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MIAMI HERALD article on Bryan Garcia at SJVCS !!!

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

This morning, I saw Bryan Garcia, Javier & Chuck on the FRONT page of the Miami Herald and I thought I was dreaming.  After realizing I wasn’t, I started reading the article titled, “Answering the Call” that continued to TWO FULL PAGES inside.  WOW!!!

The article spoke on the high enrollment at St John Vianney College Seminary (SJVCS) and the discernment process of seminarians, specifically profiling Bryan Garcia, my fellow brother seminarian.

The rector, Msgr Michael Carruthers, has some great quotes as well.  “What they [seminarians] want most is help in knowing the Lord.  If that leads to priesthood, great.”  And is the section about struggling in discernment, he said, “If you don’t struggle, you’re not discerning.”

The article closed with one of my favorite passage, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

There is also a SECOND ARTICLE on “Priesthood of today is much smaller than a decade ago.”

There is also an AUDIO SLIDESHOW with Bryan sharing his experience in seminary at SJVCS.  CHECK IT ALL OUT!!!


CCD hs: Faith + Vocations + St Teresa of Avila (day 4)

October 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Opening prayer song reflection, (live crowd) “Amazing Grace” by Paul Oakley

[Book QUIZ] on Chapter 1 (Faith)

St Teresa of Avila – (16th century mystic Carmelite religious sister, feast Oct 15) as a teen she lost interest in her faith, instead falling in love with boys & chivalry, mother died as a teen, placed in monastery, love of God rekindled, suffered repeated serious illnesses, struggled with prayer, experienced mystical visions of Christ, raptures (joyful unions with God), taught on prayer, “doctor of the Church” (influential writings).

VOCATION = “a call” by God to holiness

Primary” Vocation … “to be a beloved child to our heavenly Father”

State of Life” Vocation

  • Single, Consecrated Single
  • Married (husband/father, wife/mother)
  • Religious sister or brother
  • Priesthood (clergy)

Service” Vocation … career, ministry, etc.

CCD 7th: Prayer quiz + Lies + Prayerful Heart (day 4)

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we had a Prayer Quiz #1 (Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Apostle’s Creed, Act of Contrition, & other)

Then we played an “get-to-know you” game called “2 Truths / 1 Lie”

We reviewed A.R.R.R.

We spoke on VIRTUES: Faith + Hope + Love

  • Even demons believe in God, but don’t have LOVE  (the greatest virtue)

From virtues, we discussed DISCERNING Spirits in prayer as we look at the “Big 3” (thoughts + feelings + desires)

  • 3 SPIRITS: God’s Spirit — My Spirit — Evil Spirit
  • if GOD … we GROW in faith + hope + love
  • if EVIL … any virtue DROPS

CHRISTIAN HEART (levels of my personhood)  — I kept this a lot simpler in class (they are still 7th graders)

  • BODY, (surface, 5 senses, Level 1)
    • –easily affected by weather, sleep, food, tone
  • MIND, (psychological, attitudes, Level 2)
    • –affected by family, culture, DNA, prejudices, life experiences  (Pleasure /Pain Principle)
  • SPIRIT, (spiritual, the “deep Big 3”, Level 3)
  • –thoughts + feelings + desires + imagination
  • –the place the Holy Spirit dwells in us
  • Consolation … peace, loved, joy, hope, zeal, trust, courage, contentment, sadness for sin.
  • Desolation … anxiety, loneliness, sadness, boredom, fear, discourage, restlessness, etc.

HOMEWORK: After 3 times of personal prayer, journal a letter to God after each.

Dedication of Mary mosaic @ SJVCS

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

090924_SJVCS-Dedication-of-Mosaic-of-Mary-02-Bishop-Wenski-and-Mgsr-Michael-CarruthersToday, at St John Vianney College Seminary, was the highly anticipated dedication of the new mosaic of Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea in the one of the chapel gardens around St Raphael ChapelOrlando Bishop Wenski celebrated Mass and the blessing and dedication of the new mosaic.  Artist (and seminarian) Peter Dionne (SJVCS class of 2008) was present along with friend, family and supporters of SJVCS.

Also see picture of mosaic conception through completion and prayer of consecration to Mary.

[these pictures taken by Cliff Whitty, a SJVCS seminarian]

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new mosaic of Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea

September 24, 2009 2 comments

090924_SJVCS-Mosaic-of-Mary-16-AWESOMEFor the last couple of years, Msgr Michael Carruthers (rector of SJVCS) and Peter Dionne (artist & seminarian, SJVCS class of 2008) have been working on a new mosaic to our Blessed Mother for the chapel gardens.  With today’s dedication of the new mosaic to Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea, here are some pictures posted by Fr Michael from mosaic conception through completion.

Wow!  Beautiful!  Surely our Lady is happy.

Also see dedication ceremony here.

Consecration prayer to Mary here.

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prayer is trust, not clarity + Mother Teresa + Kendall Payne

September 18, 2009 3 comments

I was looking for a video of Kendall Payne performing her song “Pray” to go along with my post last February.  I was not disappointed!  Here is a video of per performance at a church.

She tell the story of a man asking Mother Teresa to pray for him.  Check it out …

A great song by Kendall Payne (one of my favorite Christian vocalist) that focuses on what real prayer is all about, appropriately titled “Pray” from her latest album, “Grown.”  Light guitar, soft vocals, profound meaning, worth posting:

I will pray for you now, for you have been my faithful friends,
While the road we walk is difficult indeed.
I couldn’t not ask for more than what you’ve already been,
Only that you would say these prayers for me.

May your heart break enough that compassion enters in,
May your strength all be spent upon the weak.
All the castles and crowns you build and place upon your head,
May they all fall, come crashing down around your feet.

May you find every step to be harder than the last,
So your character grows greater each stride.
May your company be of humble insignificance,
May your weakness be your only source of pride.

What you dooo unto others,
May it all be done to you.
May you meeeet the One who made us,
And see Him smile when life is through.

May your bleeessings be many,
But not what … you hoped they’d be.
And when you looook upon the broken,
May mercy show you what you could not see.

May you never be sure of any plans you desire,
But you’d learn to trust the plan He has for you.
May your passions be tried and tested in the holy fire,
May you fight with all your life for what is true.

I have prayed for you now all my dear and faithful friends,
But what I wish is more than I could ever speak.
As the way wanders on I’ll long to see you once again,
Until then, would you pray these prayers for me?
Oh, that you would praaay for me.

Do we really need priests?

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment