Saturday, September 25th, 2021

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Presenter: Barbara Paleczny, School Sister of Notre Dame, PhD/SThD.

Topics include:

  •  Healthy and Unhealthy Uses of Anger and Grief: Anger and grief can be used as gifts for good or as ways to destroy ourselves and others.  Understanding how to use their energy helps us to choose wisely and to form healing, non-violent communities.
  • Healing from Stress and/or Trauma: We are compassionate people.  Experiencing loss and violence – and even hearing about it around the world – causes stress which can weaken or destroy our health.  But it is not a life-sentence.  Learn how the body is made to heal.
  • Explanation of how/why the method of healing presented today actually heals.

About our speaker:

Sister Barbara Paleczny is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She has a doctorate from St. Michael’s School of Theology in Toronto, in systemic theology and in theological ethics. Sister Barbara has engaged in education and faith development, with specific interest in healing and in empowering others to heal . She was an active Social Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for the Inter-Church Social Justice Coalitions (now known as KAIROS) in Canada for many years. She later continued her work in the States as Founder and Coordinator of the South Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking.  For the twelve years until the pandemic, Sister Barbara was principal and tutor for Solidarity In-Service Teacher Training College Programs in South Sudan, giving Healing from Trauma/Psychosocial Support Workshops. Her priority was to teach South Sudanese both to assume full leadership and to prepare many others to give these workshops. 

We are delighted to have Sister Barbara with us for A Day of Healing on September 25th.  As many of us have faced stress, loss, grief, and, perhaps, trauma, Sister Barbara’s expertise on healing from stress and trauma will benefit us all in this year of the pandemic and unprecedented discoveries. 

The presentation on September 25th, 2021 *** will begin with a prayer service at 9:30AM EDT. The morning ends at 11 AM.  In the afternoon, the sessions will begin at 1:30 PM and will end around 3 PM.  (Please see the following poster for the schedule.) 

We have limited capacity. Please register soon. 

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Registration will end on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 at 9 AM or when we reach our capacity. 

Please enjoy this free event. You may wish to make a donation to the urgent needs for Healing from Trauma in South Sudan. Please make the cheque payable to SSND Mission Fund. At the bottom of the cheque, please indicate “Healing from Trauma workshops in South Sudan.”  Send cheque to 

SSND Mission Fund, c/o Louise Vanderploeg SSND, Notre Dame Convent, 1921 Snake Rd., Waterdown, ONT L0R 2H0.

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***Disclaimer: The content, views and opinions expressed at WHY@Breakfast presentations belong solely to the invited speakers. Views or methods expressed at the day of presentation do not imply endorsement by WHY@Breakfast or the organizer of the event.


Welcome to WHY@Breakfast!

I love to learn and to discover with others on how to deepen our relationship with Christ!

A few years ago, while sipping my coffee in a local cafe on a Saturday morning, I saw a few fellow parishioners who were enjoying their cup of Joe, reading the local paper.  I had this aha moment of why weren’t we all sitting in our church Parish Centre, sharing information with each other?

As a cradle Catholic, I have always felt that I adopted a lot of “traditions” without asking, going along with the motions.  I am pretty sure there are meanings behind a lot of those traditions.  If they were taught to me when I was in elementary school, I am sorry to say I did not retain much from those years.  I was also confident that I was not the only Catholic in this predicament of ignorance.  If professionals need to take courses or attend seminars for continuing education points for the renewal of their status every year, it makes sense to me that Catholics should have some good system for their “continuing education.”

In December of 2011, with the question “Why does the church talk about Mary if Jesus is our Savior?”, I organized the first WHY@Breakfast talk in Waterloo, Ontario.  It was a very enjoyable experience where everyone learned something new, cleared some myths, and all the while having a good breakfast!

I hope WHY@Breakfast presentations and events may be useful for us to build our relationships with Christ. Some presentations under the label WHYforChristians are suitable for all Christians.  Other presentations from WHY@Breakfast will focus on Catholic church teachings or perspectives on current Catholic Church issues.

I hope you will join me at a WHY@Breakfast event soon!

It’s fun to learn and it’s so much more enjoyable to learn with others!