Monthly Archives: October 2016

Struggling with Anxiety: Navigating Internal Turmoil and Taking Hopelessness to Jesus

I know I’m not the first to speak up, but right there in the middle of my struggles, I thought I was both alone and legitimately crazy. I have anxiety. Not the general kind when I worry sometimes, but the paralyzing, every mole hill is a mountain kind. Anxiety attacks like this look like racing thoughts, increased heart rate, tears, and total cessation of rational thinking.

And you know what? I’m in great company.

I recently bared my soul to a group of friends online. “I’m struggling,” I told them, “the things that used to make me happy are insurmountable…I don’t know how I’m going to homeschool, write or stay on top of the house. I’m barely functioning.”

It was a matter of minutes before my inbox was full of messages from friends in the same sinking boat. These people wrote to me, “I’ve never told anyone this but…” followed by story after story of their own struggles with anxiety. Eye-widening, personal, pained stories released from these friends just because one woman openly confessed difficulty.

“I’ve been on medication for years.”
“I totally lost it…”
“I needed my counselor.”
“There was no hope in sight.”

And those were just the messages online; I heard even more accounts from others, men and women alike, and quickly realized if any struggle is real, it’s this one. There are dimensions of anxiety that we’re afraid of, and there are antidotes. They may not dissolve our problems entirely, but they might calm the waves while we ride out the storm.

Anxiety is isolating
We closet our issues because we feel shame; shame because we’re not in total control, shame because we’re on medication, or shame because we’re experiencing difficulty at all. I kept it in because I was embarrassed. We want to look like we’ve got it together and life is smooth sailing; but how many of us are struggling to keep our heads above water without saying a thing?

It’s a little terrifying to admit the challenge because we don’t know how others will respond. In my anxiety, I never wanted pity or friends to walk on eggshells around me, so silence it was. But while keeping quiet carries a sense of safety, I’ve learned the power of letting it out.

…but it could be unifying.
After individually telling a friend or two in person, a few chimed in with their own stories. I had no idea any of them had experienced anxiety. “I didn’t want anyone to know – friends or family,” one told me. Even though hearing other’s stories didn’t make my anxiety vanish, I was strengthened. I felt validated. And that validation gave me courage to face the rest of the day. I wasn’t crazy. I wasn’t alone. Learning that any friend had the same struggles made us closer in our weaknesses.

The Lord uses us as channels of mercy and consolation for each other. We don’t necessarily have to shout our hardships from the rooftops, but entrusting a precious few with this sensitive information will give us an opportunity to be vulnerable like Christ, and give them the chance to love like Christ. Win win.

Anxiety is overwhelming
We glorify a packed calendar and praise anyone who seems to  “do it all.” Though it is a blessing to know our missions in life, we put too much pressure on ourselves to deal with everything and anything, keeping our plates full even when something like anxiety comes knocking. Beyond immediate tasks, there are the demands of marriage and children, both of which call for ultimate giving of self.

…but it’s a reason to pull back for just a while.
So I stopped. Everything. I posted on my blog’s Facebook page that I wasn’t going to write for a while. I stopped cooking and stocked up on frozen pizzas. I stopped homeschooling and let my sons impress people with their PBS Kids education. Logged off Facebook. Barely checked texts.
Fragile and frail, I stopped everything nearly certain I’d never begin again.

I breathed and prayed.

Pulling back and saying no to further commitments freed me from where I was. I have to remind myself to keep my to-dos limited while the Lord affords improvement; otherwise I’ll overdo it and go right back where I came from without giving due course to time and healing.

It’s ok if we’re not all better tomorrow or even next month, but in stepping back and clearing life, we’ll be better than we were yesterday. Right now I have peace in slowly approaching obligations, like my baby learning how to walk. Tiny, uncertain steps are still steps.

Anxiety is scary
I was previously handling my life out of fear. I felt pressure to write for fear of letting myself or readers down. I skirted the topic of homeschooling, afraid my husband would be disappointed in me for not showing the day’s work. I made excuses for the unfortunate dinners I made. The fears came from anxiety and fueled my anxiety, coming to a head on Easter this past year.

With my issues increasing steadily over weeks, I suffered a complete meltdown after Andrew suggested we start getting ready for Mass. I tried to push through, but I lost my breath and hit the floor. I was out of commission for a couple of days.

That was the worst of it – thanks be to God, but this one event combined with a stack of lesser episodes made me realize this was out of control.

And that scared me.

…but perfect love casts out all fear.
In the midst of writing this very piece, a friend sent me this line from St. Faustina, one of my dearest friends above:

“O Jesus, today my soul is as though darkened by suffering…The storm is raging and Jesus is asleep. O my Master, I will not wake You… I believe that You fortify me without my knowing it.”

When we’re in the fog of anxiety, it’s hard to see anything clearly, especially God’s hand at work. He sustains. He provides. In the few moments of clarity, looking back at “what God’s hand has wrought” (Psalm 143) has given me at least the knowledge that this too will pass; even if I’m blind to hope, I know the Lord who has sustained me in the past will continue to do so.

With as much or as little faith as we can muster, we can take our hopelessness to Jesus. I saw no way out of my darkness, but he restores my soul and is loving me out of this slowly and carefully.

Anxiety doesn’t have to be as taboo as it is. Whenever I’ve feared judgment, I’ve been met with compassion. I thought I was alone, but I was caught off guard by ready solidarity. Sure that everything I had going was shot, I’m seeing it all with restored vision and hope in Christ.

As many the causes are for these crosses, there are aids. Medication, counseling, withdrawing from life’s demands, whatever avenue you walk for relief, couple it with prayer and dare to make yourself vulnerable to at least one trusted person. Take it to Jesus and show him the pain. Talk to a friend and know for certain you are not alone.

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you’” (Is. 35:4). •

by Katie Sciba

Finding God’s Mercy in Our Suffering

In conjunction with the Year of Mercy, Pope Frances declared in Miseracordia Virtus that “God’s mercy is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality.” 2016 turned out to be year that God’s mercy has been shown to me in abundance. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary provide a framework for sharing how that unfolded for my family, and by extension some of the ways that the Church helps reveal God’s mercy to us all when we suffer.

The Agony in the Garden
Last summer, my mom had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and began chemotherapy, and I was deeply involved in helping my dad care for her. Over Christmas I developed a severe illness which resulted in a hospitalization. As I waited on tests, and thus proper treatment, my condition deteriorated rapidly. I could not help but think of Jesus’ agony in the garden. There are moments in life when you are just going to sweat some blood. This was a time to stay in the moment and not look too far ahead. During this time of unknowing, I found it helpful to pray the liturgy of the hours. The psalms anticipate these emotions and much more, and they help develop perspective. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick helped strengthen and support me. The Church teaches that visiting the sick is a corporal work of mercy, and it was such a blessing every time the hospital ministers brought communion. That was a moment I could let my defenses down, let God know how I really felt, and experience God’s merciful love.

The Scourging at the Pillar
After a diagnosis of lupus and some stabilization of my symptoms, I was able to go home. Two days later, my mom went into hospice, and I was way too sick to be with her nearly as much as I wanted to be. The doctors told me to avoid work and crowds, including going to Mass, and I felt deeply separated from that support as my siblings and I tried to help our parents through that dark hour. When illness gets a foothold in our lives, it can bring along its friends, fear and despair, and shine a light on our desire to be in control. This is to be expected, and that expectation can help us resist. It was a comfort that this was unfolding during Lent – all over the world, we knew people were with us in the desert with its promise of purification, joining us in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. When my parents and I were unable to attend Mass, we were able to view Mass online or on television, connecting us to the larger community as we prayed, “Lord, have mercy.”

The Crowning with Thorns
As my condition slowly improved, my mother’s rapidly deteriorated. The cancer left my family scrambling as out-of-town siblings arrived to help. The prayers we memorize as children offer us words for times like this when we have no words. Each time I left my mother’s bedside, she asked to pray the “Glory Be,” “Our Father” and “Hail Mary.” Afterwards, she would drift off with her lips moving, as those prayers helped send her into deeper interior prayer. Mom told me often that she was offering up her suffering for her children and grandchildren, a tradition that gives our suffering meaning. Spiritual works of mercy include praying for the sick, and I can attest it helps. My mom, my dad and I all received beautiful prayer blankets, cards and home visits. At every Mass we always remember to pray for the sick in our intentions and our Eucharistic prayers. These concrete acts build a strong and merciful foundation that offer great sustenance at such moments.

The Carrying of the Cross
Within a few short weeks, mom entered her final days. We were fortunate to be able to gather as a family with her to help her carry her cross. When she lost consciousness, we noticed that when we would pray the rosary with our mother, her breathing would change to match the rhythm of the prayers. A lifetime of prayer had prepared her for that moment. Our prayer was heartfelt – Lord, have mercy.

The Crucifixion
The time came, as it eventually does for us all, when it was time for mom to cross over from this life into the next life. The Pastoral Care of the Sick offers a commendation of the dying, which includes a litany of saints that we prayed with our mother. Viaticum offers “food for the journey.” We were able, during our bedside vigil, to settle on readings and songs for mom’s funeral, which she hoped would evangelize her grandchildren. We knew we could not hold onto her; our faith tells us that the tomb precedes the resurrection. This is the deepest heart of faith that our mom passed on to us. The Mass of Christian Burial gave us the opportunity to pray the scriptures and songs we had prayed at her bedside, but this time surrounded by our faith community. The graveside service honored her body which had been such a good temple of the Holy Spirit for 82 years. We took great comfort in all this, and continue to experience God’s loving mercy as the Church prays for the dead at every Mass, on All Soul’s Day, and in a particular way during the month of November.

We are fortunate to have a Church that helps us reflect on the great mysteries of suffering and death. The Sorrowful mysteries are accompanied by the Glorious, Joyful and Luminous mysteries, and our faith tells us that while darkness may have its day, good will always have the last word. I have found much new life in the months since my mother died. By Easter, I was able to return to Mass and active ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. My prayer life is deeper and new interests help me to find enjoyment in life even as I work through grief and major adjustments in my lifestyle. My compassion has grown. My family has drawn closer together from our shared experience, and we have grown more unconditional in our love for one another. My siblings and I collaborate to support our dad, who misses his wife of 60 years very much. Our need for mercy never goes away. We are surrounded by a communion of saints, named and unnamed, the living and the dead, all of whom point us toward a deeper experience of God’s mercy as a concrete reality.  •

by Cathy Cobb

The Challenges of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

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A Thanksgiving Reflection on Gratitude and Love

Sisters and novices of Our Lady of Sorrows come from countries around the world and share meals together.

Just as Jesus walked the length and breadth of Galilee, we have walked from season to season, celebrating one Thanksgiving after another, giving thanks. Saying “Thank you” forces us to recognize one another, and when we say the words we are reminded that we need others. Let us live our lives like Jesus, the thankful one, and imitate the saint of gratitude, St. Ignatius of Loyola. This can deepen our appreciation of others and make us more of a “gratitude person” as we age.

Henry David Thoreau said, “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of the earth.”

During all the different seasons, we should be growing in gratitude as we became new and different people. Celebrating Thanksgiving for so many years should change us. Being filled with gratitude this Thanksgiving should bring us great happiness, joy and pride.

We are sometimes like the early pilgrims who arrived on Plymouth Rock. They had one difficulty after another, but once they befriended the Native Americans, many things changed. Their gratitude began to grow and they wanted to celebrate it. The pilgrims and the Native Americans learned to share their gifts with each other and their sense of belonging deepened. God’s gift of gratitude became like lasers which pierced their flesh and mended their differences, making them whole. They were touched to know about one another because it was a genuine recognition of the holy and gave them a sense of unity. Their gratitude poured out as they shared the first Thanksgiving meal together – a teachable moment for us today, some 227 years later.

Deo gratias, is a Latin term meaning, “Thanks be to God!” Think about all the different religions that give thanks to the Divine, be it the Jews or the Christians –  it permeates everything we do. God is the GIVER of all gifts! How do we keep the spirit of gratitude alive within our hearts, for all the immigrants who came to our country and for all their contributions? Be grateful for that, as well as the poor, who we always have with us. Consider helping a family in need this year.

We are living in a world filled with problems, with those who do not accept others who are different, creating barriers. Jesus consistently instructed us in the Gospel to eliminate unhealthy attitudes, and Pope Francis has electrified the whole world by saying, “Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity.” He reminds us to reach out to the whole world, speaking to us as Jesus did. He says this is what God is inviting us to do, break barriers that separate us from others. This is mercy and love and gratitude in action!

A.J. Cronin said, “Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.”

This season is a good time for us to develop a sense of gratitude and recognize the love of God in everything He has given us: the turkey on the table, our family gatherings, even a person we don’t know much about like someone from a different culture, or the immigrants who just moved into our neighborhood. Let’s focus on life’s blessings and not all its shortcomings.

Jesuit, Charles M. Shelton said, “Gratitude makes us better people.”

Wrap your minds around that. Your gratitude should touch your spirit as we celebrate one of our greatest American traditions – Thanksgiving. The thankful, joyful person cannot help but be a balanced person who can harvest what they sowed with love. They are even in better health.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “If you cease to have gratitude, you begin to die.”

Let your joy and thankfulness flow out of you as you enjoy your day with family and friends. Have a marvelous season of Thanksgiving and gratitude! •

by Sr. Martinette Rivers, OLS

Relic from St. John Berchmans Coming to Cathedral

We invite you to celebrate a holy and monumental occasion, the 150th Anniversary of the Apparition and Miracle of St. John Berchmans.

On December 7, the holy heart of St. John Berchmans will make its journey from Belgium to Shreveport, Louisiana. In the 12 days that follow, we will celebrate with pilgrims from all over the world the life of this pure and holy saint.

To commemorate this event, join us December 8 – 18 for liturgies, guest speakers, opportunities for veneration, exhibit of relics and memorabilia and much more!

Look for more on this glorious event in our next issue, and visit:

Diocese is Seeking New Deacon Candidates

God is Calling – Are You Listening?
Diocese is Seeking New Deacon Candidates
by Deacon Clary Nash

The call to service is a call to the entire community, not just a select few.  God’s plan is that we serve one another.  The Diaconate is an order of the Church committed to service.  The word deacon derives from the Greek word for service.  As an ordained member of the clergy, a permanent deacon is unlike the transitional deacon, which is the first order to the priesthood.  A permanent deacon is ordained to the order of deacon for life.

The diaconate formation is established by the Church to encourage, support and train Catholic men to fulfill a need in the Church and who feel called by God to offer their lives to the Lord in service.  Deacons serve the community in many ministries. Deacons are official clergy in the Church, although they lead lay lifestyles. Most are married, have families and secular jobs while serving the Church and society.

The diaconate continues to grow in the United States. Today there are over 15,000 ordained deacons serving the needs of ministry. Over 3,000 are preparing for ministry of the diaconate in the United States.

The Diocese of Shreveport is again seeking men who are being called into service. A sense of excitement is felt for these men who answer the call, for the Church and the community they live in. They will enrich the lives of their families, church community, friends, neighbors and fellow workers.  They will do this by proclaiming and living the good of God’s love for His creation. The third diaconate formation will begin in September 2017 to fulfill the need for more deacons. This formation will also offer an Advanced Catholic Education Certificate from the University of Dallas for those not seeking ordintation. The application and selection process are underway.

The call to service is a call to the entire community.  These men and their families will need your prayers, financial support through the Bishop’s Annual Service Appeal and your personal support.  Some men, traveling long distances across our diocese, will bring their wives and family and will need extra considerations.  God’s plan is that we serve one another in a win-win relationship.

For more information or to schedule a presentation about this in your parish, please call Deacon Clary Nash, Director of Permanent Deacon Formation Program, at 318-868-4441, or go online to the Diocese of Shreveport website at  •

Loyola’s Ben Hyde Rallies Students to Corporal Works of Mercy

Loyola senior Ben Hyde serves as the student coordinator for the Loyola Student Government Association’s (SGA) Garden Park Nursing Home community outreach. Three years ago, a local nursing home contacted Loyola’s SGA about their need for student volunteers to come out once a week to help residents learn how to use iPads and give technology assistance. Eager to help, Hyde, along with other students, began going as volunteer workers. The nursing home coordinated the visits and activities in the beginning, but asked to have a student coordinator after the first year. Hyde readily accepted this responsibility.

As part of his work as coordinator, he schedules student volunteers and plans the programs for the residents each week. Technology learning time, different arts and crafts activities, and time for visiting with the residents are all included in each week’s program. Additionally, Hyde plans a theme for each week’s activities, and his brother Max Hyde comes on each visit to play the violin for the residents.  The Garden Park residents have grown so close to the Loyola student group, that they painted a “welcome back” banner for students at their first visit of this school year in August.

In order to keep the program alive after he graduates this year, Ben is working with new, younger student coordinators to make the transition seamless. What originally began as a few Loyola students visiting an assisted living facility, has grown into a weekly event everyone, both Garden Park residents and Loyola students, looks forward to. Through Hyde’s hard work and dedication, the Garden Park initiative was presented with Louisiana Nursing Home Association’s Group Volunteer Award.

In addition to his work with Garden Park residents, Hyde also serves as one of the chairmen for F.Ai.T.H. – Flyers Aiding the Hungry. F.Ai.T.H. is an organization started by a Loyola student over 25 years ago that gives food baskets and Christmas gifts to families in need in our surrounding community.  For two years as a F.Ai.T.H. member, and last year as a F.Ai.T.H. officer, Ben worked so tirelessly that he was chosen to be one of four chairmen for this year’s event. As a F.Ai.T.H. chair, Ben is responsible for working with area businesses to sponsor food baskets, organizing canned food drives for students, speaking to parent and alumni groups, working with local nonprofits to identify those in need and organizing the actual event day.  On F.Ai.T.H. day, laundry baskets are filled with various canned goods, ham, bread, rice and other food staples, and Christmas gifts are organized, so that when community members come, they can receive their basket and gift.  In previous years, chairs have set it up to give away 600-700 baskets. Last year’s chairmen were able to give away 900 baskets in one afternoon; this year Ben and his co-chairs have a goal of 1,200 baskets!

Hyde says, “I do it because it’s important for me to put my faith into action. There is importance in selfless actions, and these projects give so many people a chance to be a part of serving others.  As people contribute as they are able, with a single canned good or money for F.Ai.T.H. or in spending time with the residents at Garden Park, they are amazed at what they are part of accomplishing.  Small things really can change people’s lives.”

Because of his humility and dedication to leading and serving others, Hyde is Loyola’s nominee for the NCEA Proclaim Youth Virtues, Valor, and Vision Award, a national award that formally recognizes extraordinary young people in Catholic schools who through their selfless service, determination, innovation and ideals are changing the world.   •

by Lisa Cooper

Catholic Charities’ Immigration Program Offers Services Unique to North Louisiana

Wednesday, October 12, was a very special day for seven people in North Louisiana. It was after years of hard work, patience and faith that Ricardo Aranda, Patricia Johnson, Elisa Perez, Jose Genaro Quinonez, Marina Regina Quinonez, Roberto Tovar and Maria Villasenor became citizens of the United States.  This process was made possible by Catholic Charities of North Louisiana’s  (CCNLA) Immigration Integration program and staff members Guiel Hausen and Briana Bianca. Since its inception in 2011, CCNLA’s Immigration Integration program has provided assistance to clients throughout North Louisiana who need legal assistance, representation, advocacy, education and citizenship preparation.  CCNLA is the only local organization that provides immigration assistance; otherwise people would have to travel to New Orleans or Dallas.

Each of these new citizens has a story about their journey, but we wanted to highlight Jose and Maria Quinonez’s story and how they received assistance from Catholic Charities.  Here is a letter they sent to CCNLA.

Dear Guiel:
My husband Jose and I are very grateful for the effective, fast, friendly and compassionate services that we have received in your office.  From the beginning, we felt support in all that we needed, with questions and necessary assistance for our case.  With immediate communication on calls or emails, your staff has been incredibly good; they have shown their support and encouragement at all times, especially to my husband who felt very insecure of becoming a citizen because he received very little education, and we believed that being a citizen was only for the rich and educated. You were so patient in helping him study for his interview. It is very sad to be illiterate, but you inspired him and showed him that he can now learn more.

All of our children are professionals, but it was due to the lessons they learned from my hardworking husband. Since age 14 he was picking strawberries, cotton, and nuts in the lands of this country. After 45 years of hard work, with a broken back, he helped me raise six children successfully. Our children, all born and raised in this country, shall enjoy this citizenship also and that makes us very happy. We are a united family because this country allowed us to be together and to fight together.

We are pleased to take this new step in our lives because we know that becoming American citizens will give us greater stability in this country.  We know that as citizens we will have more responsibilities and benefits that we want to fulfill. Because we love this country, I bless you in the name of Jesus, because he has given us everything we needed since we got here. So now we know that this country will soon have two more voters; we will still gather and collaborate in the community.

There are many feelings in our hearts, but the strongest is the appreciation we have for God and this nation. May God bless the United States of America and its entire government, so that public and private institutions continue working together to continue helping many families like us to fulfill their American dream!

Thank you in advance for your support in moving forward our naturalization case.
Yours Faithfully,
Jose and Maria Quinonez

For more information about Catholic Charities of North Louisiana, please visit our website at  •

by Lucy Medvec

Mercy in Action: Lake Providence Youth Pay It Forward to Community Members

When your youth group, your parish and your town are small in numbers, how do you put together a caring, creative mercy ministry?

“We were having one of our meetings at El Agave, a Mexican restaurant, last November when our youth decided to take up a collection to help out Miss Jessica, our waitress, whose child is legally blind,” explained Shelia Howard, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Patrick in Lake Providence.  “Miss Jessica knew everyone in the group and we’re a small town, so we knew what she was facing with her child.”

The idea hatched at that meal was to help out someone they all knew, but with a catch. “Ann Marie Walters is the spokesperson for our group.  She explained to Miss Jessica that they wanted to do something nice for her by collecting the money and that they hoped she would, in turn, do something nice for someone else.”

This pay-it-forward ministry is a very personal outreach since every one they help is well-known to the youth. Since helping Miss Jessica in November, the group has raised funds to help out two additional members of the community.

“We had a bake sale and silent auction to raise money to help with baby Harper’s heart surgery in Boston,” said Kiley Condrey, a member of the youth group. “We raised around $1,600 and presented the money to Miss Jamie at school.”

Jamie Clement, Harper’s mother, was a kindergarten teacher at Briarfield Academy.  The family incurred large medical bills when Clement had to move to Boston while pregnant so that Harper could have open heart surgery immediately after birth.  The baby needed a second surgery in July, again in Boston.  Although Clement resigned her position to care for Harper, members of the church stay in contact by following the family on social media as Harper continues to receive medical care.

The youth group is small but inclusive. Youth from other churches are welcome to participate and everyone knows everyone else, so an evening at El Agave or at the Howards’ home for a cook-out is comfortable for all.

When they get together for the fall cook-out at the Howards’ home, they should have some news about Derrick Arrington, the science teacher who was the third person to benefit from the pay-it-forward ministry.

“Mr. Arrington is a minister as well as a science teacher, so we invited him to speak to our group,” said Kade Howard.  “He just started at the school last year and we all knew that he was planning to go to Tijuana for surgery because it was less expensive than having surgery here. Before he spoke, we told him that we had something for him. We gave him a little gold box with our collection inside.  He almost cried when he found out what we had done.”

According to Shelia Howard, Arrington told the group that they lived their faith every day by helping others as they helped him and that they were awesome for inviting so many others into their circle of caring.

Howard began working with the youth at St. Patrick about five years ago.  For the first few years, she planned several events while school was in session and those younger than seventh grade were often included.

“We did a reverse Trick-or-Treat at Halloween a couple of times where the youth gathered to make up goodie bags for shut-ins. Then we would deliver the goodies to them as giving rather than receiving. However, many of the elderly didn’t want to answer the door because they thought the kids wanted candy and they didn’t have any since it was the week prior to Halloween,” she laughed.

They were more successful with delivering small, live Christmas trees to the sick, elderly and shut-ins throughout the community.

“Last year, we decided to try to meet once a month but it’s difficult to get everyone together. Our K-12 population is just around 200 students and that means everyone participates in every sport, so it’s difficult to find time for regular meetings.  We have a kick-off event in the fall with burgers on the dock and see what we can plan for next year.” •

by Linda Webster