Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mini Courses and Workshops

I have been racking my brain for days and maybe even perhaps weeks. I have been concerned about how I will/can make a difference. I have been influenced by others, religious and lay, who blog about their faith or religious topics on a regular basis. After much deliberation, I thought to myself, "why shouldn't I" or "why can't I" blog about the faith too. Therefore, I have changed my blog/vlog from being just random events that happen in my daily, crazy life.

Many things have happened to me lately. I have made many changes in my life. After living community for two years, I made the difficult decision to discontinue my discernment with the Sisters of the Precious Blood. My decision was made with a heavy and torn heart. Since my announcement I have graduated with my Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry and I have been unable to find full-time ministry.

As if the stress of leaving community and finding a job was not enough, I have been challenged by severe pain and swelling in my feet. My left foot being worse at this time. My foot surgeon predicted that I may need surgery as an adult, as I had already had reconstructive surgeries as a child due to a congenitive issue. With this unexpected and poor timed news, I will be having surgery next week (Thursday, August 14th). Everyone keeps telling me that God has a plan for me and that I need to take care of my health now, rather than worrying about finding ministry right now. Perhaps they are right.

I have since moved back home with my parents, even though the plan was to find a full-time job and get my own place--I have been turned down from six different parishes. Due to my circumstances, I am going to do what I can. Therefore, I have offered my services, as a Pastoral Minister, to my friend and pastor of the parish I grew up in, Sacred Hearts in Cardington, OH. This is the same parish that burnt down to the ground on Thanksgiving Day in 2013. The parish community is still raising monies to rebuild the Church and facilities with this ongoing project Father is pretty busy and I am sure he can use the help.

It is because of all of these said events and certainly many other formative events that I have decided to begin focusing on putting together "mini courses" or "workshops" for the people of our parish and surrounding community as well as the virtual community (you) who may be reading/watching my blog/vlog. The topics and dates are yet to be decided and announced. I have many different emotions about this. I am excited and yet I am nervous at the same time. It is like I have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up so that I may realize and remember that, yes, I really do have a Masters Degree. Even so, I still do not feel privileged or schooled enough to share my faith and knowledge with others. I still feel like I would rather be in a lecture hall listening to someone else preach about the faith. With that I realize that this will be a learning experience for both me and for the community.

I hope that you continue to follow me on this journey of faith.

Some potential topics may include:

The Seven Sacraments

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Eucharist
  • Reconciliation 
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Holy Orders 
  • Marriage 
Catholic Spirituality 
  • Reconciliation
  • Contemplation
  • The Mass
  • The Bible
  • Fasting
  • Spiritual Reading
  • The Rosary
The Theological Virtues 
  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Love
Ways of Praying
  • Vocal
  • Meditation 
  • Contemplative 
The Seven Petitions 
  • "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
  • "Thy Kingdom Come"
  • "Thy Will Be Done" 
  • "Give Us This Our Daily Bread" 
  • "Forgive Us Our Tresspasses" 
  • "Lead Us Not into Temptation" 
  • "Deliver Us From Evil" 
The Four Marks of the Church 

  • One 
  • Holy 
  • Apostolic 
  • Catholic 

Remember, you are loved! 


1 comment:

  1. We'll be praying for you, for your operation.


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