Alpha Holy Spirit Weekend

Here you will find the resources we used and the recordings both video and audio from the weekend.

Friday Evening – Who is the Holy Spirit

Scripture: put out into the deep Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 

Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”  For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;  and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Audio of the Gospel Passage

Listen to the Gospel being read by Elaine Flynn

Audio of the Opening Reflection

Listen to the reflection on the Gospel that Paul facilitated

Audio of Talk given by John

Fr. John gave a talk entitled Who is the Holy Spirit?

Scripture: Jesus breathed on themJohn 20:19-23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. .”

Litany of the Holy SpiritFrom Richard Rohr

Pure Gift of God. 
Indwelling Presence
Promise of the Father
Life of Jesus
Pledge and Guarantee
Eternal Praise. 
Defence Attorney. 
Inner Anointing. 
Reminder of the Mystery. 
Homing Device. 
Knower of All Things.   
Stable Witness.   
Implanted Pacemaker.     
Overcomer of the Gap.     
Always Already Awareness.   
Compassionate Observer. 
Magnetic Center. 
God Compass.   
Inner Breath.    
Divine DNA. 
Mutual Yearning Place. 

Given Glory.
Hidden Love of God.  
Choiceless Awareness.      
Implanted Hope.   
Seething Desire.  
Fire of Life and Love.        
Sacred Peacemaker. 
Nonviolence of God.      
Seal of the Incarnation. 
First Fruits of Everything.     
Father and Mother of Orphans
Planted Law
Truth Speaker
God’s Secret Plan
Great Bridge Builder 
Warmer of Hearts
Space between everything  
Flowing Stream
Winds of Change
Descending Dove
Cloud of Unknowing

Uncreated Grace
Filled Emptiness
Deepest Level of our Longing
Attentive Heart
Sacred Wounding
Holy Healing
Softener of our Spirit
Will of God
Great Compassion
Generosity of the Creator
Inherent Victory
The One Sadness
Shared Joy
God’s Tears
God’s Happiness 
The Welcoming Within
New and Eternal Covenant
Contract written in Our Hearts
Jealous Lover
Desiring of God

Richard Rohr speaking about this Litany of the Holy Spirit

We played Veni Sancte Spiritus

Veni Sancte Spiritus
Letting Go Prayer

In this moment,
I let go of all thoughts and concerns.
When I let go, I am able to receive.
When my hands are formed into tight fists,
I cannot open my hands to receive anything.
When I hang onto tight control,
When I close off my heart and my spirit,
I cannot receive your blessings for me.

I let go to receive your blessings.
Letting go in this moment,
I receive your loving presence around me and within me.

Help me to let go when I am feeling overwhelmed,
so that I may receive your peace.
Help me to let go when I feel fear so that in fear’s place I may receive your peace.
Help me to let go when I feel fear so that in fear’s place I may receive love and courage.

I let go of problems and challenges in order to receive your guidance and clarity.
I let go and trust you.
I will not fall.
You will catch me.
I let go and trust in the still, small voice inside of me.
Help me not to struggle but to surrender my struggle to you.
I gladly receive this gift of letting go and letting you lead me and guide me.

Saturday Morning – How can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?

Audio of the Opening Reflection

Audio of the talk given by John?

Opening Reflection

Talk by John on How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit

Copies of the other resources used are below.

Resource Pack for the Weekend

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Snow Geese by Mary Oliver

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