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March 4, 2024

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,

  • ESSENTIAL INFORMATION 
    • TASTE continues this week with the fourth talk in our Lenten Series "Perfected In Grace:  Life in the Spirit" with Deacon Jim Munno. Invite a friend!
    • The video, reflection questions, and other material from last talk can be found HERE.
  • OPENING PARAGRAPH — Time flies!  Do you know that we are 1 year and 9 months into our 3-year National Eucharistic Revival and there is so much happening in the next few months.  Starting this May, over 100,000 Catholics will be participating in an unprecedented pilgrimage and outpouring of grace by walking 6,500 miles with our Eucharistic Lord from 4 corners of the United States in 60 days.  One of the 4 routes will pass through the Baltimore / Washington area from June 7-9 and we can join them in this walk physically or spiritually through prayer.  All 4 routes culminate and converge in Indianapolis, Indiana for the first National Eucharistic Congress in 83 years that will take place from 17-21 July.  To learn about the Eucharistic Revival, Pilgrimage, and/or Congress, we encourage you view this LINK.
  • LAST WEEK  Last week, we welcomed back Deacon Jim Munno as he continued our Lenten series entitled "Perfected In Grace: Life in Christ, Life in the Spirit." As in prior weeks, we will make good use of the excellent slides Deacon Jim provided, which can be found on the talk web page HERE or linked directly HERE. Deacon Jim once again gave an overview of the series, beginning with week 1 where we were told to have courage, the Lord is with us in our process of deification. In week 2, we talked about "those in whom the Spirit dwells," namely the baptized, and how we become a new creation, a process that begins in baptism and is completed in confirmation. There will be more in this talk on what actually gets started in baptism and how confirmation completes it. This talk is about the the life of virtue. Living the life of virtue is such a high priority, Deacon Jim wants to lay a solid foundation in order to help us see the value in living such a life. In fact, he said if we remember only one thing from this talk, let be that we are called to live the life of virtue. He then briefly discussed the rest of the series. God initiates the process of our deification, but the process requires our cooperation by living a life of virtue. From Thomas Aquinas we learn "The gifts of the Spirit will lie dormant in the soul unless acted upon by a life of virtue, especially the virtue of love."   MORE
  • NOVENA FOR UNITY— Cardinal Raymond Burke has put out a call to every Catholic in America to UNITE with him in a very important Nine Month Novena seeking Our Lady’s intercession to combat Satan who has caused great division in our families and communities.  This novena goes from March 12 to December 12, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  MORE
  • WOMEN'S RETREAT— The National Shrine Grotto welcomes Susan Brinkmann, OCDS to lead a Women’s Day of Retreat! April 13, 2024 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Registration Fee is $40 or $50 with boxed lunch.  Click LINK for more information and to register.
  • DOUBLE FEATURE EVENT — Karen recently mentioned Jason Evert, who has an excellent video called "Gender and Theology of the Body" and a book that he wrote called "Male, Female, Other?"  In addition to both of these resources being linked to Mike Tenney's recent talk PAGE, we learned that Jason is having an event at OLPH on April 14th featuring two talks – “Purified” and “Gender and the Theology of Your Body” – as well as Mass, dinner, adoration, confession, and free resources to bring home!  See LINK  for details and to see a promotional video.
  • MARIAN PILGRIMAGE — One of our speakers (Joan Watson) is hosting a Marian Pilgrimage between 20-30 June 2024.  Given her passion for our Church, this pilgrimage will no doubt be a wonderful experience.  MORE
  • GUADALUPE PILGRIMAGE — There are two upcoming pilgrimages to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico — May 24-27, 2024 and Sept 27-30, 2024.   MORE
  • PRAYER REQUESTS Please continue to pray for our TASTE program, our speakers, and the logistics of offering childcare this coming year. This week, please pray for: 1) the repose of Donna DeLorenzo and Pat Sheppard's souls and comfort for their families, 2) Mike Frentz (our founder Marian Frentz's husband) who will undergo a difficult bone marrow transplant from March through May,  3) Fr. Larry Swink for healing, 4) Susan Conroy as she continues to have medical issues,  5) Kate Christianson for eradication of her cancer and overall health improvement, 6) Andrew, Larissa Cymerman's brother-in-law, as he begins chemo for treatment of blood cancer, 7) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, and 8) 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.
Blessings,
Joy, Michele, Karen, and Helen
Jesus, I trust in You!

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

  • UNIVERSALIS APP Are you looking for an awesome Catholic App that includes: 1) Mass readings and associated commentaries, 2) Information about each day's Saint or Feast Day, 3) Liturgy of the Hours, 4) Prayers for throughout the day, 5) A Scriptural Rosary, and more. All of this is currently available for one-time fee of only $11.99 and no monthly subscriptions.  Not only does the Universalis App provide all of that, but it also includes a couple of books that John-Mark mentioned in his recent talk  "A Retreat for Lay People" and "The Catholic Church and Conversion" — both for free!
  • CLASS ON PSALMS Fr. Larry Young is offering an in-depth class: "Journey Through the Psalms."   Did you know the Psalms are the most referenced book in the New Testament being quoted over 100 times?  Starting 11/25, Fr. Larry will be posting a video on one of the Psalms each Saturday morning until he gets through all 150 of them.  Fr. Larry wanted to offer this opportunity to our women since this book has nourished the faith of so many Saints to include our own Blessed Mother. Here is a 2 minute VIDEO promotion and LINK to his talks.
  • JOAN WATSON PODCAST  One of our speakers, Joan Watson, started a new podcast that is connected to Verso.  Interestingly, some of it was inspired by a TASTE talk she did several years ago about life being a pilgrimage.  So if you are planning a trip or just on the pilgrimage of daily living, listen to In Via, her new podcast that explores the daily pilgrimage of life!  Find it HERE or wherever you listen to podcasts. Connections to the other places you may listen (e.g., Apple and Spotify and Google Play) are also on that link.
  • CATHOLIC YOUTH SUMMER CAMP 2024 — CYSC 2024 is designed for youth who will be ENTERING grades 6-12 in the Fall 2024 (in other words, young people CURRENTLY in grades 5-11). Camp will be July 28 to August 2024 at Damascus' Main Campus in Centerburg, Ohio. Registration opened 11/6/23 so sign up soon if interested. See HERE for details.
  • NEW THEME— In the spirit of continuing our theme on the Eucharist, our 2023/2024 theme will be "Abide in My Eucharistic Heart."  Additionally, each year we attach a scripture verse or Saint quote to our theme.  This year, our quote is  from St. Teresa of Calcutta: "When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now. It was selected to highlight: 1) Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist, 2) His unfathomable love for us, (His Bride, the Church), and 3) how it increases our unity with Him and the Body of Christ.
  • THEME INFLUENCES— In preparation for selecting our new theme and quote, the following inputs were amongst those that helped to guide us.  First, Fr. Mike Schmitz’ Corpus Christi homily was centered on that theme (VIDEO).  Second, an article entitled "Msgr. James Shea on Evangelizing in a Post-Christian Society, Belief in the Invisible World, and Utopias" addressed our theme and our role in evangelization (ARTICLE).  Third, Fr. Mattia from St. Mary of the Mills presented 4 talks on the Eucharist. TALK1  TALK2  TALK3 TALK4
  • FACEBOOK — We just re-launched our FACEBOOK presence and intend to keep it up-to-date with useful information about our TASTE Program as well as other interesting Catholic information and events.   Follow us on FACEBOOK.  
  • SPEAKER LINE-UP As usual, our speaker line-up looks amazing with quite a diverse set of priests, deacons, religious sisters, educators, and authors.  If you would like to read about our upcoming speakers, click HERE.  If you would like to learn about the titles of our upcoming talks, click HERE.
  • INVITE A FRIEND - It is 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.
  • REGISTRATION Many of you have registered already, so thank you.  If you have not yet, please help us plan for this upcoming semester by registering using this LINK. Even if you attended last year, please register for this upcoming 2023-2024 year.  If you can't remember whether you have registered or if you need to edit any of your responses, see your email receipt with subject line: TASTE REGISTRATION -- 2023-2024.  If you have deleted or lost your email receipt, simply respond to this email and Joy can help you.
  • CHILD CARE — We are so excited to have the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord back with us providing TASTE for Tots, our Virtus certified child care program. Given that this will allow young mothers to come to TASTE who may not have been able to attend in the past couple of years, please help us share the word. This is a beautiful opportunity for moms to have a mini-retreat each week! Please also spread the word that moms may bring their non-walking infants to the Chapel with them for small group discussions and our talks. We love babies and children!
  • PARKING — For the 2023-2024 season, parking will be available at the St Mary of the Mills School/Church parking lot, Keesler Center parking lot, Phelps Center parking lot, and street parking.

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