However, I am back.
Here are some highlights from the past month:
Our parish women's group, the Martha Ministry hosted a tea in honor of the two religious sisters who serve here in Juneau. Sister Marie serves as the Pastoral Associate at the Cathedral and Sr. Dee works part time at the AWARE Shelter, our local agency for battered women, and also has a private counseling practice. About 40 people attended the tea, which featured homemade goodies and, of course, tea.
I made a "Works of Mercy" money tree with a branch from a handy tree and attached little clothespins to it so that folks could give a donation for the sisters. The Marthas also presented gift certificates to the sisters to local restaurants so that they could go out for dinner. We provided blank note cards so those attending could write notes of thanks and appreciation to Sr. Dee and Sr. Marie. Janet, the coordinator of the event, brought several hats so that the sisters and the women hosting could each wear one. Here are some photos:
|Janet and the goodies!|
|The beautiful place settings|
|Sr. Marie and Sr. Dee|
|Women Wearing Hats!|
|The Works of Mercy Tree|
It was a great event, such fun and a wonderful opportunity to honor these great women!
In other news, I have been substitute teaching. I did a whole week at our local neighborhood elementary school, Gastineau Community School. It was fun, but absolutely exhausting! I worked in the preschool classroom, and also worked with special needs children and subbed in a kindergarten class. I was pooped at the end of the week!
Charles went to Baltimore for a week for a Catholic Campaign For Human Development training. He learned a lot and made some good connections. He also got to see our friend Rachel, a former schoolmate of Phoebe's and one of our favorite people. She is going to grad school in Baltimore.
Lastly, please keep my brother in law, Robert ("Kontry" to his friends and family) in your prayers. He has been in the hospital with a serious illness. Please pray for healing for him and strength for his family, especially for his wife, Meg, Charles' youngest sister.
That's all for now. Thanks for sticking with me, loyal readers!