What does it means to Volunteer?
Hector presented a seminar on Volunteering. He addressed the topics: What does it means to Volunteer?; How does volunteering benefit society?; How does volunteering benefit you?; Barriers People Face to volunteer?; and The Different Volunteering Options. Finally, Hector shared his own experience as a medical student volunteering at a medical event in the capital Washington DC, and his upcoming volunteering project with the FIMRC [Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children] in the Philippines.
We had an amazing time at the group watching the movie: “Kubo and the two strings” and celebrating Easter. Thank you for bringing food/drinks for our Saturday brunch.
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 22 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
We had a dynamically engaging (couldn’t find a better way of describing J) meeting at the group. The topic of our discussion was “Sound Health.” The obvious question, “What is that?” It means, ways in which sound can improve health. Our presenter Nathalie played us a video by Julian Treasure. Through Julian’s talk we learnt about headphone abuse and the health issues associated with it. Namely "schizophonia," it is a dislocation between what you see and what you hear; compression; and deafness. Also we understood, the eight ways sound can improve health: ultrasound, lithotripsy, sound healing, good music, listen consciously, create sound, learn to sing & play instrument, and protect your ears.
To practice what was preached, we went outdoors to listen to nature and plant seeds in small cups.
For the full video: Click here
Thank you Nathalie for thinking about our health (“Sound Health”).
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 15 at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Please note that we celebrate Easter next Saturday, hence we request that you bring some snacks (& drinks) to share with the group. Also, we will end the meeting at 12:30pm.
Have a blessed Holy Week!
Unity in Sports
We had a fantastic meeting at the group. The topic of discussion was “Unity in Sports,” and our presenter was Rebeca. We were informed that like our faith, sports brings people – irrespective of religion, gender, nations, language, culture- together. Rebeca shared with us an interesting story about the famous NBA player Stephen Curry. Did you know that he brings the bible to the court? Now, you may ask how come? His under armour shoes carries the quotation from Philippians 4:13: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’
For more on the Stephen Curry story – Click here
Kudos to Rebeca for an amazing presentation.
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 8 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Challenge yourself in the game of life, like you are in the game of sports
We had a fabulous meeting this morning, thank you to all of you that showed up. Our topic of discussion was “Talents,” it was presented by Alex. Talent was defined as “a natural skill that is given to man to show that they are special.” We were informed that all of us (yes…no exceptions) have a talent. Small tiny little qualities of making people laugh, or convincing friends are talents. Talents come as a natural gift, from hard work, doing things you love, and from being yourself. Ultimately they come from God.
So, what is your TALENT(S) ? how are you using them ?
Kudos to Alex for an astounding presentation.
Everyone is born with some special talent…
Unity In Diversity...
Thank you for attending today’s meeting. Our topic of discussion was “Unity in Diversity.” We learnt what is diversity, and its manifestation in the world: New York City(40% born outside US), India (differences in religion, food, art, language), Water(H2O), Paella (Spanish rice dish with many ingredients), Emirates Airline(27 crew members, 27 different countries), and Radio City Musical (cast of 150 performers). So, how is unity in diversity possible. Pope Francis says, “Look more ‘to that’ which unites us rather than that which ‘divides us.’” Therefore, for unity, we need common goal, shared vision, and common purpose.
Where can I find a common goal, shared vision and common purpose? What’s the principle of unity? Again, Pope Francis has the answer, he says “Christ alone can be the principle, the cause and the driving force behind our unity.” So let us celebrate diversity.
Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Mar 18 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Have a wonderful weekend!
It has been sometime since we last posted about our meetings. Better late than never J
On Jan 21, we had Johnny and Anthony collaborating to present the seminar on “Courage.” Courage was defined as “Putting yourself at risk for some higher purpose.” We were enlightened on the positive results of courage and the ways in which we could cultivate this virtue. At the following two IY meetings (Jan 28 & Feb 4), we watched a 1985 American classic movie, “The Breakfast Club.” The storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a different high school clique, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes, while facing a strict disciplinarian.
Our next meeting: 10am Sat, Feb 11 at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Please note that we will have Marianne Sheridan, the director of youth, young adults & campus ministry in the diocese of Rockville center visiting us to present the Midnight Run project. Hence please make a special effort to be present at this Saturdays meeting.
See you on Saturday!
God whispers to us..
We had a fantastic beginning to the new year. Our guest speaker was Don Sunit, a civil engineer all the way from Bangalore, India. He spoke to us a little bit about his profession, and narrated an amazing story. The message was simple, God whispers to us every day however if he is not able to capture our attention (primarily because of our distractions) he throws a brick at us. Let us not wait for God to throw a brick at us, but instead respond positively to him every day by doing little acts of kindness (For example: saying “Hello” and “Thank You”) towards our neighbours.
The year 2016 has been exceptional for the group: new members, camps, trips, service projects, game day, celebrations, musical skit etc… If you missed any of it or want to relive the memories, here is a quick video: https://flic.kr/p/PV1HZ1
Please join us as we look forward to an exciting 2017.
Our next meeting: 10am Sat, Jan 14 at Our Lady of Loretto Church. See you soon.
Today we watch the movie: Letters, the movie about the life of St. Theresa of Calcutta and her calling to live amongst the poor of Calcutta as one of their own. I hope that it has given you much inspiration and that you feel moved to reflect on your own calling given to you by God.
Attached to this file are the Questions Floriselda wrote down for us to consider about the movie. Also do not forget that next week we are having the field day.
Have a Blessed day and hope to see you all next week.
MOTHER TERESA, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. THE LETTERS, as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable woman who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death. He recounts her life’s work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit.
Written and directed by William Riead, THE LETTERS stars the acclaimed four-time BAFTA nominated British Actress Juliet Stevenson as Mother Teresa in a transformational performance that spans over 50 years, Academy Award Nominee Max Van Sydow and Golden Globe winner Rutger Hauer. The film was executive produced by Corky Barton and Lourden Saks and produced by William Riead, Lisa Riead and Tony Cordeaux.
Thank you to all of you that attended today’s meeting. The topic of discussion was “Technology: Its evolution and Future,” our presenter was Johnny. Below were some of the discussion questions
1. So what holds for technology in the Future?
2. How are we improving technology ?
3. How do you think technology has improved?
Thank you Johnny for a well prepared, engaging, and creative presentation. We had a special guest in Mar, an Idente Missionary from Spain at our meeting. She spoke briefly about IY in Spain.