Authentic Friendship

Authentic Friendship in an Age of Social Media
Presented by Sister Helena Burns & Lisa Schmidt

Have you ever questioned the role of friendship in your life? Why do women have a need for authentic friendship - to be accepted, supported, and loved? How has social media changed our idea of friendship, perhaps making it more easy to find like-minded friends, or more difficult to deepen new friendships? How does authentic friendship relate to our femininity?

Join us for a special First Saturday event on February 2nd featuring Sister Helena Burns and Lisa Schmidt speaking on Authentic Friendship in an Age of Social Media!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Doors open at 7:10PM, program will begin at 7:30PM
Sacred Heart Room at St. Philomena
3300 N Twelve Oaks Dr, Peoria, IL
There is no cost to attend. Donations are appreciated!
RSVP to or

There is limited seating is available for dinner with our guest speakers at 6:00pm. Cost is $10;
pay at the door. A separate RSVP to is required by January 26th.

Sister Helena Burns, Daughter of St. Paul, “Media Nun” of Chicago is an active social media user, as well           as expert on Theology of the Body. She will be discussing the ideas of femininity, friendship, and social media through the lens of Theology of the Body. Sister Helena writes at and is on Twitter @SrHelenaBurns.

Lisa Schmidt is a wife, mother, and co-author of The Practicing Catholic website with her husband Joel. She is also involved in several women's ministries on the parish and diocesan level in Des Moines, IA, and enjoys writing about faith, family, fine arts, food, and the feminine genius. Lisa writes at and is on Twitter @LisaAnnSchmidt.

Hosted by First Saturday Catholic Women’s Group
First Saturday is a Catholic women’s group in Peoria, IL, open to women of all ages, all parishes, and all stages of life.
We come together each month for prayer and fellowship as we seek holiness in our everyday lives.     (309) 397-0157

For those not familiar with St. Philomena Parish, it is located in a neighborhood bordered by main streets US 150 (War Memorial) to the north, University Street to the west, Sheridan Rd to the east, and Forrest Hill Ave to the south. Twelve Oaks Drive is a north/south street but does not reach US 150, so you have to enter the neighborhood from University, Sheridan, or Forrest Hill.

St. Philomena is located at the north end of Twelve Oaks Drive, and the Sacred Heart Room is at the last (farthest northwest) entrance to the parish campus. The parking lot is along a soccer field. Call (309) 397-0157 if you have any questions or trouble finding us.

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