The Holy Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. Last year we entered Lent not knowing how our lives would be disrupted because of the novel Corona Virus. We have made many adjustments to stay safe and avoid contracting and spreading the virus, including social distancing and other precautions. With the availability of vaccines, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and a brighter future.
My prayer for you as we begin this Lent is that you re-engage in the practice of your Catholic faith as never before. Open your heart to the Lord and ask him to renew your faith. Make coming to church for the celebration of Sunday Mass a priority once again and if you cannot safely do so, please pray that will change for you soon. The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic life together. Nothing is more important for our spiritual health. I invite you to deepen your hunger for the Eucharist during this Lenten Season and join me in praying that we can all soon be together for Sunday Mass.
Please check your parish bulletins and websites for a listing of Lenten opportunities to practice your Catholic faith. Carve out some additional time for prayer and engage in fasting, prayer, and almsgiving as best you can. Let this Lent be a time for a deep renewal of the practice of your Catholic faith. Hear the Lord’s call to conversion once again: “Repent and believe in the Gospel!”
Spearfish, St. Joseph, Sunday, Mar. 28 — 3 p.m.
McLaughlin, St. Bernard, Sunday, Mar. 28 — 7 p.m.
October 17, 2022 2:00 PM MDT
Description: Exploitive Relationships create betrayal bonds. These occur when a victim bonds with someone who is destructive to him or her.
We typically think of bonding as something good. However, adult survivors of abusive or dysfunctional families, abortion, and other traumatic events struggle with bonds that are rooted in their own betrayal experiences.
There is a wide range of symptoms: Reactivity, arousal, blocking, splitting, abstinence, shame, and repetition compulsion can all work in the service of traumatic bonding. As a result, these supercharged, traumatic relationships can have tremendous power.
This workshop integrates information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.
We will provide a helpful diagnostic tool: The Trauma Stress Index that can be scored to help shed light on the particular ways that trauma might be manifesting itself in your client’s life, or maybe even your own.
- Learn how exploitive relationships create betrayal bonds.
- Integrate information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.
- Discuss the Trauma Stress Index to shed light on the particular ways trauma may be manifesting in your clients’ lives, or even your own.
June 13, 2022 2:00 PM MDT
Description: First, this presentation will provide a brief overview of what we know about the brain and what we know about the release of hormones during stress or trauma.
Second, we will examine some of the ritual behaviors that are set up by individuals which produce neuro-chemical brain changes.
We will examine how the traumatic experience impacts brain functioning as an underlying cause of process addictions. We will also learn how addictions serve a purpose to provide an immediate reward or feeling.
In counseling, we need to help our clients find something to REPLACE the addiction with, something that you want more than the immediate pleasure of addictive behavior. Certainly grief works to deal with the losses that fuel the compulsion is ESSENTIAL, and then methods to change entrenched behavior patterns used to relieve stress, self-medicate, and alter brain chemistry for self-soothing or adrenaline high will be covered.
Finally, a look at the role of spirituality in healing addiction—a higher power, a redeemer, discovery of a new self and transformation in Christ.
- Examine addictions as a development process.
- Looking at the common denominator: addictive, compulsive behaviors.
- Identify common addictions that post-abortive women and men frequently battle, such as: Sexual Addictions, Compulsive Spending, Compulsive Gambling, Compulsive Working, Eating Disorders, Internet Addiction, Alcoholism, Multiple Abortions, Shoplifting, Drug Abuse and Trauma Drama Junkies.