Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer schedule 'bout to begin

7 days til Sonfest.

12 days til Life Teen Convention.

19 days til Spiritual Direction and the EDGE Lock-In.

22 days til the Mission Trip to Florida with 22 teens and 4 chaperones.

29 days til a one-week vacation in the North GA mountains with my mama and her friends.

42 days til CLI, Atlanta's leadership training conference for teens.

47 days til Steubenville Atlanta.

50 days til 3 WEEKS of vacation!

Whew! That's a whirlwind summer. Looking forward to all life has to offer this summer.

And, the teens did a kick-a** job at our JUBILEE on Saturday. Setup and clean up was a breeze. I will never do another yard sale fundraiser again!

Re-arranging the youth room - ie, turning the volume down.

setting up the carnival games.
PRIZE booth.
Dunk Tank - our little money maker!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Titles of Mary - actual titles

Adam's Deliverance
Advocate of Eve
Advocate of Grace
Advocate of Sinners
All Chaste
All Fair and Immaculate
All Good
Annunciation by Saint Gabriel
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
Aqueduct of Grace
Archetype fo Purity and Innocence
Ark Gilded by the Holy Spirit
Ark of the Covenant
Assumption into Heaven
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Basillica of Saint Mary Major
Blessed Among Women
Blessed Virgin Mary
Bridal Chamber of the Lord
Bride of Christ
Bride of Heaven
Bride of the Canticle
Bride of the Father
Bride Unbrided
Cause of Our Joy
Chosen Before the Ages
Chosen Daughter of the Father
Comfort of Christians
Comforter of the Afflicted
Conceived Without Original Sin
Consoler of the Afflicated
Court of the Eternal King
Created Temple of the Creator
Crown of Virginity
Daughter of Men
David’s Daughter
Deliverer From All Wrath
Deliverer of Christian Nations
Destroyer of Heresies
Dispenser of Grace
Dwelling Place for God
Dwelling Place Meet for God
Dwelling Place of the Illimitable
Dwelling Place of the Spirit
Earth Unsown
Earth Untouched and Virginal
Eastern Gate
Espousal of the Virgin Mary
Eve’s Tears Redeeming
Ever Green and Fruitful
Ever Virgin
Exalted Above the Angels
Expectation of the Blessed Virgin
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
First fruit of the redemption
Fleece of Heavenly Rain
Flower of Carmel
Flower of Jesse’s Root
Formed Without Sin
Forthbringer of God
Forthbringer of the Ancient of Days
Forthbringer of the Tree of Life
Fountain of beauty
Fountain of Living Water
Fountain Sealed
Free From Every Stain
Full of Grace
Garden Enclosed
Gate of Heaven
Glory of the Holy Spirit
God's Eden
God's Olive Tree
God's Vessel
Handmaid of the Lord
Healing Balm of Integrity
Health of the Sick
Help of Christians
Helper of All in Danger
Helper of the Redeemer
Holy in Soul and Body
Holy Mother of God
Holy Mountain of Our Lady
Holy Protection of the Mother of God
Hope of Christians
House Built by Wisdom
House of Gold
Humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Heart
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculate Mary
Immaculate Mother
Immaculate Virgin
Incorruptible Wood of the Ark
Inventrix of Grace
Joseph's Spouse
King's Mother
Kingly Throne
Lady Most Chaste
Lady Most Venerable
Lady of Good Help
Lady of Grace
Lady of Mercy
Lady of Peace
Lady of Perpetual Help
Lady of Sorrows
Lady of the Rosary
Lady of Victory
Lamp Unquenchable
Life-Giver to Posterity
Light Cloud of Heavenly Rain
Lily Among Thorns
Living Tabernacle
Living Temple of the Diety
Loom of the Incarnation
Madonna del Pilerio
Madonna of Giubino
Madonna of Miracles
Madonna of Saint Luke
Madonna of the Miracles
Marketplace for Salutary Exchange
Mary of the Assumptions
Mary of the Hurons
Mary the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Blessed Virgin
Mary, Help of Christians
Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces
Mary, Mother of God
Mary, Queen of Africa
Mary, Queen of Angels
Mary, Queen of Peace
Mary, Star of the Sea
Mary, Virgin Mother of Grace
Mater Dei
Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mediatrix and Conciliatrix
Mediatrix of All Graces
Mediatrix of Salvation
Mediatrix of the Mediator
Minister of Life
Mirror of Justice
More Beautiful Than Beauty
More Glorious Than Paradise
More Gracious Than Grace
More Holy Than the Cherubim, the
Morning Star
Most Holy Name of Mary
Most Venerable
Mother and Virgin
Mother Inviolate
Mother Most Admirable
Mother Most Amiable
Mother Most Chaste
Mother Most Pure
Mother of Christ
Mother of Christians
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother of God
Mother of Good Counsel
Mother of Jesus Christ
Mother of Our Savior
Mother of our Undefiled Savior
Mother of the Church
Mother of the Lord
Mother of the Mystical Body
Mother of Wisdom
Mother Undefiled
Mystical Rose
New Eve
Our Own Sweet Mother
Perfect disciple of Christ
Perfume of Faith
Presentation of Mary at the Temple
Preserved From All Sin
Protectress From All Hurt
Purification of Mary
Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Queen Assumed into Heaven
Queen Conceived without orignal sin
Queen of All Saints
Queen of Angels
Queen of Apostles
Queen of Confessors
Queen of Creation
Queen of Families
Queen of Heaven
Queen of Heaven and Earth
Queen of Martyrs
Queen of Patriarchs
Queen of Peace
Queen of Prophets
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Queen of Virgins
Refuge in Time of Danger
Refuge of Sinners
Rich in Mercy
Rose Ever Blooming
Salve Regina
Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit
Scepter of Orthodoxy
Seat of Wisdom
Second Eve
Singular Vessel of Devotion
Singular Vessel of Honor
Splendor of the Church
Spotless Dove of Beauty
Star of the Sea
Tower of David
Tower of Ivory
Virgin gentle and obedient
Virgin humble and poor
Virgin Inviolate
Virgin Most Faithful
Virgin Most Merciful
Virgin Most Powerful
Virgin Most Prudent
Virgin Most Pure
Virgin most renowned
Virgin most Venerable
Virgin Mother
Virgin of Charity
Virgin of Virgins
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Woman Clothed With the Sun
Woman crowned with stars
Workshop of the Incarnation

Can you think of any more?

Titles of Mary

My teens decided on a theme for us hosting the sand castle building contest - Titles of Mary. Each team will receive a spray bottle with their choice of coloring inside and 3 hours to make their creation.

Anyone have thoughts on that. I think its a really cool idea, and it will be interesting to see what teams come up with and design. And, which title they choose. I promise to take pictures and post them later.

Prayers would be appreciated for a friends' dad that is waiting on a health concern.

Also, for our adult faith formation director who has had a few deaths happen recently in his family.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Get ready for some rambling.

fourth day of Pentecost Novena ~ Solace in the midst of woe.

I wouldn't necessarily say I am in woe. I'm not. really, I'm not. I am just blah. Its that time of the month again. I am high chocolate alert. And, the fried chicken desire is back.

I am so busy, I look forward to those 3 blessed weeks in July/August when all I have to worry about is body parts falling asleep because I haven't moved all day.

I am so busy that even though I'd love to devour about 4 books on my shelf, I can't. I'm hoping for some quality time on my flight from GA to AZ for LT Convention with a book in one hand and a Sprite in the other. Oh, and a little nice nap will be great too.

I literally begin my summer in 3 weeks. And, that schedule is a bit crazy.
From June 7-11, I'll be at our annual diocese beach conference with 2 of my amazing teens. We should be back on Friday around 8 pm. Then, on Saturday, June 12th, I fly out to AZ for LT Convention. Come back to GA on Wed, June 16th. Work in the office registering teens for Confirmation on Thursday. Friday is spiritual direction, so I might be in Newnan later. But, its also our Edge Lock-In at the cheer gym, so I probably will go over pretty late, say around midnight. Sunday, June 20th is our Commissioning Mass for the mission trip. We leave around 11 pm on Monday night, June 21st. Arrive back on Sunday, June 27th around midnight.

Then, I'm off for a week - July 4th. One week of work registering more teens for Confirmation. July 11th I go to set up for a leadership conference. Teens arrive on Monday. Friday, July 16th is the start of the Steubenville Atlanta conference. And, then on Monday, July 19th, VACATION begins! Whew. let's hope I can make it til then.

All in all, I love what I am able to call work. I love my teens.

And, in the midst of this, I am looking at various different makes/models. Not that I don't love my mini-van. I do. Its just that with gas prices rising, it makes more sense to me to drop down to sedan again. And, let the parish pick up the tab for hauling stuff every retreat/trip we need a van. That's the way I see it.

And, am seriously on the house hunt. A townhome is more my speed - built after 1987. In a relatively good area. We shall see. That's on my list for closer to the end of the year.

And, then, at the end of the summer, I will be signing up to be a Pampered Chef consultant.

Ok, now its all out of my system, at least what runs through my head.

Prayer time is good. Prayer nook works really well. Who knew I'd ever be comfortable praying in my own house.

God is soooooooooo good! Isn't He? I've been praying for my stony heart to be rolled away and made new. I know its risky, but yet, so fruitful. There's JOY waiting.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

back to basics

Well, I'm back to waiting and trusting. But, hey, Jesus is My Constant, and always will be.

Life is still good.

Lessons learned.

Sticking with Him is more than I could ever ask for.

Joy is what defines me.
I am content in Him who IS!

I re-designed my room and made myself a little prayer nook. Every morning prayer is good. But, what prayer is good and fruitful. Right?

I will continue to be me, and not change for anyone. I only bend for Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Pentecost Novena begins Thursday!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

in all seriousness

in all seriousness. really! don't you believe me?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Behold, I make ALL things new.

When there is love, one feels joy and peace, because Jesus is there among us. Wear only one garment and speak only one language: charity. ~ Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

God is here in the midst of the storms - literally and figuratively.

From the Gospel today, "Behold, I make ALL things new."

People come in and people go out, yet, Jesus is Constant!

Jesus is the reason for my JOY. He is reason I can stay positive in the midst of a storm.

I am content in Him. To rest in. To lean on. And, I ask you for prayers. Prayers for closure. And prayers for peace.