A spiritual experience to renew and refresh Catholics is being planned for four Mondays during July.
Fire Rally, a "Catholic Summer Revival, " will be held at 7 p.m. the four Mondays in July at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
It will be presented by the Cathedral Charismatic Prayer Group.
Praise and worship will precede each of the presentations. No registration is required, and the sessions are suitable for all ages, said Tony Conrad, co-leader of the group.
Fellowship and refreshments will follow each session.
Conrad said in the 1970s through the early 1990s, four Catholic leaders - Father Michael Scanlan, Ralph Martin, Sister Ann Shields and Father John Bertalucci - would hold one day rallies nationwide.
If you go
What: Fire Rally, a Catholic Summer Revival
When: 7 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28
Where: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
The rallies were known as FIRE Rallies with FIRE being an acronym for Faith, Intercession, Reconciliation and Evangelization.
Conrad said he attended one of the rallies in the mid-1990s in Latrobe.
"It was a life-changing experience for me," he said.
The prayer group decided it would like to hold a similar event this summer with weekly sessions in July instead of a daylong rally.
"Four Spirit-filled talks and prayer experiences will be offered to ignite the flame of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus in your life," Conrad said.
The schedule includes:
n Monday - "Faith" by Bob and Marci Sutton
n July 14 - "Intercession" by Father Bob Hilz, T.O.R.
n July 21 -- "Reconciliation" by Father Jonathan St. Andre', T.O.R.
n July 28 - "Evangelization" by Monsignor Robert Mazur.
Sutton, who teaches religion and is the campus minister at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, said he and his wife, Marci, will talk about how faith has impacted their lives, both as a couple and individually.
He said when he was a college student, he had a deep conversion of faith that compelled him to transfer from Indiana University of Pennsylvania to a Catholic university and change his major from English to theology.
Sutton, who speaks at retreats and seminars throughout the diocese as well as some ecumenical events, said it is important for people to foster their faith. He often speaks at a retreat held annually by the prayer group.
"The No. 1 goal is to open people to the touch of the Holy Spirit, and through the Holy Spirit, to lead them to Jesus Christ," he said.
St. Andre', who will speak about reconciliation. said, "our God is so good and loving. Reconciliation is a way of calling us closer to God. It's a way to respond to the love God has for us."
He said, "it is God's way of welcoming us home and calling us into a deeper relationship with him and each other."
St. Andre' said reconciliation can be with God other people or oneself.
"It's a matter of "letting go of things and trusting God," he said.
He said the aim of the sessions is to be a time of Catholic renewal, and it is open to people who have not been to Mass for awhile or feel distant from God. He said it is similar to the tent meetings the Baptists hold.
"It will be like an old-fashioned tent revival under the dome," Conrad said.