Fr Mike and Brad Smercina will be performing in a fundraising 1950's Murder Mystery Dinner Theater for CASA on March 11, 2023, at 6 pm at the Ten Fifty Eight Event Center. Every year in Erie County, hundreds of children become victims of abuse and neglect.
CASA volunteers are trained men and women who commit their time and efforts to ensure that every abused and neglected child is provided "a powerful voice in court."
Several Erie County children are removed from their homes through no fault of their own and placed with a family member or in a certified foster home. Ultimately their future is decided by a judge. In order to make an informed decision, the judge relies on a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer to provide the court with very vital information regarding a child's unique circumstances.
If you are a caring, patient, objective adult who is concerned about the welfare of children and who is not afraid to get involved in emotional issues - CASA needs you.
To become a CASA volunteer or to obtain more information regarding our pre-service trainings, please call 419-621-0324 or email email@example.com.
As an appointed officer of the court, the CASA volunteer gathers critical information from as many sources as possible. They review records; interview parents, relatives, health care providers, teachers, and most importantly the child. The CASA volunteer then develops a written court report which includes fact-based recommendations focusing on the child's "best interest."
Religious Life Sunday - 1/22/23
January 22, 2023 – Epiphany 3 (A) Religious Life Sunday
Are you seeking to deepen your relationship with God and to center your life on Jesus Christ? Are you longing for companionship along the way? Episcopalians living under vows (monks, nuns, sisters, brothers, friars) provide guidance, community, and resources for the sacred journey. We invite you to celebrate Religious Life Sunday and to learn more about the spiritual support that we offer.
What is “Religious Life Sunday”?
The General Convention of The Episcopal Church approved resolution 2022-B004, “Foundation of Religious Life Sunday,” to be held each year on the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany. This Sunday focuses efforts to tell all Episcopalians that residential monastic and dispersed Christian communities exist, who we are, and how to connect with us.
What are the “religious” communities in The Episcopal Church?
Religious communities in The Episcopal Church include monastic communities, whose members live together under a rule of life and under vows such as poverty, chastity, and obedience. “Religious life” also includes dispersed Christian communities whose members are from all walks of life, who have jobs, who live in their own homes, some with families, and who live under religious vows.
What can religious life do for me and for my faith journey?
We have developed traditions and practices that assist in developing spiritual growth and discernment. We teach about prayer practices,
lead retreats, give spiritual direction, assist in writing and living a rule of life, give presentations about the spiritual journey, and provide spiritual friendship. Many of our monastic communities offer hospitality for short visits or longer retreats. Religiouslifesunday.org includes resources, a video, a list of speakers, and much more.
You may perceive a call to a deeper commitment with one community, as an associate or oblate. Such commitments begin with discernment and preparation, followed by a formal service of commitment. Associates and oblates pray for the members of the community, as we also pray for them, and may offer financial support, commit to a rule of life, and attend retreats. You or someone you know may be experiencing a call to join a community; we welcome the opportunity to discern with you.
How can I connect with an Episcopal religious community?
Residential monastic communities: caroa.net.
Dispersed Christian communities: naecc.net.
More resources: religiouslifesunday.org.
Collect For Monastic Orders and Vocations
O Lord Jesus Christ, you became poor for our sake, that we might be made rich through your poverty: Guide and sanctify, we pray, those whom you call to follow you under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, that by their prayer and service they may enrich your Church, and by their life and worship may glorify your Name; for you reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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