Wednesday March 17, 2010:
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Today Jackie and Laura drove out to Krakow, MO for a Vocation talk to the students at St. Gertrude's Catholic School (http://www.sgs-krakow.com/). We started off the day attending the school Mass. Monsignor Rice, the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese, (www.archstl.org/vocations) was the Celebrant. It was great to see the church filled with young people and the kids did a great job with the music. They all had a dress-down day and had their green on in support of St. Patrick! After Mass, Msgr. Rice stayed to talk with the 5-8th grade boys and we talked with the girls. We talked to the 5-8th graders first, then the k-4th graders, each for about an hour. We used a couple of clips from the movie "Evan Almighty" that focused on being called and how God calls us in our ordinary lives while we're at work or with our families, or whatever we may be doing. Then we told the kids a little bit about our own personal journey and how God called us and why we chose the Daughters of St. Paul. A lot of the kids knew who St. Paul was too, we were very pleased! We explained to them what the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul is (evangelizing through media) and showed them some pictures we've taken of our St. Louis community at prayer, at work in the apostolate, and enjoying each other's company through our community life. We made sure to leave time for questions and good thing we did, because they had a lot!! Especially the younger grades. They asked about everything, from what clothes we wear, to what our daily schedule is like, whether nuns can marry and have children, and why Sisters don't marry and have a family. So we got a lot of practice in explaining different aspects of our life to others. We had a great day spending time with the children. Laura and Jackie have now done their first official Vocation talk together!
O Jesus, eternal shepherd of our souls, send good laborers into your harvest!