Iâ€™m gettingÂ published down under! The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, in Victoria,Â Australia, picked up my Women & Faith article to publish in theirÂ Kairos Catholic Journal.Â IÂ originallyÂ wrote this piece for theÂ Catholic Year of Faith blog co-edited by my friend Dr. Tom Neal, and I’m thrilled our friends across the big pond to the west have found his website.
If interested, you can read the post here.
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Speaking of posts in other places, I have neglected to mention that my latest post,Â Ambient Intimacy & Spiritual Friendships,Â is up at CatholicMom.
The picture attached to that post is of Kathryn Whitaker and me from the Catholic New Media Conference. Kathryn and her husband Scott lived in Ames, Iowa for a couple of years. Joel and I lived in Ames for a few years. Kathryn was a graduate student at Iowa State University. Joel and I were both graduate students there, too. Kathryn & Scott were parishioners at St. Cecilia. You can probably guess where this is going … Joel and I were parishioners there, too.Â
The Whitakers now live in Austin, Texas. We Schmidts live in Des Moines, Iowa. So crazy that our paths only crossed earlier this year when Kathryn and I connected via Twitter.Â It was a pleasure to meet her at the CNMC. Joel and I hope to see Kathryn again soon and meet her beautiful family, too!
I’m a member of theÂ Elizabeth Ministry group at my parish, and we are hosting an Expectant Mother’s Blessing using the new Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb recently approved by the U.S. Catholic Bishops. The blessing supportsÂ parents awaiting the birth of their child and works to foster respect for human life, too. Quite Ã proposÂ the blessing is scheduled for October 7, Respect Life Sunday.Â
Has your parish organized a similar blessing? If so, I would love to hear how it went.
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The date of our diocese’s first Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Mass isÂ Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Augustin Church in Des Moines. His Excellency Bishop Pates will preside at the Mass.Â All who have suffered from miscarriage or other perinatal loss are welcome to attend.Â
Has yourÂ parish/diocese offered something similar? Joel and I meetÂ with the Diocese’s Office of Marriage and Family Life director next week to iron out the liturgical details. We would love to learn from others’ experiences.
We designed and ordered prayer cards from CatholicPrayerCards.orgÂ for both events listed above. Lesson learned: writing a good prayer is harder than we thought. Joel was really confident in his prayer-writing skills until he started reading one out loud. The prayer sounded soÂ ridiculousÂ that both of us busted up laughingÂ half way through. Yeah, not good. Sorry God! Needless to say, much of the prayer ended up on the cutting room floor.Â
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The little big man can now ride in theÂ Chariot Carrier!
Some comments heard along our journey:
- â€œSah-weet!” exclaimed a pregnant woman. I bet she added it to her baby gift registry!
- â€œWoah. Thatâ€™s a Cadillac!â€ uttered the sweaty and tired bicycling man. I think he wanted a lift. Â
- â€œWatch out. Thatâ€™s huge!â€ screamed a little kid. Guess he feared getting run over by two cute kids and one crazy mom pushing a tricked out stroller.
And that’s a wrap.Â Have a great weekend!