Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta.

The above quote is from St. Teresa of Calcutta as she tells us to recognize needs in our own communities.

A friend of mine recently retired and was looking for a volunteer opportunity. She decided to help out at her grade school alma mater, St. Francis de Sales School in Walnut Hills. She began volunteering and realized as she observed the kids, they struggled with reading which would affect all of their other studies. While they read at school, many of them did not have any books at home to read.  Buying books for their children may not be a financial priority for parents who struggle to put food on the table. My friend saw a need and was determined to do something about it.

Child with books scuptureThe St. Francis de Sales Book Club was created out of a need to provide the school’s students with a variety of books to hopefully instill a lifelong love of reading, a curiosity of the world, and a foundation for success. St. Francis de Sales School is one of eight CISE (Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund) schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The demographics for the CISE schools include 93 percent poverty; 83 percent minority; and 76 percent non-Catholic. Although each classroom does indeed have a variety of books, and library time is part of each week’s curriculum, some students do not have access to books at home.

My friend decided to increase not only the classroom libraries but also the children’s personal library at home. She even started a weekly awards program for the best readers and gave them a book of their own.

Here is one of the Award Winners with her book.

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In addition, she created the St. Francis de Sales Book Club on Amazon, which includes individual Wish Lists for each grade from Pre-K through grade eight, as well as a Miscellaneous Wish List and one for Black History Month. The teachers have provided titles they would like to have, and other books have been added. They have taken special care to include books that represent the demographics of the students, hoping that stories that reflect their lives in a positive way and will foster a love of reading and whet their appetites for more.

Can you imagine, as you look at this blog, to not being able to understand its meaning because you have not had books to practice and hone your reading skills. The work of Christians is to act where there is a need, just as St. Teresa of Calcutta told us and so it has been done in this situation. Jesus taught us to act when we see a need and to always help others.

. . . a skillfully composed story delights the ears of those who read the work. 2 Maccabees 15:39

 If you are interested in checking out the St. Francis de Sales Book Club, click on this link:   https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/26SHVBJ0868DY

Cathy O’Toole

 

God’s Plan for Me

I have 3 prayer books that were written by Mark Link, S.J. in the late 1990’s for the turn of the century. The series of books is referred to as the Vision 2000 series and there is one for each of the 3 yearly liturgical cycles. And yes, I have been reading these books and reflecting on them each evening for nearly 20 years.

The daily format consists of a scripture reading, a short story, a question for reflection and a quote from a famous and sometimes, not so famous person. I love these books because they allow me to relate my life to the scripture reading, in other words, they make me think. And the reason that I have been reading them for so long is because my thoughts on scripture have deepened over the past 20 years.

The other night I was reading; (Isaiah 65: 17-18) The Lord says, “I am making a new earth and new heavens. The events of the past will be completely forgotten. Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create.”

This reading was followed with the story:

The Italian sculptor Donatello rejected a block of marble because it was flawed. Michelangelo was offered the same block and accepted it. He looked beyond the obvious flaw to something potentially beautiful in it. He eventually carved from it his greatest masterpiece: David. God did something similar with us and our sin-filled world. God looked beyond our obvious flaws to something potentially beautiful in each of us. God is now “re-creating” all things in the image of Jesus.

The question for reflection was “How convinced am I that God has a plan for me and wants to make me into something special in spite of my flaws”?

After nearly 20 years of reflection, I have come to accept the fact that God has a plan for me and most of the time I see God’s hand in my life. I must admit though, sometimes he may have to shove me into something that I ordinarily would not consider doing. My flaws are countless. So, that is that! Yes, God does have a plan for me. And I will try to recognize it and follow him.

But, as I read this passage this year, particularly in light of the story included, I think I may often act like Donatello and become focused on the flaws of others, as well as my own.  Because of this I may fail to see the work of God in my life or in others.

Dear Lord, make me like Michelangelo so that I overlook my flaws, do not dwell on past failures and let me see your hand at work in not only my life but in others.  Do not allow me to step in the way of your plan for us all.

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Preparing for Lent

The 40 days of Lent are rapidly approaching and now is the time to be thinking about personal plans for this holy season. For me it is often difficult to decide what I will do and/or what I will give up this Lenten season to prepare for Easter. Placeholder Image Whatever I decide, I see it as a way to strengthen my faith during this time.  It is a good idea to write the plan on paper so as to commit to it more fully.  I also glance at it often to remind myself of my commitment.

On Ash Wednesday at Mass, we will hear the priest say in the Collect Prayer a the beginning “Grant, O Lord, that, we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian Service, so that, as we take up the battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. “

The plan for the Lenten Season should contain 3 things; Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.

PRAYER: A good way to approach prayer during this season is to attend daily Mass. In a parish I was in years ago parishioners were encouraged to join ‘The 40 Club’ which was attending Mass each of the 40 days of Lent.  Today, this is often not possible, particularly with those who work during the day but finding a noon Mass near a church where you work may be possible. Maybe you could plan on attending Mass as much as possible during Lent. What are other options? Consider, praying novenas, a daily rosary, and the Stations of the Cross or any of a number of prayers available.

These are all great ways to get started in enhancing our prayer life. Spending an hour at Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of our Lord speaking and listening to him is critical in growing our faith. And, don’t forget the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this holy season.  Vary your prayers and the schedule as needed. Sometimes we can repeat the same prayer so many times we tend to do it without giving it thought. Particularly during Lent, you want to make the most of your prayer time by thinking about the words you are saying.

Set aside time each day to read the Bible or maybe a book about saints  lives.  This will help you spend more time with Jesus reflecting on what you just read, either His word or the life of a saint and how you can emulate that.  Remember that the gospels tell us that Jesus often went off to a quiet place, by himself, to pray.  Remove yourself from any distractions and ask Jesus to speak to you through your prayers or readings.  Thank Him for giving you life, and ask him for continued blessings and hope for a future with Him.

FASTING:  Of course we know that on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during Lent we are asked to abstain from meat. Many local parishes have Friday Fish Fries with reasonable prices, including St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, so it is a great way to abstain from meat and enjoy an evening with parishioners and neighbors.

There are other ways to fast also, such as giving up something you really like to do or to eat.  It might be limiting your TV or social media time or giving up a favorite but unnecessary food. Think about what you do now and what you will do during Lent.  Another positive aspect of this fasting is it may create a bit more time for prayer.

ALMSGIVING:  According to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, the foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels.  During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.  As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and  “a work of justice pleasing to God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).

There are numerous ways to demonstrate our fraternal charity such as giving money or other donations to St. Vincent de Paul at St. Andrew Church or Hope Emergency, these organizations assist our local neighbors. You could also watch out for neighbors who you know may need help.  Perhaps you could offer a ride to the grocery store or doctor, invite them to your house for a meal, take them some left over food from your table, or just spending time with them in a short visit.

Many other Catholic organizations provide assistance to the poor, including; the Catholic Ministries Appeal, the Collection for the Churches in Central and Easter Europe, the Collection for the Holy Land which is used to help to maintain the Christian sites and help the poor in the Holy Land.  As a child, I looked forward to donating a portion of my allowance during Lent to the CRS Rice Bowl. This is a great way to involve your whole family in almsgiving for Lent.

When making your plans for you and your family, keep in mind doing something that touches the hearts of those around you and that expresses your thanks and love of God by sacrificing in some way.

Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:7

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The Third Week in Advent

Third Sunday of adventI have been blessed to have taken 4 pilgrimages to the Holy Land. My first 3 though prevented me from going to the site of the Visitation because my arthritic knees would not permit me to climb the hills. Even the thought of walking those hills to get the Church of the Visitation made me cringe.

When I think of Mary traveling to be with her cousin Elizabeth in Judah, I imagine how difficult that journey up those hills must have been for her. She was a young woman and while I am sure she had good knees, she was in her early stages of pregnancy. As I thought about Mary making the journey from Nazareth to the hills of Judah (about 90 miles) walking and/or riding on a donkey suffering from symptoms of possibly nausea, headaches, backaches and tiredness, I was amazed at her self-sacrifice. She was determined to get to her cousin Elizabeth to help her in her time of need.

Elizabeth was an old woman who was likely suffering similar symptoms to Mary’s and she may have even had worn out knees. She was very near to giving birth to her son, John the Baptist, and Mary had to get there to assist her through her pregnancy and to help her with her newborn son. She put herself aside to help her cousin. No wonder God selected this woman to raise his son. She was selfless.

Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Lk. 1-39

VisiationI finally made it to the Church of the Visitation at the top of the Judean Hills (see the picture to the right) on my last pilgrimage and was awestruck looking out over the scene. It was not only one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen but knowing what happened there made me more conscious of focusing on other people instead of my own troubles. The view along with this  reminder was well worth the wait.

Dear Lord, help me to always put others in need first as Mary, Your Mother did. Don’t let me trip over my own problems on the way to helping others, particularly as I look around at this time of the year and see so many others who require help.

Cathy O’Toole

 

 

What I am about to tell you will hopefully change the way you perceive the homeless!

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I am a student at Archbishop Moeller High School and was given the opportunity to spend a week at Xavier University through The Mayerson Foundation. The Mayerson Foundation works with many organizations helping to solve problems in the city of Cincinnati. One of their programs shows high school students the real side of Cincinnati by showing us people experiencing homelessness. Now I said that in a very particular way. People aren’t homeless, they are just facing a difficult time. They are experiencing homelessness.

 

We have the wrong perception with those suffering homelessness. We think they are druggies and they do bad things. Yes, they may have done those bad things, but often they wish they hadn’t.

A worker at the St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House said, “When taking these drugs, you only get a minute rush and then it is over. These guys want to get off this stuff because they know it is making them poor and unhealthy. But once they cross this imaginary line, it is difficult to go back.”

When talking to these people, I realized they aren’t nasty. I talked to one guy experiencing homelessness and we started talking about restaurants, he loves Raising Cane’s. Those undergoing difficult times shouldn’t be discriminated against. They are people too with feelings and souls. We shouldn’t treat them like they are garbage.

Be Devoted to one another in Love.  Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10

A lady experiencing homelessness talked to us also. Her name was Melisa. Her story stuck with the entire group through the whole week. She has been in poverty her whole life. She was born in Dayton and lived there for a few years and then moved to California at a young age. She was an outcast. She thought about suicide, but decided not to because “things happen and you can overcome them.” She got married and had 5 kids and then got divorced. She only had custody of 1 of her children. She knew her life was in shambles. She eventually did become poor enough that she started living on the streets. Every day she had 3 choices: eat, work, or shower.

Now, she works with the Homeless Coalition. Her main theme was to not treat people experiencing homelessness in a bad manner. If you just smile at them or nod your head at them that could help them through the day. They need that little encouragement that they are still there. They are not invisible.

The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1

The second day of this journey we went to the Shelter House for Men. This is where men, who pass a test, can sleep and try to get on their feet again. They have to pass a very long test. The intake person asks many questions. He tries to ‘read’ the candidate to see if he can fit in at the Shelter House or not.

Then we took a tour. Living in the shelter house isn’t great. They keep the lights on 24/7 so people have to sleep in light. The beds are like college dorm rooms with mattresses that are very thin and very uncomfortable. Life there would be better than the streets, but way, way worse than the life we have.

One of our group leaders told me, “Every time I go there, it feels like I am in a zoo. We are walking around where they live, sleep, and eat.” When we were touring one of the rooms a guy passed us. He had a comment that has stuck with me since my experience. He said, “Hope you guys never end up in a place like this.” These people don’t want to be homeless. They work hard so they can get their own place and live on their own. They want to buy their own food and make better decisions.

Then we sold StreetVibes. This is an alternate newspaper reporting on local stories that don’t often get reported. StreetVibes are sold to people experiencing homelessness for 75 cents. Then they sell them for $2 each. This is how homeless people earn money for their food for the day. They can buy a hot dog by just selling one, but just selling one would be a good accomplishment because people often ignore them.

My group was put on the street just like the homeless to sell StreetVibes in downtown Cincinnati.   People are sometimes so unfeeling; they don’t care about the homeless or other people. I was one of the lucky ones. Some just passed by and said “I would if they had the money” or “Sorry, no thank you.” But some of the other guys in my group weren’t so lucky. One guy in my group got the worst from a nasty business man who passed him and said, “Thank you for interrupting our conversation. We would have passed the restaurant if you hadn’t interrupted me.”   They don’t know how much $2 will help them and they may not care.

When we got back to Xavier University dorms, the place we were staying, we had a long talk with a facilitator. In this discussion, most of the group cried. I almost cried. Some of the teens have never been exposed to this world. They are used to in their own community and don’t venture into the city. They don’t know how harsh the real world is. I knew a little bit about this world but not this much.

This experience has changed me. The rest of the week just kept supporting how we shouldn’t judge people based on how much they make and their looks. Surprisingly, we learned that the average age for those in poverty is 9 years old. Yes, you read that right, 9 years old. Children are the ones who need help the most.

Also, this past year, the morgue ran out of room due to the number of overdoses in one day. They had 176 bodies. They have never seen so many people overdose in one day. And, day laborers make very little money. For example, if they worked paving roads, they would make $100. When they get on the bus, they are given their uniform, helmet, food, and anything else they need. They work for 12 hours a day. When they get off the bus, they are given a check for $40. What happens to the $60 they lost?   Well, they have pay for the uniform, the helmet, the food, the bus fee, and anything else they need. It seems these people are getting ripped off.

Be strong and courageous.   Do not fear or be dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you Deuteronomy 31:6

This week long experience was life changing for me. I hope this has helped to transform how you view people experiencing homelessness, I know it has mine.

Dear Lord, be our guide and our protector on our journey in life.  Watch over us, protect from accidents and keep us safe from harm of both body and soul.  Support us with your grace when we are tired, help us to be patient in any trouble which may come our way. Let us see You in everyone we meet, not matter how impossible that may seem to us. Keep us always mindful of Your presence in Love.  Amen.

 

Father, forgive Them, They Know Not what They Do.

goodthiefDuring his lifetime Jesus had repeatedly taught his disciples not to respond to violence with more violence but rather to forgive. In his final moments on earth he forgives the very man who had condemned him and those who drove the stakes through his body. Luke 23:34

When one of the crucified criminals joins in the course of derision that accompanies Jesus to his death, the other confesses his sins and ask for mercy. Luke 23:39-43 It is appropriate in light of this gospel scene and in light of our daily struggles for forgiveness and reconciliation to share this excerpt from the best-selling book, Dead Man Walking.

The author wrote, Lloyd LeBlanc, the author of the book said he would have been content with imprisonment for Patrick Sonnier (who murdered Leblanc’s son David). He went to the execution, he says, not for revenge but hoping for an apology.  Patrick Sonnier had not disappointed him. Before sitting in the electric chair he said, “Mr. LeBlanc, I want to ask your forgiveness for what me and Eddie done.” Lloyd LeBlanc nodded his head signaling the forgiveness he had already given.

LeBlanc says that when he arrived with sheriff’s deputies in the cane field to identify his son, he knelt by the boy’s body… lying down there with his two little eyes sticking out like bullets, he prayed the Our Father. When he came to the words, father forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, he had not halted or equivocated and said, “Whoever did this I forgive them.”  Mr. LeBlanc acknowledged that it’s a struggle to overcome the feelings of bitterness and revenge that well up, especially as he remembers his son David’s birthday year-by-year and loses him all over again: David at 20, David at 25, David getting married, David standing at the back door with his little ones clustered around his knees, grown-up David, a man like himself whom he will never know. Forgiveness is never going to be easy. Each day it must be prayed for and struggled for and won.

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Deacon Tim Schutte is a life-long member of St. Andrew, the Apostle Church. He has been a Deacon for more than 10 years.

The Giving Tree

Because of the commandment, help the poor, and in their need, do not send them away empty-handed. Ben Sira 29:9

Each year during Advent the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Andrew collects Christmas gifts for needy persons in our community. Parishioners take a tag from the Christmas Tree at the beginning of Advent which contains a name and a wish for a specific person. Parishioners purchase that gift and return it to church and place it under the tree.

But what happens after this point????

Members of St. Vincent de Paul sort the gifts after the last Mass on Collection Sunday. Each tag is color coded and then sorted based upon this color coding.  Lists are checked and double checked, packages are loaded for delivery to 4 different agencies for distribution to those who had previously requested these gifts.  The Vincentians also have a great time working on this project as you can see below!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank all the St. Andrew Parishioners who participated in the Giving Tree Project this year. Once again you have been very generous in serving the poor in our community.

The St. Andrew Conference of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul addresses the material and spiritual needs of people primarily in the Milford/St. Andrew Parish area. They offer tangible goods, food and financial assistance to the needy. A Vincentian determines the need of the client by personal contact with the persons requesting aid through home visits or appointments. The Society serves as an outreach arm of St. Andrew Parish by accepting donations from parishioners and outside sources and distributing them to people in need.

The Ozanam House (named for the founder of St. Vincent de Paul Society), which is located across the street from the school, is owned by the Parish and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. It is a transitional home for homeless families working to find a solution to their housing problem. The house gives them a period of time to accumulate savings toward rent deposit or down payment and advance toward self-sufficiency in their housing needs. The Ozanam House is not an emergency shelter.

If you are interested in more information on becoming an active member of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Andrew you could talk to a Vincentian or call the Parish Office 513-831-3353.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I am. You called me?

I was a practicing Catholic for the first seventeen years of my life and attended St. Andrew School with my 3 brothers and 2 sisters. As I got older, life became more complicated and I just drifted away from the church. Five years ago, God called me back and I went to the only church I knew, St. Andrew. I had so many thoughts, insecurities, and I was always afraid that I would not be welcome back to the church since I had been gone for so many years. Curiosity got the best of me and I did come back to see if I was making the right decision and guess what? “The doors opened wide at the thought of my coming!”

I started attending mass weekly and making new friends. I attended a Christ Renews His Parish Weekend and strengthened my relationship with Jesus and also made some lifelong friends. God called me not only to come back to church but to become church. The friends I made at Christ Renews involved me in the parish Hospitality Committee whose primary responsibility is serving meals for special events around the parish and welcoming new people. I loved that since I had been so welcomed myself. I’m involved the Ladies Sodality helping out around the church by assisting with cleaning the church on Fridays and watering the flowers so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful altar at St. Andrew. I also help with the annual rummage and plant sale the proceeds of which are used to beautify the church.

My husband John, who was not catholic, started attending mass with me weekly. He liked the Church so much that he went through the RCIA program and became Catholic two years ago. And now we are on the RCIA Team working with those people interested in joining the Church. He also attended a Christ Renews weekend and we work together to clean our beautiful church as a means of worship to the Lord. St. Andrew has become such an important part of our life that John and I renewed our vows in 2012 in the Catholic Church.

In the hymn, Here I Am Lord, God asks “Whom shall I send?” And the answer in the hymn is “Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me.”

God led me back to the Catholic Faith after a long absence. I decided I didn’t just want to come to church, but I wanted to be church to others. I wanted to volunteer my time to make this church a wonderful place to worship and to be a welcoming place for our community.

The Lord Called Samuel a third time. He said, “Here I am. You called me?” 1 Samuel 3:8

Is God calling you to come back to church and/or to volunteer your time and your talents for St. Andrew? The Hospitality Committee, Ladies Sodality, RCIA and many of the other ministries may be calling you to become church for others. Will you answer, “It is I, Lord?”

Phyllis Jean Strathmann has been a member of St. Andrew’s parish for the past five years. She is a member of the Ladies Sodality, the Hospitality Committee and the RCIA Team. Jean is married to her wonderful husband, John, and they have 3 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.

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If He Cries Out To Me, I Will Listen; For I Am Compassionate. Ex. 22:26

I have been a Roman Catholic all of my life.  When I was 25 years old and living in San Diego, California, I attended a Bible Study group for the first time. That as the beginning of me seriously and purposefully reading Holy Scripture and my long and loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Twenty years ago, my father Lenny, died in my arms.  He was at home in Cincinnati and on hospice care. I journaled the last 3 weeks of his life, recording what he said and the conversations we shared.  I was a nurse but never thought of myself as a care giver until I became my fathers’ caregiver. He taught me very well about the dying process.  This experience pointed me in a new direction as a hospice nurse.

Since that time, I have been privileged to have been a caregiver for my mother, my brother, my children’s baby sitter, neighbors, my aunt and uncle, my dearest childhood friend and my mother-in-law.  Often times, I experienced days where I just didn’t want to be the one to give the care to those I loved.  A friend suggested I attend a support group for folks who are caregivers.  The meetings were once a month at St. Andrew.  I am someone who thinks I can do it all just fine by myself, although, I went to a meeting. I learned that it’s ok to accept help and that God wants us to come to Him for strength and guidance.

Today, I am one of the facilitators of our Caregivers Support group at St. Andrew and have  led this ministry for 12 years. We meet the 1st Tuesday of every month in the church basement from 7-8:30pm. What is expressed is respected and confidential.  We share concerns and knowledge and at times, we cry and laugh about our experience which is in itself healing! All are welcome to volunteer or to come for discussion.

Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.  Mt. 5:7

Marcy Schutte is a recently retired hospice nurse with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  She has been active in the parish in various ministries for many years.  Marcy loves to cook, travel to visit grandchildren and is a master gardener.  She has 13 separate flower beds and finds it is in the garden where she feels most at home with God.  She and her husband, Deacon Tim have been married for 23 years. Marcy Schutte

She Came Up Behind Him and Touched His Cloak

(This painting is behind an altar in the Church of St. Mary Magdaline in the town of Magdala in Galilee.)

Touched Cloak

I have been a member of the Healing Ministry Team at St. Andrew Church for 7 years.  It is a privilege and joy to have been called to this special parish ministry. The people with whom I serve are faith-filled, loving women who share their love of God and others in the sacred space of our sessions. I am also deeply touched by the faith and gratitude of those who attend. This ministry has brought me closer to our loving, merciful God and more open to respond to the needs of others with increasing love and compassion.

She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. Mk 5:27

As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to serve one another with compassion and generosity. The Healing Ministry follows Catholic traditions of prayer and care combined with the principles and techniques of the accredited educational nursing curriculum of Healing Touch Program. We welcome and serve everyone – those experiencing illness or recovery and those who wish to support wellness in their lives.

Sessions are usually offered on the second Saturday of each month September through May at 9:30, 10:10 and 11:00. Join us in a peaceful, prayerful time with God and the members of the ministry. Those who are interested in learning more about the St. Andrew Healing Ministry are invited to attend our sessions, consider volunteering as a greeter or enroll in a weekend Healing Touch Program Level 1 class prior to becoming a member of the ministry team.

Lord, you have chosen us to know, love and serve you. Help us to discern how we may honor you and serve your people through the ministries of our parish. Amen

Pat Meisner is a retired elementary teacher and administrator. She has been a parishioner for ten years and a member of the St. Andrew Healing Ministry for seven years. She is on Christ Renews His Parish – Team 10, and previously participated in Bible Study.  In addition to being a Healing Touch Practitioner she is a member of the first cohort of the Living School for Action and Contemplation of the Rohr Institute in New Mexico.                    Pat Meisner