7QT – Enter to Win FREE Books!

seven-quick-takes-friday-2-1024x727Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at This Ain’t the Lyceum for 7QT Friday.

I’ve got several free books to give away!!! (North American readers only, please!)

1. A Subtle Grace Giveaway
It’s the one-year anniversary of A Subtle Grace’s release. I’m giving away one free print copy as well as one free Kindle copy. Please leave a comment below before Friday, March 20th and I’ll enter you to win one of the free books. (If you’ve never commented on my blog before, I will have to approve your comment. Be patient! I’ll be traveling this weekend with little access to internet. I will approve comments on Sunday!)A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

2. From the Hub to the Heart Giveaway
Leave a comment (before March 20th, 2015) to win a free print copy of this wonderful book by Andrew LaVallee and Leticia Velasquez!! It’s an ideal book for Lenten reading that encourages fasting.Kindle small

3. Catholic Conference 4 Moms Video PackageCC4MomsAd
Conference Package is $39.99. Enter code word Hook to get $10 off and purchase the package for $29.99 (which includes all kinds of bonuses!!)

4. Dynamic Women of Faith Conference
I’ll be traveling today to Toronto to speak at this conference tomorrow. I’ll also be selling and signing copies of all my books!

5. Milan, Italy
Eight years ago this week, James and I were on a whirlwind tour of England, France and Italy (My husband and I, along with another teacher and his wife, were chaperones for 48 high school students). Memorable trip! The photo below is of us in front of Santa Maria delle Grazie where we were able to see Leonardo’s Last Supper, which was one of the highlights of our trip! (We almost didn’t get inside because we didn’t purchase our tickets in advance…the other chaperone begged and pleaded and we were finally allowed to purchase tickets!!)

photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach Please do not use without permission

photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach Please do not use without permission

6. Reading Shelf
Pope Francis, Life and Revolution

7. Less Cost Cartoon

Image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach. Please do NOT use without permission.

Image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach. Please do NOT use without permission.

Copyright 2015 Ellen Gable Hrkach

Catholic Conference 4 Moms $10 off!

Have you been attending the Catholic Conference 4 Moms? If you’ve missed any presentations or if you’d like to watch all the talks in your spare time, you can purchase the entire conference here at this website. However, if you put in the code: Hook (case sensitive), you can get $10 off so you will receive the entire conference plus bonus materials for only $29.99! (US dollars)CC4MomsAd Remember, to receive $10 off, the code word is Hook.

7QT – Catholic Conferences and Lenten Books

seven-quick-takes-friday-2-1024x727Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at This Ain’t the Lyseum for 7 Quick Takes.

1. Catholic Conference 4 Moms
The Catholic Conference 4 Moms begins today and continues through Monday. For registration and more the information, click here. There are many great speakers on the schedule. I’ll be talking about Responsible Parenthood (or How I Came to Have Five Kids When the Doctors Told Us to Stop at Three). Registration is FREECatholic Conference 4 Moms Banner.

2. Dynamic Women of Faith Conference
I’ll also be speaking at a one day women’s conference in Toronto next weekend (March 14). The topic of my talk will be “Coping With Difficult Losses.” I’ll be signing and selling books as well. DWF2015PNG

3. Discover or Rediscover Fasting
Lent is an ideal time to discover or rediscover fasting. Andy LaVallee’s book, From the Hub to the Heart, is not only an inspiring conversion story, but it is a great resource re: fasting! Kindle small

4. Amazon Author Page
Amazon has recently designed Amazon Author Pages. Check out my author page here.March 5- Amazon Author Page

5. Season of Mercy: Lent and Easter by Catherine Doherty
I highly recommend this wonderful book by Catherine Doherty.LentandEaster

6. Reading Shelf
My Battle Against Hitler – Dietrich von Hildebrand

7. Burger/Texting Cartoon

Image copyright James & Ellen Hrkach

Image copyright James & Ellen Hrkach

Copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach 2015
Cartoon copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (Please do not use without permission)

Catholic Moms Online Conference Gains Popularity Over the Web

Catholic Conference 4 Moms BannerFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tami Kiser, (864) 270-3410 CC4Moms@Yahoo.com

Greenville, SC (Feb. 10, 2015)—Catholic Mothers are excited about a free, online conference that will be held the March 6- March 9 at http://www.CatholicConference4Moms.com. Unlike other conferences, where mothers may have to drive long distances, give up some cash, and worse, arrange the logistics of a busy family with the matriarch missing—this one promises the ultimate in convenience. Not only is it free, but it is available on her own computer, tablet, or mobile device. Just a week after registration, over 1000 Moms have already joined.

Unlike other online seminars where the presentation is running live and you have to tune in at a certain time, these video presentations have been prepared far in advance. Organizer, Tami Kiser, gives the reason for this: “For most of us busy moms, it’s very hard to predict when we are going to have a chunk of time during the day to listen to a presentation. This online conference is different—for any given day of the conference, moms can pull up any of the presentations available that day at any time. She can even listen to part of the talk now and finish it later. With all of the presentations about 20 minutes, this makes it very convenient and actually doable.”

Michelle Shorter, parishioner of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville, SC, regularly listens to Catholic programs on her Iphone and computer during her housework and while running errands. She is excited about the wide selection of popular Catholic speakers. “I am always looking for ideas to help my family—when you start looking for materials, it can be overwhelming. I appreciate this incredible selection of speakers and topics combined in one location, so conveniently available.”

The presenters and topics are first-rate. Over 25 speakers are taking part of the conference, and the presentations range from “Managing Stress” to “Talking to Your Children about Sex” to “Family Meals.” Each presentation feels like a TED talk meets a Fireside Chat in that the speakers are experts in their field and passionate about their topics, but they come across as though they are speaking to each mom individually from her living room or kitchen table.

Uniting so many moms together from across the country was an exciting prospect that helped presenter, Stephanie Wood Weinert, decide to be a part of this project. “I love anything that can unite Catholic moms—especially moms from such diverse backgrounds and ages. We can all see that we have the same struggles, same hopes, and the same desires.” There are over 60 affiliates who have agreed to help support this conference. Most of these affiliates are Catholic mom bloggers—the lifeblood of Catholic moms who use the internet for support, inspiration, and education.

The Catholic mom bloggers make a conference like this possible. Because of their powerful role in ministering to Catholic moms, Tami Kiser, organizer of the CC4Moms, is hoping to help them. “After the conference is over, it will be available for sale. Not only will the affiliates be able to offer the conference at a discount price, but they will also make a profit on each conference that they sell. This money can go back into their ministries.”

But why would the conference be for sale? And why would anyone buy it? That’s easy. The conference can be used in a Mom’s group setting to help mom’s develop meaningful friendships and to support one another. Many of the speakers themselves during their presentations refer to the importance of developing these kinds of relationships with other moms. In fact, Susie Lloyd, award-winning author and speaker, does an entire presentation about Catholic friendship called, “Café Confidante-Why Women Need Girlfriends.” Blogging and Facebook may be helpful ways that moms connect, but nothing can replace a real, live meaningful relationship.

The conference will be bundled into a convenient package, including some bonuses like ebooks, podcasts, downloads, coupons, and discussions questions so that it can be used in a mom’s support group. This can be a parish support group with over 50 moms or for just 2 moms discussing it over a cup of tea.

The conference is free and will be online for those who have registered through the website, http://www.CatholicConference4Moms.com. The conference begins on Friday, March 6, the eve of the Feast of the Catholic mother martyrs Sts. Felicity and Perpetua and ends on Monday, March 9, the Feast of St. Francis of Rome. St Francis of Rome has this advice for mothers, “It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping” (Butler’s Lives of the Saints). The conference will be available to purchase afterwards at the website or at an affiliate Catholic mom’s blog or website.

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(Note: I’m one of the presenters at this online conference. I sent in a video presentation on “Responsible Parenthood or How I Came to Have Five Kids When the Doctors Told Us to Stop at Three.” As an affiliate blogger for this conference, I’ll also be giving out a coupon code to my blog readers to purchase the videos when they are available for sale.)

Register for the conference at this link: http://www.catholicconference4moms.com/register.html