Single Catholic mom needs work; Night Mass, Lunch with an Apologist...

Hey folks,

Here are 3 items for your consideration:

1) Simbang Gabi - The Catholic Filipino American community invites you to join them in their traditional Advent celebration: 

Simbang Gabi or Night Mass is one of the most treasured religious traditions in the Philippines. It is a devotional Novena of Masses starting on the 9th day before Christmas. This Advent custom dates back in the early 1670’s during the Spanish rule over the Philippines.  Simbang Gabi has been modified in the US to welcome more people to participate in the Eucharistic celebration. One thing remains unchanged : Simbang Gabi brings to mind and to heart the reason for the season and is our way of preparing ourselves for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The growing Catholic Filipino American community in Birmingham and all over the state of Alabama hope to relive and keep this treasured tradition alive. The nine Night Masses will be celebrated at the Cathedral Of St. Paul (2120 Third Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35203) from December 15th to December 23rd  at 7:00 o'clock in the evening, except on Saturday, December 17th which will be at 10:00 in the morning. Mass will be celebrated by our beloved Priests from different Parishes and culminates with the Most Reverend Bishop Robert J Baker officiating on December 23, 2015. For more information, please call Gabriel Sapalaran at (205)612-5938 or email :


2) Lunch with your favorite Catholic!  I have received a number of requests in the last several weeks from people who would like to know how to better explain and defend their faith to others - Catholic and non-Catholic alike.  Some have asked what they can say to non-Catholic family members to help them understand that Catholics are indeed Christian and maybe plant some seeds of the Faith with them; others have asked what they can do to bring fallen-away family members back to the faith, and still others have wondered what to say to their children to keep them in the faith. 

Given that, I have found a place where I can go to have lunch and invite others to join me for what is basically an apologetics/evangelization Q&A session/Bible study once a week.  Those who are local to the Birmingham area could come and join me for lunch, ask questions, or just listen and learn.  The plan is to also broadcast these lunch sessions live on the internet so anyone, anywhere in the world can not only watch, but also ask any questions they may have.

My question to you is: Would you be interested in something like this?  It would be akin to private, or small group, apologetics lessons.  Ever wanted to know what to say to your Evangelical brother-in-law, your Baptist co-worker, or your Church of Christ neighbor to respond to things they've said or questions they've asked?  I can teach you.  Birmingham residents could join me live as often as they would like, or watch online with those not in the Birmingham area.  If you would be interested in something like that, please let me know: 


3) Single Catholic Mother of 4 Needs Work - Would you please look over the resume' below and contact her if you know of an opening at your company or at another company.  Also, please note that the resume' looks a whole lot nicer than it does below, but unfortunately this email program does not allow attachments, so I have to just send it barebones. If you contact Carla directly, she can send you the original version with all the nice fonts.


18820 U.S. Hwy 411 Springville, Alabama 35146
(205) 218-5062

Cisco Voice Engineer

Project Management ▪ Implementation ▪ Strategic Planning & Analysis ▪ Staff Training


Innovative, highly competent IT professional with proven record of achievement in VoIP/ unified communications. Offers solid contributions and a diverse systems background combined with exceptional dedication to growing with cutting-edge technologies. Motivational leader and communicator; capable of building cohesion and project engagement across all levels of staff, management, vendors, and customers.
Skill set includes:

Project Management    
Contract Negotiations

Custom Systems Engineering     
General Business Management    
Troubleshooting & Customer Support        

Team Building and Leadership    
Process Development

Process Improvement    


Core Competencies
    Customer relations – establish mutually beneficial partnerships between business and technology groups. Experienced in fostering client relations, providing end-user training and innovative technical solutions, conducting equipment demonstrations, and increasing overall productivity.    
    Efficiency – recognize significant improvement of processing efficiency through in-depth performance analysis and business optimization.    
    Innovation – design and implement cutting-edge solutions based on technical specifications and thorough research and testing.    
    Communications and team building – well-developed communication skills demonstrated through ability to work independently or as part of a team,          fostering a collaborative work environment while providing superior client service and ensuring utmost satisfaction.    

Career Path
ClearWinds Technologies – Birmingham, AL 2016-Present          
Project Manager/Engineering Coordinator/Presales engineer

    Project Manager for all projects at ClearWinds.     
    Handled Provisioning of all DN’s whether hosted or enterprise customer.    
    Maintained database of all DN’s     
    Engineering Coordinator for all engineers    
    Presales Engineer supporting all Sales Reps in the state of Alabama    
    Primary Voice Engineer as well as Project Manager for voice projects for Sarrell Dental/Denta Quest   


TekLinks- – Birmingham, AL 2011-2016             
Project Manager/Network Engineer Managed and Cloud Services

    Responsible for Cisco voice/ design, implementation for hosted voice (TekVoice-hosted IP Telephony and SIP trunking services)     
    Project Manager for all  TekVoice installations     
    Daily support of Hosted IP Telephony and SIP trunking services to include UCCX    
    Achieved Broad Soft Unified Communications and Collaboration Administrator Certification    


Integrated Communication Services – Birmingham, AL 2008-2010
Voice Engineer

    Responsible for Cisco voice/design, implementation Cisco IP Telephony    
    Project Management of all Cisco IP Telephony installations    
    Post installation support    
    Billing Analysis for customers    
    Implementation and support of Atcomm Call Accounting system    
    Daily Customer Support    

New South Federal Savings Bank – Birmingham, AL 2006-2008
Telecom Analyst

    Working with upper level management and staff to resolve Telecom needs    
    Project Management of all Telecom purchases and installations during acquisitions.    
    Responsible for Telecom needs at all branches in the Southeast    
    Nortel voice/design implementation     
    Daily support    


SouthTrust/Wachovia Bank – Birmingham, AL 2001-2006
Senior Telecommunication Engineer

    Cisco voice/design and implementation of IP Telephony conversion    
    Project Management of all Telecom purchases and installations at all Branches    
    Management of all Nortel PBX’s    
    Managed Telecom staff    
    Support of both Nortel and Cisco platforms    
    Daily Operations to include budgeting and contract negotiations with vendors    
    Member of Communications Policy team   


Verizon Enterprise Solutions – Birmingham, AL 2000-2001
Database Engineer/Project Management


New South Federal Savings Bank – Birmingham, AL 1999-2000
Telecom Analyst

    Working with upper level management and staff to resolve Telecom needs    
    Project Management of all Telecom purchases and installations during acquisitions.    
    Responsible for Telecom needs at all branches in the Southeast    
    Nortel voice/design implementation     
    Daily support    


Williams Communications Solutions – Birmingham, AL 1993-1999
Project Management/Telecom Tech


Civic Activities:

Saint Clair County High School Football Booster Vice President and Director of Fundraising
Saint Clair County High School Band Booster President
Odenville Elementary School PTO
Odenville Intermediate School PTO
St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Religious Education Teacher
St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Sacristy Minister
Odenville Youth Athletic Association Cheer and Softball Coach