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Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole. By his wounds we were healed.  Isaiah 53:5

Your March 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.
God Bless Pope Francis
The election of Pope Francis was an exciting event!  Many were surprised at the choice of a Cardinal from Latin America, but the following graphic shows how the distribution of Catholics around the world has changed in the past 100 years.


IRS Exempt Status
Good news!  We finally heard back from the IRS in February regarding our application for 501(c)3 exempt status which we submitted in May of last year.  They requested additional information about Gratia Plena, and so we completed a package and sent it back to them to beat their very small turnaround deadline.  We eagerly await their decision.  Until then, your donations are still considered to be tax deductible per their allowance during the review period.  Gratia Plena survived last year mainly by service fees, but in order to grow we desperately need donations and support from the community.  We are the only Houston area nonprofit organization serving the mental health needs of Catholics (and others) that does not turn away people for lack of money.  We use a sliding scale.  Please support our good work with a donation today.

Art as Recovery
Gratia Plena is pleased to announce the offering of "Art as Recovery."  Art as Recovery was designed by an art therapist and is an engaging use of art as a tool for recovery and healing.  This program teaches a kinesthetic way of prayer.  Art as Recovery is based on the Twelve Step Program, but one does not need to have prior knowledge of the steps, nor does one need to be an artist. In fact, an open mind and an open heart are the only true requirements.  The program is twelve sessions and each session introduces and uses an art form that goes deeper into the realm of self-discovery.   We will delve into our woundedness, and begin healing life’s hurts.  Art supplies will be provided.  Each participant will have a portfolio at the end of the seminar that will be theirs to reflect upon and pray with.  This program will likely begin at the end of June or early July, meeting weekly.  The exact fee, location, and day/time are still to be determined.  There will be a limited number of participants, so we are inviting those interested to begin signing up soon to reserve a spot.  Gratia Plena spiritual director Mary K. Malicki will be the facilitator for this program.  She is a certified Spiritual Director having 15 years of experience. Mary trained at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Houston, and completed the Art as Prayer program in Tuscany, Italy.
 
Office Address Remains the Same
After the fiasco with our new landlord, we decided to stay at 3 Sugar Creek Center until the end of May.  We continue to search for a suitable and affordable space in the Sugar Land or Stafford area.  Please pray that we will find a new home soon.

Two Shout-Outs
We want to thank two wonderful Catholic men who have assisted us in 2013:  Attorney Tom Leibowitz  and CPA Paul Cashiola.

Staff Visit to Gracewood
Tucked in a quiet Houston Spring Branch neighborhood is nonprofit agency, Gracewood.  Gracewood offers hope and help to desperate single mothers living on the brink of homelessness.  The Gratia Plena staff team attended their recent Open House event and toured the facilities of the beautiful compound called Gracewood.  Indeed, it is grace in action as young single mothers are first given shelter, food and safety, and then when their physical needs are met, they are graced with life-long skills that will give them lives of self-sufficiency. The Gracewood staff, headed by Executive Director, Debbie Rippstein, is warm, welcoming, and living the gospel mission of caring for their neighbor.

2 Recent Blog Posts
Dr. Ken and Mary have posted recently.  Mary's post was on her closing reflections of Lent.  Dr. Ken's post was the next article in the Wellness series.

Our Book of the Month Recommendation
Gratia Plena spiritual director Mary Malicki reports that she has been reading a marvelous book, Catholicism, A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Rev. Robert Barron. "I am on fire when I read this book" says Mary.  Ironic, since Fr. Barron is the founder of the international media ministry called Word on Fire. If ever you wanted to reconnect with your Catholic foundation we suggest reading this book.  But don’t just read it, savor it, let it challenge you.  Let it change you.  In next month’s newsletter, watch for our “Movie 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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