Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring of the Year of Faith!

Mrs Therese Chamblee (and hubby Michael) with Chris and Jim Bullock, brought us back to our 80's roots in Brown County In, St Agnes Parish! Cricket taught some spirituality and healthy cooking the night before! (sorry, I have no pictures---they were having too much fun and I was visiting my mama in Indy)
Cricket then led a highly interactive day of reflection called "Our Call To Holiness"---this was an interdenominational group of women and a wonderful spirit filled day.
After playing with good friends at the weekend masses, Jerry gave a Prayer Concert Sunday evening with a wonderful group of folks not only there, but many joining in the singing! Cricket led 3 short reflections from her book, Talitha Kumi.

Long time friends and musicians from our days at the Catholic Youth Camp in brown county --(we're talking the 1960's now thank you very much; we were all counselors and Cricket was a cook!)-- John Hannan on wonderful guitar and Joe Miller giving beautiful help on the piano---and vocals!
"when the rain falls, I will see it as your mercy, from your hands..."
the banjo helps with a tune I wrote while driving across the Midwest---"I get lost, found, and a few small repairs....on a road of prayer."
The whole church sang with us on a song John and I sang at each others' weddings 4 decades ago...."No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that Rock I'm clinging....
Below, our evening ended with a rousing "Lights of the City" (this is a St. Agnes Easter tradition! sometimes even accompanied by women dancing in the back!) led by John Aumage (to my right), Jonathan Bolte, Jn Hannan, Angie Aumage, Cricket, and Joe Miller. I played the banjo to this Michael Murphy (remember Wildfire?) Spiritual + and went to the back just to hear this heavenly body giving Easter praise to the Light of the World!

We were so blessed to be there again and especially thank our sound engineer Rich Drew, and the Chamblees and Bullocks for hosting us!



Monday, April 1, 2013

He Is Risen! Easter 2013

I must begin this post thanking all of you for your prayers of support! Michelle and her team would probably not want me to print their names, but a group of prayer warriors are now meeting weekly to pray that our minsitry continues to serve in grace and good health! We cannot express what this means to us!    May God bless you!                               We spent Holy Week mostly in our home Parish of Holy Trinity, where we had led a 3 day mission during Lent. It was so great to have had such good attendance by people who had seen us there for many years, but turned out to pray and interact and support! For those of you who ask, our themes were:
Monday night: the Gift of our Union With Christ
Tuesday night: a Deeper look at prayer, fasting  and almsgiving
Wednesday night: Thy Will be done---the truth that sets us free.
The music and sharing and teaching was well received, and we were blessed to be 'back home'.
 During Lent we also travelled to SC to serve a Secular Franciscan Fraternity and Parish of St Mary, Help of Christians. We arrived for a Friday night session following the youth presenting a Living Stations of the Cross. They did a marvelous job and the room was so reverent!I did dare to take one picture seen below, but it was clear this youth group were giving their best to this Lenten tradition! We followed with some prayer and music, and Cricket had done extensive research on the prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden.

This is where he teaching began on friday night, and then continued thru Saturday.
Again, several of our long time friends and supporters came, even from far away, to celebrate Mass both days and attend the Retreat. But we met many new people as well.

 Bernie and Ann did such a wonderful job with their franciscan fraterntiy to host us and promote the retreat as "an experience in prayer, reflection and song contemplating Christ's own revelations to Saint Bridget of Sweden for a deeper awareness of the passion of the Christ and the immensity of his love for us."  Val and Gina and Carole were such wonderful servants to the group and to us.
Just after Ash Wednesday, Jerry gave a short concert and teaching at St. Thomas More parish in Mooresville Indiana. Father Mark Gottemoeller, the Pastor, Maureen, Kathy and their team persisted in wanting to serve the parish with "Seeking God's Wisdom". They hoped to follow the initial session with a series of Catholic Teaching DVD's for their adults and young people, and then return together for more of a "mission event" but to keep it sustained over a longer time.
 Jerry is continuing to teach and Cricket continues to be an approved Spiritual Director for the Atlanta Archdiocesan Deacon Formation Program. As in the past, Jerry is teaching on the New Evangelization.  He also continues to travel to visit his Mother in Marquette Manor where she continues to believe there will be bridge playing in heaven!

We have also begun to map out a new initiative for our ministry and will be writing to all of our 'address book' about this journey onward! May God Bless you and yours, and thank you again for all of your support!