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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Modeling Church Teaching

I try to model Church teaching by helping others, being generous with my time, and being compassionate toward all people.  I try to help out around the school when I’m needed, and I’ve spent some time with a number of school groups including volleyball and basketball teams, Best Buddies, and drama.  I also volunteer my time to do SADD drive homes, and help with other SADD events like dances.  I spend a lot of my time offering tutorials to students, and I do this because I believe that it shows the students that the teachers at our school care about their success.  I believe that we need to be compassionate and caring, try our best to model ourselves after Jesus Christ.

My sister and I at this year's pride festival.

My sister and I at this year’s Pride festival.

I believe in volunteering my time to causes that I feel passionately about.  Over the past two years I have been involved in Yellowknife’s Pride festival, of which my sister in an organizer.  I have volunteered my time helping them plan and advertise the event, and run it by selling merchandise or food/drink.  I play a very small roll in it, but I believe it’s important to stand up for the dignity of all people, and that as Christians it is vital for us not to judge others.  We need to stand by our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted all around the world, and speak out against the evil that is being directed at them.

My sister and I, with Jennifer and her daughter Terra at Pride 2012.

My sister and I, with Jennifer and her daughter Terra at Pride 2012.

“If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” – Pope Francis

I think that it’s important for us, as a faith community, to focus on what’s important.  I believe that our faith and Jesus guides us to love one another unconditionally, and to show that love to one another.  In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus tells us that the two most important commandments are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “Love your neighbour as yourself.”  This is what I try to do, and I believe that it hurts our faith and our relationship with God to focus on negativity.