April 16, 2023

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,

    • This week TASTE returns at the Pallotti Chapel with our two final talks of the season. This week our speaker is Michelle Laque Johnson (Marian Frentz' sister); Talk entitled "The Caregiver's Way of the Cross"
    • Small group discussions will be in person on Thursday based on Reflection Questions and other material found HERE. The Zoom small group continues to meet on Tuesday mornings (ZOOM).
    • On May 4th, we will have our End-of-Year Potluck Brunch immediately after the 9:00 Mass, downstairs in the Breen Room. We ask that if you are attending that you bring a brunch food to share.  Beverages and all paper products will be provided. SIGNUP here please.  If you would like to volunteer to help set up or clean up, additionally use this VOLUNTEER LINK.

  • OPENING — Yesterday, we celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday.  Jesus said to St. Faustina “On that day (the 8th day of Easter each year) the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.” As we receive God's Divine Mercy, let us be an instrument of mercy for all to see. LINK  LEEWAY
  • LAST MEETING  — We welcomed back Deacon Jim Munno as he concluded our Lenten series "Draw Close to God and He Will Draw Close to You" (James 4:8), with a talk entitled "Embracing the Cross." In this final talk of our Lenten series, Deacon Jim brought together all the central ideas we have been exploring these last six weeks, culminating in the Cross of Christ, and our need to embrace it out of love. Once again, citations can be found HERE and on the talk web page. We began with an opening prayer based on Exodus 32, concluding with Moses telling God "Now if you would only forgive their sin! But if you will not, then blot me out of the book that you have written" (Exodus 32:32). Deacon Jim believes this is the first incidence of vicarious suffering in the Bible, with many more to follow, reaching their pinnacle in our Lord Jesus Christ's Passion, because everything prior pointed to what He would do for us. Deacon Jim stated that Satan must hate what we are doing here, but if there is one talk he would most especially like us to miss out on, it is this last talk! Our fear of suffering and death are some of Satan's greatest weapons. The Cross nullifies these weapons and, in fact, inverts them by turning suffering and death into avenues for love and grace. Jesus does not command us to pick up our cross, rather He invites us to do so if we are to be His disciples. Since the cross is one of the most potent channels of grace, why would we not fully embrace it?   MORE
  • NEW TALK  This week, we welcome Michelle Laque Johnson as she gives a talk entitled "Caregiving: A Journey of Love." She is Marian Frentz' sister. She will have copies of her book (of the same title as her talk) to sign and sell.
  • THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION — We discuss Deacon Jim Munno's talk entitled "Embracing the Cross." The audio, video, reflection questions, and other related material can be found HERE. The Tuesday Zoom Small Group will not meet this Tuesday (April 18).
  • FR. SEITH & HIS MOM — St. Mary of the Mills is hosting two upcoming talks.  Joni Seith will speak about Suffering Pain with Grace and Hope on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 pm.  Fr. Chris Seith will be speaking about Safeguarding Catholicism in a Screen Saturated World on Sunday, April 30th at 7:00 pm.  Both speakers will be presenting in the Church with a light reception in the Breen Room to follow.  LINK
  • PRAYER REQUESTS Please continue to pray for our TASTE program, our speakers, and our ability to offer childcare next year. This week, please pray for: 1) Fr. Swink for resolution of his back problems, 2) Susan Conroy as she continues to have medical issues, 3) Katylee McInerney as she continues treatment for cancer, 4) the repose of Debbie Schmidt's father-in-law Jack Schmidt who passed away on Easter and for their family, especially his daughter Cyndi, 5) gratitude for Kate Christianson's healing and continued prayers for overall health, 6) healing for Jennifer Dougherty's mother Kay for the pain in both of her hips, 7) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, 8) Kara Helfenbein's daughter Ellie Carter for healing from complications of a bone marrow treatment for AML,  and 9) peace and comfort to the families of each of the people mentioned above.   New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at joyparker73@gmail.com.
Joy, Michele, Karen, and Helen
Jesus, I trust in You!

CARRY-OVERS - The below information is carried over from the last email.

  • PRIEST VIEW OF CONFESSION — A couple of weeks ago we mentioned an article that Fr. Mike Schmitz wrote that describes what Confession is like for a Priest.  During our session last week some women asked us to share it again.  For those who may have missed it the first time here is the ARTICLE.
  • SPECIAL ACCESS — Exciting News! Bill Keimig has provided the TASTE Program with our very own membership to the Catechetical Institute's "Franciscan At Home" completely free of charge to you! With this membership, we have workshops available to us on our computer given by excellent instructors such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Bob Rice, and our very dear friend, Dr. Bill Keimig! You can go as deep as you like in your study or just explore various topics involving catechizing all age groups, parenting, holy families, the Eucharist, discipleship, and many more. The link to set up your account under TASTE's membership is HERE.  Questions? Feel free to email Karen Giermek at karen.giermek@gmail.com.
  • PILGRIMAGE — Fr. Larry Swink and Fr. Tim Daniel will be the Spiritual Directors for a pilgrimage to France May 21-30, 2023.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, see this LINK
  • CHILD CARE - If you are in need of child care to attend TASTE, please contact Joy Parker joyparker73@gmail.com directly. Likewise, if you know of any young mothers who you think would like to come to TASTE, but would need babysitting to do so, please contact Joy about this as well.
  • REGISTRATION - We want to say thank you to all of the women who have already registered as it helps us significantly with our planning.  If you haven't registered yet or if you know someone who is interested in attending, please sign up and/or encourage them to do the same. REGISTRATION LINK.
  • INVITE A FRIEND - We encourage you to invite a friend regardless of where they are on their faith journey.  If they are interested, please also encourage them to register.  Attached is a POSTCARD that you can text, email, or print as an invitation to others.


Postcard -- Abide in Me Swink