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May 20, 2024

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,

    • TASTE is on summer break.
    • Please take the End of Year Survey.  SURVEY,
    • Please register for next year. REGISTER
    • Our end of year wrap-up session and pot luck was a huge success due to all of your heartfelt input and delicious dishes.
    • While we gathered very helpful information during that wrap up session,  we value everyone's input in our End of Year Survey and use it to guide our future decisions.  Please complete the survey at this link:  SURVEY.
    • We have begun our registration for next year.  Remember, we do not carry names from one year to the next.  So, please take a minute to REGISTER.
    • During our wrap-up session, Karen mentioned the eulogy that Bill Keimig gave during his mother's funeral.  Bill’s talk starts at one hour in and is 30 minutes in length and the most endearing part begins at 1:21 for 8.5 minutes where Bill reads a letter written by his daughter to her grandmother reflecting on their time together.  Grab your tissues!  EULOGY 
    • This short amazing video portrays how heaven and earth are united during mass.  VIDEO
    • Please continue to enjoy our summer break and especially this month as we honor our Blessed Mother!
    • 6/4-6 — 1ST EUCHARIST MOVIE — There are two movies coming out this summer about the Eucharist. The movie "Jesus Thirsts: The Miracle of the Eucharist" allows us to embark on a global journey to rediscover and revive the transformative power of the Eucharist.  MORE TRAILER
    • 7/2024 — 2ND EUCHARIST MOVIE — The 2nd Movie "The New Manna" is a cinematic journey through live action bible reenactments and the miracles of the Eucharist utilizing 3D medical animation.   MORE VIDEOS
    • 6/2024 — 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
    • 7/14-26 — POLAND PILGRIMAGE — Follow the footsteps of the Mercy Saints (Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina) on a pilgrimage and spiritual retreat with Fr. Bonaventure Chapman, OP and the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (Sr. Inga Kvassayova and Sr. Faustina Szaboova).  Sr. Inga has been a TASTE speaker and we LOVED her talk!   FLYER  DETAILS
    • 9/2024 — GUADALUPE PILGRIMAGE — There is an upcoming pilgrimages to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico —  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) Mike Frentz (our founder Marian Frentz's husband) as he anticipates receiving a bone marrow transplant from his daughter,  2) Fr. Larry Swink for healing, 3) Susan Conroy as she continues to have medical issues,  4) Kate Christianson for eradication of her cancer and overall health improvement, 5) Andrew, Larissa Cymerman's brother-in-law for healing from blood cancer, 6) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, and 7) 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!


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

    • Starting 3/12 — 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
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • NEW THEME— In the spirit of continuing our theme on the Eucharist, our 2024/2025 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 Matthew 28:20: "And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
    • 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 — Keep up-to-date with useful information about our TASTE Program as well as other interesting Catholic information and events.   Follow us on FACEBOOK.  
    • PARKING — For the 2024-2025 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.




    • LAST SESSION  Last week we welcomed...MORE
    • THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION We will discuss our entire season in our wrap up session. The Zoom group will meet one final time for the season on May 9. Details on how to join the Zoom meeting can be found in a link at the bottom of this message.


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  • INFO / REGISTRATION To see the most current information, details are included HERE.  If you haven't already registered, please do so while you are on that page since we refresh our mailing list every year. Also, don't forget to invite a friend!

This Week

Each Week, we post a bulletin that contains:

  • LAST WEEK’S TALK — Summary Sheet and Questions from last week’s speaker to support small group discussion
  • UPCOMING TALK / SPEAKER — Reminder of the topic for this week’s talk and short bio of the speaker.
  • UPCOMING EVENTS — Upcoming Catholic events in the local area.
  • SPECIAL REMINDERS — Prayer Requests, Monthly brown bag lunch, Special offers to move excess inventory (e.g., books and bags)