave the glory of Heaven and live through our human nature, ultimately suffering torture, punishment, and a humiliating death on a Cross so that we might be restored to communion with the Father.

Night Two: The Redemption Story
Jesus’ obedience to the Father’s plan of Salvation was complete, and because of the Father’s love for Jesus, He was raised from the dead. The powers of sin and death threw everything they could at Jesus, and He triumphed over them. The tomb could not contain him! Because Jesus took on our human nature, his resurrection and ascension open the way for us to receive the divine power of His resurrected life. He offers us Kingdom life so that we can once again enjoy communion with God and transformation in Him. He frees us from bondage to the powers of sin and death and offers us fulfillment and joy in this life and eternal life in the next through the power of his Holy Spirit. If we repent of our sin and turn toward Him, the power of the Sacraments restore and strengthen the Divine Life within us.

Night Three: The Gift of the Holy Spirit
Living out Kingdom life requires us to remain in an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ–becoming His disciples and embracing an apostolic, missionary lifestyle. Kingdom life is expressed here on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit moving both within us and through us to others. So often, many Catholics experience a sense of powerlessness in their walk—as if God gave us a mission and then left us with purely human resources. This night, we will have the opportunity to respond to God’s invitation to a relationship and live out the Kingdom life we receive in the Spirit.

About Our Presenter

Deacon Keith Strohm is the former Director of the Office for the New Evangelization and a deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A well-known international speaker and conference keynote, he has helped tens of thousands of men and women hear the Gospel message and encounter the mercy, love and power of Jesus Christ. He is also the Executive Director of Ablaze Ministries (www.ablaze-ministries.com) and M3 Ministries (www.m3catholic.com) as well as a long-time teacher and collaborator with the Catherine of Siena Institute. He is a co-author, along with six other collaborators, with Sherry Weddell for the book “Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples”–a follow-up to the bestselling book, “Forming Intentional Disciples.” You can follow him on Twitter (@KeithStrohm).