February 24, 2018

Suicide Survival

In 2015, I self-published a book entitled, "Unraveling My Father's Suicide." It is a memoir about my father's suicide and my experience dealing with it. Suicide has since been a ministry of mine. I am no professional on the topic, but I have had a lot to share based on my experience and research. I have several posts in this blog related to the topic. I hope you peruse them.

Recently, I came across a video with Kevin Heins who jumped off the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge - and survived. He was 19 years old. His insight is valuable. The YouTube piece is called, "Suicide - Be Here Tomorrow." I hope you take time to watch it. There are many suggestions to help others facing suicide.

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February 10, 2018

Video of In Utero 11 Week Old Child

Thank you to Lila Rose of Live Action for posting this video in Facebook. A picture says a thousand words.

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October 07, 2017

Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary - Happy 20th Anniversary to Me!

October 7 is a favorite day of mine. First, it's the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. How awesome, in the true sense of the word, is that?  I love the Rosary and continue to pray it every day.

Second, October 7 is the day I came back into the Catholic Church, at St. Benedict Abbey, Still River, MA, after being lost for many years in the secular world.  The Sisters of Saint Benedict Center, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Still River, MA, were instrumental in my return as well. That was in 1997. Today, October 7, 2017, is 20 years later, representing the 20th anniversary of my return! Yes, I am jumping up and down. God is good.


The Rosary May Not Be In The Bible But...

It is beyond beneficial to pray the Rosary, not only for you, but for all those for whom you lift up in your intentions before using the beads. If you don't know the Rosary yet, here is one source of many to get you started.

Earlier this year, I went to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico. She is the Patroness of the Americas and the Patroness of the Unborn. While at the shrine, I was shown a wonderful Rosary in the store I entered. Each of the Our Fathers is a carved metal rose backed by a depiction of Our Lord's life.  The crucifix is my favorite part. In the center is a little bubble. When you hold it up to the light, right up to your eye, Our Lady of Guadalupe appears! It's beautiful. And it's scented with a magnificent aroma.

Our Lady of Guadalupe appears to Juan Diego at Tepeyac Hill.
She gives him roses as proof of her appearance.



My Conversion Story

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary - Why 19?

Fighting the Good Fight

 A Woman In Support of An All-Male Priesthood (go to the middle of p.32). This was published on a previous anniversary.

Loving Those Rosary Beads

The Rosary Army

Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Trip Report

  Pray the Rosary.

In JMJ+,

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September 12, 2017

National Suicide Prevention Week 2017


*My book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace, and several other websites which can be found by doing a search on the title. It is a memoir.

*If you haven't checked out my Facebook page re: my book (Unraveling My Father's Suicide) and suicide-related topics in general, here's your chance:

                Go to:  https://www.facebook.com/unravelingmyfatherssuicide/

It includes snippets and images, along with personal sharings, to encourage both those who are struggling with suicide and those who are struggling with being left behind after someone else's suicide, also known as a suicide survivor.

*American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
  AAS Mission Statement: To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.

  AAS Vision Statement: We are an inclusive community that envisions a world where people know how to prevent suicide and fine hope and healing.

~ http://suicidology.org/about-aas/mission

*American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. 

~ https://afsp.org/our-work/

*Google It!

June 14, 2017

Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop Nicholas J. Samra Ordains Deacon Dennis McCarthy to the Priesthood

Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop Nicholas J. Samra [Eastern Byzantine] ordained the married Deacon Dennis McCarthy to the priesthood on June 10, 2017. The ordination took place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Worcester, MA, where a joyful reception was held afterward.

Bishop Nicholas Samra vests Father Dennis McCarthy with the epitrachelion (stole).
Photo by Eric Ewanco.

Bishop Nicholas J. Samra gives Father Dennis McCarthy the epitaphios
which gives him authorization from the bishop to celebrate the liturgy.
Photo by Eric Ewanco.

Lisa McCarthy, wife of newly ordained and fully vested Fr. Dennis McCarthy (far right), and Bishop Nicholas J. Samra pose at the altar of the Melkite Greek [Eastern Byzantine] Catholic Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Worcester, MA, to mark the uplifting occasion of Deacon McCarthy's ordination to the priesthood. Photo by Eric Ewanco.

Fr. McCarthy is one of the few married Catholic priests in our country. This was made possible in 2014 when Pope Francis lifted the longstanding ban on Eastern Rite married clergy in the diaspora, which includes the United States. When the ordination was complete, many proclaimed, "Axios!" "Axios!" which means "being worthy of" or "deserving of." It is an acclamation often made by the faithful at the ordination of Eastern deacons, priests, and bishops.

Succeeding Fr. Ed Kakaty, Fr. McCarthy has assumed assignment as pastor of St. Ann Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Waterford, CT. Axios!


photos - Eric Ewanco
Note: I was unable to attend. Eric Ewanco provided many of these details and the photos.

June 02, 2017

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Trip Report

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
My trip was wonderful!

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The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City looks quite modern, and unbeknownst to me, there are several other churches and chapels, all open and active, on the same property. Juan Diego's tilma, or cloak, in which he placed the roses to convince the local bishop that she asked for a shrine at Tepeyac Hill, resides in the Minor Basilica.

Read more details of the story of the Patroness of the Americas and Mexico, and the Patroness of the Unborn, here. Be sure to scroll down once you're there.

                      Other churches on the site. The ones in the middle on the hill are at Tepeyac Hill.
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It is very common to see crucifixes in Mexico with a bloody Jesus.
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                   Eastern-looking Church, but it's not.        Depiction of Juan Diego w/his roses in his tilma.
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If you go to the Shrine, I'd recommend taking a commercial tour on one day so you can get the lay of the land. My fellow tour mates had to keep calling me so the tour could move on to the next section. I just wanted to rest in prayer at each stop - which is why I went back the next day on my own. Then I could take it in in a prayerful manner. It was wonderful.

Click here to view the video. If Facebook prompts you to create an account, you don't have to. Just click on "No Thanks" (or whatever version they use that day) at the very bottom and you'll be taken to it.

Many Blessings,
Kathleen + 

May 31, 2017

We [two single people] Had Sex. Now What?

I like this article below. It acknowledges our shortcomings and helps us to renew our faith!

So many other articles talk about how to strengthen yourself from ever falling short of the Catholic mark. It is all good information, but the reality is that people do fall short - and then struggle with how to recoup. This article helps.


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