Coffee Date: Quite a Latte Going on!

This week I am linking up with

Dearest Love for “Coffee Date” and 7Quick Takes Conversion Diary.

1. If the title hadn’t given it away already, I would begin by saying how incredibly eventful this week has been… and continues to be!  With something “extra” scheduled every day, I have found myself wanting for another me to complete the monotonous tasks that are important but not necessarily fun. Late nights, prayer and countless cups of coffee have been the norm these last few days. As I write this I am finishing up the last of three loads of laundry, and enjoying this pause in a very busy but blessed week.

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2. I realize that I can, with the grace of God, take on all my normal commitments and add a few more balls in the air without totally being stressed. As I am nearing the end of my graduate school work, I contemplate life changing once again as I discern my new place in the larger world. My family too has needed to make adjustments in what they contribute to the running of the family household. While change is not always welcomed initially, it is so gratifying it is to see them grow and take on additional responsibilities.

3. With that being said, my middle son Peter now 15 tied his own tie for school today for the first time! Passing by him this morning I offered my services, as is customary, to which he surprisingly replied, “Hold on Mom just a minute, I almost have it! Love it 🙂

Peter before school this morning!

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4. On Monday evening I joined in on an existing bible study group and met a fantastic group of ladies. The insight, coffee and conversation flowed so that had we not set an end time, I would not have made it home before 10pm! Thank you to all for a great time!

5.The following night my hubby stepped in to lead Why Catholic for a friend whose husband had surgery. For those unfamiliar with the Why Catholic program, it was created for adults to “foster spiritual renewal, evangelization, catechesis and faith formation through small Christian communities”. What a joy it was to see him prepare and leave to spend that time with others in scripture and prayer.

6. Last night, I attended a seminar on Catechesis and the New Evangelization hosted by Loyola Press and featuring Joe Paprocki author of The Catechist’s Toolbox, and The Bible Blueprint. Paprocki’s books are clear, engaging and filled with humor and parables. In his presentation, he explained that while we as Catholics have seen many leave the Church that there are countless new “opportunities for bringing the Good News” to flourish within hearts and minds. Essential to these opportunities is a new “ardor” or attitude of joy and hope that “things can change”. That change begins with each one of us. We are as a people called to be inviting others into a “transformative” experience of faith. This is accomplished by a living active witness to Christ’s love and mercy in our own lives. Here, Catholic social teaching provide a much needed connection to the realities of our everyday life and the call to “put that faith into action”. If interested in hearing more, this seminar can be accessed in a few days on http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/ .

7. Tomorrow, I am thrilled to attend the Boston Archdiocesan Social Justice Convention at the Pastoral Center in Braintree. The focus this year will be on making social justice a priority within our communities and interfaith outreach to overcome violence. Not to mention there will be numerous exhibitors such as Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, Jesuit Volunteers on hand to provide more information to serving others in our local communities. Exciting stuff! 😀
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5 thoughts on “Coffee Date: Quite a Latte Going on!

  1. Hello! Dropping by from the Coffee Date link up. 🙂 Hey, I’m Catholic too! My husband and I used to be catechists for 4th graders a few years ago, and we were given those books by Joe Paprocki. Great stuff! I just love those special first moments our kids have, like your son tying his tie. And that’s great you get to go to that convention tomorrow. Have fun! Is your graduate school work in theology? Have a great weekend! -Jess @ Sweet Little Ones

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by! It’s funny, I used to record all of their firsts in a memory book…now it’s in a blog post for all to see! 😉 I am really looking forward to the convention, although not the early start in the morning. To answer your question, yes I am a graduate student of pastoral studies and religious education at Loyola Chicago. When I am done, I hope to do what I love, even better!

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  2. Hello! Dropping by from the Coffee Date link up. 🙂 Hey, I’m Catholic too! My husband and I used to be catechists for 4th graders a few years ago, and we were given those books by Joe Paprocki. Great stuff! I just love those special first moments our kids have, like your son tying his tie. And that’s great you get to go to that convention tomorrow. Have fun! Is your graduate school work in theology? Have a great weekend! -Jess @ Sweet Little Ones

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  3. My goodness you are so busy but it all seems like such an amazing and fulfilling busy! And that women’s group sounds wonderful! Such a gift! And I love how your soon tied his tie! I can’t even begin to imagine! Haha, I feel like I will be dressing my 3 year old forever. So hard to fathom 15!!!

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  4. Aw, that is so sweet about your son finally tying his own tie! Such a good thing to learn early on in life. Someone had to tie my husband’s tie on or wedding day! Ha.

    Thanks for linking up for the coffee date!! Enjoy your weekend!

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