Welcome & Congratulations to Tiffany Rasmussen!

 
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Every year as the Church celebrates the resurrection of Christ at Easter, it also joyfully welcomes new members into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil. This year, St. Margaret Mary Parish of Westwood was honored to receive Tiffany Rasmussen into their parish family!

At the Easter Vigil, Tiffany received all three sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.

Tiffany has been a part of many NCC events and initiatives, including Bible Study and the “33 Days to Morning Glory” retreat, during which she consecrated herself to Jesus through Mary.

We— the NCC community— are so excited to continue being a part of Tiffany’s journey of faith! We ask that you all keep her in your prayers as she continues drawing closer to the Lord in union with the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church!


Tiffany Rasmussen

A Message from Tiffany’s Catechist & Sponsor

As Tiffany’s catechist (teacher) and sponsor, it was a great privilege to lead her through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program, beginning in the Fall and ending just two weeks before the Vigil. Not only was Tiffany happily engaged at each of our weekly meetings, she consistently went above and beyond to grow in her faith and knowledge of God and the Church, outside of the basic RCIA curriculum. She studied the Bible and other spiritual books, incorporated rich devotionals into her daily prayer routine, attended weekly Mass, and participated in many of the initiatives that the Norfolk County Catholics young adult group offered, including the Marian Consecration retreat. Through all of her efforts and her receptivity to God’s love and grace, Tiffany developed a deep and loving relationship with Jesus and also with Mary.

Being a part of Tiffany’s journey to holiness has brought me immense joy and inspiration and I am truly so grateful to call this beautiful and courageous young woman my friend, sponsee, and sister in Christ.

Please keep Tiffany in your thoughts and prayers as she enters this new chapter of her life in the Church!

Blessings,

Gina Semensi


Getting to Know Tiffany

While there will be many opportunities to speak with Tiffany as you see her at upcoming NCC gatherings, we thought it might be helpful to do a “mini” interview to help everyone get to know her better!

Where are you from? I was born in New Jersey, spent my childhood on Cape Cod, and moved to Westwood in 2016.

Where did you go to school? I went to high school at Nauset Regional High School as well as the Massachusetts Hospital School.

When is your birthday? May 3, 1993

How many brothers/ sisters do you have? I am blessed with 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Please share a brief description of condition. My condition is known as Cerebral Palsy—a condition wherein parts of the brain do not send the correct signals to the body, causing different symptoms depending on the severity of the case. My disability prohibits me from standing or walking, with limited use of my upper body. I consider myself blessed because I know others with far more severe involvement.

Where you raised with any sort of religion growing up? My family participated very little in religion.

How did you know that the Catholic Church was the church you wanted to be a part of? I think most of us at some point in our lives feel a call to do something more. God touched my heart through friends and through different events in life recently, and I knew that this was the place the Holy Spirit was calling me to.

 Is there anyone in your life that influenced your decision to be baptized?  I have many close friends who are Catholic, and it gave me great joy to learn from them. I just knew that was something I wanted to experience too. To them I owe a great debt. Without them I would not know God.

What is something you wish the others knew about you? I hope to become an author one day, partially writing testimonies to the faith.

What is one of your favorite quotes? ”If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back quite gently and place it tenderly in God’s presence. And if you do nothing else while at prayer but bring it back again and again and place it in God’s presence,... though it went away every time you brought it back, your time of prayer would be very well spent.” ~ St. Francis de Sales

Any final thoughts you would like to share? You are never the “wrong person” for the faith. It doesn’t matter what background you come from, how little you know, or how old you are. God awaits all of us with open arms.

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Gina Semensi