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"Rest for a Weary Soul"

Allison Sullivan

Allison Sullivan lives in Bryan, Texas with her husband and 5 kids. As a writer, speaker and podcaster she longs to know God and make Him known by telling stories, sharing friendship, connecting others, and loving well. Her first book, Rock Paper Scissors, is about one woman's journey into the heart of God by way of playful, intimate, and honest essays  woven together to describe everyday life as a wife, mother, sister, friend and disciple. Her podcast, Sinner Saint Sister, is a celebration of friendship and tackles topics that women frequently come up against on their spiritual journeys. She enjoys family adventures, serving women, and learning more about Jesus. 

Kerry Rhodes - October 2018 Speaker

"The Immaculate Conception & Me"

Kerry is a St. Francis parishioner, member of MOMS, and mother of three.  She is a small group leader, past RCIA sponsor, and currently serves at the parish as the Adult & Family Life Coordinator, overseeing RCIA-Adapted for Children and adult catechesis.  She consecrated her life to Jesus through Mary on the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and has never been the same.

Book recommendations:

Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn

Praying the Rosary Like Never Before by Edward Sri

33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley

7 Secrets of The Eucharist/Confession/Divine Mercy Series by Vinny Flynn

Fill These Hearts by Christopher West


Scriptural Rosary (Valent Richie)

Reimagining the Examen (Loyola)


The Catechism of the Catholic Church by St. Paul's Repository

Mary is the only woman in human history who was truly free at every moment of her earthly existence. Another way to say this is that she was Pure of Heart, desiring all that is right and good without need for external laws to tell her how to live. How free are you? What commandments or Church teachings do you still need to remind you what is right and good? Are you ready to open up your disordered desires to the Lord so He can redeem them for you? [E.g. If you are comfortable missing Mass on Sunday once in a while, then you are not free from the 3rd Commandment - Keep Holy The Sabbath]

October Agenda and Kerry's Handouts:

Lauren Nelson

Lauren Nelson - September 2018 Speaker

"Practicing the Presence of God for Moms:  Practical Tips Toward Intimacy with Christ"

Lauren is the creator of Gathering Manna: Moment by Moment Spirituality For Moms. This ministry exists as an apostolate to help Catholic and Christian moms find more peace, joy, and purpose in their lives through contemplative and liturgical spirituality.


To view Lauren's online courses for moms:


To listen to Lauren's Podcast, "Only Today":

To Follow the Facebook page and have the opportunity to keep up with all of Lauren's courses, materials, products, and posts:

Book recommendation:

Searching For and Maintaining Peace 

By Fr. Jacques Phillipe

Talk notes:

Include physical touch as part of your daily faith walk.  Stop by the Crucifix in your home.  Say a prayer and touch Jesus on the cross.  Put your forehead on it.  Touch is a large part of how we practice our faith especially in the church, why not continue that practice inside our home.

Living by the bell.  Think of the times of the day that are hectic for you.  Set those times of days to visit your internal adoration chapel.  A way to find true peace by the love of God in the heightened times of the day.  Even set your phone alarm to go off with church bell ringtone.

Build an imaginary Adoration Chapel in your head.  What does it look like?  What statues and Icons are there?  Are there flowers?  Use your imagination to create this chapel inside of your heart.

September Agenda: