Love Begins Here 2015: Summer Schedule

Tim Teaching Under LightsHey Love Begins Here missionaries, friends and family! On this wintery day, we are so excited to share our 2015 summer schedule with y’all. As you take a look at it, you’ll see a many new towns and parishes in the mix, and we could not be more excited about that. (After this summer, we’ll have gone to 10 of the 11 counties in the Diocese since our founding in 2009!)

On this Thanksgiving week, we are especially grateful to be welcomed into these towns, parishes and the hearts of their people. Being a host parish requires considerable sacrifice, but we hope that through our enthusiastic missionaries and the love they have to give that we are able to pay them back abundantly. It has been incredible to watch that take place over the past 6 years.

To learn more about what we’re thankful for during this week of gratitude, stay tuned to our Facebook page or Instagram account.

As December dawns, be on the lookout in your parishes to learn which weeks they’ll be participating in! If your parish isn’t attending as a group, you’re welcome to register as an individual. Individual registration for LBH2015 will open on December 15th!

June 14 – 19 | High School 1
Sacred Hearts, Reedsburg

June 21 – 26 | High School 2
St. Joseph, Fort Atkinson

June 28 – July 1 | Middle School 1
Holy Rosary, Darlington

July 6 – 10 | Rising 9th
St. John the Baptist, Montello

July 12 – 17 | High School 3
OLA, Beloit

July 19 – 22 | Middle School 2
Queen of Peace, Madison

July 26 – 31 | High School 4
St. Bernard, Madison

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Freshly Brewed, Episode 8: Fullness of the Faith

Happy Thursday indeed! This week’s episode of Freshly Brewed features an interview with youth minister Doug Ulaszek! Lindsay interviews Doug about his reflections on what Jesus intended for us when He told us He wanted us to live life to the full! The two discuss how to lead an abundant life by engaging in community, Church teachings, sacraments, and prayer. Listen here for a dash of sass and a whole lot of inspiration!dougie fresh

 

SHOWNOTES

Acts 2:42

Called to be Holy – Cardinal Dolan

Be a Man! – Father Larry Richards

How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul – Jason and Crystalina Evert

Saint John Paul II

Frassati Fest

Catholic Memes

Liturgy of the Hours

Mentors for the New Evangelization (Discussion 3)

Sr. Johanna - Smaller Thanks for coming back for another installment of our Mentors for the New Evangelization book discussion. We love hearing from you if you are reading along. If you’re not reading the book currently, feel free to bookmark these posts and come back to them whenever you pick up Sr. Johanna’s great book! (In case you’re catching up, here are links to Discussion 1 and Discussion 2.)

We began our discussion talking about the point from the General Directory for Catechesis (summarized on p. 73 – 74), where it described the catechists role as “cultivating the soil.” How did that strike you? Practically speaking, how do you do that?
This really impacted everyone present at our discussion. This task of catechesis requires humility and sacrifice, to always keep in mind that we are cultivating the soil, so that Jesus can take root deeply in the hearts of His people. Some of the concrete steps we talked about included loving our students, making sure to make the catechetical experience about much more than just teaching facts (which we sometimes misinterpret at the seeds themselves) and aiming all of our actions towards both understanding of content and conversion.

In the chapter on St. Mother Theodore Guerin, one of the main themes was divine providence. How can we help young people grow in their understanding of and reliance on divine providence?
From their earliest ages, we can teach young people about trust and why we can have the most trust in God. We can also teach the youth how to pray for what the Lord wants, especially in the context of the Our Father. Also, we can seek the blessing in everything, as Sr. Johanna reminded us. It is possible to thank God ahead of time, knowing that God’s will can come from unfortunate circumstances.

What did it mean for Bl. Junipero Serra to “Always go forward and never go back!”? What can this mean in your own life?
For Bl. Serra, he understood that there was so much work to be done, as well as a great deal of hope in the mission. He faithfully and prayerfully did his work to the best of his ability, and then he moved on. He was so available to the promptings of the Lord and His will. Personally (from Lindsay’s perspective), I was reminded that there is a lot of joy in knowing that the Lord is not nearly finished with my life. What has been accomplished and done for His will in my 20s may be entirely different than what he does with me in my 30s… or 50s… or beyond. Bl. Serra was not “young” when the Lord called him to some of his greatest work. I need to pray for continued openness to the Lord’s plan in the long term in my life!

What else did you take away from these inspiring chapters?
Jenna and Seminarian John both shared about an increased awareness in their missionary calling. Literally, we are the ones who bring Christ the people of our parishes and that we encounter throughout our days. We must be authentic witnesses to them. Also, the group chatted about how in all things (and through the inspiring lives led by each of these saints) we need to be ourselves and let the Lord use us as he created and graced us. We have so many reasons to be confident in His plan for our lives. Thanks for checking in. We’d love to hear the answers you all have to these questions as you read along! The next book discussion will take place on Monday, November 24th at 1:30pm at the Bishop O’Connor Center. You are more than welcome to join us!

Freshly Brewed: Episode 7 – Live Out Loud

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In this episode Sara interviews Andrew Kidd and the two discuss how to share one’s journey towards Heaven with friends who do not share the same faith. Listen here to get some perspective and practical advice on how to live out Pope Francis’ call to “Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.” all with the values of beauty, goodness and truth. You’ll also be able to listen to the first segment of ‘Positive Spinz’ where we look at the lyrics of popular artists and shed some light on what we think they really were trying to say. This week Sara and Andrew discuss the real meaning behind the words in “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor!

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This is what happens when you take selfies on other people’s computers…

SHOWNOTES

Pope Francis – Making Noise

Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

St. Joseph

Frassati Fest Registration

Camp Gray Registration

 

Freshly Brewed: Episode 6 – Bless Us for the Journey

Bless Us for the Journey

Howdy friends! As Camp Gray continues to have huge impacts on individuals’ pursuits of holiness we decided to hear from the perspective of a long time camper, Erin Moran! Listen here as Chis talks with Erin about the many different programs Camp offers and how each different experience has played a role in how Erin continues to strive for sainthood!

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SHOWNOTES

Camp Gray Summer 2015 Schedule

Camp Gray Instagram

St. Francis of Assisi 

National Geographic Instagram

Mentors for the New Evangelization (Discussion 2)

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We’re back with a great Book Club discussion today! If you haven’t heard, we’re reading and chatting about Mentors for the New Evangelization this fall. Today, we have a summary of chapters 3 – 6. We’d love to hear what you’re thinking about this inspiring book in the comments section below. (If you want to catch up, Discussion 1 is linked here.)

The reflection in Chapter 3 (Saint Marie of the Incarnation) talked about coming into contact with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. How did St. Marie or St. Laval do this effectively with those they shared the gospel with?
At our discussion, we chatted about the inspiring life of St. Marie. Her life seemed to radiate with the understanding that one’s spiritual life is foundational to being a good catechist. If we are to put people into touch, intimacy and union with Jesus Christ (CT, 5), we must first immerse ourselves in that relationship.

What characteristics defined St. Laval and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys on a human level?
I (Lindsay) was so inspired by their business sense, that was balanced with their spiritual lives and understanding of their mission. In particular, I want to be more like St. Laval in this description: “Bishop de Laval was all at the same time a clever administrator, a missionary with a burning heart, a proud and humble man, and a heroic and discreet mystic” (41). His life was a clear reflection of knowing that one can be sanctified through his work. (St. Marguerite’s life was a great testament to this same thing: “The intensity of her religious experience mark her as a mystic; at the same time, the events of her life reveal a practical woman endowed with great common sense and considerable administrative ability.” (47).

How did the prayerful spirit of St. Rose-Philippine Duchesne inspire your work in the vineyard?
The quote in the reflection of chapter 5 really summed up our thoughts well: “Pope John Paul II taught that it is only in prayer that we can realize that it is not our own teaching that we are imparting but that of Christ’s.” We all desired to deepen the conviction that our own lives of prayer are the foundation of our work. Also, we chatted about how we need to help our children and families seek out silence in their lives; without it, they will not be able to discover a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and be spiritually free.

Any other thoughts or reflections?
John, one of our Diocesan seminarians, shared an analogy with the group about the geometry class he teaches. He shared that the students who seem to put in the effort (and struggle) to learn the material for themselves are the ones whose hearts the message resounds in when it is taught in the classroom. We continued to have stimulating conversation around how we motivate our young people to take the study of the faith seriously, on a personal level, and how we encourage the parents to journey with us on this path. Thanks for the great thoughts, John!

Our next book club will be taking place on Monday, November 10th from 1:30 – 3:00pm at the Bishop O’Connor Center. You are more than welcome to join us in person for the discussion! We’ll chat about Chapters 7 and 8. No RSVP is necessary.