March 2020 thru June 2020

The gathering of our last joint meeting of prayer group leaders was held at the Catholic Center on February 29, 2020.  Since the middle of April members of the Core Team have been meeting via Zoom, just about every other Saturday morning: April 18, May 2, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20.

From April 13 to April 16, Deacon Werner Rose and Associate Liaison Sharon Reiter attended a virtual conference of the annual ADL (Association of Diocesan Liaisons) meeting.  They had been scheduled to travel to Kansas City, Kansas, for this annual convocation, but due to the stay-at-home orders, the meeting was conducted successfully through Zoom media.  The scheduled presenter was Jim Beckman who presented a report analyzing the youth of today and how we can consider bringing them into the Renewal.  A summary of that report will be sent to each prayer group to study.

Beginning April 18, and almost every two weeks thereafter, the Core Team has been meeting virtually.  Nick Bickle of the St. Louis Prayer Group has come on board to take over Bill Vautrot’s position as secretary/treasurer.  But Bill has participated in these meetings, as a bridge during this transition period.  The transfer of signatories from Bill Vautrot to Nick Bickle for the CCRMD treasury has been accomplished.  The treasury has maintained its balance of $4,274.61 all during this time as no transactions have taken place.

Back in March, Deacon Werner Rose began work on creating a Strategic Plan for the CCRMD.  The purpose of a strategic plan is to keep us on task with our goals as an organization.  After several drafts, much thought to make the plan succinct, as well as reviews of the plan at a couple Saturday meetings, a final draft was presented at the May 23 meeting.  A copy of the plan is slated to be on the website for your review.  Prayer Group Leaders will be especially interested in Section II – Prayer Groups, which lists goals for prayer groups to consider.

Another on-going item of business has been the work of our crmemphis.com website.  Being unable to find anyone with an interest in this endeavor, Deacon Werner Rose has taken it upon himself, the training necessary to rebuild and maintain the site.  He believes this communication tool is essential in these times in order to communicate our existence in the Diocese of Memphis as well as to be a point of education about the Renewal.  So with the assistance of Bryan Watson, ……., who is his tutor, Deacon Werner spends several hours each week, learning the Word Press software.  One exciting feature he has discovered is a translation tab which allows the English to be translated to Spanish.

Request for Funds Form:  In order to offer to prayer groups financial support from the CCRMD treasury, much time has been spent at our meetings and much outside effort on the part of Nick Bickle has been devoted to creating a form which a prayer group can use to request funds for activities promoting the Renewal.  It is still a work in progress, but once it has been approved by the Core Team, the form will be sent to Prayer Group Leaders.

Deacon Werner Rose with some assistance from Sharon Reiter, has begun working on new By-laws.  In view of our restructuring, clarification of how we promote the Renewal needs to be established.  Deacon also wants the By-laws to define the organizational structure of the CCRMD for any and all concerned. This too is an on-going project at the biweekly Core Team meetings.

Early on, Delia reported on a couple of joint meetings held by the leaders of the Hispanic Prayer Groups. They have since organized themselves, giving each person a particular responsibility. IT was mentioned that they were excited about a National Hispanic Conference slated in Florida in April, and they were preparing for a joint Hispanic Festival of Praise to be held in August at the Church of the Resurrection.

The joint group asked Delia to relay to the Core Team their wish to find a reasonably priced location to continue their Life in the Spirit Retreats.  And then, week by week, the Covid issues negated each plan.  In the meantime, Deacon Werner Rose contacted Deacon Ernie Albonetti who is in charge of Our Lady of Peace Retreat Center regarding costs for using the Center as a possible LIS venue. A meeting to discuss the minimum pricing is pending.






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Prayers of the Faithful:

        8-7-21 Bill Hart

Lift Bill Hart up in prayer. He’s been admitted to Baptist Collierville with chest pain and difficulty breathing.  He’s been struggling with lung cancer

        8-7-21 RUDY BERNIL

MOM PASSED AWAY AROUND 10 AM (pst) in CA. She was in pain and must have gone quickly.  She was in her 90’s..  Do keep Rudy and family in your prayers.  She loved Mama Mary and prayed the Rosary much.  Our Lady took her home to be with Jesus on this 1st Saturday devotion.

        8-7-21 DIANE ACKERMAN

Prayers of Thanksgiving –  Her mother DID NOT have cancer, (THANKS TO YOUR PRAYERS) Doctors are treating her for  PTL.

        6-16-21 Fran Moore –

               In lock down for 2 weeks because of a positive test                          
               among the staff

        4-15-21 Alex Reider –

               For Healing


3-26-21 Diane Ackerman

Diane is in the hospital she has a tear in the colon and she wanted me to pass along to the prayer group to pray for her. Surgeon will determine if tear require surgery. She has infection in stomach and being treated with antibiotics buy IV. Please pass along to everyone else in the group. Thanks 

+2-16-21 Peter Roman Rose R.I.P

Please keep my younger brother Peter (Pete) Roman Rose in your prayers. He passed away from multiple Health Issues in New York this evening. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. I thank the Lord for his merciful touch on him and me throughout the past week… I will miss him!

1-26-21 Pray for Deacon Walt Bolton.

On  January 26, in the middle of the day, Deacon Walt was attacked by two teenagers as he was coming out of St. John’s Church.  He sustained injuries to his face as they took his car keys.  But within a couple of blocks of the church, the police apprehended the boys, but by then they had rammed the car into a fence;  we do not know the condition of the car.
Deacon Werner talked to Deacon Walt and says that he seemed calm, but he is concerned about the boys and he is praying for them.  He told Deacon Werner that he is offering up his injuries for the souls in purgatory.
So please pray for Deacon Walt’s healing and for the boys’ conversions.  But also offer prayers of thanksgiving that the situation was not worse.  God Bless!

~ Sharon ~ Associate Liaison & Communications Chairperson for the CCRMD

+1/3/21 Terry Wright – R.I.P.


I had the joy of being Jim and Terry Wright’s Pastor for 16 years. Terry was a giant of faith, a  powerful advocate for the charismatic renewal, a wonderful mother/GM, one who took seriously Vatican II’s call to lay ministry and leadership,  a good friend.
Terry, pray for us from your high place in heaven!
Msgr. Al Kirk (Pastor Emeritus: Church of the Holy Spirit)

Another spirit-filled founding member has gone on to be with the Lord Jesus.  Memphis is gaining a lot of Charismatic Saints in heaven to intercede for the rest of us below.  I will send a MASS card from the Renewal and one from the St. Louis Prayer Group which is still meeting on Sunday afternoons at 2:40.   PTL.   Carlene Inzer

———- Forwarded Message ———-
From: michael lenahan <halenahan@att.net>
Subject: Re: Passing of Terry Wright
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2021 11:41:17 -0600

Terry and Jim Wright were amazing Catholics. They were leaders in the Renewal for many, many years. I may be incorrect, but I do believe that they were the founders of the St. Louis Prayer Group.

Years ago when I made my first Life in the Spirit Seminar, the Leaders were Terry and Jim. Also at the seminar we’re Msgr. Clunan, Msgr. Helmer, Father Carl Hood, Father Jim Martell, Ralph and Gwen Seng. Over 100 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Both Msgrs. were great supporters of the Renewal.
Larry and Mary Wright lead the music.
It’s very sad to have Terry pass. She’s been a contributing member of the Servants of the Upper Room. She and Flo Piano led a prayer ministry at St. Louis for years. Now, they are in Heaven praying for us together once again.
Great people, Great servants of the Lord.
Helen Michael Lenahan Holy Spirit Prayer Group Leaders (at OLPH)

+12/29/20 Linda McGee – R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of Linda’s soul. She passed away Monday, December 28, 2020, after a 5 week fight with COVID.
Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to:
Mr. Glenn McGee
418 Cairn Cove
Cordova, TN 38018.
(Her husband is Glenn McGee, daughter, Laura, and son, Eric)

12/11/20 The Bickels  – In Thanksgiving

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Leah and Nick Bickel both have gotten the results of the COVID-19 Molecular Test. We both have been found to be negative.

12/1/20 Bill Hart –

Update 12/12/20 – He and his wife, Nancy, are still suffering from the effects of COVID. Nancy has a great deal of fatigue. Bill is still coughing. Thankfully neither have needed hospitalization.

+11/22/20  Bill Platten – R.I.P.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Bill Platten, (who passed away from COVID) and for his wife Rene’ and family. Bill was head of Fishers of Men and a supporter of Men’s Morning of Spirituality.

12/28/20 John Rose

Thanksgiving-After testing positive, tested negative after mandatory quarantine.

9/19/20 Dc. Werner & Provie

Prayers-Special Intentions

9/17/20 Mills Vautrot, Sr. –

Prayers-Health Concern

9/16/20 Helen Lenehan –

Prayers-For Health Improvement

9/16/20 Mike Lenehan –

Thanksgiving-Recovery for Prostate Cancer

Joe Londino –


6/17/20 – Provie Rose

Thanksgiving-Provie would like to thank all for prayers, during her bout with Shingles. Hoping for complete leg recovery.

Julia Cervantes –


+8/6/20  Mike Yarbrough – R.I.P.

Prayers-Please pray for the Repose of Mike Yarbrough’s Soul due to COVID. Also for the family for peace, reconciliation, and healing. 
Sympathy Cards may be sent to:
Mrs. Carol Yarbrough and Family, 529 South Main, Covington, TN. 38019.
Received this message from Carol Yarbrough’s sister Becky.  The family is asking that food, groceries, cards, money, gift cards, etc, be sent to Coleman address (see below).  Please pass this inf. on to others.
THANKS  Jane Wegner
Thank you all so very much for the thoughts, prayers and good vibes for my sister Carol Yarbrough and her husband Mike Yarbrough.