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Everyone sought to touch Him because power came forth from Him and He healed them all.   Luke 6:19

Your September 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.
Open House Office Warming and Dedication Ceremony
With great excitement we are gradually getting settled into the new office space in Stafford.  We wish to invite everyone to celebrate an Open House office warming and dedication ceremony on Tuesday evening, September 24th.  Feel free to stop by and say “hello” or hang around for a few minutes if you wish to get a feel for the new place, anytime between 5pm and 8pm.  A brief ceremony/dedication will be around 6:30pm with Fr. Lee Flores presiding.  We want you to be part of this celebration, because Gratia Plena belongs to God and to you the community…it is not our organization.  Gratia Plena will only survive by the grace of God and the support of the community.
 
Gratitude
Many generous donors responded to our urgent request for a number of items quickly needed for the new office.  All will receive letters and receipts for their tax deductible donations.  We thank you!  It is such a blessing to have your support.  We would like very much to have donors send us a regular monthly offering to support the work of recovery from mental illness, addiction, and spiritual distress.  This will really help us improve our financial forecasts.  As you might imagine, Gratia Plena is on a tight budget!
 
Vote for Gratia Plena!
Intuit is the company that makes QuickBooks, our financial software.  They have launched a contest for small businesses to be able to win a professional made commercial during the Super Bowl in February.  Please follow the link and vote once a day for Gratia Plena, and share this information with your friends, asking them to do the same.  We especially encourage young people who have thousands of friends on Facebook, to share this information.  With your help and by the grace of God, maybe Gratia Plena will win!  https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/tx/Gratia-Plena/384412
 
Art as Recovery
Our spiritual director Mary Kay Malicki will offer the Art as Recovery program for adult women starting late September or early October, meeting in the office on Thursday evenings for approximately 90 minutes starting at 7pm.  This program uses art with themes from the 12-Step spiritual process of recovery.  To participate you do not need to be a member of a 12-Step group and you do not need to have any art skills, and you do not necessarily need to be recovering from an addiction.  The fee for the 12-session course is $200 which includes all art supplies, and is payable when you register.  If you have questions or would like to save a spot by registering, contact Mary through her very long email address:  marykaym@gratiaplenacounseling.org .  This confidential program will be limited to a small number of women.
 
Loving and Eating Well Group
There are many reasons why good and wonderful people may be overweight.  In some cases, people may use food as way of managing emotions and comforting self.  We all have a thirst for intimacy and wholeness, and compulsive eating may become a means of trying to fill an inner emptiness.  To address these issues and provide mutual support and encouragement, psychologist Dr. Ken Buckle will lead adult women through a structured group process in the office on Monday evenings at 5:30pm starting September 23rd.  The fee is $10 per meeting payable at each session.  If you have questions or would like to save a spot by registering, contact Dr. Ken:  drken@gratiaplenacounseling.org .  This confidential program will be limited to a small number of women.
 
Opening the Door Book Study
Sr. Joyce Rupp has written a book, Open the Door, A Journey to the True Self.   This life giving book invites one in by stating on the book’s jacket:
Beloved author and spiritual guide Joyce Rupp explores the rich image of the door as an invitation to growth and awareness.  Discovering the many ways that doors are a potent symbol for spiritual growth, she leads readers to search more deeply for their authentic selves in fuller union with God.  Designed as six-week process with a reflection for each day of the week, Open the Door is a guide to discovering one’s rich potential for goodness and fulfillment.
 
Gratia Plena Spiritual Director Mary Malicki would like to offer this book as a seven week retreat/prayer group.  She envisions meeting once a week for those seven weeks, with participants committing to a daily 30 minute private prayer session.  In our weekly meeting at our new Gratia Plena office, we would share the movement of our prayer and our discoveries as we search for our authentic selves.   Required would be keeping a simple journal and doing one’s best at committing to the daily prayer that is outlined in Sr. Rupp’s book.   Provided would be a copy of the book, a personal journal (which participants can keep) and art supplies for use in the office.  Meetings would be an hour long on Saturdays, 10 am to 11 with the dates, October 19, 26 (miss the 11/2 for All Soul’s) November 9, 16, 23, (break for Thanksgiving), December 7, 14. Cost, inclusive of book, journal and supplies, is $100.00 to be paid at the first meeting.  
 
            So I say to you, Ask and it will be given you;
            Search and you will find;
            Knock, and the door will be opened for you.
                                                            Luke 11:9
 
Volunteer Opportunities
Now that we have the new office, we are thrilled to invite those who might like to serve the community as a Gratia Plena volunteer receptionist part or full-time.  This position involves welcoming guests as they arrive at the office, and answering the phone.  We are generally open from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday, and on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm, and so we could have several volunteers covering various shifts.  All Gratia Plena volunteers are required to participate in a background check as well as a class on confidentiality and other orientation topics.
 
Wellness Coach
We joyfully welcome Daniela Prado Colburn to Gratia Plena, an honor student who recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Houston with a degree in Psychology.  She is preparing to enter graduate school soon to work toward a degree in counseling.  While she pursues her studies, she will receive training and supervision with us as a Wellness Coach.  She is bilingual English-Spanish, and a faithful Catholic.  Daniela is especially talented at working with adolescent girls and young adult women, to help them achieve their goals.
 
Book of the Month Recommendation:
For September we recommend the 2008 book by Sr. Joyce Rupp, ”Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self.”  See Mary’s new study group above for a description.  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:
10701 Corporate Drive, Suite 190, Stafford, TX 77477
(713) 818-8354
www.gratiaplenacounseling.org 
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