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Adoption Update - Thanks

Gretchen Pacheco's picture

Adoption Update – thanks    

Carlos and I want to thank everyone who has been praying for us and helping us through our adoption journey.  As you may know, last December we were approached by my cousin about adopting her baby to be born in July.  We met some obstacles along the way and so many people stepped up to help us.  In May at the REAP picnic many people contributed to a “money tree” for us.  That was such a surprise and blessing, especially because we had a couple of expenses looming that we weren’t sure how we were going to cover.   Some great friends arranged baby showers for us so we would have everything that we need.  It seemed like everything was falling in to place and God was sending us all the help we needed.   Read more »

Back to School!

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Welcome back. You ready? Do you have enough notebooks, pens, loose leaf, and a big shiny apple for your homeroom teacher? It's that time of year again, where suddenly the pools empty and the classrooms fill up, alarm clocks are dusted off and set for some God-forsaken time, and students head to their respective schools to learn learn learn while trying to remember all the stuff they forgot over the past few months. Hooray! Read more »

Talking to Teens About Chastity

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On 8.8.11 I gave at talk at the Religious Education Institute here in St. Louis entitled "Talking to Teens About Chastity (in a way they'll listen)".  I recorded the talk, which is about an hour long, and you can listen to it here.  I pray that you might find it helpful.

In preparing for this talk, I asked the following question of teens who are my friends on online ~

How have adults in my life been most helpful in teaching me about this virtue?

Below are all of the responses I have received, unedited. Read more »

Get in the Game

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When I was in high school, I played just about every sport; but, by my junior year, I had dropped down to two sports so I could focus on getting a basketball scholarship. Had I not sacrificed those other sports and fun extracurricular activities, an athletic scholarship may not have been possible. As a youth minister I view commitment in a similar way; sometimes I see teens hopping around from one group to the next. If you don’t commit to one youth group, you run the risk of maintaining a shallow faith- you don’t ever get rooted in any community.

Being a part of a youth group is similar to belonging to a team. If you regularly attend a youth group, you become part of the team. Accountability and intimacy grows with knowledge. Read more »

"Come and Follow Me"

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 Let us continue looking at St. Mark’s Gospel

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. (Mark 1:14-20)

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Now What?!

Fr. Brian Fallon's picture

Project Life / Christpower is over. Now what?

It’s a question going through a lot of our heads in the days after such amazing service retreats from June 12-19 in Perryville, Missouri and in St. Louis. We scraped, painted, sorted, pitched, built, restored, prayed, played, sang, laughed, cried, and helped so many souls this week that it can be a bit daunting to go from such an awesome experience back to the “lazy days of Summer.”

So what to do? How can we keep alive the “Best. Week. Everrrrrr?” Here are just a few ideas:

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The Elephant in Your Kitchen

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broken heart

Several years ago I wrote a blog which I presumptuously called The Best Advice I Can Possibly Give.  I still think it’s pretty good advice, but since you seem to be functionally literate I’ll let you form your own opinion - if you even care to read that blog. Read more »

What Are You Afraid Of?

Gretchen Pacheco's picture

What are you afraid of?Mississippi River

Is it spiders, heights or perhaps the zombie apocalypse?

Honestly, none of those things have really ever bothered me, especially since my husband Carlos is a zombie escape expert.  The thing that I’ve been most afraid of, though, is failure and not making a difference.  There have been times in my life when I have operated out of fear, and there have also been times when I have chosen to do nothing rather than risk failure. Read more »

Spiritual Direction (it's not the end of the world!)

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Quite recently Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the importance of spiritual direction for all Christians. You can read his full text here. Read more »

Letter to a High School Senior

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Dear Senior/Almost Graduate,

How are you? We all hope your papers, exams (APs!), projects, etc. went well and are now completed. We also hope you had an amazing time at Prom and all the other cool things seniors do that make all the Juniors jealous. As you prepare for graduation and have your last day of class, last practice, last time at your locker, last everything, we want to write you a letter to send you on your way…

Just so you know, the next few months are going to be a blur. Soak ‘em up! You’re probably feeling it now: there’s that huge desire to LEAVE and start college, but there’s also this pit in your stomach, the one that you felt when you started high school…only this one’s on steroids. It’s all happening so fast, the goodbyes and almost-hellos, and feels like it came out of nowhere! Relax and trust. Everything’s going to be fine. Read more »