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CCD hs: parents orientation (day 1)

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

A local parish, St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, needed catechists for their Religious Education program on Tuesday & Wednesday nights.  Since I go to St Mark’s for Mass occasionally & Wednesday Bible study, I guess I consider it a “2nd home parish,” so I volunteered to help.  I was paired up with Jose A., another former seminarian (3 years in Colombia), who’s very excited about our High School Confirmation class of 24 kids, so far.  Most showed up today with their parents for a large group orientation with the DRE and pastor in the church.  We got to introduce ourselves for about 20 minutes at the end.

— Even though it wasn’t really “planned,” I can already see the blessings that will come from my passion for catechesis being used on Sunday’s at my home parish with 7th graders and here on Tuesday nights with high school teens.

Doxology prayer by Nicole Nordeman

September 20, 2009 1 comment

In our religious education class today, we used this short Doxology prayer for reflection.  Short, simple, glorifying God, and powerful!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

Do we really need priests?

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Project Rachel + Natural Family Planning (NFP)

September 17, 2009 3 comments

I read an article on TheFloridaCatholic.org about Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries that offers weekend retreats for women suffering from post-abortion trauma.  I added the link to my Sexuality page along with Project Rachel, a ministry available in most diocese for post-abortion counseling.

I also started finding some good links about Natural Family Planning (NFP).  It inspired me to finally post the lecture we had on NFP at IPF this past summer.  The post is here, with some good external links also on my Sexuality page.

Bishop Clark on vocations & discernment

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) reflections

I was looking for blog posts about experiences in hospital Pastoral Care.  I found some great reflections by someone who did volunteer work in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.  Although we didn’t get much formal training in my hospital work this past summer at IPF in Omaha, NE, some of these reflections could have been helpful:

1.  The nature of loss

2.  Agendas and the chaplaincy

3.  When someone asks “Why?”

4.  Assessing spiritual needs

5.  The needs of the dying

6.  Questions in pastoral care

prayer for God’s Will

August 26, 2009 2 comments

My Lord God I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that my desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will always trust you though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Amen.

[a favorite prayer from Thomas Merton] — thanx Gigi for the reminder!