The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.   (see Psalm 103)

Your February 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, and spiritual distress.
Gratia Plena is Now 2 Years Old!
Just two years ago Gratia Plena began providing services for mental illness including addictions. We boldly proclaim that our counseling, spiritual direction, and presentations will be in line with the teachings, values, and traditions of the Catholic Church. We believe that mental health and spiritual health are closely connected, and that’s why we have a spiritual director on site and this is the reason for our integration of spiritual issues with the psychological in our work. During this time, we have worked with nearly 200 individuals, couples, and families, and 90% of our clients are Catholic. The numbers are not so significant, but what is important are the stories and situations of our brothers and sisters who are suffering and searching for hope. We believe that there is always hope because our God has a Spirit of never giving up on anyone. The Good Shepherd always goes after his sheep. While a significant portion of our income is from service fees, Gratia Plena ultimately depends on financial support from the community in order to survive. We need your help to continue our mission, the help of your parish, your club, your fundraisers, and so on. Gratia Plena is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Our goal is not profit, but rather providing as much service to the community as possible. We simply are not able to do it without you. In the tradition of giving alms during Lent, please consider making a donation during Lent to Gratia Plena to help offset the fees we reduce for those who otherwise could not afford counseling. In doing so you become the Good Samaritan who stops to help a stranger.
Board of Directors
In January the initial Board of Directors approved the addition of five new members. The expanded board met this week on Tuesday evening and enjoyed a dinner provided by Otto’s BBQ and Catering (Sugar Land). Our thanks to Otto’s for their generosity and the delicious food! Our newest board members are:  attorney James P. McCollom who was elected Secretary, Paul Cashiola CPA who was elected Treasurer, Bill Ward (who is President and COO of Star Furniture), Fr. Brendan Cahill (Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston), and Sr. Katrina Le Grand, CCVI, Ph.D. (Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word). They join Ken Buckle, Psy.D. (who has been serving the board as President) and Rosemary Buckle, MD (Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, St. Joseph Hospital) who has been serving as Vice-President. Also on the initial board was Michael Simko (Texas Children’s Hospital), who has now stepped down after two years of service to the board as Secretary/Treasurer. Gratia Plena is profoundly grateful to Mr. Simko for his enthusiastic guidance and support as the organization got off the ground.  Gratia Plena is also thankful for all of the new board members who are certain to share their wisdom, skills, and experience as Gratia Plena grows and develops.
Office Help
We are in need of a person to help us in the office with our bookkeeping.  This could be done part-time during school hours M-F.  It will involve data entry with QuickBooks financial software and a few other clerical tasks in the office.  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.  The candidate should feel strongly about our mission.  Please email Dr. Ken if interested.
Lent Approaches
The holy season of Lent is a good opportunity for special reflection on God and self, and your relationship.  Perhaps during Lent we can ponder how our ego and pride could decrease so that the presence of God can grow inside of us.  The tradition of fasting and abstinence can facilitate this process.
Include Those with Mental Illness and Addictions in Your Parish
Please ask your parish to remember those with mental illness or addiction issues in your Mass intentions. When someone is having surgery or is diagnosed with cancer, the church community often will rally around the family with prayer and support. We need to have the same attitude for those families impacted by diseases of the mind.
Astros Faith and Family Night
Just announced…Saturday, June 14th featuring the Christian band MercyMe. Buy a ticket for the game, stay after for the free concert. If you have never been to a Faith and Family Night, you can be guaranteed of a good time.  Even if the Astros are not victorious…God always is!  Ticket info here…
Rachel’s Vineyard
This program is a ministry of Priests for Life, and offers weekends for healing after abortion.  Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace.  See their website for additional information and the retreat schedule.
Book of the Month Recommendation:
We recommend this month the book Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Fr. Neuhaus writes in the spirit of Thomas Merton and C.S. Lewis, and this book makes a good study for the season of Lent. He focuses on the last words of Christ and wonders about their mysterious meaning then and also for us today as people who come suffering to Jesus at the foot of the cross. 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
(832) 532-0129 (office landline) 
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