Stephanie Veatch

Database and Technology Administrator
Administration

Stephanie Veatch began work at The Basilica of Saint Mary in the fall of 2003 running LUX Eterna: The Basilica Store.  In 2007, in addition to running the store, she took on administration of The Basilica database.  After a year she took on more responsibilities in Administration and transitioned fully out of store duties.  Today she continues to maintain the integrity of the Parish database, trains staff on its use,  along with training staff on best practices and program use and works with volunteers in the Accounting department.  She is married and has two step kids, two dogs and two cats.
 

 

(612) 333-1381

Recent Posts by Stephanie Veatch

“I think you missed the turn.” Those words were spoken to me by my friend as we were on our way to another friend’s home for dinner. And in fact, they were right. I had indeed missed the turn. In my defense, though, I had been paying more attention to our conversation than I had been to the directions. Fortunately, the missed turn was easily compensated for and we arrived at our destination on time. 

This experience came to mind a few weeks ago when I was praying about a decision I needed to make. In my prayer, while I was trying to be open to God’s will, God didn’t seem (at least to me) to be particularly communicative. It occurred to me that it certainly would have been helpful if God had simply told me: “You missed the turn.” or “You’re headed in the wrong direction.” Unfortunately, neither of these directives was forthcoming. 

I suspect there are times for all of us when we wish that God was clear and unequivocal in what God was asking of us or what God would have us do. If only God would be direct and unambiguous in communicating with us, things would be so much easier. And while on one level this is true, on another—and deeper level—it would negate our free will. And our free will is what defines us as human beings and distinguishes us from the other created beings on the earth. 

Because of our free will, God doesn’t issue clear edicts or direct commands. Instead God communicates with us in much more subtle ways. God communicates with us through the movements of our spirits, in the longings of our hearts, and in the ponderings of our minds. In and through these things, God helps us to understand what God would have us do, or where God would have us go. It is always our free will, though, whether or not we attend to and follow these subtle promptings.

Three things that can help us be open to God’s subtle promptings are a fierce honesty in our prayer, an openness to various possibilities, and a willingness to change direction. Honesty in our prayer is needed because it is easy to come to prayer with a decision already made. We need, though, to be truthful about our personal biases and our desires because, unless we honestly acknowledge them, they can influence our decision making. Similarly, if we aren’t open to various possibilities, it is easy to take some things off the table without ever considering that they might be from God. Finally, in order to be open to God’s subtle promptings, we need to be willing to change directions. If we have already set our course on something, we can’t really be open to what God would have us do. 

Certainly it would be clearer and much easier if God simply told us when we missed a turn or were headed in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, then our choices would not really be free. Given this, the only alternative is to continue to work to be open to God’s subtle promptings and to pray that if we take a wrong turn, we will notice it, correct it, and get back on course. 

Due to snow and slippery conditions, the following Basilcia progrmas have been cancelled for Thursday, January 8:

  • BYA Bible Study
  • Mental Health Ministry Film Festival showing of Running From Crazy
  • Employment Ministry "Discover your Best Skill"

Pathways and Employment Ministry's Discover Your Best Skill class will continue as scheduled.

The Basilica offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's  holiday on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and Thurday, January 1, 2015.  A vigil Mass will be celebrated in the main church in anticipation of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God at 5pm Wedneday, December 31. The Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated in the main church on Thursday, January 1 at 10:00am.

Thank You for Giving Joyously and Generously…

During this season of giving and thanksgiving we would like to recognize the generosity of our community.  The spirit of The Basilica is strong because so many people believe in it and actively support it with their time and financial contributions.  

As we look ahead to The Basilica’s future, we plan for growing programs, ministries, and outreach.  We plan for all of our members to continue to find support and opportunities to grow spiritually.  We plan for beautiful music, inspiring liturgies and hospitality.  All of this and so much more are possible because of your generosity.  

People give for many reasons: the feeling of making a difference, a sense of Christian responsibility, or the feeling of belonging to a great Catholic community at The Basilica.  Maybe someone you respect asked you to give. Maybe you give to make the world a better place.  But what ever the reason we thank you - The Basilica would not be the same with out your help.

Year End Giving…

We are so grateful for your financial support throughout the year.  If you are able please prayerfully consider these holiday giving opportunities

  • Make a pledged financial commitment to The Basilica for 2015. Your pledged commitment helps us budget for the coming year. Pledge forms are at the back of church, or pledge online.
  • Consider a special Christmas gift to The Basilica. Beautiful music, incense, candlelight, and special prayers all make Christmas at The Basilica a moving experience. Your special gift helps us provide a meaningful Christmas for thousands of members and guests.  Christmas envelopes can be found in the pews or you can donate online.
  • Make a year end gift of stock, bonds or mutual funds.  Please contact Audra Johnson or 612.317.3422 for more information.

 
You may also contact Tim DeCelle or 612.317.3472 for answers to any questions you may have about supporting The Basilica. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Shop ethically this Christmas and ensure your purchases provide fair wages and safe working conditions for the artisans and farmers producing the items. Join us in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall on The Basilica's Lower Level this Sunday, December 7, from 8:30am - 6:30pm to shop our annual Fair Traded Market.  Local vendors who work with global communities will be on hand with soup, olive oil, coffee, weavings, mittens, scarves and much more.

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