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I was regretting the past 
And fearing the future. 
Suddenly my Lord was speaking: 

“My name is I am” 

He paused. 
I waited. He continued. 
“When you live in the past 
with its mistakes and regrets, 
it is hard. I am not there. 
My name is not I WAS. 

When you live in the future, 
With its problems and fears, 
It is hard: I am not there, 
My name is not I WILL BE. 

When you live in this moment, 
It is not hard. I am here. 
My Name is I AM.” 

……Helen Mallicoat

Lord Jesus, We believe that through your death on the cross that you set us free from sin and gave us eternal life. We believe that is true; but I am not sure if we truly understand it. One thing we do know is that being Christian means that real happiness comes through embracing our own “crosses”- that is the difficult parts of our lives – and that we do this out of love for God and for each other.

Lord we know you took the cross on your shoulders and gave yourself up to death for our sakes. Help us bear the crosses of our lives so that we can better carry them with courage. We know you will be there to help us when the going gets tough. In times of trouble help us turn to you to ease our burden. Help us to trust in you at all times and let go of our anxiety and fear.

Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you with a great deal on our minds. We have feelings of frustration, worry, anger, loneliness, and many other emotions, all of which are normal during this period in our lives when we fail to turn our burdens over to you. Lord, we know that it is hard for any of us to turn control of our lives over to you. Please help us lift our burdens up to you so that our load may be lightened. We ask that you would fill this room and our hearts with the Holy Spirit, that you would guide us on how one turns the job search over to you. We know that you have a plan for each one of us, a plan to prosper and one that will give us hope and a future. We know that plan includes a job that you have already written our names on. We ask for the strength and peace only you can give. In the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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St. Gerard Majella

Career Development Series
The Benefits of Using a Recruiting Firm in Your Job Search
When: February 20, 7:15-8:30pm
Where: St Gerard Majella
Catholic Church Building 2005,
Parish Meeting Room 224
1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd
St.Louis, MO 63122
Please join us at our next Career Development Workshop, where Craig Lavelle will discuss the benefits of using a recruiting firm in your job search.  He will also provide key insights into:
  1. Job interview preparation
  2. How to avoid 7 interview mistakes
  3. Likeability factors and interest level in a job search
  4. Sample behavioral questions.
Craig is Vice President, Permanent Placement Services at Robert Half Finance & Accounting, a division of Robert Half International (RHI), the world's largest specialized staffing firm.  The specialized staffing divisions of RHI place professionals in accounting and finance; technology; office administration; law; and the creative, marketing and design fields. Craig has been with Robert Half for 15 years.  He is an experienced recruiter and business consultant whose primary focus is helping both candidates and clients achieve their respective career goals and organizational recruiting needs.  Prior to joining RHI, Craig received his Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Louis University and spent 20 years in various accounting roles, including the President and CEO of Gimbel Vision in Calgary Alberta Canada. We hope you will join us so we can continue to help and support each other!  If you have questions, please contact us at  There is never any cost for our service.

Holy Spirit

CEN welcomes Holy Spirit, Maryland Heights, as their newest CEN parish, offering support for employment seekers. If you are looking for work or would like to volunteer your help for our newest startup, contact Jeff Pattison, 314-853-6197.

CEN Parish Support

All job seekers are invited to contact any CEN parish for job support information. Just check links under Parishes.