Spring 2018

Walnut Grove Cultural Center

Striving for Personal Excellence in the Service of Others

Welcome to the 2018 Spring edition of our eNewsletter!

Letter from the President

Dear Cooperators and Friends,

While 2018 quickly descended upon us, we can’t help but look back at 2017 with awe and gratitude. In awe for having weathered the year’s challenges and in gratitude for having received God’s graces and your unwavering support to face those challenges and convert them into opportunities.

Last year was a year of change and transition. We had our Christmas and Donor Appreciation party at the residence of our gracious friends, the Tran family. It was an afternoon of camaraderie, music, laughter, reminiscences of the beginnings of Walnut Grove and of course a spread of delicious food.

We forge ahead this year with a series of activities designed to assist young moms to strengthen their marriages and families. Nicole Tittmann kicked off the series with an informative and entertaining presentation on the four temperaments and how we can build happy Christian homes the more we understand each one. Around forty women discovered real practical advice for good communication between husband and wife and the children.

We have entered Lent and it’s a good time to examine and grow deeper in our interior life. Some days of quiet time, alone with God in a retreat has always been helpful. Consider attending one of them and come out fully re-charged and re-kindled. Check the website for schedules. We have gone really hightech! Online registration is now available.

Don’t forget our annual “Mother-Daughter, and Grandma too” Tea Party. We’ll be having it on Saturday, April 28th from 2 to 4 at the home of Julia Boles. Check out your invitation for details.

And now is a good time to mark your calendars for the upcoming “Saturday Morning for Moms” Series of events. July 28 will be “Happy Mom, Happy Home” presented by Dora Olaiz. And on Saturday, Sept. 29 we expect to present on “The 5 Languages of Love”. More details will be posted in the website, so stay tuned. Also, don’t forget to click on the newsletter links that will let you know of other happenings for yourselves or your daughters and granddaughters such as the summer camps, the Art of Living classes, etc.

It is always an incredible feeling for the Board to know that you are with us, as we strive not to lose sight of the mission that we have all been called to, as St. Josemaria had envisioned it… to sanctify ourselves and help to sanctify others through the fulfillment of our daily duties.

A Blessed Lenten Season and advance Easter Greetings to you all!

With gratitude, Cynthia

Upcoming Events

Mother-Daughter Tea

Saturday, April 28,

2 - 4 p.m.

at the home of Julia Boles

Saturday Morning for Moms- "Happy Mom, Happy Home"

Saturday, July 28

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

at the home of Dora Olaiz

Saturday Morning for Moms- "Five Love Languages"

Saturday, Sept 29

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

at the home of Dora Olaiz

Saturday Mornings for Moms-

The Four Temperaments

Are you choleric,melancholic, sanguine, or phlegmatic?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Four Temperaments A workshop for young moms

On February 24, 2018, Dora Olaiz hosted the first of three 2018 workshops for young moms sponsored by Walnut Grove Cultural Center. Designed to encourage, accompany and coach mothers with young children in the art and science of fostering happy homes, this kick-off workshop definitely accomplished its goal.

Nicole Tittmann, a mother of 6, made a great presenter. With stories and audio-visual aids, she managed to show the different temperaments that generally describe the combination of mental, physical and emotional traits of one’s natural predispositions. They are classically known as the Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic and Melancholic temperaments. Each temperament shows strong points and weak points and each generally sees the world from different lights. So having a better understanding of oneself, one’s spouse and one’s children can certainly facilitate a happier home.

In addition to the 45 women attending from as far away as Thousand Oaks, Orange County, Palm Springs and even Las Vegas, there were a number of talented young women and grandmothers on hand as babysitters to care for the infants, toddlers and other healthy youngsters. The moms were very grateful for that help, making it possible for them to get the most out of the informative and entertaining presentation.

Nicole’s graphic examples and practical tips made for interactive discussions that made the morning both educational and fun. What temperament am I? How can I best deal with a choleric husband? How can I motivate a phlegmatic child? … It surely brought out the women’s interest and experiences, both successes and challenges in dealing with different temperaments under the same roof.

And there was a spiritual dimension to this workshop too. How can I advance in interior life given a certain temperament? What books are best suited to my temperament? Who are the famous personalities and saints that possessed certain temperaments? If I ever feel discouraged when facing the reality of my own failings and limitations, I can turn to a saint who shares my temperament and ask for their intercession in my quest for holiness, so that my temperament, instead of being a challenge to others, becomes a gift. Now that is one practical tip to take with you on the road to sanctity!

By the time the workshop finished there were many happy moms now armed with a better knowledge of both themselves and others. Everyone returned home optimistically to create and strengthen a more unified family dynamic with healthier still relationships. ~Carmen Antonio~

Walnut Grove Christmas Party and Donor Appreciation

Walnut Grove Cultural Center hosted its Christmas party and donor appreciation on December 9, 2017.

This celebration was made possible by the generosity of Joyce and Vinh Tran, who warmly opened their beautiful home to us for our gathering. As friends and family conversed and children played together with great excitement, Joseph Tran warmed up the piano. Then all delighted in singing Christmas carols and enjoying the delicious goodies.

A big thank you to all who contributed to this special event and for your ongoing support of Walnut Grove's apostolate during this time of transition.

The quote from our Christmas party invitation so perfectly expresses how we feel towards you, our donors, "And little Lord Jesus looks down from the sky, so glad that we love each day by and by."

Opus Dei turns 90!

Opus Dei was founded by Josemaria Escriva on October 2, 1928 in Madrid, Spain. As of 2016, there are about 94,776 members, 92,667 of which are lay members and 2,109 are priests. Opus Dei is currently established in 90 countries, with Indonesia, South Korea, Romania and Russia as some of its most recent additions. Its headquarters is located at Viale Bruno Buozi, 73, 00197 in Italy. The current Prelate is Msgr. Fernando Ocariz. Happy 90th and many more!


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