The Synod of Bishops is meeting October 4-25, 2015, to consider the topic of The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.
As with the gathering held last October on the topic of The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, the Synod of Bishops is seeking the input of the People of God. We are hoping as many will share their insights and experiences as possible.
The Archdiocese will be collecting input from the parishes through an online anonymous survey. You are asked to kindly submit the input by February 15, 2015 using the following link: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/synodonfamily2015.
Our bible study program is returning on This season will focus on “The Story of Israel”. We will be doing a “grand tour” of the Old Testament from Genesis to Jesus, hitting the highlights. The idea is to grasp the grand narrative story that is being told there. We will meet on Wednesdays from ! in the Father Grace Room. We use the Little Rock Bible Study program, the materials will cost $30 for the full 14 week program. The study is led by Deacon Peter Barbernitz. Please come and join us, even if you have to miss a week or two. We have about 25 regulars and we always welcome more!
El 20 de noviembre del 2014, el presidente anunció el plan de su administración para permitir que ciertas personas indocumentadas soliciten un permiso de trabajo y protección contra la deportación. Aunque el proceso no ha comenzado oficialmente y todavía no hay una aplicación disponible, puedes comenzar a prepararte ahora.
1. Ahorra dinero (por lo menos $465 más el costo de representación legal) Las aplicaciones de inmigración son caras. Cuesta $465 aplicar para la acción diferida (DACA) del 2012. El proceso nuevo puede costar aún más, así que empieza a ahorrar ahora ya que también tendrás que tener en cuenta los costos de representación legal.
On November 20, 2014, the president announced his administration’s plan to allow certain undocumented individuals to come forward and apply for work authorization and protection from deportation. Although the program hasn’t officially started, and there isn’t an application form yet, you can begin preparing now.
1. Save money (at least $465). Immigration applications are expensive. It costs $465 to apply for deferred action under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The new program could cost even more plus the cost of legal representation. So start saving now!
St Camillus, part of the Franciscan Action Network, participated in Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s 10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge to Keep Winter Cold Network
The event helped raise funds to support important local grassroots efforts for climate justice carried out in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.
Are you wondering who God wants you to be?
What is God calling you to do?
Where your gifts lie?
When can you hear the call to discipleship?
How can you devote your time and talent to the church?
If so, join us for a Gifts Discernment Workshop
in the Camillia Room on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM with Brother Loughlan Sofield, ST, senior editor of Human Development magazine, author, and director of the Washington Archdiocesan Consultation and Counseling Center.
Is this Gifts Discernment Workshop for Me?
We hope so! Every Christian by virtue of their baptism has the responsibility and privilege to bring about the Kingdom of Godthrough our ministry.This is an opportunity for you to figure out how you are called to participate with St. Camillus in the many opportunities we have to serve our community.
What will happen there?
Br. Sofield is a world renowned expert in collaboration in ministry and discerning gifts, he sets the stage for this discernment with the question: Who needs ministering? You will be asked to consider moments when you’ve been ministered to as a way into appreciating a broader notion of ministry.
But I thought ministry was for the friars?
It is true that our friars have dedicated their lives to building the Kingdom of God, but the call to ministry is a call to each one of us to be instruments of God’s peace in the world. We are each called to use our gifts and talents to help others experience God’s love because we have experienced God’s love in our lives. This workshop will set us in the right direction.
Wait, so if I’m good at something, will I suddenly get called to do it for the church?
That isn’t the point for us. How we answer the call to ministry is a decision that we must choose for ourselves. The purpose of this workshop is to link your passions to opportunities with the church for spiritual growth and communities that will support that growth. Serving God through ministry can often be about having places to do those things we love that don’t fit neatly into our “ordinary” lives.
Okay, how about if I want to get involved with St. Camillus but don’t think I have any pastoral skills?
Then you should definitely come to this workshop! We are all called by God to serve in some way. This process will help illuminate how God is particularly calling YOU.
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