JOB POSTING Education Coordinator!

JOB POSTING

Education Coordinator

for Carolyn’s Place Ministry

Carolyn’s Place Pregnancy Care Center, providing services in the Waterbury, CT and surrounding communities, has a full-time leadership opportunity. This important position is responsible for education programs fostering respect-for-life and awareness of Carolyn’s Place services.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, strong knowledge of Catholic teachings, have education & program development experience. A BA/BS degree in education, social or medical services, is preferred.  Experience in respect-life programs is desirable.  Some evening & weekend availability required. Salary position with medical benefits available.

To be considered, please email your resume to staff@carolynsplace.net or mail your resume to:

Attention – Board of Directors

Carolyn’s Place

137 Grandview Avenue

Waterbury, CT 06708.

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Don’t Overdo it with the Negatives….

Oftentimes, when adults talk to teenagers about waiting until marriage for sex (as they should), things can sound pretty negative: “Don’t have sex, because there are so many STDs out there.”  “Don’t have sex, because you don’t want to get pregnant before you are ready to take on the responsibility of parenthood.”  “Don’t have sex, because it’s a sin if you aren’t married.”  “Don’t have sex, because you will be emotionally destroyed if the relationship ends.”  Of course, these are all very true statements, and it is important for young people to hear these messages.  However, as an educator on issues of human sexuality, I urge you not to forget to share with our young people, all the positives of waiting until marriage.

Here are some tips:

1. Remind them that chastity is not a giant NO, but rather, a giant YES to authentic love, physical, emotional, and spiritual health, one’s future spouse and family, etc.

2. Remind them that anyone can say “yes,” but it’s much harder to say “no.”   Also, by saying “no” to temporary pleasures now, one’s “yes” later on will have much more meaning (more on this in the next blog post).

3. Chastity prepares you for your future vocation: discipline, sacrifice, self-giving, self-control, etc. are not learned overnight. http://chastityproject.com/2014/05/chastity-before-marriage-fosters-chastity-in-marriage/

4. Chastity is Fidelity Insurance: “A person who has sex outside of marriage shows that they are willing to have sex with someone they aren’t married to.” http://chastityproject.com/2014/05/chastity-before-marriage-fosters-chastity-in-marriage/

5. Encourage dating with purpose.  Have your teens develop a list of the qualities they would like in their future spouse. They can use this list to evaluate their own qualities, and it can help them to consider who to date: Is this someone they could potentially marry someday? Would he/she make a good husband, wife, father, or mother? If not, is it worth wasting your time, and more importantly, your heart, on something that is practically guaranteed to fail and lead to heartbreak?  As a bonus, It will also help them to avoid dating for the sake of dating, which will lower the number of break ups and broken hearts they have to endure.

On Being Single

Dear Girls & Boys in Grades 6-10,

Are you single?  Well, guess what!  That is GREAT NEWS!  Why?

BECAUSE THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING SINGLE!  The middle school and early high school years are perfect for being independent, trying new things, figuring out what you like and don’t like, and making friends with all different types of people.  That can be very hard to do when you are in a relationship!  Also, as a young person, it is very easy to allow your boyfriend/girlfriend to define who you are, without even realizing it.  Don’t let that happen!

Remember that the person you are today is NOT the person you will be 5 or 10 years from now.  Take it from me.  I am 25 years old.  When I look back on my middle school and high school years, I often think, “What was I thinking?”  Why did I wear that?  I had a crush on him?”

Over the next few years, you will grow and mature immensely, and the people you date in middle school and high school will probably not even be people you keep in close contact with after graduation.  In fact, the odds of you marrying the person you date in middle school or high school are slim.

So, try not to waste your time, energy, and heart on something that will probably not last.  Instead, use the freedom that singleness gives you to focus on what will last: your relationship with yourself, with your family, with your friends, with humanity in general, and with God.

I encourage you to pray for a few minutes every day, and learn as much about God as you can.  Take some time to discover the immense dignity He has bestowed upon you! Also, remember to enjoy your youth, because when you are an adult, all you will want to do is be a kid again!  Trust me, you will have plenty of time to date and have romantic relationships when you are older.  Plenty.  Most importantly, though, try to remember to trust in God.  He created you, loves you, wants what is best for you, and has great, exciting plans for your future!

Speaking of trusting in God, I didn’t always do that as much as I should have.  I never dated in middle school or high school, and I often felt left out.  But, now, looking back, I am so glad that my first date, my first boyfriend, and my first kiss, all happened in my freshmen year of college!  This is because, in middle school and high school, I was able to be really focused on myself.  I performed in a ton of plays and was in a bunch of other clubs and honor societies.  I also had time to babysit to make some money, volunteer to help others, and play on the flag football team!  I got really good grades, and colleges were very impressed with all that I had the time to accomplish!  Unlike some kids, I never had to balance a dating relationship with my homework, family obligations, or extracurricular activities.  I never had to choose between hanging out with friends or with a boyfriend, and I never had to deal with break ups or a broken heart.  My own interests came first, I learned about myself, and I really developed into the person I wanted to be.  By the time I had my first date, I knew who I was, and I didn’t need to lean on anyone else to provide my identity for me.  I knew what I valued, what was right and wrong, and how I deserved to be treated in a relationship.

I am thankful that God allowed me to be single for as long as I was, and I hope that all of you young, single people out there can look upon your singleness as a blessing, rather than a curse.  Please know that you have been given a gift.  Don’t waste it!

Sincerely,

Nicole

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Self-Pornification

Check out this great blog post by moral theologian & college professor, Christopher Klofft!

Counter Culture

A few weeks back, I had wanted to comment on the celebrity hacking scandal. There are a lot of interesting elements to these unfortunate events, but when I finally found some time to write, I thought the moment had passed.  That was before the newest issue of Vanity Fair came out.  In it, there is an interview with Jennifer Lawrence – her first public statement since her pictures were among those hacked.

While she is rightfully outraged and hurt about this violation of her privacy, she also includes this very unfortunate statement in her interview that explains why her naked pictures existed in the first place: “I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”

For a popular, talented, young woman, these are exceptionally sad words.

Utterly…

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