Walking with Purpose

walking with purpose

WALKING WITH PURPOSE – Pastors Desk

By Audrey Wilson, Director of Parish Services

      What a grace-filled and wonderful six weeks the women of our Parish Community experienced in the new women’s prayer and study group entitled Walking with Purpose. We completed the series Living in the Father’s Love on July 19, 2017. There were 52 women who faithfully met each week to encounter the Lord Jesus in the Scriptures and to share their hopes, dreams, challenges, and love for the Lord Jesus and what that means in their daily lives.

      Walking with Purpose endeavors to meet women where they are, giving them practical biblical teaching that is consistent with Church doctrine and uses the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an additional resource. Walking with Purpose has three elements: at-home study and prayer, and small group meetings.

      From my experience of attending these sessions and meeting other women who have been participating in this Program, they have shared with me what a life-changing experience it has been for them. It has also been life-changing for me as well. Through our meetings with one another, some participants have expressed that there is a greater peace in their lives and an inner happiness that has touched many aspects of their lives. What a blessing and what a great hope for us who are willing to prayerfully consider becoming part of this sacred process.

      We are happy to announce that we will continue offering this Program beginning on September 27, 2017.  We will begin a new series, entitled Opening Your Heart, which explores the fundamental questions of our Catholic Faith and our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We will dig into topics like prayer, reading the Bible, the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and what we are supposed to do with suffering that feels senseless. As we are wrestling with our questions through the study, we will be challenged to open our hearts to the only One who can bring the healing and transformation that we do desire.

      We will meet on Wednesday evenings, beginning September 27, 2017 and concluding on May 2, 2018.  Sessions will meet in Monsignor Woods Hall from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM.

      The complete calendar of dates will be available, as well as a registration form, in next week’s Parish Bulletin.  I will be speaking at all the Masses next weekend and be available after Mass to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Program.  We want to get the word out now as many women who have attended the summer series are asking when we plan to begin again and they are very eager to come together.

      We invite the women of our Parish Community to prayerfully consider this invitation to deepen their relationship with Jesus, and in so doing, deepen their relationship with the significant people in their lives.

Walking With Purpose: Opening Your Heart

Connect Coffee Talk: Four Steps to Walking with Purpose

 

In last week’s Parish Bulletin, we highlighted the Walking With Purpose Catholic Bible Study Program for women.   This week, we would like to explain what is referred to in the Program as a Connect Coffee Talk.  The Connect Coffee Talks are open to all women to participate whether the person signed up for the 22 week Opening Your Heart sessions or just wants to come and experience Walking With Purpose through the Connect Coffee Talks. The Connect Coffee Talks occur once a month and consist of social time, a DVD presentation, and small group discussion of selected questions which relate to the presentation.  The first session for Opening Your Heart will be a Connect Coffee Talk.  Those, who want to commit for the entire 22 week Opening Your Heart Program, are asked to please complete the Registration Form in today’s Parish Bulletin.  For those, who would like to explore the Walking With Purpose Program but only want to attend the Connect Coffee Talks, no registration is necessary and there are no books required for these monthly sessions.

All women, parishioners and non-parishioners, are invited to join us for the first Connect Coffee Talk. Come and experience a taste of Walking with Purpose as we explore four foundational steps that we need to take if we desire to live purposefully. The four foundational steps that will be presented in the DVD presentation are the following:

  1. Discover God’s Love for You
  2. Determine What Drives You
  3. Decrease Distractions
  4. Develop an Eternal Perspective

Growing in these areas is a lifelong pursuit, but there’s no better time to begin than now!  No experience is necessary. All women are cordially invited to just come as you are for some coffee and a chance to see what Walking with Purpose is all about.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

10:30 AM

Parish Center

or

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:00 PM

Monsignor Woods Hall

“For I know the plan I have for you, says the Lord.  Plans for welfare,

not evil, to give you a hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)