Lenten Almsgiving opportunity: support a Missions company with lay people and families in mission together

Lenten Almsgiving opportunity: support a Missions company with lay people and families in mission together

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 2.23.34 PMYou may remember my friends, Jonathan and Kristen Weiss? They are full-time missionaries supporting married couples, families, and single lay persons in mission work in five countries with Family Missions Company. Different than a missions outreach supported by the work of Catholic religious orders, this apostolate offers lay persons a temporary or permanent mission outreach opportunities.

Here’s a fast recap of the past year at Family Missions Company.

You may also want to listen to the podcast I did with Jonathan and Kristen back during the Bloggers with a Mission campaign for World Missions Sunday.

Donate directly.

Support a Missionary.

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photo courtesy of Jonathan Weiss.

Video courtesy of Family Missions Company.

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious = Retreat days in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, NS

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious = Retreat days in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, NS

I’m getting prepped and excited to travel to churches in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, to celebrate the dignity, gifts, and mission of women! I’ll explore the themes of my book with talks and discussions. Plus, we’ll hear from local women themselves sharing what it means to be blessed, beautiful, and bodacious… bodacious being most excellent and courageously undertaking the mission we woman have in the world. We’ll enjoy the company of other women, and the gift of faith as we take time to pray and reflect!

Mark your calendars and register! I hope I’ll be able to meet you at one of these venues.

March 7 & 8: Saint Jude Church, Peoria, IL

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Details: Contact Kim.Thompson@stjudechurchpeoria.org

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March 29: Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Duluth, MN

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The second annual Authentic Catholic Women’s conference. Details here. 

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April 25-26: Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA.

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More details to follow…

Nova Scotia residents: join us as at Saint Benedict Parish at Halifax. Contact details for the women’s retreat via their bulletin or website. 

Lisa Hendey on Inter Nos on Catholic TV– a great synopsis of her life and work!

Lisa Hendey on Inter Nos on Catholic TV– a great synopsis of her life and work!

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 2.41.56 PMI first met Lisa Hendey at the end of 2004 through an email. Who would have known what would become it? Eventually I was writing regularly for Catholic Mom, back then when there was a little more than a dozen of us offering columns there. Today there’s close to 150 writers at CatholicMom.com and over the years, and I’m still there.

But I’m more than happy to be one of Lisa’s friends in real life.

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She’s been a friend in the trenches of motherhood, writing, and podcasting. I was pleased to write a sidebar for her back when her first book came out, The Handbook for Catholic Moms. And I was even more pleased when Ave Maria Press asked that I record portions of the Audiobook version for it too. And I’ve been a cheerleader for her successive books along the way.

What began as a small apostolate in her kitchen at her computer has mushroomed into a writing and speaking career, with travels around the USA, Canada, Rome, the Holy Land, and most recently, to Rwanda with Catholic Relief Services. Yes, she’s impressive, but she’s really got both feet on the ground, and a heart that is truly grounded by her love of God, the faith, and her family.

You can learn about Lisa, her family, and her work, in this television profile of all that we love about Lisa Hendey on Inter Nos, hosted by Fr. Bob Reed, the president of Catholic TV.

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Podcast fans! Go Vote: 3 SQPN Podcasts Nominated in the Podcast Awards

Podcast fans! Go Vote: 3 SQPN Podcasts Nominated in the Podcast Awards

As an affiliate podcaster with SQPN, and a member of the Board, it gives me great pleasure to see this press release from SQPN about the three podcasts under consideration in the Podcast Awards. From SQPN:

Catholic Vitamins
Catholic Vitamins‘ is a weekly Catholic podcast produced by Deacon Tom Fox and his wife Dee. Every episode, a guest is invited to explore a faith topic (a ‘Catholic Vitamin’). More information at catholicvitamins.com

The Break
The Break with Fr. Roderick‘ is one of the longest running podcasts in the world. Started in 2005, the show counts almost 900 episodes covering faith, films, popular culture and technology. More information at thebreak.sqpn.com

Airline Pilot Guy
Airline Pilot Guy‘ is presented by Catholic Pilot Jeff Nielsen, who also hosts the weekly show ‘Catholic Weekend’. In his podcast, he shares his experiences as a pilot and answers listener questions about the world of aviation. More information at airlinepilotguy.com

The shows with the most daily votes from their listeners will win this year’s podcast awards. Votes can be cast at www.podcastawards.com.

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My Visit to EWTN

My Visit to EWTN

Late last month, wedged between my recent speaking-related jaunts to New Hampshire and Minnesota, I was flown down to Irondale, AL to the studios of EWTN.  I was the guest of EWTN at the request of Johnette Benkovic, the founder Women of Grace ministries and hostess to its related TV show and radio hour.  Together we recorded five TV shows in a series that will air either later this year or into next year. When I find out, I’ll let you know.

I also got to sit in with Johnette on a live radio show that aired on October 24, and you can listen to that show here in podcast form.

Thought you’d like some of the photos I took in between the acts.

a bit of the facilities - not the best panoramic photo...

a bit of the facilities – not the best panoramic photo…

I don’t mind telling you that doing anything on television is a bit daunting for me. Between the hair, the make-up (which I’m allergic to!), and wardrobe changes, it was a full day, and a bit exhausting. But I give credit to Johnette who not only did 5 shows with me for TV, and one live radio hour… she was on day 4 of 5 days of recording programming. I told Johnette she’s got amazing energy and stamina! She’s a pro and an inspiration of poise and confidence.

I'm with Johnette Benkovic on the set of "Women of Grace". 10.24.13

I’m with Johnette Benkovic on the set of “Women of Grace”. 10.24.13

I was very happy to begin the busy day with daily Mass in the famous chapel (that so many have seen on TV).

The Chapel at EWTN. I was happy to attend Mass and adoration there with the Friars!

The Chapel at EWTN. I was happy to attend Mass and adoration there with the Friars!

The monstrance in the chapel. (No host there, I was not taking pictures during adoration!)

The monstrance in the chapel. (No host there, I was not taking pictures during adoration!)

Me with Mother. Well, almost.

Me with Mother. Well, almost. That was the oil painting in the outer hallway near the chapel.

All the programming at the EWTN studios takes place steps away from Mother Angelica’s old office space where she worked for many years. Here’s a few photos of that special work space.

The desk where Mother Angelica worked for years. (She's now living about an hour away from the studios in a monastery.)

The desk where Mother Angelica worked for years. (She’s now living about an hour away from the studios in a monastery.)

Crucifix in Mother's office.

Crucifix in Mother’s office.

Artwork in Mother's office.

Artwork in Mother’s office.

I also enjoyed good weather the day I visited, and took a little walk around the grounds… and discovered that many people enjoy visiting EWTN and making a little pilgrimage to the grounds and chapel there.

St Francis is a fan! Seen just outside the outdoor altar area.

St Francis is a fan! Seen just outside the outdoor altar area.

That's a good idea!

That’s a good idea!

Mary's statue

Mary’s statue

A lovely outdoor altar on the grounds.

A lovely outdoor altar on the grounds.

EWTN's satellite dishes -- beaming the message out to the world!

EWTN’s satellite dishes — beaming the message out to the world!

When you do the dishes you can see the dishes... Just outside my kitchen window... the satellite dishes  for EWTN.

When you do the dishes you can see the dishes… Just outside my kitchen window… the satellite dishes for EWTN.

EWTN owns a few private homes where guests live during their stay. I was happy to watch two world series games while I was there for two nights!

 

Meet Missionaries Jonathan and Kristen Weiss – Married Twenty-Somethings with Family Missions Company

Meet Missionaries Jonathan and Kristen Weiss – Married Twenty-Somethings with Family Missions Company

Catholic Missionaries: Jonathan and Kristen Weiss and family

Catholic Missionaries: Jonathan and Kristen Weiss and family

Today is World Mission Sunday. Missionaries are on the front lines of the new evangelization!

Meet Jonathan and Kristen Weiss, a young married couple with two small children who are part of the lay community of missionaries with Family Missions Company. 

Listen to a podcast where Jonathan and Kristen Weiss share their story of how they became missionaries, and the rewards and challenges they face in the missionary life.

This post is part of the Bloggers on a Mission Campaign.

 

Bloggers: Get ready for World Mission Sunday! Join the ‘Bloggers with a Mission’ Campaign!

Bloggers: Get ready for World Mission Sunday! Join the ‘Bloggers with a Mission’ Campaign!

Catholic Missionaries: Jonathan and Kristen Weiss and family

Catholic Missionaries: Jonathan and Kristen Weiss and family

Some of my younger friends, Jonathan and Kristen Weiss, are Catholic Missionaries with Family Missions Company. They are passionate about Christ and the bringing the Gospel to the world. In two weeks the universal Church will be celebrating World Mission Sunday, on Oct 20, 2013. Bob and I have been able to support these and other missionaries that we know, and I want to encourage you to do the same.

I am joining with Family Mission Company in calling all bloggers to bring awareness to the call to be missionaries, and help bring attention this church-wide annual renewal of our love, care, and devotion to the missionary spirit and to the missionaries that work on behalf of the Church.

The Family Mission Company  (FMC) is reaching out via social media everywhere to encourage bloggers to take up this charge. Go to their website and pledge to write a blog post, get great tips for writing about missionary work, and then link your post back at FMC.

See FMC’s video for bloggers.

Recently, Pope Francis described the missionary call we all have…

We must always have the courage and the joy of proposing, with respect, an encounter with Christ, and being heralds of his Gospel. Jesus came amongst us to show us the way of salvation and he entrusted to us the mission to make it known to all to the ends of the earth.

Each October, the Pontifical Mission Society, organizes World Mission Sunday to help support organizations like Family Mission Company and encourage the rest of us to renew our commitment to the mission. Let get blogging about this today!

I would like to encourage everyone to be a bearers of the good news of Christ and I am grateful especially to missionaries… men and women religious and lay faithful – more and more numerous – who by accepting the Lord’s call, leave their homeland to serve the Gospel in different lands and cultures.

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Check out this upcoming conference to be help Oct 18, and 19 on World Mission Sunday weekend in Lafayette, LA.

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Check back here at The Back Porch for a forthcoming interview with Jonathan and Kristen Weiss about the missionary life in honor of World Mission Sunday!

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Learn more about Catholic Mission organizations in the United States.

Among Women 166 features Great Resources to help grow your faith! Discover DiscerningHearts.com!

Among Women 166 features Great Resources to help grow your faith! Discover DiscerningHearts.com!

This week the Among Women podcast looks at at the life of a French nun — St Theodore Guerin –who answered God’s call to come to America and found a Catholic women’s college. Her motto was, “Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence.”

We also hear the story of another “pioneering” woman – Kris McGregor – who got her start in radio years ago, then found her way into teaching the faith, and later went back to that love of radio, combining that with a new mission to bring Catholic radio to Omaha, NE, plus bring great teaching programs to Catholic radio and the web via DiscerningHearts.com. 

 

I’m on Christian Witness on Catholic TV Tonight at 8:30pm (plus, here’s a link for it online)

I’m on Christian Witness on Catholic TV Tonight at 8:30pm (plus, here’s a link for it online)

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 7.11.44 PMTonight at 8:30pm I’m very pleased to be the guest on Catholic TV’s Christian Witness, hosted by moral theologians — who just happen to be husband and wife –Drs. David and Angela Franks, professors of theology at St John’s Seminary in Boston, and part of the leadership team of the Theological Institute of the New Evangelization. (Among Women listeners may recall my conversation with Angela Franks, PhD, in March.)Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 7.11.16 PM

In this episode of Christian Witness we talk about themes from my book, and specifically about a woman’s need for love, and relationships, and a Christian woman’s call to be a spiritual mother. I hope you enjoy it. Watch it on Catholic TV’s website on demand, or find it tonight on Catholic TV at 8:30pm eastern, or  this Saturday, September 7th at 4:00pm eastern.

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