Friday October 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT
Saturday October 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Berwyn, PA 19312

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The Church of Saint Monica 

Called and Gifted: Discerning God's Call for You 

Saint Monica Parish proudly presents: Called and Gifted™ 2014, a workshop designed to help you discern the presence of charisms in your life. God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. Take some time to discover your spiritual gifts and discern God's call for you.

Friday, October 24 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Why am I here? What is God is calling me to do?” 

 These are huge, life-questions whose answers help us discover our “call” from God, determine our purpose for being here and help provide meaning in our life – a life filled with purpose and joy.  Discerning your "charisms" can be a step in helping you discover that call, clarify your decision-making, simplify your life, avoid burnout and assist if you are going through a life transition.  "Called and Gifted" is a way that can help you in the discernment of your charisms as well as God's purpose for you in life.

 What are Charisms all about?

Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them the power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people.  According to the New Testament (Ephesians 4) and the teaching of the Catholic Church (Catechism, Para. 951), all Christians are given one or more "long-term," permanent charisms. These are empowered ways in which God uses you over and over again throughout life. 

You are not here by chance. God has called you for a unique purpose in our life - a task that only you can accomplish. To accomplish this task God has provided you with unique gifts/charisms received in Baptism and Confirmation through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Discerning your unique gifts and charisms helps you to begin to discern God's call for you and how God intends for your to love and reach others.

What is "Called and Gifted?

"Called and Gifted" is a two-day presentation which includes the Church teaching on the laity and lay ministry, the nature of charisms, our individual call and vocation and how to undertake a process of discernment on what are our charisms and how God is calling us to exercise them.

For Whom is The Workshop Useful: 

  • Parents who want to help their children recognize the children's charisms and live their faith.
  • People in transition: changing jobs, facing retirement, returning to the workplace, new to the neighborhood.
  • New or returning Catholics who want to explore what it means to live their faith as an adult member of our community.
  • Catholics discerning a call to religious live, deaconate or priesthood.
  • Parish staff, volunteers, leaders who want to nurture their spiritual life and assist in calling forth other disciples in the parish.

What the Workshop Will Teach You:

  • The classic and ancient teachings of the Church on the charisms of the Holy Spirit and how they work in the life of our parish.
  • Five steps of discerning the unique charisms which God has given you.
  • Signs and characteristics of 24 of the most common charisms of the Holy Spirit.
  • How discerning your charisms can change your life and the life of others around you.
  • How discerning and using your charisms can help revitalize, transform and grow the Parish of Saint Monica.

Tentative Schedule - Day 1 (October 24):

  • Our Mission as Christians
  • The Unique Role of the Lay People in That Mission
  • Taking a Look at the "Spiritual Gifts Inventory"

Tentative Schedule - Day 2 (October 25): 

  • The Holy Spirit and Charisms
  • Pastoral Charisms
  • Communication Charisms
  • 5 Steps of Discernment
  • Lifestyle Charisms
  • Charisms of Understanding
  • Creative Charisms
  • How Discerning Your Charisms Can Change Your Life
  • Implications of Charisms Discernment

Is there a fee associated with the Workshop/Days of Reflection?  

Cost of the event is $40. This includes:

  • All presentations.
  • Workshop materials.
  • Breakfast on Saturday, October 25.
  • Catered lunch on Saturday, October 25.
  • Light refreshments throughout the day.