Gratia Plena averaged a new request for service nearly every day in February (27 total). We thought last month that February might have been just an unusual month, but this trend has continued in March with 28 MORE new referrals so far. Fortunately we have new staff on board. Your donations are desperately needed as we grow! We have now assisted over 200 individuals, couples, and families with our services.
Office Help 2
We are still in desperate need of a good person to help us in the office with simple bookkeeping and other basic clerical tasks. This work could be done during school hours M-F (ideal for a parent with kids in school). This position may start out as low-pay or volunteer work, but we desire that it will become an adequately funded position just as soon as we are able (hint: we need your donations!). The candidate should feel strongly about our mission. Secondly, we could also use an IT consult to help us resolve some networking issues in the office. Please call or email Dr. Ken if interested in this service work.
Did you know that Gratia Plena has a selection of pins and boards on the social media site Pinterest? If you are on Pinterest, check us out here
! One of our boards is “Parishes We Have Served.” This board shows each of the over 40 Catholic parishes from which our client have come for services. This board also has a map, so that you can see the great distance that some clients travel in order to see us. We do try to keep up with social media! Follow us on Twitter
, and like us on Facebook
While we know God is watching over Gratia Plena, we also have the reality of a very tight budget at this time. Our largest expenses are our office rent and humble payroll. However, daily expenses also quickly add up and stress our budget. You can help greatly by dropping off any of these items: Kleenex, plain white copy paper, coffee, coffee cups, napkins, and office supply gift cards (for very expensive copier ink). Donation of an old laptop or desktop would also be extremely helpful for us in the office. We have the software, and just need the hardware! All donations are tax deductible! Your donations can be part of your almsgiving for Lent. Thank you!
Some of the women on staff at Gratia Plena are interested in offering a mother-daughter program at your parish around the time of Mother's Day in May. This would be a mini-day of reflection that both mother and daughter(s) can enjoy, a little special time with each other and the Lord. Contact us soon to schedule the event at your parish. First come, first served!
Forget President Obama and his ACA for a minute. Consider this: last century (in the 1900s) more Christians were martyred than in all of the previous centuries combined (years 1-1899). By far, Christians around the world are the most persecuted religious group today. The worst offending nation is North Korea. Read the full story here
Guns and Suicide
The statistics from the FBI and CDC are dramatically clear: guns are much more likely to be used for suicide than for self-defense (read more here
). In states where suicide rates are higher, there are also higher numbers of households with guns. Harvard Professor Matt Miller concludes: “Removing all firearms from one’s home is one of the most effective and straightforward steps that household decision-makers can take to reduce the risk of suicide.” On the other hand, an NIMH-funded study reports
that 83% of individuals who die by suicide had received health care services in the year prior to the event. This means that all health care providers should be sensitive to this issue and be able to screen and make referrals as needed for mental health treatment. Suicide is a “pro-life” issue, same as abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia. Life is a gift. Every life matters.
LEW Group Back in Action
We took two weeks off at Spring Break time, but the Loving and Eating Well group is back! Catholic women seeking healing in the areas of eating and intimacy (often connected) are welcome to join us on Monday evenings at 5:30pm for an hour. Each session has a brief educational topic followed by discussion and sharing. Only $10 per session and there is no commitment necessary and no need to register…just come check out our group! Group is co-facilitated by Dr. Ken and spiritual director Mary K. Malicki.
New Group Forming Soon for Spanish-Speaking Catholic Women
Stay tuned for more information. Nuevo grupo de mujeres Católicas de habla espanol. Más información estará disponible pronto.
Thoughts on Lent
We are around the halfway mark for Lent this year. Fr. Nathanial Haslam, LC recently shared a really excellent talk about Lent and Suffering. His YouTube video is here
, which is part of a series he is recording. Fr. Haslam also provided a link to Pope Francis’ message about Lent which was published at the end of December: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20131226_messaggio-quaresima2014_en.html
The pope’s thoughts also make for a good reflection. Finish your Lent in strong fashion!
Music of the Month Recommendation:
We recommend this month a new music offering from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: Lent at Ephesus
. These Benedictines are nuns at a monastery in Missouri. Their “album” released in February has been at the top of the Billboard Classical charts for the past six weeks! We have added it to our waiting room music playlist. 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…