Resolve to be kinder and gentler in the new year

Our society is among the more violent in the world. By practicing
peaceful skills in your own life, you can take a personal stand against
the world’s violence. Here are some suggestions:

Make connections.
In past days, neighbors felt compelled to settle disagreements
constructively because they depended upon each other for survival.
That helped to build a supportive network. Make sure you have a
supportive network wherever you are. Feeling connected will help you
work harder to solve disagreements peaceful.

Take a hard look at the entertainment you watch and hear.
Do the programs you watch make violence appear funny,
glamorous or exciting? Does your music
promote violent acts, racism, or disrespectful behavior? If the answer
is “yes” or even “maybe,” consider finding alternative entertainment.

Accept ” no” for an answer.
Trying to force your will on others can
be disrespectful and may lead to unpleasant words or actions.

Watch for the signs.
Notice when you become tense, feel your face become
warm or red, or when you begin to breathe more quickly. That means
it’s time to take a break and cool off. Naming and claiming your
capacity for violence will help you choose alternative responses that
promote peace.

Trinity Scholarship

In recognition of Msgr. 0 ‘Sullivan’s 35 years of outstanding leadership
and commitment to Blessed Sacrament and Trinity, a scholarship fund
in his name has been established at the school with the first award to
be made in the spring of this school year. Additional support is needed
to meet the minimum of $25,000 to establish a permanent endowment.
Contributions may be mailed or delivered to Trinity Catholic School,
706 E. Brevard St., Tallahassee, FL 32308
Please indicate Msgr. O’Sullivan Scholarship

Anniversary Jubilarian Mass

An anniversary Jubilee celebration will be held in Tallahassee
on Sunday, February 22nd, at 11:15 A.M. at the Co-Cathedral
of St. Thomas More. Bishop Parkes will be the principal
celebrant. Couples who are celebrating marriages of exactly
1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, and 50 years, or any year over
50, in 2015 are invited to register to attend. The anniversary
may occur at any time during the year of 2015. Registration
forms are available at the rectory, or online at the diocesan
website, ptdiocese.org, under the heading of event
registration.

Women’s Retreat

Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus January 10-11, 2015.
“She walks in Beauty” will be the theme for this overnight
retreat. If you are a woman seeking a deeper understanding
of your role as a single laywoman, wife, mother or daughter.
Sisters Maureen, Veronica & Colleen will help guide you to
find God’s will for your life. The retreat begins on Saturday
at 8 A.M. and ends Sunday at 12 noon. The cost is $100,
which includes all meals. Special mother/daughter rate of
$150. Email Dasha Nixon at dasha@neumanncenter.org or
call 224-2971 .

Celebrate Faith 2015: Hearts on Fire!

January 24, 2015 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center, Okaloosa
Island. Come hear Dr. Scott Hahn, Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, of Salt
+ Light Television, and Latina Catholic songwriter and singer Sara
Torres. $20 individual/$50 family. The day begins with sign-in from 8-
9:30a.m., Welcome Session begins at 9 a.m. The day concludes with
Mass at 4 p.m. Seating is Limited – register online at ptdiocese.org
under the heading “Event Registration.”