Individual | Family | Teens | Life Transitions | Career Assessments | Marriage
Angela M. Gwinn, M.A., L.P.C.
Director of Pastoral Care
Individual, Family, Grief and Loss, Addiction, Trauma Counseling Philosophy
Life’s journey is a series of ups and downs, highs and lows. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, as the old saying goes. It is these moments when the input from a counselor can be helpful to sort through your options, clarify decisions or simply experience the release of being heard.
Dr. Rana Awdish, in her book “In Shock”, describes the challenge of medical doctors in forming relationships with their patients. For me, her words are equally true for counselors:
“Making the choice to be present for someone else’s suffering requires a kind of anticipatory resolve. Because it does get hard, sometimes even unbearably so. The choice to be present means deciding at the outset that you will be there for the duration. That premeditated sort of intentionality may not resonate with the kind of effortless empathy we’d imagined, until we remind ourselves that all forms of love require work and a fierce commitment.”
· Masters in Professional Counseling, Amberton University
· Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
· EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Trauma)
· Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Assessment
· Strong Interest Career Inventory
· Batterer Intervention and Prevention Program
· DASC Dallas Area Spiritual Care Network (Addiction)
· Attending Clergy Association Presbyterian Plano Hospital
· National Catholic Bioethics Center
If your life is adversely affected by a dependence on a substance or a behavior, you do not have to go through it alone. If it’s use causes you or your family pain and/or circumstances beyond your control, you have a problem. However, support and help is right here.
Why should your church community offer an addiction ministry? Because addiction and other negative behavior is a wall between you and God, As well as a wall between you and your family, your work, and the rest of your life. Also, we are mindful that addiction can be life threatening.
We at Prince of Peace Catholic Community believe in you and your ability to seek and receive help and we want to do our part. We know that this journey is very rarely accomplished alone, so we have gathered resources, both here at Prince of Peace and in the community at large, to support your healing. Confidentiality and anonymity will always be maintained at every level.
We also are here to support the family members in their journey. Family life is greatly affected when addiction is present in the family. The very fiber and fabric of a family can be torn or broken down by addiction. We encourage you to take all appropriate action necessary for a complete healing. Our resources are available to everyone who has a need in the community, not just Catholics. Help is a phone call away.
Substance abuse, negative behaviors and bad habits can intrude in our lives and interfere with our relationships with others and with God.
People in this ministry bring the Eucharist to the sick at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. Hospital visits require a commitment of two hours per month. Before beginning this ministry, volunteers must attend the Presbyterian Hospital Orientation.
"New Day," a grief support program, offers those who have experienced the death of a loved on a structured way to work through the "tasks of grief." Prayer, reading, journaling, and supportive group experiences are included. This program usually meets on Wednesdays for about 10 weeks in the Spring and Fall.
SENIOR LIVING MINISTRY
The Senior Living Ministry supports Catholics in the various senior living facilities within our parish boundaries- Life Care Center, Colonial Lodge, Edenbrook, Silverado, Sunrise Living Center, Legacy at Willow Bend and Collin Oaks. Activities include one-on-one visits with the Catholic residents, bringing them the Eucharist each week.
DIVORCE SUPPORT AND RECOVERY
Patricia Hockaday 972-233-6390 firstname.lastname@example.org
This ministry provides comprehensive, unparalleled programs for divorced individuals. These are five programs designed to help throughout the separation, divorce, and grieving process. The Six Week Support Group helps those who are separated and have made the decision to divorce or those in the early stages of divorce. Rebuilding is a ten-week educational seminar for those in the later stages of divorce adjustament. It is offered each year in January on Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. if at least 8 people register. See the website www.popplano.org for more information. Please register at least a week before the sessions start. It is required that you contact Tricia first to make sure this is the best program for you.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled: trust in God still”
The community of Prince of Peace shares in your sorrow of the death of a loved one and can guide and assist you in preparing the funeral rites. The Cathoic church celebrates a set of liturgical rites for a Catholic who has died.
“By the means of the funeral rites it has been the practice of the Church,
as a tender mother, not simply to commend the dead to God
but also to raise high the hope of its children and to give witness
to its own faith in the future resurrection of the baptizedwith Christ.”
These rites are given to us in the Order of Christian Funerals and consist of the funeral vigil service, or wake, the funeral service or Mass and the rite of committal.
Please call the church office, 972-380-2100, if a death is imminent or upon the death of a loved one so that we can pray with you and assist you in your needs.
For more information about planning the funeral, please click on the links below:
Coordinator of Annulments
972-380-2100 x 131