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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

‘Called and Gifted Workshop’ helps laity discern gifts for service

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Jan. 15, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

For people who wonder how they can be of service in the Church or how they might determine their gifts for service, St. Peter Parish is having a workshop to help them discern what their roles might be.

A “Called and Gifted Workshop” will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7, at the church. The sessions begin in the evening on Friday and ends Saturday afternoon about four.

What is a Called and Gifted Workshop? According to the workshop’s background materials, the experience helps Catholics “discern the unique work of love to which God is calling them and to discover how God has empowered them to carry it out.” The Church teaches that each of its members has gifts to build up the body, and that no one person has all the gifts. The workshop helps participants learn how “Christ is personally and uniquely calling each one.” It enables participants to look at themselves “in a new way.”

Who should attend a Called and Gifted Workshop? Everyone who wants further discernment about bringing God’s love to others. Long-time Catholics, active ministers, pastoral leaders, parents, teachers and people who are searching would all benefit from the Called and Gifted process.

A teaching team from the St. Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs will present the workshop. There will be information about what the church teaches, the nature of spiritual gifts and a Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory. There will also be time for personal one-on-one interviews.

Some parishioners at St. Peter had taken part in a Called and Gifted Workshop with Father Dan Barnett at St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick parishes and loved his program, said Denise Eggers, St. Peter’s business manager. Eggers, Vicki Nicks, and Father Joe Bell, pastor at St. Peter, attended a training in Seattle to become personal interviewers.

Persons wanting more information or to sign up can call St. Peter Parish at (509) 534-2227 and ask for Eggers.

There is no registration fee but a free-will offering will be taken.

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