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And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.   Matthew 28:20

Your August Newsletter
Our Mission:
to provide counseling which is faithful to the teachings, values, and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Our Primary Services:
Evaluation and Treatment for mental illness & addictions.
Finally, at Long Last…
We have signed a new lease for a larger office!  We are fairly certain that this change involved divine intervention, because we had a very difficult time across nearly a year, searching for a good place where Gratia Plena could continue to grow...and then suddenly everything fell into place.  We need to thank Alicia Casias Agency for helping us obtain additional insurance quickly this week.  Starting September 1st we will see all clients and visitors in our new office:  The Atrium Building, 10701 Corporate Drive, Suite 190, Stafford, TX 77477.  Our temporary phone number is 713-818-8354 and this number will accept your text messages.  We will be contacting all clients and referral sources to make sure they receive this information in a timely manner.  The new location is only about a mile from the previous office, and is close to the major freeways.  We plan to have an open house celebration, so stay tuned for details on that event.  Please join us in a prayer of thanksgiving for this blessing!
 
Please consider a donation to help us as we move in and continue serving the community.  Your donation is tax-deductible, since we are a 501(c)(3).  We have the following items on our new office wish list:
·         waiting room furniture
·         a simple desk and chair
·         4 seven-gallon trash cans
·         a basic microwave
·         a small (3-4 cu. ft.) refrigerator
·         a top-load water cooler
·         a simple, old fashioned coffee maker
 
Spiritual Direction
Why is there a spiritual director on staff at Gratia Plena?  The answer is simple:  we believe that mental health and spiritual health are closely related.  We encourage all of our clients to seek spiritual direction either in or outside of our office.  If you are interested in spiritual direction, contact Mary Kay Malicki through her very long email address:     marykaym@gratiaplenacounseling.org  .   Mary sometimes makes use of art in her meetings with clients.  She was trained by the Cenacle Sisters at the Cenacle Retreat Center over 15 years ago, so she has a wealth of experience.
 
Board of Directors
Gratia Plena is currently talking with several community leaders about joining our Board of Directors.  While Gratia Plena is a new and small organization today, there are great opportunities for growth and development.  A solid board of directors allows for additional resources to guide and build the organization.  Please pray for the Holy Spirit to be part of discernment process as we upgrade our board.
 
More Good Music Coming to Houston
Music can be a powerful form of prayer, worship, and healing.  During the time my wife and I lived in Phoenix we became familiar with the wonderful music of Audrey Assad, who happens to be a Catholic convert.  She is an extremely talented singer/songwriter, and has just released her third album “Fortunate Fall.”  Actually, all three albums are excellent.  Audrey will be in Houston to launch her new concert tour at the Catholic Charismatic Center on Wednesday, September 4th at 7pm.
 
Faith, Friendship and the New Evangelization
Dr. Scott Hahn will present a talk on this topic at Houston Baptist University on Tuesday, October 8th from 7:30-9pm.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the event sponsor:  Holy Cross Chapel.  Save the date!
 
Out in the Community
Gratia Plena doesn't just provide assessment and intervention for mental illness, spiritual distress, and addiction services in the office.  We also go out into the community when asked to lead programs and present information to the public.  We love any opportunity to help stop problems before they begin and to encourage people to seek treatment in the early stages of a difficulty before things get more serious.  This focus on prevention is the main reason why Dr. Ken volunteers as a Virtus facilitator.  Here are two events on our schedule for this fall (both will be at St. Laurence in Sugar Land):
 
Anxiety in School-Aged Children:  Why Worry?
Tuesday, September 17th 7-8pm
For the Parents of St. Laurence School Students
 
The Mature Marriage:  Racing Toward Wholeness and Integration
Wednesday, December 11th 7-9pm)
For St. Laurence Adult Faith Formation
 
Movie of the Month Recommendation:
We just celebrated the memorial of St. Augustine on Wednesday this past week.  So this month we recommend the first movie ever created about his life:  “Restless Heart:  The Confessions of Augustine.”  Many parents who pray intently for their adult children will be able to relate to St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine.  St. Augustine’s life is a great and powerful true story.  This full-length feature film is only available at this time to be shown by site license at your church or school.  It has been shown in the Houston area, but there are no upcoming dates at the moment.  Contact your church or school office and see if you can help organize a showing for your community.  In next month’s newsletter, watch for our “Book of the Month” recommendation.

Disclaimer: Gratia Plena and its staff do not receive any compensation or earthly benefits from recommending books, movies, music, websites, blogs, apps, et cetera…
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Contact Us:
3 Sugar Creek Center Blvd, Suite 100, Sugar Land, TX 77478
(832) 886-6850
www.gratiaplenacounseling.org 
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