CCW-ADW Past Monthly Teas
September 19, 2021:
Theme: “How to Live as a Beloved Daughter of God.” presented by Rose Folsom of Virtue Connection. With all our responsibilities, the people depending on us, illness, financial worries, and our growing to-do list, it can be easy to forget that BELOVEDNESS is the core of who we are and that God loves each one of us as if we were the only one in the world. Our hope is in his eternal love for us, no matter what season of life or situation we are in. Rose reminded us how scripture and the saints cheer us on to live out our hope in God and showed us how to avoid three common traps that can steal our hope.
1) PDF of quotes from the presentation here
June 28, 2021:
Themes: Part 1: " The Many Faces of St. Joseph" a compilation of different aspects of St.Joseph - Spouse and Protector, Father, Worker, and Patron of a Happy Death. Prayers, music and discussion of St. Joseph were read by men and staff of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
Part 2: "Celebrating the Year With St. Joseph" reflection given by Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ (Superior General of the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart). Bishop Ricard made the point that while St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Josephites, all the Joseph's of the Bible - Joseph, the son to whom Jacob gave a coat of many colors (who enabled the tribe of Israel to survive in Egypt), Joseph of Arimathea (who gave the tomb from which Jesus rose), as well as Joseph of the Holy Family all were "the right man for the moment," that is, the man through whom God chose to implement His Divine Plan.
Attendees of the tea then went into breakout rooms to discuss which of the faces of Joseph resonated most in their lives and shared the results of the discussion with the whole group.
1) Link to the flyer here
1) Link to the presentation here
May 16, 2021:
Theme: "Treasures in the Franciscan Monastery Gardens" presented by Patricia A. Cunniff of the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Pat presented an interesting history of the creation, development and mission of the Franciscan Monastery and its gardens. She also discussed the Monastery's programs today including holiday events and volunteer opportunities at the monastery
1) Link to the presentation here
2) Contact information for volunteering, workshops and events at the Monastery here
April 18, 2021:
Theme: "A Story of Lessons Learned Along the Camino de Santiago" Lisa Longacre
How does anything survive over 1200 years? The Camino de Santiago has continued though civil wars, religious wars,world wars, dictatorships, and the Black Plague, giving back to the pilgrims far more than it takes from them to complete it. Our guest speaker and Saint Andrew Apostle, Silver Spring parishioner Lisa Longacre shared her personal physical and spiritual journey on the ancient pilgramage trail the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile walk from France to Spain. Lisa shared 12 lessons she extracted from the joy, hardship, pain, peace and beauty of traveling the Camino.
1) A Pilgrims Prayer here
2) A commonly used planning guide for trip:
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: Camino Francés – St. Jean • Roncesvalles • Santiago (Camino Guides) by John Brierly
March 21, 2021:
Theme: "Walking Alongside: Loving Someone with Mental Illness" Dr. Jennifer Charles, a licensed practitioner who also teaches at Catholic University, gave an informative an overview of mental health issues in families, including causes, how to prevent, and how best to support and love people who are living with mental illness The video of her talk is below. Sabrina Curry then spoke about her experience caring for a loved one and opened the floor for questions from the audience
1) Resources List and Tip Sheet (Dr. J. Charles) here
2) 5 Saints to Invoke (Catholic Company Magazine) here
3) Dr. Jennifer Charles' video here
February 14, 2021:
Theme: "Heart to Heart: A Reflection on Human Trafficking" This month we gathered to to learn about the life of St. Josephine Bakhita and the continuing problem of human trafficking and modern day slavery. The video that was discussed during our presentation can be found by searching/Googling "Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking (2015)" - a CNN report on the horrors of human trafficking reported by Jada Pinkett Smith. This video is graphic and not appropriate for children.
1) Meeting Presentation (Sonia Bobis, Service Commission Chair) here
2) Ideas for Action and Resources regarding Ending Human Trafficking here
December 6, 2020:
Theme: Advent Joy, to welcome and prepare for the Advent season. The heartwarming Tea consisted of prayer, fellowship and beautiful music. It was nice to see faces along with names which we have come to know. We shared ideas about how we are celebrating this unusual Advent season along with some of the particular resources we have use to help us find a comfortable space within the context of Advent and Christmas. Gretchen Erlichman, a candidate to be a Dominican contemplative nun provided the piano selections as interludes and conclusion of the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary. That put smiles of the faces of everyone.
October 25, 2020:
Theme: Council Sunday, connecting with one another for fellowship, spiritual growth, and support in challenging times.
1) Reflection by Carol Monaco (Spirituality Chair) "Staying Connected"
2) Meeting Agenda here