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Welcoming Christmas: A New Mission Begins

We are approaching the end of Advent and embarking on the joyous season of Christmas.  We have been preparing our hearts to welcome the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The greatest miracle, the greatest joy, the greatest gift of all, is given to us from God, the gift of His son Jesus.  Born into poverty to live amongst us, Jesus teaches us that only through Him will we know God, the Father of all creation. He is sent to save us from sin. It is through Jesus that we experience the immense love of God!  I pray that as you read this you feel joyful anticipation for Christmas Eve.  How could we feel anything else?

Well, many of us have been distracted this year, as always, by the commercialism of this most Holy moment in time. Also, many of us are sadly distracted by physical pain and/or emotional distress.  Some of us are overwhelmed by circumstances beyond our control and are having a difficult time feeling joy, and subsequently become even more distressed from the pressure to “be joyful”.  Just remember that you are loved beyond the depths of your imagination, and on Christmas, God sends His perfect Love to you!

I wanted to take this moment to highlight that Facing Our Immortality is expanding its mission.  We are going to be ministering to people with cancer or serious illnesses at Father Woody’s Haven of Hope.  This is a blessing.

It is difficult to imagine that an individual may be struggling with a diagnosis like cancer and be in a condition of homelessness.  If you have struggled with cancer pain or treatment side effects you know all too well how discomforting life can be.  People who have no home must place inside their mindset a posture of incredible strength because they endure so much agony.  They endure rejection, cold, heat, rain, snow, ice, hazards, hunger and incredible loneliness.  Imagine adding cancer to that mix of circumstances.

Prayer is essential for establishing a relationship with God, and in order to pray, one must have access to a quiet place where they can focus.  This is probably very difficult to do if you have no home or place to call your own. Father Woody’s has a beautiful little chapel that radiates a sense of calm, you can feel the Lord’s presence. It is in Father Woody’s chapel that we will complete our prayers and discussions.

The center itself provides critical resources for the homeless population and Margaret Pearson, Director of Operations, really understands the people in need.  She has a loving and trusting relationship with them and is dedicated to making their lives better. Thank you Margaret for giving us this opportunity. Every human being deserves to live a dignified life.

It is through this ministry that we pray for those in need to welcome Jesus into their hearts, to experience His never ending love and for them to begin to desire what God has in store for them.  To learn more about Father Woody’s Haven of Hope, please link here.

Mary Did You Know – Cee Lo Green Clip + lyrics

The Visit of the Shepherds

Luke Chapter 2, 15-20

15 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. 18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. 19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Merry Christmas to you from all of us at Facing Our Immortality!

 

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Ministry Group Presentation Dec 10, 2018 In Anticipation of Christmas

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Ministry Group December 10, 2018

Facing Our Immortality Conference Information.  I hope you can join us.

In Anticipation of Christmas

6:30 pm  Mountain Monday December 10th Lourdes school

Or

Join at https://www.uberconference.com/facingourimmortality

If you don’t want to join online, you can call and then upload the documents from the website.

Call/ No PIN 720-735-7025 and materials will be on our website at https://facingourimmortality.org/

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Reminder Support Group Nov 12, 2018 starts 6:30 pm mountain time

Welcome everyone,

If you are not able to join us at Our Lady of Lourdes Classical School, you can participate in our support group online.

  1. Uber Conference Facing Our Immortality Login  and type in your name and email. You will be able to talk online and view the discussion documents.
  2. If you do not have access to your computer, you can call into Uber Conference at 720-735-7025.

Please be sure to follow along the format.  We look forward to talking with you soon.

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In Memory of Karen Pope

With great sorrow we report that Karen Pope has passed away,  She went to her eternal home on October 29, 2018, leaving her family behind in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Please visit her obituary by linking here.

We will be honoring her at our next group meeting, November 12, 2018, starting at 6:30 pm.  Please see insert below.  God rest the soul of our beloved and dear friend Karen Pope.  We will greatly miss her, she was a true reflection of the loving light of our dear Father, Lord Jesus Christ.  May God Grant Karen Eternal Rest. Amen.

 

Support GroupNovember 12, 2018Lourdes Classical School6th Grade Classroom2298 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80210

Link to uber conference: Facing Our Immortality

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St. Raphael Counseling

Hello all,

I had the pleasure of meeting with Jim Langley, Psy. D., of St. Raphael Counseling/Catholic Charities this past week.  I thought is was very important to establish a relationship with St. Raphael Counseling because, as you are probably very aware, oftentimes with cancer comes emotional/psychological distress.  This can be with patients or with caregivers/spouses/siblings and anyone who is otherwise affected by the arise of cancer.

Our ministry is directed towards the spiritual health of those affected by cancer but there is much crossover within the conversation. If you read my blog or had a chance to talk with me about my experiences since 2009 you would understand that I am a firm and ardent believer in the healing power of Christ and the love and grace He and our Blessed Mother, the angels and saints, and the Holy Spirit give us.  You would also learn I am also an ardent supporter of psychological counseling, especially when it comes to cancer.

Cancer is a family illness, for all of us, and my experience was and is no exception.  Real problems can arise, not due to intentional ill will or lack of love, but because our new circumstance create an unavoidable need for some form of change.  Change is difficult for everyone, and especially if the patient needs more help.  Many times families, friends and patients are able to adjust to the “new normal” with minor bumps along the way.  That is not the case for everyone, especially when someone is called home to our Heavenly Father.

We as patients experience so many losses, financial, job, purpose, hobbies, etc.  The manner in which we go through our daily lives, for no matter how long we are blessed with living in this beautiful world of God’s creation, needs adjustment.  Having the opportunity to speak with a psychologist to address specific issues can be invaluable.

I have had psychological counseling off and on, even prior to my cancer diagnosis, due to depression.  I am an avid supporter of psychological services and would love it if the medical oncology community would include psychological screening and treatment as part of their standard treatment protocol.  I know I am not alone in this view.

Here is a link to St. Raphael Counseling https://www.straphaelcounseling.com/.  I find this providential because my confirmation name is Raphael.  Here is a link about St. Raphael, whose feast day is September 29th.

It is my hope, our hope, that with the ongoing monthly support group and intermittent specialty retreats offered by Facing Our Immortality, that we can be not only a means of connecting and renewing our spiritual connection with the Holy Trinity, but also be able to properly refer out into the community for your special needs.

Please don’t forget about the upcoming Men’s Retreat at Mother Cabrini Shrine, we still have openings for patients and non-patients alike.  Maybe there is someone in your like who is in need of this unique retreat.

We will be having our monthly support group on October 8th at Our Lady of Lourdes, starting at 6:30 pm. Please contact me if you will want to participate, either in person or remotely.

Please open this additional link for a beautiful video, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael (Sept. 29. Feast of the Archangels)

Queen of Peace, pray for us.

 

Denise Archuleta

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Men’s Cancer Retreat Reminder

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