Most of the US is under a cold snap and in many places have too much snow, including us! But that reminds us to thank God in all circumstances. How can we thank God even when we don't feel like it? Jeff explains that and more in his newest book, Praise God & Thank Him, Biblical Keys for a Joyful Life.
We are preparing for our upcoming Holy Land pilgrimage in January and one of the books we recommend to pilgrims is "My Heart Is a Violin" which is the story of Holocaust Survivor Shony Alex Braun. I finished writing it nearly 15 years ago now and sometimes I forget the important impact this compelling story tells.
Here's what a recent reader had to say: I just finished reading "My Heart is a Violin." I have never read a book that touched me like this one....I felt like I was personally experiencing every sorrowful event in Shony's life during the Holocaust. I also felt God's protection and love for Shony. And, of course the many ways he positively touched the lives of all who crossed his path.
Emily, what an incredible project for you to be a part of...You did an awesome job!! Thank you so much for including your book in our reading list for the pilgrimage.
God bless, Mary Ellen
It's a story we cannot forget! Click here for ordering info.
We are excited to be traveling to the Holy Land in a few short months to walk where Jesus walked and where his mother and the disciples lived to pass on the message of the Messiah. There are a few seat remaining for January 8-21, 2015. Please contact us right away at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We want to invite you to join us for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' annual Rediscover Event to be held October 3-4, 2014 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We are expecting 12,000 people to attend from the area and surrounding dioceses. We also welcome friends from "out-of-town" to celebrate the Catholic Faith with us. This year's theme is "Horizon of Hope" because that is the core message of the Gospel and the Church. Please visit the Rediscover website for a line-up of speakers and to register.
This will be a celebration to remember, so hope you can join us! On Friday evening, October 3, there are events specifically for young adults with fellowship, dynamic speakers like Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Stan Fortuna, and music by Marie Miller.
On Saturday, October 4 there is a dual track of workshops for Latino and Anglo, ending together in Mass. There will be programs for both K-6 Program and 7-10 available with limited registration. The K-6 Program will feature a walk through the Bible, focusing on heros of hope in the Scriptures. There is also a program for grades 7-10.
We had the marvelous change to experience the Papal Mass held in Bethlehem on May 25. The excitement of the local Christians from the Galilee, Gaza and Bethlehem was evident with their songs of welcome to Pope Francis led by a joyous choir and plenty of flags waving.
We stood in Manger Square for several hours before Pope Francis made his entry in the pope mobile. We had a quick glimpse of him as the vehicle drove toward the altar area. The backdrop of the altar area depicted three previous popes who have visited the Holy Land, Paul VI, St. John Paul 2 and Benedict XVI as well as Sts. Francis, Clare and Catherine standing to the side of the Holy Family. The Mass was mostly in Arabic with the Pope's homily in Italian about the dignity of children as a commentary to the Christmas Mass readings about the Birth of Christ.