Seminars to focus on family issues

Staff report

FRYBURG — In conjunction with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, the Petersburg Parishes will offer two free, 30-45-minute presentations of interest to families, parents, grandparents and caregivers. The nondenominational programs are free and open to the public.

“Honor thy Father and Mother: Who Changed the Rules?” will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m., and “The Media and Family Dynamics” will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. Both programs will be held at St. John Hall, Fryburg.

The first seminar will focus on respect issues that have altered the boundaries in modern families. The second seminar will examine the effects of our highly-wired existence on family life. CSSMV Counselor Rick Williams is the presenter for both sessions.

Williams has more than 20 years experience working with clients age 2 to 102. He specializes in individual, couples and family counseling. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in rducation, and is licensed by the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. He is also a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervisory credentials, and was recently certified as an Early Childhood Mental Health Certified Professional.

“We are so pleased to provide these programs without charge to the families in Auglaize and Shelby counties,” said Petersburg Parishes’ Social Justice Commission member Rachel Barber. “Today’s families face great challenges, and we hope that the programs will provide tools that can help.”

The Petersburg Parishes of Botkins Immaculate Conception, Fryburg St. John, Rhine St. Lawrence, and Wapakoneta St. Joseph are named for the now-vanished Petersburg settlement (between Wapakoneta and Botkins on Santa Fe-New Knoxville Road) from which the parishes emerged in the 19th century. They are served by Pastor Patrick Sloneker and Assistant Pastor Daniel Hunt.

For more information, contact Barber at 419-738-4924.

Staff report