Celebration of Faith 2013
“A Christian Focus on Growing, Maintaining and Cherishing Relationships”
January 25 – 26, 2013
Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this uplifting Women’s Celebration of Faith. We will have two internationally known speakers leading our Celebration of Faith 2013, and many faith enriching (and enjoyable) activities are planned.
Our Celebrations fill up fast and we had to turn-away ladies in the past. In 2013, we are expanding the maximum attendees to 250. For you “early birds” who want to be sure to get in, we are offering a reduced registration fee. For those who register no later than October 31, 2012, the price is $30.00. After that date, registrations will cost $35.00. Click here for Registration form.
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Worship and Adore | Renew and Restore | Uplift and Inspire
Worship and Adore | Renew and Restore | Uplift and Inspire
Celebration of Faith 2012
“Living with Mary’s Heart and Martha’s Schedule”
January 20 – 21, 2012
The Celebration began Friday evening with registration and an ice cream social, “Hot Fudge for the Soul,” in Xavier Hall. After the social hour, attendees were “Called to the Light” and processed into the sanctuary singing “We are the Light of the World.” They were treated to the uplifting songs of Annie Karto, internationally known Christian speaker, singer-song writer, and devoted Catholic. Annie touched hearts with her passion, her story and her music. The evening included exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, an inspiring homily by our Pastor, Father Richard Jankowski, and ended reverently with the song, “O Sacrament Most Holy.”
Saturday began with morning prayers and a hearty breakfast in Xavier Hall. Throughout the day, Annie Karto, our Daughters of God Singers and their leader, Theresa Barle, shared their gifts of music and led attendees in songs of praise. Our special guest and keynote speaker was award winning Christian author, Patricia Livingston. Known for her touching, story-telling style of illuminating the presence of God in everyday life, Pat has a unique gift for opening us to the beauty of our own stories, with their special truth of God's present love. Her unique way of drawing the audience into her topic was both entertaining and uplifting.
After Pat’s Keynote address, Rita Burbridge presented an interesting, graphic presentation on “Praying the Mandala.” Since most participants were unfamiliar with the topic, learning about mandalas was quite interesting. After the presentation everyone was given a chance to draw their own mandala and offer it to God as prayer.
Prior to lunch, the liturgy committee performed a visual reflection portraying Mary of Bethany washing Jesus’s feet with her hair. It was a moving experience to watch the silent depiction of a story so well know.
After a delicious lunch, Pat Livingston talked and followed with a discussion period which allowed attendees to ask questions and share their personal experiences and insights. There was discussion of how we can integrate the Mary and Martha models into our daily lives, as well as how we can “let go” of unhealthy or unnecessary things or people in our lives. Attendees had the opportunity to give up those things to God.
At the end of the day, attendees processed into Mass singing “I am a Daughter of God.” It was inspiring to see the 200 ladies enter the sanctuary singing, smiling, alive in the Spirit! Mass and the gift of the Eucharist ended a perfect celebration of our faith. View photos of Celebration of Faith 2012.
Celebration of Faith 2011
“The Butterfly, a Vibrant Symbol of Our Emerging Spirituality”
January 28 – 29, 2011
This year’s special guest was Celeste Zepponi. Celeste is an artist, a singer and a songwriter from Clarksdale, Mississippi. In addition to teaching art, Celeste has recorded two Christian albums and presents her art and music to Christian churches and women's groups throughout the country. Celeste shares her testimony, her art and music encouraging others to develop their prayer lives by exploring their personal interests and talents. As defined in scripture, Celeste believes, "God has given every person unique gifts. Discovering those gifts brings us into God's plan for our lives."
The Celebration began Friday evening with registration and a social hour that included the sharing of bread, fruit, cheese, wine and other beverages. Attendees had the opportunity to chat with friends, our Pastor, Father Richard Jankowski, and our special guest, Celeste Zepponi. What a pleasure to listen to Celeste sing her beautiful songs, like her hit “You Are Enough.” We settled back while Celeste talked with us about “Gifts are for Receiving and Giving.” Participants were asked to consider, “What are your God given gifts?,” “Do you recognize them?,” and “How do you know God’s plan for your gifts?” It was a wonderful evening of singing, prayer, laughter and learning.
Throughout the Celebration, we focused on discerning our own unique gifts, and using them to enhance our relationship with God. Celeste assisted participants in learning to examine life choices and decisions in view of God’s will for their lives.
Saturday was a very fruitful day. In addition to Celeste’s testimony and music, participants learned how journaling can assist in discerning God’s plan and for keeping us on the correct path to God. Everyone received a personal journal and was given time to start writing in it. In addition to scripture meditation and prayer, attendees split into groups and headed to the class rooms where they enjoyed the “Art as Prayer” workshop. The results of the workshop were displayed around Xavier Hall. The art was excellent, showing great thought and individuality.
The nearly 200 attendees entered the sanctuary for Mass, full of smiles and the Spirit. A big surprise awaited the entire congregation when Father Richard coordinated the release of dozens of live butterflies. To everyone’s amazement, a butterfly flew to the outstretched hands of Celeste Zepponi who was singing “Give Me Your Hands Lord!” View photos of Celebration of Faith 2011 (including the art and butterflies).
Women’s Retreat 2010
(Name changed to Celebration of Faith in 2011)
“Become Alive in the Spirit”
January 29 – 30, 2010
Attendees were asked to take a collective breath, then pray, meditate, listen, sing and share in the comfortable company of their sisters in Christ. Throughout the retreat, we focused on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how to recognize them when they come our way. The celebration began on Friday evening with high-tea. Attendees were asked to wear their favorite hats, and many hats were available for those who forgot to bring one. Sharmane Adams, popular speaker and musician entertained attendees with songs from her newest album, “Leap of Faith.” Fr. Tom Hildebrand, St. Pius Catholic Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma calls Sharmane, “A spiritual champion for faith and family!” He adds, “Her energy and music is contagious!” How true that was, as everyone drew into her story and her songs. Our Pastor, Fr. Richard Jankowski offered a moving homily, “The Gift of Counsel.” Friday night’s activities concluded with an opportunity for all to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
On Saturday morning, after a hearty breakfast, attendees were treated to our other special guest, Erin Blanchett. Erin is co-founder of “Vine of Grace Retreat Ministry.” Her keynote address was “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” – “Gift of Courage.” She says, “The retreat experience is a celebration of our faith through the sharing of the Good News, praise and worship, prayer, personal reflection, teaching, testimony, sacraments, and a deeper anointing of the Holy Spirit in our Lives. Erin is a dynamic speaker, passionate in her love of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Well prepared by Erin, participants were able to select among several dynamic workshops that were presented in the class rooms of Cabrini Center. The learning took a short break for participants to enjoy a tasty lunch, then continued until time to go to Mass.
The Celebration ended with the participants attending the vigil Mass together. A perfect ending!
Cabrini Daughters of God work from a “zero based” budget. In order to offer the best, most outstanding speakers, singers and artists to lead our Celebrations of Faith, we developed several ways to earn support money. First, we offer several items for sale (such as our “Cabrini Daughters of God” pins, notebooks, book marks, and other items that identify our participants.) We invite you to purchase these items from the main office:
Cabrini Daughters of God Lapel Pin
You are a Cabrini Daughter of God – Endowed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, with Christ's Love in your heart and His Joy in your every word and action. Wear your pin proudly!
Cabrini Daughters of God Note Book
This useful, pink note book has the Cabrini Daughters of God logo embossed in gold on the cover. It is functional and attractive. They make great gifts too!
Secondly, we offer the congregation, individuals, and businesses in our community the opportunity to “partner” with Cabrini Daughters of God through donations. We offer three levels of partnership:
Circle of Friends: $25.00 donation
Choir of Angels: $100.00 donation
Patron: $250.00 or more donation
Circle of Friends receives a thank you letter, signed by our Pastor, and their name will be listed in our Celebration of Faith 2013 program.
Choir of Angels receives a thank you letter, signed by our Pastor; their name will be listed in our Celebration of Faith 2013 program; and they will receive a Daughters of God Lapel Pin.
Patrons receive a thank you letter, signed by our Pastor; their name and/or business name will be listed in the Celebration of Faith 2013 program; they will receive a Daughters of God Lapel Pin; and if they desire, we will list their business name and logo on our “Patrons”page on this web site, and include a link to their web site.
Make donation checks payable to St. Frances Cabrini Church. Mail checks to St. Frances Cabrini Church, Attention: Cindy Chase, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609. (Be sure and state the donation is for Cabrini Daughters of God.)
Donations can also be taken to the Church Office, or placed in an envelope addressed to Cabrini Daughters of God Donation, and placed in the offering basket during Mass. If you have questions, please call Cindy Chase, Parish Manager and Co-Chair of Cabrini Daughters of God, at 352.683.9666.
If you are unable to partner with a gift donation, please keep us in your prayers. The Cabrini Daughters of God thank you for your interest and support.