Faith Portfolio

Kali Brasseur's Faith Portfolio

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Faith Portfolio Introduction

This blog has been created as a space for me to share my professional Faith Portfolio.  I will be using this space as a place where I can share my growing faith, and where I can indicate growth in five categories: prayer life, teaching the faith, witness to Catholic education, nurturing of personal faith, and practice of the faith.  I hope that I can share things like my experiences at mass, my passion for my own faith, and personal reflections, as well as photos and other memories.

A bit about me…

I was baptized Catholic when I was very young, and I have always attended mass with my family.  As I’ve grown my participation in masses has changed, but I’ve always felt like an active member of the Catholic community.  I went through the sacraments as I grew up, I participated in mass by serving and reading, and attended events like YC (a Christian event for youth).  When I went away to school, I did have trouble being away from my faith community, and I found it difficult to get used to the new church and new priests.  However, I did take several classes about Catholicism and Christianity, which allowed me learn more about my faith.  I also was lucky enough to take part in a youth pilgrimage to Le Puy-en-Velay, France with the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Since I’ve come back home I have been very grateful for my faith community and I’ve gladly re-entered the parish.  I have continued to participate in various ministries, including serving, reading, and eucharistic ministry.  I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to work in the Catholic Schools, a workplace where I am able to share my faith with staff and students.  I have been working at ways to integrate faith into my lessons, and I enjoy celebrating seasons like advent and lent with the school.  I believe that working in an environment like YCS will allow me to constantly grow in my faith, and I’m very grateful for that.

Navigating this portfolio:

You can browse the five categories by following the links on the right side of the screen, or by clicking here:
Prayer Life
Teaching the Faith
Witness to Catholic Education
Nurturing of Personal Faith
Practice of Faith


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Attendance and Participation in Mass

A ministries schedule from St. Patrick's Parish

A ministries schedule from St. Patrick’s Parish

I attend mass on a weekly basis, and I participate in many different ways.  I am involved in several ministries, including reading, Eucharistic ministry, and serving.  I often help out by setting up before mass or cleaning up after mass.  I enjoy going to church, and it is a part of my weekly routine.

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Regarding the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

The Vatican recently put out a list of questions that they wanted to hear answers about from Catholics, that can be seen here.  Our Bishop sent a letter home from mass in the New Year asking us to respond to him.  Here is my response that I sent to him:

I am a young Catholic woman who is twenty-five years old and is working at St. Patrick High School.  I attend mass regularly and am devout in my faith.  I would like to share my thoughts about how I believe that young people feel about the Church’s teachings.

1. The Diffusion of the Teachings on the Family in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Magisterium

I would say that both within and outside of the church, teachings about homosexuality, divorce, and pre-marital intimacy are ignored or criticized.  Generally speaking, young people, whether they’re Catholic or not, tend to have a “live and let live” approach to life.  By this, I mean that most of us believe that if someone is not harming anyone by their actions then it is not for us to judge.  I believe (and I think that many agree with me) that LGBTQ people have a right to look for love, that people who are unhappily married should separate if it’s what it takes to be happy, and that people should get to know each other very well before taking a step like getting married.  All three of these things are widely accepted in our modern society, and people see the Church as being overly conservative and traditional, and unable to move forward with the times.

4. Pastoral Care in Certain Difficult Marital Situations

There are many people living in healthy and happy relationships that are not recognized by the church, including homosexual couples, heterosexual couples who don’t want to be married, re-married couples, and other non-traditional relationships like polyamorous groups.  I don’t think that most people in these relationships feel marginalized or suffer, although they might if they were among particularly traditional people.  I think most people are accepting of others.  I think the Church should be welcoming and kind to everyone, and should allow people to divorce.  Gay couples who have children are just like any other couples, and their children should be treated like any other children.  We should avoid using heteronormative language (instead of “How are your mom and dad?” say “How are your parents?”, etc), and we should avoid saying outdated things about gender roles (something I still hear at mass fairly often—things like “Women take care of the house” or “Men protect their families,” etc).

7. The Openness of the Married Couple to Life

I think that most people think that the Church’s stance on contraception is outdated.  It seems rational to most people that those who aren’t ready to have a child, shouldn’t have one, and so contraception should be used to make sure that when they have a child they’ll be able to take care of it.

If we want people to be more open to having children, we need to show young people that if they have children there will be support available to them.  Right now too much pressure is put on women who have children, and if they think they’re going to have to do it alone they won’t want to.  These young women need to know that they will have support: emotionally, physically, and monetarily.