2018 April Living Faith

Special Prep for Finals Week Issue

How to Finish the Semester Well
As you head into the final stretch of the semester, please know that God is very much with you, and that you are in the prayers of the staff of the Office of Faith Formation. You may find some of these resources helpful as your organize your remaining time before FINALS WEEK:

1) 7 Tips to Prepare for Finals (short video) These young women offer some creative and simple strategies to give your study time an "edge" for success.

2) 20 Study Tips for Finals (blog) These tips may seem obvious, but bear repeating

3) Final Exams Ultimate Guide (videos) This College Info Geek site offers a number of videos on every possible topic to prepare you for finals

If  you haven't secured a job for the summer yet, check out INDEED.COM for some options for college students in the Wichita area.

UNITE - at Theology on Tap held the Second Monday of each month

GROW - Consider finally making a TEC Retreat  and/or working on a TEC retreat this summer. Many blessings await!

PRAY - for those in our community who will be ordained as Deacons on May 19 at the Cathedral and as priests on May 26 at Church of the Magdalen. If you can make either or both celebrations, do it!

SERVE - Volunteer at Prayer and Action June 3 -8 during College Week in Schulte. You can sign up for the whole 5 days, or just one day at a time.

You can also serve as a volunteer during Holy Family Week June 11-14 for people with special needs. Here is the volunteer application or call their office at 316-269-3900 to see if they still need volunteers.

You can also volunteer with Dirty Vagabond Ministries in Wichita throughout the summer. Check out their website to find out how they are serving teens who "slip through the cracks" in the inner city.

2018 February Living Faith

Special Lenten Issue

DeStressing with LENT
Perhaps it is no coincidence that Lent was ushered in on Valentine's Day. This holy season is all about love, after all. Whether you are already "on it", or haven't given Lent a second thought, the next six weeks are an opportunity for all of us to de- stress our hectic lives by growing in our mindfulness of how God is working in our lives.

Lent is about simplicity. We can simplify through surrender. We can surrender our need for control through PRAYER. We can surrender our need for things through FASTING. We can surrender our hearts to others through ALMSGIVING.

Simply look through this list of 21 ideas for Lent and choose. 1. If you'd like more ideas, check out Lent in 3 Minutes  or click HERE for more resources.

Begin each day with a quick prayer as soon as you awake
Attend Stations of the Cross
Daily rosary
20 minutes of daily prayer
Increase spiritual reading
Practice 15 minutes of silence

Give up fast food, bread or sweets
Drink only water
Give up your favorite social media
No screen time 20 minutes before bed
Give up coffee, caffeine or sodas
Sit down to eat
Only check phone when not in public

Eat lunch with others
Practice random acts of kindness
Donate to a charity you love
Don't complain
No sarcasm/negativity
Be patient
Volunteer somewhere