Dear Dominican Family,
We hope you are rested and relaxed
after summer activities and are gearing up for the 2022-23 year. Our
first gathering is on Monday, September 12. Socializing begins at 6:00
p.m., and the meeting is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse.
It will be our traditional potluck and welcome back supper with a guest
speaker to help us "Begin" this year.
Not only is our theme for this year Begin, but our overarching focus
will also be on the four pillars, and September's gathering will focus
on Prayer. More details to come closer to the date, so mark your
calendars and plan to join us.
In the meantime, we have announcements
and committee updates. Be sure to look at the Hospitality sign-up links
for DF gatherings and Formation gatherings. After two years of on-again-off-again
gatherings, we are getting set to have regular monthly events, and we
need a crew to help.
Dominican Family—Compassion in Action T-Shirts!
Many of you have asked about having DF
t-shirts, and you now can order one (or two or three) of your own. The
front has the DF logo, and the back reads Dominican Family Compassion
in Action. Woman's shirts are V-neck, and men's shirts are crew
Payment is required online, and all
shirts will be produced after the 9/16/22 closing date and distributed
at the October 2 gathering. Please note-all black t-shirts will have
a white logo/print, and white t-shirts will have a black logo/print. The
examples on the order form do not show this correctly.
Click on this link to order today!
Dominican Family of Houston
- T-Shirt Orders
Joanne Guarino, Teresa Humphreys, and
Pam Laflin have graciously agreed to be our new Prayer people. Beginning
in September, they will open our monthly Gatherings with a prayer.
Thanks, Joanne, Teresa, and Pam, for stepping up! A great contribution
to our Prayer pillar.
The Big Four - Major Global Environmental Issues
On-Line Event through Christ the King Evangelical
A free online virtual lecture series
is being offered that will delve into the causes and effects of as well
as solutions to major environmental issues of our time. Click on the
following link for more information and to register.
Major Global Environmental
Issues - Free Virtual Lecture Series
Planning for October Mass and December
Advent Prayer will begin shortly. If you would like to help plan OR
would be willing to volunteer to serve (read, usher, music ministry,
etc.), contact Anna Sklut at email@example.com....
Racial Justice Committee
committee continues reading "Been in the
Struggle; Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality" and
watching Tyler Merritt's podcasts on racial issues. They are
identifying actions they can take regarding racial injustice in our
Houston community. Contact Calista Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Integral Ecology Committee
The first meeting for the year will be
scheduled in August or September. The committee is also working on an
action/volunteer opportunity this year and continues to the Integral
Ecology corner in each Flocknote. To be included on their email
list or for questions, please get in touch with Neil Douglas at email@example.com.
Poverty Committee – Study AND Action
The committee is a study and action
group focused on better understanding the causes of poverty and steps
to alleviate poverty in our community. Meetings include a short study
opportunity and planning of service events with non-profit
organizations in the community that focus on breaking the cycle of
This month, they continued discussing
the 'Firsthand Living in Poverty' Series: Patricia's Story.
To watch the video discussed, click on Patricia's Story - Video Link. For more information, contact Shawna Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committee members and family joined
San Francisco Nativity Academy of Houston President Cathy Garcia Pratt
on Saturday, August 6 to help prepare their playground for the coming
school year. Click on the link below to view a video of the Poverty
Committee's "Compassion in Action."
Poverty Committee - August 6 - Day of Service Video
(photo credit -Mary Gangelhoff, video
credit - John Perrotti)
Video viewing will be optimized by connecting to the
internet or with a strong cellular connection.
YOUR HELP! The first Dominican Family Gathering in September will be a
potluck dinner, so look forward to a fun evening of cuisine! For the
event to be a success, the hospitality committee needs your help!
Please click on the link below to sign up to bring a food item, and
help with the setup and/or cleanup.
DF - September 12 - Meeting Potluck Sign-Up
are also needed to bring snacks to the Formation Gatherings. These
meetings are held the Monday following our gatherings. By volunteering,
you will have a chance to connect to people in formation. Please
consider signing up as an individual or as a group of 2 to 3. Please
note that the total number of attendants will not be available until
September. Click on this link to sign up:
DF Hospitality for Formation Gatherings - Sign Up
the two web addresses you can copy and paste into your search bar if
the links are not working for you:
Contact Lauren Wasielewski email@example.com
forward to seeing you in September and hope you can join in on some of
the opportunities offered by our committees this year as we pray,
study, build community and preach in the Dominican way.
Mary Gangelhoff firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Schockling email@example.com
Maria Burdick firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Mayes email@example.com