Take a leap of faith with us, ladies

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On Saturday, March 2, we have planned one day of renewal for Catholic ladies in the Miss-Lou. Because this type of program is seldom available in this area, I want to invite ladies who are interested to join us. The program, to be held at St. Mary Family Life Center in Natchez, will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included in the program, and during the lunch break individual reconciliation will be available.

The program will be led by Dr. Nancy Ehret, a native of Greenwood who is now serving as assistant superintendent (curriculum and development) of the diocese of Lafayette, La. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Delta State University and served as teacher for the gifted in Mississippi and Louisiana schools. She earned a master degree in education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Later she earned an education specialist degree in elementary education and a doctorate in education (professional studies) from Delta State.

Her work with Catholic Schools and her own Catholic faith led her to professional development, first earning a Catechist Certification and later becoming a Master Catechist.

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The theme she has chosen for the Ladies Day of Spiritual Renewal in Natchez is “Take a Leap of Faith in this Year of Faith.” The objectives for the one day program are: 1. To get on the high diving board of faith and intensify the celebration of faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist 2. To jump for joy — being Catholic 3. To pull the parachute and rediscover anew the personal and ecclesial features of our faith and 4. To become living witnesses for the entire world.

The program will be at St. Mary Family Life Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The planning group made up of ladies from the Fayette and Natchez parishes arranging details includes Pat Williams, Lorraine Arnold, Vicki Stowers, Hilda Bankston, Pat Tumminello, Julie Kendall, Valencia Hall, Maureen Irby, Jamie Gibson and myself. Lunch will be provided for the participants, and an opportunity for individual reconciliation will be available for those who are interested by the priests in the area. The program will include four presentations.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration which includes lunch, has an early bird rate (by Feb. 22) of $20, and after Feb. 22 (and at the door) of $25. For ladies who want a spiritual enrichment program during Lent, I think this is an excellent opportunity. On behalf of the planning committee, I invite you to attend. For further information, contact Holy Family church office 601-445-5700, Assumption church office 601-442-7250, St. Mary Basilica office 601-445-5617.


Megan Guido is a Natchez resident, St. Mary Basilica parish member, and a member of the planning committee for this program.