Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This past week I went on a field trip with 5th and 6th graders to Notre Dame. It is a beautiful campus with a great connection to our Irish heritage. Just so you know this is not in conflict with being a Spartan fan. As Fr. Joe helped us learn, MSU is where Jesus went to school so we know His mother would have cheered them on as well!
This coming Tuesday I will be in Lansing for the day for Orientation of New Parish Ministry Leaders. When a priest is made a bishop, he goes to what is called “Baby Bishop School”. I imagine this is the equivalent for pastors- “Baby Pastor School”.
We have a great opportunity in our local area available to us through Catholic Charities and St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale. Antonia Busch now works at St. Anthony’s and offers counseling and therapy. Any parishioner from Sacred Heart or St. Mary’s that would like to receive counseling can do so. This counseling is free of charge. Catholic Charities may ask if they can bill insurance but no one will be asked to pay.
Antonia graduated this past spring from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has clinical experience with treatment for substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. She also has preparation for dealing with problems that may be unique to Catholics, such as NFP, marriage, divorce, annulments, as well as more general problems with parenting or within families.
Antonia has begun the process to become both a Nationally certified Trauma Therapist and a Nationally Certified Play therapist for children and adolescents. Given those trainings along with generous support from Fr. David and the parishioners at St. Anthony’s they have almost finished creating a Play Therapy Room in Hillsdale so that children can find healing from traumatic experiences.
Antonia is available in Hillsdale on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays she is in Adrian. You can contact Catholic Charities’ Adrian office at 517-263-2191.