One Pilgrim’s Journey

by Susan Grilliot

14368773_10157640991855082_2117620263764002384_nThe Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) has become an increasingly popular pilgrimage walk in Europe. Last winter, I made the decision to quit my job and take this adventure. Alone. At first, I was open to going with someone else if anyone happened to be able to take a month off work or also quit their job at the same time. However, after some time planning and praying, I felt called to go it alone.

The Camino is one of those experiences that are difficult to describe, and every pilgrim’s description is different. That is the beauty of it. No two Caminos are alike. Different motives, different backgrounds, even different routes. That being said, my good friend, Paul (we met on The Way), has walked three times now, and he says, “Where else in the world can you find such a variety of people in the same place with the same goal?” I think this fact contributes to making The Way a “river of human kindness” as Paul says.

Making friends is easy, and if you are not comfortable making the first move, someone else will. If you are sitting alone, someone is bound to ask if he or she can join you. I loved this aspect of The Camino. I did not have to worry about the reaction, only whether or not we had a language in common! Pilgrims in general are so willing to help each other. Molly needs something for her blister. Bob, across the room offers her a band-aid. Claire has a strange sickness she cannot beat. Arnau, a doctor, writes a prescription for the correct medication. Susan gets sick, so Karl and Florian take turns carrying her pack so that she can still travel with the group. Yes, I am talking about myself here.

The first couple of weeks were filled with such joy and beauty. Between the warm, sunny weather, the picturesque landscape and new friends, I felt such genuine happiness. A German man, Florian, who I met the first day, would play his ukulele and we would sing songs as we walked. We were always laughing or smiling about something!

14642259_10157591176730082_2609657771707717621_nCarrying twenty or so pounds on your back takes time to adjust to. Never mind walking inclines and declines on uneven surface. Blisters, sores, bed bugs, injury and illness- All may be a part of the experience whether personally or through fellow pilgrims. Though these topics are widely discussed, they hardly brought us down for long before we would be caught up again in the beautiful scenery or in hunting down the next yellow arrow that indicated the way.

The trail passes almost every single Catholic Church within a few kilometers. Unfortunately, not all were open at the time I walked by or were turned into museums and charged an entrance fee. Despite the lack of European religiosity, I could not get over how old everything in Europe is, especially the churches-most dating back to the 1200-1300’s. I found one of my favorite churches after a wonderful day of hiking up a mountain. It was located in the small, cold, and touristic town of O Cebreiro. While looking up mass times, I discovered that a Eucharistic miracle happened there in the 1300’s! There was a side alter with the remains on display for veneration. So cool!

I intentionally made the journey spiritual. Each day I prayed for someone specific or a group of people. I prayed a rosary and offered the days sufferings in his or her name. It seemed to help me focus and stay on track when it was so easy to obsess over how close the next meal or bathroom was. It was also very easy to let the other pilgrims distract me as I suffer highly from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

I was quick to find a Camino family, and so never walked an entire day alone.  I enjoyed meeting many unique people to share stories and experiences with. I now have friends in Australia, France, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Maine, California, and beyond!

untitled-2I gained so much confidence in myself and my abilities. I learned more about who I am. There is something very special and powerful about sharing your true self, that is, the you beneath the makeup, fancy clothes, or photo filter. I also grew in trust of God and His plan for me. Numerous times, God put the right people in my path at the right time. For example, one night while cutting cheese with a pocketknife, it slipped. Luckily, Jules, who is a nurse, was with us that day so she was able to get the bleeding under control and properly sterilize and bandage the deep wound.

Though I do not plan to walk this again for a long time, many pilgrims find themselves on the trail multiple times in his or her life. As for me, I would like to explore the countless other countries I have yet to see!

 

Susan, originally from Ohio, made it to this great state by attending Ball State University and is currently one of the members of the St. Catherine of Alexandria Women’s Formation House here in Indy.

Young Adult Retreat

Fill These Hearts Annual Young Adult Retreat – December 1-3, 2017

REGISTRATION IS SOLD OUT!

*If you are interested in attending please contact Rebecca Kovert at rkovert@archindy.org as there may still be a spot available for you!

 

More details listed below.

For all young adults, ages 18-35. Great opportunity to spend time away from the ‘big’ city and connect with others who are also seeking for more in this life. There will be awesome talks, prayer experiences, small group, and time to just relax. Depending on the weather, we’ll have hikes and maybe even campfires!

Price: $65 (includes lodging, meals, and retreat materials)

Location: Camp Rancho Framasa, 2230 Clay Lick Rd, Nashville, IN 47448, about 1 hour from the city of Indianapolis.

– Accommodations: We will be staying in their cabins with bunk beds! No worries, they are heated, have electricity, and bathrooms with showers. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow (or other bedding), all your toiletries and a towel.

– Meals: your registration fee includes snacks on Friday night, breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday!  There is room to write in any allergies on the registration form.

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Schedule: We will be posting this closer to the date and also emailing it to all who register. Please plan on this time frame: Dec. 1st at 7pm – Dec. 3rd at 1pm.

Travel: Everyone is in charge of getting to the retreat center. If you are in the Indianapolis area, we will be organizing a place to meet and combine cars and head down together!

Packing List: 

  • Warm comfortable clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Bedding and a towel
  • Shoes you can walk the grounds in- it’s pretty!
  • Bible, journal, rosary, other prayer materials
  • Smiling faces and open hearts 😉

Pics from last year’s retreat on Facebook!

First Fridays

Join Men and Women ages 18-35 for a holy hour, reflection, food, and fellowship!

  • 7 pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Holy Hour Silent time for prayer, contemplation, reflection with music. Reconciliation will be offered by priests after reflection.
  • 8 pm: Dinner, time to hang out!

Dates and Locations

  • October 6, 2017- SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, downtown Indy
  • November 3, 2017 – St Susanna in Plainfeild (west side of Indy)
  • December 1-3, 2017 – We will have a couple of opportunities for adoration on our annual RETREAT
  • February 2, 2018 – Our Lady of Lourdes,east Indy
  • March 2, 2018- New Albany Deanery, southern part of Arch Indy
  • April 6, 2018 – St. Luke, north central Indy
  • May 4, 2018- TBD

For more information or questions please contact Rebecca Kovert

Seriously discerning religious life or the priesthood?  Check out our Vocations Office at http://www.archindy.org/heargodscall/discernment.html

Emmaus Leader Resources

Here is a list of ideas that you can read/watch as a group! This list is not extensive or all inclusive by any means, just a helpful list if you are having a hard time coming up with ideas! Contact Matt if you’d like to discuss more options.

INVITE your group to meet Jesus and His Church– scripture and prayer

  • Bible Basics for Catholics
  • The Real Story by Edward Sri
  • Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel
  • Catholicism Series – 10 episode video series (you can borrow from us)
  • Ways to Pray by Cardinal Donald Wuerl
  • The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
  • Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn

INVEST time in learning what we believe and why, ask the tough questions, build your knowledge of the faith – apologetics and spiritual growth

  • Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn
  • Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri
  • Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West
  • Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later by Janet E. Smith
  • Humanum Video Series (available online, $1 an episode)
  • Discovering the Feminine Genius by Katrina Zeno
  • Be a Man by Fr. Larry Richards

IGNITE the flame of faith into action, becoming missionary disciples, sharing the faith – evangelization

  • Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell
  • You Can Share the Faith by Karen Edmisten
  • How to Win the Culture War by Peter Kreeft
  • Breaking Through, Catholic Women Speak for Themselves by Helen Alvare
  • Chastity is for Lovers by Arleen Spencely
  • Absolute Relativism by Chris Stefanick

Why it is a good thing to be tempted…

by Fr. Martin Rodriguez

Fr. Martin did a reflection for young adults on how temptations can help us prove our love to God!

martinFr. Martin, one of our young adult priests in the archdiocese, is currently the pastor at St. Joseph’s in Shelbyville, IN. He recently started a YouTube channel where he shares short videos explaining different parts of our Catholic faith. You can subscribe to his channel HERE. Many are in Spanish, but he is starting to publish videos in English as well! Gracias Padre!

Our Vocation to Marriage – Reflections from World Youth Day

by Stephen Janssen and Kara Gregg    

When we met in May of 2015, I (Kara) was reading “Saint John Paul the Great, His Five Loves” by Jason Evert. A book about the life and loves of St. JPII. I (Stephen) soon read the same book and it changed my life and my entire belief on the human body, love, and marriage as a Catholic man and future husband. Throughout our relationship, JPII and our blessed Mother have been strong intercessors for us.

I (Kara) had spent several years before I met Stephen praying for my future husband.  During the time in the summer of 2015, shortly after meeting Stephen, I received a special gift on the last day of a 54 day rosary novena I decided to pray for the intention of my future husband. On my trip to Rome with my cousin, we were invited to attend a private mass, in which after the priest placed a zucchetto (a cleric’s skullcap: black for a priest, purple for a bishop, red for a cardinal, and white for the pope) of JPII on my head and before he did I asked that he would also pray for my future husband. JP2 has been so tenderly involved in our relationship!

During our pilgrimage to World Youth Day we ended a 54 day rosary novena for the intention for a happy and holy marriage. On that day, we visited the shrine of JPII in Kraków and kissed a relic of his blood that was saved on May 13, 1981, the day there was an assassination attempt on his life and the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. What a blessing! We knew Our Lady of Fatima was so special to us and we to her. She has guided us and given us so many graces throughout our relationship. Through the sufferings we have endured and offered for each other and for our future marriage, JPII and Our Lady have interceded for us and given us the grace to receive the fullness of this life with each other.12 [Read more…]

The Gift of Our Priests – Reflections from World Youth Day

by Maria Cossell

Like my fellow pilgrims that traveled to Krakow for World Youth Day, I journeyed with specific intentions in mind.  My prayer and hope was to see fruits for these particular intentions by offering up sufferings.  Little did I know what prayer intention the Lord would actually place on my heart while I was in Poland.

One day Fr. Eric Augenstein graciously took a small group of young adults on a tour of sites that pertained specifically to the life of St. John Paul II.  As we stood outside St. John Paul II’s home parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Fr. Eric  recounted how the church was run by a group of Salesians.  All of the priests except one who was in his eighties were sent to concentration camps by the Nazis.  Eleven priests who served this church died for their faith.  They freely chose to love and follow Jesus till their last breath.  

All of a sudden I was overcome by a sense of sadness and anxiety.  At first I struggled to understand why I was feeling this way.  For five years I have taught sixth graders about World War II.  Each year I talk about how priests were killed.  I talk to my students about the truth of underground churches currently in our world.  Fr. Eric’s story should have come to no surprise for me.  However, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Without priests we, the Church cannot come into union with Christ in the very intimate way of the Eucharist.  I never want to live in a time period where it is a struggle to be able to receive the heart of our Lord in communion.  

It was then I realized how I take for granted the gift of the priesthood and the presence of Jesus in the holy sacrament of the altar. On any day of the week I have a plethora of churches and mass times to choose from.  I can pop into an adoration chapel any time I feel like it, no matter the hour of the day.

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Bowling League

Bowling is an intramural sport? Around here it is! Join us and 200 others for 8 weeks of bowling this fall/winter!

You can find the Indy Catholic league standings HERE!

Bowl for your health

How it Works:

Bowling takes place October through December at Hindel Bowling Lanes 6833 Massachusetts Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46226. Hindel is one of the last family-owned alleys in the city and has been here since 1957. Amenities include hardwood lanes (they don’t make ‘em like this anymore!) and a snack bar and lounge.  Lanes open for practice at 6:45p with the league beginning at 7p each week. This coming season, we will be changing to teams of 6 people to accommodate more bowlers!

 

Teams 

Each team has 6 players total (all 6 members will be bowling each week). To ensure a good experience for all, we encourage you to commit to coming to all the games. This builds team spirit and will not leave your team in a lurch if you are not there. For this reason, we ask that you commit to coming to AT LEAST 6 of the 8 weeks. We know that things happen that cannot be foreseen, but besides that, we ask that you make this a real commitment. *You may only bowl for the team that you are registered with. No rule about # of guys vs ladies. Team captains will be able to call a sub to fill in. Each sub will just need to pay $10 when they get to the bowling alley each night that they are filling in.

This Season’s Info:

  • Every Tuesday from October 17th through December 12th (with a break during the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Hindel Bowling Lanes, 6833 Massachusetts Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46226
  • 6:50p lanes open for warm-up’s, 7-9pm Each team bowls 2 games
  • This league fills up fast so register ASAP! Registration closes when spots are filled.

 

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Hindel will also be organizing our schedule and league standings. Each week they will post updated information on their website. You will be able to see how well your team is doing as well as your own progress. This is also where you will see which team you will be playing the next week. They have a ‘handicap’ rule for all of us who bowl below 200. They simply add 100% of the difference of your average and 200. This enables all teams, no matter what your skill level, to have a chance at winning.

Hindel Bowling Lanes also has an extensive list of rules that will be given out to each team captain the first night. This will explain everything, including how scoring and league standings work.

 
It’s going to be a good time!

 

When Thousands Don’t Satisfy the Heart

by Erica Heinekamp

Untitled-4It’s in the soul of a mother raising her young children.  A young man at the office sitting at his desk everyday.  The question is there in the midst of the studies of a seminarian or grad student.  It’s in the hearts of teachers who are living summer break. It’s with the 250 young adults at Theology on Tap last week and the 8 with me at Mass this morning. It’s a question for the despairing AND the hopeful alike: “What am I looking for?”

Be careful that the answer isn’t too automatic.  We’re not answering “What are you looking for?” like a computer answering “What’s 2 X 2?”

Attention, everyone:  What you’re looking for is JESUS!!!!  There. I answered it. Do you feel better? Of course not. The problem is we’re still hurting, confused, and in some way, feel like we aren’t honoring such a meaningful, personally-diverse question with such a simple response.

I was at a regional meeting of leaders a few years ago for a Catholic lay movement called Communion and Liberation.  The question was posed to us, “What does your community need?” It was their version of “What are you looking for?” We broke out into groups, discussed it with others and came back with our responses: We needed money, more cultural presentations, better discussions at our weekly meetings, new people.  We said all the right things!

The priest in charge, Fr. Jose, in the midst of our responses, said, I can see the future of the communities you lead by what you ask for. You are asking for things too small.”  I’m not sure if on the outside I erupted, but on the inside I sure did.  Asking for things TOO SMALL?!? What in the heck was I supposed to be asking for? (Let’s be honest, I probably didn’t say “heck.”) [Read more…]

Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace

by Dana Petricka

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary…pray for me as I write this blog!

Our Blessed Mother Mary has been someone I have always wished I had a better relationship with, but I never really knew how to.  Growing up, I wasn’t catechized well in my Catholic faith, and I was heavily involved in a non-denominational ministry at my high school.  Of course, little was ever mentioned about Mary.  I learned a lot about Jesus, which was integral to my faith life, but Mary remained a figure in the Bible who I only thought about at Christmas time when we would read about the Nativity story.

In college, I began to learn more about my Catholic faith than I ever had in my life, and I was thirsting for knowledge.   I was also first introduced to the dogmas and doctrines on Mary, such as the Immaculate Conception and other devotions that I had a hard time grasping, at this time.  “Why was Mary focused on so much when we have Jesus?” I thought.

I remember many of my friends from my Newman Center at North Dakota State University wore these cool looking chain link bracelets around their wrist, and I wanted one.  One day I finally asked where they got them, and one of my friends replied that he had consecrated himself to Mary and that was the outward sign of his consecration.  I was a little disappointed and pretty weirded out. [Read more…]

Around Indy(Catholic)

Around Indy(Catholic) is a monthly event to help build community while exploring the city of Indianapolis and the different areas withing the Archdiocese. Whether you like the outdoors, the arts, sporting events, etc, we have something for everyone! “Come and Be Found” is our office theme for the year, and Around IndyCatholic is our newest program to help all young adults (ages 18-35) come together and find a place to call home.

There are no current Around Indy(Catholic) events planed at this time. Please check back later for more details. 

 

Past Events:

Indian’s Game

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Hiking in Brown County

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Beasley’s Orchard

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Brew and View

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Theology on Tap, Indianapolis

Yes, that’s right. Theology on Tap. Faith in a bar. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Here at Theology on Tap, a program of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, we are committed to taking our faith outside the four walls of the church and sharing it with a new generation.  (young adults ages 21-35)

 

Thanks to all who came out this summer to make TOT 2017 a success! We’ll be back in June 2018. Thanks to Bent Rail Brewery in South Broad Ripple for hosting us again next year!

Dates for summer 2018 are as follows: June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug 8, Aug 22 

Visit IndyCatholic YouTube channel for all past TOT videos!

Operation Leftover

 Next “Roll Out” is the 3rd Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm, meet at St. John the Evangelist Church

Future dates:  Every third Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted!

Help serve the homeless in the downtown Indianapolis area!  Roll out with food, drinks, info pamphlets, and a willing spirit to meet the homeless where they are at.

More and more every day, God calls us to be disciples to the people around us—classmates, co-workers, and even strangers we encounter on the street. Operation Leftover offers an opportunity to meet and socialize with the homeless and impoverished in Indianapolis. Once a month, Operation Leftover gathers food, secondhand clothing, and other toiletries to distribute to those in need in the downtown Indianapolis area.

Contact Andrew Costello @ operationleftover@gmail.com for more information.

During a “Rollout,” we hit the streets of Indianapolis and socialize with those who may be impoverished or whose basics needs are not being met.  By providing fellowship, sharing faith, and providing resources to our brothers and sisters out on the street, we can empower them to get to where they need to be. Here are the details:

Things to bring:

  • Blankets
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Any grocery bags (plastic, paper, or cloth) that you want to get rid of
  • Bottled Water/Gatorade
  • Any homemade food or fast food (e.g. Little Caesar’s, Subway, etc.) that you wish to distribute
  • Chips/Light snacks
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash bags
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags

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11893939_10156034694490215_7996552226071219848_oAndrew Costello received the 2015 St. John Paul II Servant Leader of the Year Award by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis!

 

 

 

 

“This is a great honor, and I wanted to thank all of your for your hard work, support, prayer, encouragement, and dedication to Operation Leftover and what we strive to accomplish. This ministry is a team effort, and without your assistance and the grace of God, it would not have lasted this long. Some of you travel long and far to attend out outreach efforts, and all of you carve time out of your busy schedules to gather donations or join us when we are on the streets. So thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support of Operation Leftover. I have even more confidence now that God approves of this ministry, and I am excited to see how it will continue to evolve. May God bless you all abundantly for your generosity towards the poor of Indianapolis!” – Andrew

 

Love: it’s what I got

by Katie Sahm

49597-Lucy-In-The-SnowThis can be a difficult time of year, the holidays are over, the sun is not up for long and we have a vitamin D deficiency, it’s so cold that we’re stuck inside watching Netflix marathons and praying for summer, Feb. 14 approaches and we are reminded of the unquenchable thirst we all have to be loved fully. And this is not just for the single folks out there, we all feel it. During the harsh winter there is plenty of time for self-reflection and we are reminded that nothing in this world, not another person, a vocation, a career will ever fill our aching hearts.

However, this season of scarcity can be a blessing, because the longing we all have points us to where our true fulfillment and happiness lies… in God alone.  I’m writing this reflection for one reason: to remind you that you are a beloved son, a beloved daughter of the God of the universe!  Yup, it’s true. The God who is LOVE created you out of LOVE and constantly wants to be united in LOVE with you.

We’ve heard it a thousand times, we celebrate it each week at mass… and yet, if you’re anything like me, it’s one of the first things I forget when I’m weighed down by sin or have fallen into despair. I too easily forget that I am beloved, that Jesus came, died, and rose for me. The beauty of this mystery is far too great for my feeble mind to comprehend. Still, when I begin to contemplate this love, my soul is reawakened and my heart is filled with the impossible truth that I am TRULY loved by my creator, my savior, my comforter.  So much so that He would do anything to be with me forever, even unto death. [Read more…]

Our Father’s Love

by Katie Sahm

My dearest child,

I have been waiting so long for you,

Yes, you.

Did you know? I love with an everlasting love

And you are mine.

For you I have come.

You have captured my heart.

Stay with me, remain here in my love.

All I have is yours

All I am is for you.

I wish to fill your heart with all that you long for.

Let me

Let me love you.

Please, I beg you, let me hold you.

I’ve longed for you incessantly, always looking toward the horizon, watching, waiting for you to come home.

And now you are here with me.

I cannot contain my joy – it abounds!

And my spirit pours forth…

Please, let me in, please open your heart.

All I have ever wanted was to be with you, my daughter, my son.

By coming to me, you have given me my one desire – you.

O how you’ve consoled my heart, my fair one.

It is for you that I came to this earth

It is you whom I give my body.

It was my love for you, yes you, that gave me the courage to get upon that cross.

Every drop of blood was for you

It’s all been for you.

Please, please believe.

I ask for your trust.

Know that all I do is out of love and mercy for you.

O my anxious one, I see your burden

I feel your heavy heart.

All your worry, all the darkness…

I want it all.

Let me be your light, come to me.

I will take care of you

I will provide.

One day all your tears will be wiped away.

The joy you seek is real

The love you long for exists

There is peace, I promise.

Oh how happy I am – for you are here

With me once again.

I have looked forward to this day for so long.

This moment, when I get to embrace my child and pour so many graces upon you.

I give myself freely

Just let me love you.

I am your great encourager

I am the one who gives you strength

I am your hope.

I am the way, the truth

I am life.

There is so much I want to give you

Things you can’t even fathom.

And they are yours, my child, your inheritance.

Receive the gifts I offer

I want you to have them.

It is my desire to lavish my love on you

Simply because you are my child

And I am your Father.

Find a Parish

IUPUC

Indiana University Purdue University Columbus

Students who wish to grow deeper in their faith and get involved in the Catholic Church at St. Bartholomew’s in Columbus, IN, contact Allie Tyler at atyler_stb@yahoo.com or call 812-592-4664.

Parish Young Adult Events

Young Adult groups who meet on a regular basis at a parish… check out all parishes with active young adult ministries HERE!

St. Barnabas, south side Indy – Meet once a month (day/time varies), email Laura at lsheehan@stbindy.org. Check out the website or Facebook Page for upcoming events.
 
St. Susanna’s Young Adults, west of Indy, Plainfield – Meet on Wednesdays at 7:15pm. Location varies, email stsuzyam@yahoo.com or call or text Katie at 317-850-0928. Facebook Page
 
St. Luke’s Young Adult Group, north side Indy – Meet two Thursdays of the month, one focusing on formation and the other on service for the other parishioners! For details and locations, you can email youngadults@stluke.org or go to the Facebook page.
 
St. John’s Young Adult Mass, downtown Indy– Every Sunday at 7pm, St. John’s has a mass devoted to you.  Join hundreds of young adults at the Eucharistic Table! Facebook Page
 
OLG’s YA Group, south side Indy– meets every Monday at 6:30pm for Bible Study. All are welcome.  Group will also be planning social gatherings and service opportunities.  Contact Matt Sierp at mattsierp82@gmail.com for more info.  Facebook Page
 
Christ the King Young Adults, Broad Ripple Indy – Join their small group! Contact Shaughn Phillips, email sphillips@ctk-indy.org or call at 317-715-4765. Facebook Page
 
Batesville Deanery – Join the young adult group Verso L’alto! Contact emily Macke, email emily.bissonnette@gmail.com. or go to their Facebook Page.
  
St. Michael’s YAM group, Greenfield –  meets the First and Third Wednesdays of every month at 8pm. Location varies. Contact Renee Odum, youngadults.stmichaelsgrfld@gmail.com for more info. Facebook Page
 
St. Agnes, Nashville, IN –  meets on 2nd Sundays after the 10:45am mass. Join their group on Facebook.
 
 

World Youth Day 2016

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We had an amazing pilgrimage to Krakow! Check out photos below or Facebook

 

Opening Mass

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Read about some of our pilgrim’s experiences from WYD on our blog!

Our Vocation to Marriage, by Kara Gregg and Stephen Janssen

The Gift of Our Priests, by  Maria Cossell

World Youth Day Rio 2013

Check out some reflections from this amazing experience in Rio de Janiero!


 

40 Days for Life, Indy

Pray with other young adults during …

40 Days for Life

Meet us at the Planned Parenthood on Georgetown Road and help us pray to end abortion and for all those who are considering abortion and those who need healing. Here are a couple of days that you can join us for an hour of prayer. We usually pray a rosary and divine mercy chaplet together.

  • Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 from 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, March 2 from 6-7pm
  • Sunday, March 13 from 1-2pm

Wish to get involved with the Pro-life movement? Connect with these awesome organizations below:

We encourage you to sign up for other time slots as well since there is such a great need.  You can find locations and how to sign up here:  https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/indianapolis/

 

Brew and View

Around Indy(Catholic) is hosting a movie night! There will be drinks, popcorn, candy, and a viewing of an inspiring movie. We discuss and hang out after the flick.

Nov. 13, 2015 at 7:00pm
Knights of Columbus, 1305 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis
 
Movie: “The Mission” starring Robert De Niro. Jeremy Irons, and Liam Neeson. See trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvWaD-NErlY
Rated PG for violence and thematic elements.  
 
“Though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love suffereth and love is kind. Love envieth not. Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. But now abideth faith, hope, love… these three. But the greatest of these is love.”
 
We will have beer, wine, soda, popcorn, and candy for sale! Proceeds from the bar will go to the Knights! BRING CASH!
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Bishop’s Bash

Thanks to all those who came our for teh 2016 Bishop’s Bash! Now that a Archbishop has comes to Indy, we’ll schedule the next bash for Fall 2018!

Pictures of 2016 Bash can be found on Facebook

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Check out pics from past Bashes!

 

 

University of Indianapolis

Find out what’s happening on UIndy’s campus for catholic students and those interested in the Catholic faith!

Preston Becker: prestonbecker2@gmail.com

Fr. Ben Syberg, Chaplain: bsyberg@stbindy.org

 

It’s worth it: Our Journey with NFP

by Liz Escoffery

Use NFPWhen I was in college, I attended an annual dorm retreat for women. During the retreat, a dorm chaplain and her husband introduced something called Natural Family Planning (NFP). They would prayerfully discern each cycle whether or not God was calling them to welcome a new child into their family. Then, with the scientific knowledge of the woman’s daily discharge observations, they would select days of fertility or infertility to come together. It seemed like this would be hard, involve lots of education on how our bodies work, and necessitate self-mastery and sacrificing on the part of the husband and the wife. Yet, I remember feeling a sense of awe and wonder about the vocation of Christian marriage. I thought to myself, “That sounds worth it.”

Around the same time, I had the opportunity to read Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae. I was drawn to the simple, yet compelling language. Humanae Vitae says,

“(Married) love is destined to continue, raising up new lives…Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents.”

It explains the nature of marriage, the goodness of sexual intimacy, and speaks pastorally to many couples’ need to space or limit pregnancies during the course of one’s marriage and says that this need is legitimate. The knowledge of one’s fertility can allow each couple to achieve or postpone pregnancies throughout the childbearing years.

When I became engaged to Bill, signing up for a NFP course was a no-brainer. We began meeting with our practitioner for one-on-one instruction and began charting. At first, I found that I was marking almost every day as fertile. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I said, thinking I must be the most fertile woman on the face of the earth which made me skeptical that it would even work for us. We needed patience and quite a bit of further instruction to understand that it was not possible to be as fertile as much as I thought. Now as a practitioner myself, I smile when I think back to those days of early learning and hope it allows me to relate better to my clients with difficult or confusing charts.

[Read more…]

Young Adult WYD Pilgrimage 2016

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We are going to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland!

July 22 – August 1, 2016

Join young adults from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Diocese of Lafayette on a pilgrimmage to Prague and Poland. In addtion to World Youth Day activities, our pilgrimage includes sightseeing  in Prague and Krakow before WYD begins.

Download the summary flier or a Detailed Brochure.

REGISTRATION Our pilgrimage is listed as “Prague & WYD, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Diocese of Lafayette”

Estimated Price: $3,205 / person (includes airfare and accomodation; breakfast, dinner, and transportation until World Youth Day. Does not include World Youth Day registration and meal package, tips, travel insurance or personal expenses)

Wondering what happens at a World Youth Day?

Check out some of these links and watch videos from Rio 2013!

 

World Youth Day Rio 2013

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Trivia Night with TOT

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MAY 14, 2015 (event is now closed)

Join us for our first annual Trivia Night with Theology on Tap Indianapolis!

Works like most other trivia nights, but with a Catholic twist! 😉  Grab your friends and make a team, or sign up as an individual and we’ll put ya with some other great people.

– Get a team of 4 together or sign up as an individual or with a friend.

– Register for a small fee with us. (make sure to include who you’d like to play with) This will  save your spot/table for May 14th.

– Show up at 7pm. You’ll have some time to order food and drinks and get settled before we get the competition rolling!

– Enjoy 5 rounds of Trivia 

– We’ll also have raffles, games during the breaks, and more!

Categories may include… pop culture, movies, history, Catholicism, music, sports and much more! 

REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE! You must register in order to participate in this event! Only $5 

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Receiving the Heart of Jesus

by Maria Cossell

How many times a day does someone pass you by, say hi, and ask how you are doing?  For me, this is multiple times a day.  Stating that I am fine or doing great and asking how the other person is has become so repetitive that I just spit it out of my mouth like a robot.  I do not even think before I speak that I am actually flat out lying to someone.  I am never one-hundred percent great or fine, nor am I always a sad person or a “Negative Nancy” either.  What I am saying is that I am not perfectly content.  There always seems to be a part of me that longs for more of something.  From time to relax and spend quality time with friends and families to desiring more of a specific food or new clothes for my wardrobe, I am constantly searching for more.

For the majority of my life I thought that my happiness was based completely on my actions and what society said would make me happy.  From studying hard in grade school and playing those good old CYO sports to going to college and landing a job.  As each birthday passed I would always dream about how next year I would be happier with life and would continually try harder to make happiness come my way.  I was driving myself crazy because I was never living in the present moment and was always wanting more.

Then a couple years ago I heard a talk that turned my world upside down.  I heard that I will never be completely happy on this Earth even though we are all on a quest for it.  The desire for happiness is too big for any material possession, perfect job, or friendship to complete.  The Catechism states that…

“the desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.  Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for” (27).

The Lord is using this longing for more to draw us to Himself.  However, as humans we do anything possible to try to quickly fill this ache for happiness within us, from searching for the perfect boyfriend or girlfriend to having the best material possessions. For example, we think that if we just have that new iPhone then we will be happy.  However, over time that happiness fades and we desire more.  So what do we do?  We buy the newest version of the iPhone, and the cycle continues.  We fail to realize that the finite can never fill the infinite desire in our hearts.  Only God can.

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As all these new concepts started to sink into my head, my heart ached to know the Lord better.  I desired for Him to complete the longing in my heart for more.  I began to aim my desires to Him and take time to learn more about Him on my own.  For example, as I took the time to learn more about Eucharistic Miracles my love for the Eucharist sky rocketed. [Read more…]

Help Me, Lord!

by Matt Duffy

I was out braving the cold & snow, while walking my dog a few weeks ago when a woman in heels, parked, got out of her vehicle, and started to unload her groceries. This woman was younger, probably in her 20s or 30s. She began to struggle, attempting to carry her groceries while concentrating on walking in her heels on the icy sidewalk. I approached her, introduced myself and my dog friend, and offered to help with her groceries.

She looked at me…

said “NO” vehemently, then started walking more quickly away from me. [Read more…]

IndyCatholic Intramurals

intramurals Meet new people, stay active and have fun! IndyCatholic Intramurals brings sports with new outlook to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. All young adults ages 18-35 are invited to play regardless of skill level. No team? We’ll put you on a team – you don’t have to worrying about finding your own.

When & Where

Evenings or Sundays – depends on the sport and the season. We play at different locations depending on availability and to ensure locations remain convenient for those living on each side of the city.

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The Angel Gabriel Moment

by Brooke Yessa

The past several weeks and months have got me thinking a lot about pregnancy. No, I myself am not pregnant, nor am I married. However, my dear friend Meghan is 8 months pregnant. Pregnancy is remarkable; there is a newly created LIFE tucked securly within the mother’s womb, hidden and slowly growing. As the baby grows, the parents also grow. There’s plenty of preparation exteriorly and interiorly as they anticipate raising a child, of creating a home for this new life which the Holy Spirit has brought into existence through them. Besides pregnancy, I have also contemplated Our Blessed Mother a whole lot these past few months in hopes to know her and imitate her more. So basically, you could say I’ve been in the Advent spirit for some time now.

“Advent is the season of the secret, the secret of the growth of Christ, of Divine Love growing in silence. It is the season of humility, silence, and growth.” (Caryll Houselander) [Read more…]

On a Mission to Win

 by Krissy Vargo

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

Can you guess who said this? Maybe a church father, a saint, or possibly a sports coach or a promising athlete? The beauty of this quote is that it can relate to anyone, a motto for a young adult enriching their faith or an athlete in training.

These words serve as a strong reminder of the very person we are called to be, not just how we perform on a sports field. This quote is by the international track star legend, Steve Prefontaine. Prefontaine knew what it took to win, and wanted it so badly that he never waited until the last lap to give it his all. Instead, he set his fast pace as soon as the race started, calling it a “pure guts race.” He set the American record for the 5,000 meter race and only had three defeats in his four years at the University of Oregon.

fr01So what do sports and the spiritual life have in common? Here are some examples from my life that may help explain. I was born Catholic and received a Catholic education growing up. I always felt rooted in the faith but as the waters of temptation began to grow, my relationship with Christ and His Bride became a distant priority on my “to do” list. However, during this time, sports remained at the forefront of my attention. Soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and golf became my focus. God always meets us where he knows we can meet him, and in my case, this was in sports. I had no idea that the next pitch He was throwing was going to be a fast ball right down the middle. [Read more…]

TOT with Joe Prever

Joe Prever from the documentary, The Third Way, came to Indy to speak to young adults about his own personal experience with the important cultural and spiritual issue of same sex attraction. 

Footage from the evening coming soon!

Joe Prever-website

Theology on Tap style, great speaker followed by questions and socializing!

We encourage you to watch this amazing documentary before the talk and it’s free online! Don’t forget to share and invite with you friends!

The Third Way from Blackstone Films on Vimeo.

Why Theology of the Body might make me a Catholic Priest…

by Joey Martinecki

“Ma-waige. Ma-waige is what brings us together today.  Ma-waige, that blessed arrangement, that dream within a dream…”

~The Princess Bride

From my earliest days, I have always desired marriage. And now at this moment, my desire for marriage has never been as strong as it is today.  This is precisely why I am beginning a discernment year to form me for celibate priesthood.

Confused?  Me too.

I love girls.  They are so pretty!!  I have known so many beautiful married couples that have really inspired me.  I long deeply within me to have kids and be a father, a good dad.  And just being honest, here are a couple of other things that appeal to me about marriage:

  1. Sex whenever you want it with your spouse.
  2. Never feeling lonely again.
  3. Being perfectly, totally loved by someone forever.

You can imagine then why I was shocked to discover some of the following that the Church teaches and what married couples have shared openly with me:

  1. It is sinful to lust for your wife.
  2. You can still feel lonely in a marriage.
  3. You are not married to your spouse in heaven.

What do you mean it’s not okay to lust for your wife? Isn’t that the point of waiting until marriage?  I was pissed at God in hearing these things.  I felt cheated because I had been faithfully following the Church’s teaching for several years.  I didn’t fall away from my faith in college but grew in it. In fact, I worked very hard to repress many desires in my heart that I assumed were bad.  That’s the holy thing to do, right? [Read more…]

Radically Different

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When I was growing up, I frequently heard the phrase “radically different”. 

As Catholics, as Christians, we are called to be radically different from the world. We are in the world, but not of the world. Our faith calls us to a life that is strange, foreign, even abhorrent, to mainstream society. (1) 

After discerning my call to the vocation of marriage, I wasn’t worried about being radically different. Abstaining until marriage? Oh yes, I believe in that. No problem. Being open to life, not using contraception? Check. I’m on board. The fact that all of my friends were doing these things, too, made this “radically different” not so different, and therefore, not so difficult.

And then we had kids. I thought I was prepared for that. I was not. At 24 years old, our firstborn son rocked both my world and my husband’s.

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A Personal Litany of St. John Paul II

by Mike McCarthy

Last May, I was blessed to be able to go on pilgrimage to Poland, where I visited a number of important sites from Karol Wojtyla’s life. As an artist, I’ve been moved to paint Pope John Paul II a couple of times. For those of you who know me, you probably also know of my unfinished painting of him. For these reasons, I was asked to write a reflection on what St. John Paul II means to me.

It was an honor to be asked, but the request also left me a bit uneasy. I was worried that I only appeared to have a relationship with him. I had to sit with the question, “What does John Paul II mean to me?” Thanks be to God, the invitation to write about his influence on my life turned out to be a gift of discovering just how much of it he has touched.

Looking back on my life, I’m now able to see the faithful saint’s hands at work, an instrument of grace that had been drawing me closer to God for some time. In the Catholic faith, we have the beautiful phrase, “To Jesus through Mary”. In a sense, as with a number of saints, I can say, “To Jesus through Mary through John Paul II”. Just as we’re able to see Mary’s involvement in our salvation, I’m able to see her devoted son’s involvement, direct and indirect, in a number of ways. His ‘yeses’ to God during his life have found their way into mine, and I dare say the whole world.  [Read more…]

Audrey Assad in Concert

 

Thanks for coming, it was such an incredible night!!!!

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 October 12, 2014 Marian University Theatre

Showtime: 7pm (General Admission opens at 6pm, VIP seating at 5:30pm)

Women’s Retreat

Registration HERE 🙂

What: Young Adult Women’s Retreat 2014: “Daughters of the King.” For all women, ages 18-35, who are seeking a time for prayer, reflection, and fellowship. Dive deeper into the vocation of womanhood and re-discovering who we are in Christ!

When: June 6-8, 2014.  Starts at 7:00pm on Friday and ends around noon on Sunday

Where: Fatima Retreat House: 5353 E 56th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226

Cost: You have a choice of staying overnight, 2 nights at Fatima, or, if you live in Indianapolis and would like to save a little money, you can spend the night at your own place- up to you! $125 for staying over night, $75 if you will not be staying at Fatima.

Questions: Contact Katie Sahm, ksahm@archindy.org

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Race for Vocations 2014

Race for Vocations, May 3, 2014!   Go to raceforvocations.org to find details and to register! 

“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”

– II Timothy 4:7

The Race for Vocations welcomes people of all ages to run/walk in the mini or 5k to both promote and pray for vocations to the priesthood, religious life, sacred married life and sacred single life. Hundreds of participants pray while they train, attend the Mass for Vocations and Pasta Dinner the Friday night before the race and then run/walk in the mini or 5K. The participants wear cool vocations runners shirts that create a greater awareness of Catholic vocations.

The race began in 2008 and since then we have had literally thousands of prayers offered and hundreds of race participants. Please join the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Diocese of Lafayette, Diocese of Evansville and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend this year as we Race for Vocations by, “competing well, finishing the race and keeping the faith.” II Timothy 4:7!

 

Mary of Nazareth with St. Michael’s in Greenfield

YAM has another movie showing in the works out in Greenfield that we are inviting people from across the Archdiocese.  From the people that brought you the Augustine Movie: Restless Heart comes Mary of Nazareth.

Church or Organization name:  Young Adult Ministry and Adult Catechetical Team of St Michael Catholic Church, Greenfield, Indiana

 

Date and time for each showing:  March 25, 2014; 4:30 and 7:30 pm

 

Theater or other venue name:  Legacy Cinema

 

Address of theater or venue:  2347 West Main Street, Greenfield, IN – (317) 462-6831

 

Ticket information, cost, where to purchase, etc:  Tickets can be purchased in advance online or directly from Legacy Cinema ticket counter;  $10/ticket; additional $1 for online purchase;  call ticket office at 317-462-6831

 

 

Catholics Don’t Date

by John Antonio 

“Catholics don’t date,” I thought.

With Valentines Day close by, a friend had suggested I write about “Catholic” dating. Now before some happily married Catholic couple protests my biased opinion, I should probably clarify.

Not too long ago I was at a young adult Mass with close to 200 people in attendance and the priest, during the homily, asked, “Girls, please raise your hand if you’ve been asked out by a guy at Church.” So of the maybe 100 girls at Mass one raised her hand. Roughly 1%. [Read more…]

Wait, Hope, Expect

by Katie Sahm
 

Back in the summer, I found this magnet… “Wait, Hope, Expect.”  Simple phrase, but these words really cut me to the core and I’ve been thinking about them ever since.  I realized that this is what God is asking of me… to WAIT with open arms, to HOPE in the Lord’s promises, and to EXPECT great things from the God who loves me so intimately and unconditionally.  Unfortunately I find all this to be very difficult, especially when I feel like I’m always waiting for my prayers to be answered!  I just need to somehow remember each day that I am made for eternity and that my time is so small compared to what God has in store for me FOREVERyeah, preach on Squints! [Read more…]

My First March

by Robert Newport

Only a few years ago I would have nonchalantly shrugged my shoulders if someone would have asked me where I stood on the abortion issue. I probably would have said something like, “oh, I’m pro-life I guess.” I didn’t give it much thought and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t view it as something to get worked up about. Although as time has gone by, events have shaped my position on the issue to the point that I can’t think of anything else in my life I am more convicted of: Abortion. Is. Wrong.

Last year around this time I started seeing the emails from the Young Adult Office to hop on the March for Life bus to D.C. [Read more…]

Mary, the Mediatrix of All Grace

by Dana Petricka

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary…pray for me as I write this blog!

Our Blessed Mother Mary has been someone I have always wished I had a better relationship with, but I never really knew how to.  Growing up, I wasn’t catechized well in my Catholic faith, and I was heavily involved in a non-denominational ministry at my high school.  Of course, little was ever mentioned about Mary.  I learned a lot about Jesus, which was integral to my faith life, but Mary remained a figure in the Bible who I only thought about at Christmas time when we would read about the Nativity story.

In college, I began to learn more about my Catholic faith than I ever had in my life, and I was thirsting for knowledge.   I was also first introduced to the dogmas and doctrines on Mary, such as the Immaculate Conception and other devotions that I had a hard time grasping, at this time.  “Why was Mary focused on so much when we have Jesus?” I thought. [Read more…]

“Hearts on Fire” at World Youth Day

by Patrick Hofer

As I began reflecting on my time at World Youth Day, I couldn’t help but think of the “Hearts of Fire” young adult retreat I had attended a few months ago.  What did World Youth Day have to do with this seemingly unconnected retreat? I realized that the message I took from this retreat tied very closely to other recent life events and served as a great way to recognize how God had moved my heart in Brazil.

Led by a group of Jesuit priests who travel country-wide to introduce the youth to Jesuit spirituality, the “Hearts on Fire” retreat used the heart as a depiction of love and how love is embodied by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Given the title, I anticipated talks echoing the zealousness of  well-known Jesuits, St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius of Loyola, but the talks ended up resonating very beautifully with another growing devotion in my life. [Read more…]

Refugee Outreach

St. Alban’s Advocates
Join the patron saint of refugees in prayer by spiritually adopting a refugee or refugee family. Offer prayers for their safe arrival and graces needed to adjust to a new life in the United States. Enroll as an advocate today!

 

Refugee and Immigrant Services

Click below to see opportunities to serve with Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services!

Put out into the Deep

Deacon Ben Syberg shares his experience of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro!

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Sunrise, morning of closing mass, World Youth Day 2013

What I Discovered About My Church

by Veronica Fuentes

As young adults, seeking our vocation and God’s will for our future, it is easy to be confused with where we fit in.   We can easily fall  between the cracks, but this should not be the case!  The church is strong, yet it is counting on its youth to do their part.  St. Paul strongly exhorts Timothy to “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12).  No matter if we are still living under our parent’s roof or living on our own (maybe even in a different town or city from our roots)…we are still part of the family of God.   And as part of His family, we have a role to play.  We still have a lot of work to do!  But it is important to first look at where our faith journey started…

In 2011, Benedict XVI proclaimed the message, “We can only follow Jesus by the hand of the Church.”  As young adults, we need to start within our own church; exploring and seeing where we fit in this large body of Christ.  Pope Benedict was very clear when he said “let me remind you that following Jesus in faith is to walk with him in the communion of the church.”  We cannot follow Jesus alone, we cannot be guided by the individualism that predominates our society!  It is easy to fall into the temptation to go our own way, but we risk never finding Jesus Christ.  Because it is in the context of the church where we will discover our gifts and talents and how they are to be used for his glory. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6) [Read more…]

What is a Gentleman?

by Nic Kovatch
 
As I often times do with words, I would like to break down the word “gentleman” and look at the true meaning behind it.  With this word I went with the basics, a gentle-man.  So how is it that over the course of human history, in the English speaking world, we came to associate the word gentle with a man?  Often times I here that gentle is a “pansy” word, or one that is more effeminate than manly.  Through my experiences however, I have to come to find that the word ‘gentle’ is rather more manly than most people give it credit.
 

I once attended a retreat where it the theme was “Go Gently.”  I spent a good amount of time reflecting on what this meant.  I thought of the famous phrase “walk softly, but carry a big stick.”  Here are some words associated with gently: softly, gracefully, easy, and so on.  The idea is that to be gentle to a degree is to be weak. However, I propose that gentleness is not weakness.  Rather, it is simply power restrained (namely out of love). [Read more…]

2012 TOT Series

Summer 2012 SixPack Series: 

What are you looking for?

Everyone is searching for something.  

Everyone has a story…

Click links below to watch the talkfrom the 

“PURPOSE” Fr. Rick Nagel:

Purpose (Part 1)  Purpose (Part 2)  Purpose (Part 3)
 

“HEALING” Mike McCarthy and Brian Bibb:

Healing (Part 1)  Healing (Part2)  Healing (Part 3)
 

“HOPE” Liz Halsey:

Hope (Part 1)  Hope (Part 2)
 

“MYSTERY” Scott McNulty:

Mystery (Part 1)  Mystery (Part 2)
 

 Thanks to the 2012 Theology on Tap Leadership Team for organizing such inspiring and fun events!