W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization). I do like wine, after all, it tastes good, accompanies and enhances a wide range of cuisines, and when used in moderation, provides us with many health benefits. But this is not the W.I.N.E. that I love, for the wine made from fermented grapes, no matter what vintage, always leaves me thirsting for more. No, the W.I.N.E. that I am referring to stands for Women In the New Evangelization. This W.I.N.E. leaves me refreshed like no other. According to Kelly Wahlquist, the founder of W.I.N.E., a national, Catholic woman’s movement and non-for-profit organization, “like the woman at the well, we are looking for the living water so that we will never thirst again.” This is the refreshing drink that I long for! How about you?
Do you desire a life that teams with joy, fulfillment, and the peace that surpasses all understanding? Do you long for a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with the Lord? If so, consider joining me, and the many other women of W.I.N.E., at one of our June Women, Wine and Wisdom events in the Mandeville and New Orleans areas. Entitled, Created to Relate. God’s Design for Peace and Joy, these exciting gatherings are sure to feed your body, mind and soul. Each event will include a complimentary wine tasting, lunch or dinner, dessert, and inspiring presentation by Kelly Wahlquist, the author of Created to Relate, and the founder of W.I.N.E., (see the event flyer below). Choose from four different event offerings, including:
- lunch at the Fleur De Lis Center in Mandeville (1645 N. Causeway Blvd) from 11:30am until 2:00pm ($35 per person)
- dinner at Impastato Cellars in Madisonville (240 Highway 22 East) from 6:00pm until 8:30pm ($45 per person)
- lunch at Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie (3100 19th St.) from 11:30am until 2:00pm ($35 per person)
- dinner at Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie (3100 19th St.) from 6:00pm until 8:30pm ($45 per person)
Register for each event at wine-event-louisiana-june-2017.eventbrite.com. To learn more about W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization), or these exciting events, please visit our website CatholicVineyard.com or call 985-249-9258 for more details.
Is W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization) truly about drinking wine? While each event will include a free wine tasting and a cash bar, W.I.N.E. finds it true inspiration and purpose in Sacred Scripture and the Eucharist. According to Kelly Wahlquist, “wine was and is serious business in our Catholic faith.” After all, Christ Himself chose wine to be the vehicle for His blood during the celebration of the Mass. Although the outward appearance remains the same, the substance itself is mysteriously transformed into spiritual food for our bodies and souls. This is what we Catholics call the transubstantiation. W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization) looks to Mary, our spiritual mother, for inspiration, for at the Wedding Feast of Cana, she too saw the value of wine and the living waters available to all those who place their trust in Jesus.
When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you,” (John 2:3-5).
Cana became the site of Jesus’ first miracle, as He turned water into wine. This wine, however, was far superior to the one offered by man. Just as the servants at Cana did as the Lord directed them to do, so too are we called to do the same. As Kelly says, “These words ring true for us today as we strive to do the will of God.” Subsequently, when we do His will, Jesus will transform our gifts and offerings in a miraculous way. After all, each of us, like Mary, are created relational. We are perfectly made for the new evangelization and to heal of the body of Christ.
Join us, as we gather to celebrate the feminine genius, learn why women are created relational, and pivotal to the new evangelization. Together, we will enjoy some wine, a great meal, and the companionship of fellow women of faith. Filled with the Holy Spirit, we shall leave refreshed, for this W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization) surpasses the benefits of the finest vintage. It offers:
- healthy, glowing skin, and a healthy, glowing soul
- a peaceful night’s rest and an eternity of peace and joy
- freedom from sin and death, not just a promised reduction in colds and cancer cells
- a healthy heart, filled with love and happiness
- the ultimate decrease in mortality, eternal life with Christ.
W.I.N.E. offers the refreshing drink we all long for. It fills women with a renewed sense of conviction and hope for the future, so they, in return, can mentor other women and help them grow in faith and relationship with the Lord. Join us, as we raise our glasses in celebration and thanksgiving for the greatest of all gifts, salvation through Jesus Christ. Amen
Closing 3:00 Prayer for Divine Mercy.
Eternal Father, I offer You, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the entire world.
For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the entire world. (Repeat two more times).
Jesus, I trust in You.
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