St. Kateri Iconography Ministry & Mission
"Glorifying the triune God, bringing beauty to the church, and joyfully serving our neighbor through our devotion to sacred iconography."
The Iconography Ministry at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church explores the ancient art of iconography and how it plays an active role in today's Church. We take a hands on approach to discover the connection between art, beauty and faith. By participating in the tradition of iconography through our annual workshop and monthly meetings we draw closer to us the lives of the Saints who have gone before, and further link our present with our past in the Mystical body of Christ. Our monthly meetings will introduce you to the symbolic language of the icon and guide you through the icon writing process using all natural materials including egg tempera, dry pigments and gold leaf. All materials are provided without cost.
As Pope Francis has said "The creative arts help proclaim the gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the “supreme beauty” found in God."
Please refer to the online parish calendar for the date and time of our next monthly meeting. Details about the 2017 St. Junipero Serra iconography workshop may be found here. For additional information about the iconography ministry please contact Kevin Kipper at 661-645-1431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Formation is for Mission
More then an education in the faith, formation is the preparation the church offers to individuals in order that they might fulfill their divine appointed mission and vocation.
“The fundamental objective of the formation of the lay faithful is an ever-clearer discovery of one's vocation and the ever-greater willingness to live it so as to fulfill one's mission” (CL # 58).
Gifts for Mission
One way to uncover God’s call for your life is to discern the charisms (spiritual gifts) given to you at Baptism and Confirmation. These spiritual gifts have been given to you to supernaturally transform and heal society’s challenges in areas of: business, medicine, education, justice and human rights, the arts and communication, science, technology, politics and government, and matters related to war and peace and international relations. Charisms are also given to benefit your family and friends, and to give you a life that is shaped by carrying out a work of love that will impart to you a deep rooted joy and fulfillment.
To begin the journey of discerning your charisms you can attend the Called & Gifted Workshop live or listen to the workshop on CDs. To register for our coming workshop click here: (attached registration flyer)
Help in Your Discernment Process
There are over 12 parishioners at Saint Kateri who are trained to assist you in your discernment process. These individuals can meet with you for an hour interview session and help you listen for patterns in your life experience that point to a charism. These members of our parish are here to pray with you, offer you objective feedback, and assist you in cutting away at your experiences to determine how God has equipped you to be an agent of His transforming love.
To experience the Called & Gifted workshop through CDs or to set up an appointment with one of our trained interviewers for help in your discernment process contact Bobby Vidal at email@example.com
WHAT IS A CHARISM (SPIRITUAL GIFT)?
“Charism” is the Greek word used in the New Testament for “favor” or “gratuitous gift.” 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. Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2003).
HOW DO CHARISMS DIFFER FROM NATURAL TALENTS?
Charisms differ from natural talents in several important ways. Charisms are not “in-born,” that is, inherited from our parents, but are given to us by the Holy Spirit, whom we received through Baptism and Confirmation. Secondly, charisms are supernaturally empowering. In other words, they enable us to have an effectiveness that surpasses our natural, human abilities. For example, if a doctor possesses a charism of healing, he may well find that his patients get well in extraordinary ways, either recovering more quickly than would be expected naturally, or getting well when natural healing would not have occurred at all.
Finally, we could use a natural talent for an evil purpose, or for our own enjoyment. God will not allow himself to be used for evil, and charisms are always for the benefit of others, rather than ourselves. As disciples, we offer our entire selves to God–including our personalities, natural talents, education, life experience, and background–to be used for his purposes. But when we serve God, we are not limited to just the gifts with which we were born! Our natural talents can be wonderful tools for God’s purposes, and sometimes a charism is added to an existing natural talent by the Holy Spirit after an individual has undergone a deepening conversion. Some charisms may seem “extraordinary” (such as prophecy, healing, or discernment of spirits) and others quite “ordinary” (such as administration, service, hospitality, or mercy), but all charisms are empowered by God. We use our charisms together with our natural talents and all that we are to serve God and our neighbor.
- Sherry Weddell, Catherine of Siena Institute http://www.siena.org/documents/2016/8/charisms_brochure.pdf
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
A Retreat in Daily Life (The 19th Annotation)
The journey of the Spiritual Exercises is an opportunity to experience a heart-felt encounter with God through Christ that allows for a deeper openness to God, a more acute attentiveness to God’s movement within and a greater responsiveness to God’s invitations. It’s an “apprenticeship with Jesus” in spiritual discernment and a graced opportunity to hear his particular call for you to sharing in His redemptive mission. The “Retreat in Daily Life” is given over 10 months. It involves 60-75 minutes of daily prayer, 15-30 minutes of journaling everyday, and a weekly one hour meeting with an Exercises facilitator.
This method of the Spiritual Exercises was developed by St. Ignatius as a way for lay men and women to experience the full Spiritual Exercises in the midst of the world.
Contact Bobby Vidal at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (661)296.6945 ext 7909 for an application for this retreat experience. Upon the completion of your application a discernment interview will be established. Space for this retreat experience through the parish is very limited.