Janelle Reinhart and Festival of Praise led praise and worship that filled the main section of St. Joseph's Basilica prior to a Pentecost Vigil Mass celebrated by Archbishop Richard Smith.

WCR PHOTO | THANDIWE KONGUAVI

Janelle Reinhart and Festival of Praise led praise and worship that filled the main section of St. Joseph's Basilica prior to a Pentecost Vigil Mass celebrated by Archbishop Richard Smith.

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A Pentecost weekend Festival of Praise led by popular Christian vocalist Janelle Reinhart was standing room only at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton.

The concert, which preceded a Pentecost Vigil Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith, was part of the May 22-24 New Evangelization and Healing Conference organized by Catholic Renewal Services.

"I think it's a sign," said guitarist Jason Reinhart, marvelling at the size of the crowd, estimated at nearly 700.

"People were hungry for the Holy Spirit. They just were coming in and coming in and coming in and it was just great to see. There were people of all ages here."

Initially booked as a Janelle concert, it was reorganized with familiar praise and worship songs interspersed with talks by the husband-and-wife team.

In celebration of the feast of Pentecost, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven to earth upon Christ's disciples, galvanizing the early Church into mission, Jason Reinhart gave a talk on investing in the Holy Spirit to become an expert on your mission in life.

"If we really want to walk in God's mission for our life we have to ask the Holy Spirit, 'Am I on track? Are we on track with our prayer life, our faith life, and the mission that God has for our life?'"

Janelle and Jason Reinhart led the congregation in praise and worship songs May 23.

WCR PHOTO | THANDIWE KONGUAVI

Janelle and Jason Reinhart led the congregation in praise and worship songs May 23.

Reinhart challenged each person to become an expert on their mission in life through the "10,000-hour process," which postulates that if you spend 10,000 hours doing an activity, you can become an expert in that activity.

"What if we spent 10,000 hours praying with the Holy Spirit?" he said. "I challenge you to 20 minutes of prayer to the Holy Spirit a day to become an expert on your mission in life."

Janelle Reinhart talked about how she prayed for the Holy Spirit to reveal himself through her personality.

Out of that experience, she said she was led to play a game called the "Mystery Meet" with the Holy Spirit, where each day she would be led on a different mission. She testified of being prompted to go to a park where she met a lady going through a faith crisis who she was able to encourage.

"We talked for a long time and at the end, it was like the Holy Spirit was giving me a high five," she said.

"The Holy Spirit is very creative. He inspires new things in us, and it's really fun to listen to his voice and to hear him inspire us to do different things in our lives to live more fully and to bless others."

Janelle Reinhart and the Festival of Praise also led music during the Pentecost Vigil Mass with Archbishop Smith.

Smith talked about the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, who unites us to Christ.

"Do we each and every day thank God for the gift of that Spirit?" he asked.

"Do we each and every day pray that the gifts of the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit, will come alive within our hearts that we will be the witnesses, that we will be the agents of mercy, that we will be the authentic disciples of Jesus, missionary disciples we are called to be, that the Spirit enables us to be?"