September 19, 2016, Detroit, Michigan – Now that schools are open and people are settling into the routine of Fall, it’s time to start thinking about another season – Advent.
Sister Janet Schaeffler’s latest Advent book of reflections, Wondrous Days of Comfort and Joy – Daily Reflections, Practices, and Prayers, is now available. The booklet can be ordered online or through the Weber Center Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian.
Sister Janet has drawn on her years of experience in parish and archdiocesan catechetical ministry to write her annual book of reflections. In addition, she has written a number of accompanying parish and family Advent resources, including The Coming of Joy inserts for parish bulletins; Advent and Christmas Day with Pope Francis bulletin inserts and hand-outs; and an Advent Retreat Kit. She has also developed a kit in which families can create and decorate a Jesse Tree together with symbols of salvation history leading up to the birth of Jesus.
Formerly the Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit, Sister Janet has written articles and books for faith formation ministry, and offers days of reflection, retreats, catechist formation programs, and adult faith formation programs.
September 14, 2016, Fresno, California – An upcoming performance of the life of St. Catherine of Siena – close to the 800th such performance by Sister Nancy Murray, OP – led to a discussion of the saint’s pivotal and unusual leadership role in the Church. Sister Nancy portrayed the Dominican mystic on September 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Visalia, California, as a fund-raiser for the local Serra Club, which fosters vocations in the Church. Read Carmen George’s entire article in the Fresno Bee.