"Young people ... the Church asks you to go, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to those who are near and those who are far away. Share with them the freedom you have found in Christ. People thirst for genuine inner freedom. They yearn for the Life which Christ came to give in abundance.” – Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day, Denver 1993
IGNITE: Praise and Worship St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, in the Convent Chapel
3304 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA (near the Virginia Square metro station)
IGNITE is a community of Catholic charismatic young adults who are committed to helping one another to encounter the love of God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit and develop a personal relationship with the Holy Trinity so that their faith may be ignited and be empowered to share the Gospel with others. Gatherings include praise, worship, teaching, prayer ministry, and fellowship. For young adults ages 18 to 35, single or married.
Read more about IGNITE's history and the topics of previous talks.
Join IGNITE's Facebook group for information about upcoming events.
Night of Worship
Join us for an evening of prayer and praise, scripture reflection and sharing. Afterwards, join us for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Eucharistic Praise and Worship
Join us for an evening of Eucharistic Adoration with praise & worship, and teaching. We have an awesome praise & worship team. Afterwards, join us for fellowship and social at a nearby restaurant.
St. Charles Borromeo talked about that "tiny spark" that exists within those who are faithful, and implores those who recognize that spark of faith to treasure and sustain it like a "stove tightly shut so that it will not lose its heat and grow cold." Isaiah 42:3 says, "A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench." Emily Dickinson wrote a poem that says, “You cannot put a FIRE out—a thing that can ignite can go, itself, without a fan—upon the slowest night.” May that tiny spark, which so often grows dim, ignite our souls so that it will never go out, even during the "slowest nights" that are yet to come.
Small groups are designed to develop deep rooted relationship with God and with each other in a small group setting.
Our Women Small Groups are growing. Yay! We currently have 3 women's small groups for 20's, 1 women small groups for 30s, and a men's small group for 20s. Another 2 women's small group for 20s will be launched this summer. If you are interested in a small group and you are in your 20s or 30s, please contact Angelus Virata at email@example.com or call 703-527-5500 x13.
Summer Mountain Hiking Trips with Mass
Keys to Unleash Power in Prayer - February 2011
Fr. Dave Pivonka, Franciscan T.O.R. lead about 300 young adults on a spiritual journey. We learned to open up to the Holy Spirit, get to know Him in prayer, and experience Him in everyday life. We learned about how prayer and trusting God are essential to our relationship with Him, but in order to move deeper in the spiritual life and unleash power in prayer we must confront sin honestly and come to God - since only He can set us free. We need to approach God's mercy not just as a cleansing routine, but to experience Jesus who died for us and rose from the dead because He is waiting for us to let Him transform us from the inside out. Local musicians lead beautiful and heartfelt songs of praise and worship, and we enjoyed fellowship with old and new friends. Listen to the talks: Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the talk on Suffering.
Pope Benedict XVI speaking to Young Adults about the Holy Spirit Homily, July 20, 2008, World Youth Day
"Dear young people, let me now ask you a question. What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure? Are you living your lives in a way that opens up space for the Spirit in the midst of a world that wants to forget God, or even rejects him in the name of a falsely-conceived freedom? How are you using the gifts you have been given, the “power” which the Holy Spirit is even now prepared to release within you? What legacy will you leave to young people yet to come? What difference will you make?
The power of the Holy Spirit does not only enlighten and console us. It also points us to the future, to the coming of God’s Kingdom. What a magnificent vision of a humanity redeemed and renewed we see in the new age promised by today’s Gospel! Saint Luke tells us that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all God’s promises, the Messiah who fully possesses the Holy Spirit in order to bestow that gift upon all mankind. The outpouring of Christ’s Spirit upon humanity is a pledge of hope and deliverance from everything that impoverishes us. It gives the blind new sight; it sets the downtrodden free, and it creates unity in and through diversity (Luke 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:1-2). This power can create a new world: it can “renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30)!"