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Workshop on Bill C-14 (Medical Aid in Dying)

Recently, I had an opportunity to attend a workshop in which David Levangie from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John brought helpful information regarding the proposed Bill C-14 (Medical Aid in Dying) that is supposed to go into effect June 6. David went through the history of the Bill, the terminology, the fears and uncertainties ahead, and the particular difficulty of crafting a federal law that covers all of Canada given that the provinces and territories are in charge of managing their own health care. (Read Rosemary Ganley comprehensive summary here). David spoke about how we all carry a bias as a result of our experience and the tradition we have known; pastoral care persons need to listen to patients, respect their dignity and their diversity of views. He cautioned us to avoid certitude. Sometimes when we don't like change, we choose to not engage and to deny those who do engage. An alternative would be to learn all we can about impending change and potential effects. Most public hospitals seek to embrace many faiths and an inclusive stance towards all its patients, professionals and ministry personnel.

 

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MOVING ON

After twelve years we bring our ministry to a close in Benoit’s Cove. It is very obvious that Marguerite is present amongst the parish community and throughout all Western Newfoundland. The presence of Sister Ann Broderick during the week gave us great support amidst the sadness of departure. The closing celebration (May 1) brought people from all over the diocese, surprising us with a packed church and a celebration of life, gratitude and hope for the future. Bishop Hundt and priests were present, along with clergy from other denominations. There were many tears amidst the farewells. The town and school also honoured us for our active participation in all aspects of their lives. As sad as our leaving is, we are encouraged with the words shared: “You have made your mark on our community and you will never be forgotten.” We thank so many of you who have supported our ministry in ‘the out ports,’ through prayer, visits, calls and mail. Now, to pack and to make our way to Kingston, Ontario for the next step of our CND journey!

 

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35TH ASSOCIATE ANNIVERSARY PIN AND BOOKMARK

We would like to thank Sister Mary Jane Wilson for the wonderful design on our 35th associate anniversary pin and bookmark. May they be a reminder to all of us that together we do indeed “Journey in Mission.” The pin and bookmarks are on the way if you haven’t already received them.

 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

CONGRATULATIONS! Associate Ellen Boegel, SI, is now a regular contributor to America Magazine. Her First Monday Column covers current issues of law. “School Choice Challenges”, “States Can’t Block Refugees”, and “Nine Justices Needed” have appeared since January. You can access it here. We are proud of you, Ellen, and the contribution you are making to our succinctly understanding legal issues in this premier Catholic magazine.

 

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Feast of the Visitation - Prayer/Reflection Service

Introduction:  As Associates renew their Associate commitment and Sisters their vows on this Feast of the Visitation; we unite in prayer for the August General Chapter.  And we rejoice in the gift of thirty-five years of the CND Associate Relationship.  Our reflection today calls attention to how Elizabeth can deepen our understanding of Visitation.

Opening Suggested Song: Prayer of the Congrégation,  (Ave or Songs of Visitation © KP Deignan, CND)

RefrainO dearest Mother and Foundress, we seek not comfort or wealth
We only ask that in your name, God may be greatly loved and oh, so faithfully served.

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News from the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters’ Library – Tobin

My name is Wirsiy Juliet Bongkisheri. I school at G.B.H.S. Kumbo Form Four. I want to tell you about our book club. We are seven in number with two of our members now in Ndop. This club was started by Sister Mary Ann Rossi. Our dear Sister Cathy Molloy helps us to get the books for our club. Sister Mary Ann has also been a great help. We have read many books together but the book I really enjoyed reading with my friends is titled I Am Malala, a true story of a brave outspoken girl, the youngest winner of the Nobel prize. I like her story because it is a testament to the power of education to change the world. Her story has made me to realize that instead of using bombs and guns, words can be used to change the world. Other books the book club members have read together include A Girl Named Disaster, Chanda’s Wars, Chanda’s Secrets just to name a few. I really enjoy being in the book club.

Books are Friends!

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News from Visitation Province

50th anniversary of World Communications Day, May 8, 2016

World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council to draw attention to the “the vast and complex phenomenon of the modem means of social communication”. It is celebrated each year on the Sunday before Pentecost. This year’s theme for the special day is Communication and Mercy: a fruitful encounter. The full text of Pope Francis’ message is available here.

Communication has the power to build bridges, to enable encounter and inclusion, and thus to enrich society. Words can build bridges between individuals and within families, social groups and peoples. Communicating means sharing, and sharing demands listening and acceptance. Listening is much more than simply hearing. Listening allows us to get things right. Listening also means being able to share questions and doubts, to journey side by side, to banish all claims to absolute power and to put our abilities and gifts at the service of the common good.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND 

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News from Visitation Province

EARTH DAY:  CHARLOTTETOWN

The Sisters of St. Martha Spirituality Center celebrated Earth Day at St. Pius X Church in magnificent fashion with a musical evening of earth-centered instrumental and vocal music.   There were delightful selections like “I Meant To Do My Work Today”… but a brown bird sang in an apple tree, a butterfly flitted across the field and a robin is calling me…played and sung by an accomplished harpist and singer.  Other selections included “Heavens Gate,” “Sea People”, “The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music,”  “Colour of the Wind” and a musical rendition of “Laudatio Si” presented by a number of different individuals and groups.  It was delightful! You can find the Harpist at: www.Youtube.com/user/quinnlana

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

2016 Jubilarians

75 – Glory

Sister Margaret Giroux

Sister Edith Laflamme

60 – Diamond

Sister Jeannette Bolduc

Sister Simonne Camire

50 – Golden

Sister Mary Stacy Hanrahan

Sister Sally Norcross

Sister Anne Seeley

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May Article for The Rhode Island Catholic

Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. died April 30th at 94 years of age. He was a peacemaker, a peace teacher, a peace activist and a prolific peace writer for the past 60 years. His death made the front page of the New York Times and will be in every Catholic paper around the world. The obituaries give many of the details of this faithful priest’s long and impressive life. I would like in this paper to write an open letter to a man whom I consider a mentor and a friend.

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Greetings from Becoming Neighbours!

Appalled by the plight of refugees, hearing of their sufferings and being challenged by situations of injustice 20 Roman Catholic religious congregations established Becoming Neighbours. This is a programme that matches newcomers to Canada with established Torontonians who provide a presence and act as friends, guides and mentors during the newcomer’s initial adjustment to Canadian society. One of the founding congregations is the Congregation of Notre Dame whose sisters established Notre Dame Catholic High School in 1941. 

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News from Visitation Province

Earth Day – April 22nd

Heavenly Father and Mother, thank you for our life-giving Earth that we celebrate today on Earth Day. Bless all the celebrations, educational programs, and projects that seek to express our appreciation for this great gift. May we be zealous for the Earth not just today, but every day of our lives. Guide us in the monumental and important mission of restoring the integrity of creation. We dedicate our lives anew to you and to this great work of our time. This we pray through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer from the CSJ Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Care of Earth

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A BIRTHDAY INVITATION

The radio stated that Queen Elizabeth is hitting age 90! What a coincidence that our Elizabeth Scully is also turning 90!

On Wednesday, April 20, Sister Elizabeth Scully will celebrate her 90th Birthday. We will have a small celebration on the actual day, but the real celebration will take place on Saturday, April 23 between 2:00 and 4:00. We will gather in the big parlor to the left of the main door. We invite CND Sisters to "drop in for a short visit" with her to share some memories and some simple refreshments. If you are not free that day, come and visit with her at your convenience. She loves visitors! Think of this as coming to "parlor" with someone who has given so much to so many of us CND's.

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Marguerite Bourgeoys and Respect for Creation

Marguerite Bourgeoys and Respect for Creation

In the Bible, the Book of Genesis, it is written that on the sixth day of creation God saw all he had made, and indeed, it was very good (Gn 1:31).

We can also say that, indeed, it was, and still is, very good. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell spoke about seeing Earth from space in this way:

Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth … home.

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News from Visitation Province

Friday, April 22, 2016, is Earth Day. This year’s theme is: Trees for the Earth

It is a day our attention is directed to promoting ecology concerns and respect for life on the planet, as well as to the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. Earth Day began in 1970 and there is a current focus on planting trees.

  • Trees help with climate change. They absorb CO2 from our atmosphere. In
  • one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by
  • driving the average car 26,000 miles.
  • Trees help us breathe clean air. Trees are able to filter the air and trap particulate matter in their leaves.
  • Trees help communities. Trees provide food, energy (heat) and income from forest-related industry.

See more at: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/earth-day-theme/#sthash.mRtD6Ngd.dpuf

Eleanor McCloskey for JPIC 

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News from Visitation Province

CBC presentation entitled “Still Standing”

Early in February, we, at St. Joseph Convent, Mabou were invited by Michael Schultz, Producer, to take part in a future CBC presentation entitled “Still Standing.” Visiting small communities throughout Canada, getting to know the local people, what makes them unique and what we as a country can learn from one another is the goal of such visitations. While we were unsure as to what our contribution might be, we agreed to be interviewed by Michael who was interested in knowing our contribution to the community of Mabou as members of the Congregation of Notre Dame community. Dating back to our foundation in 1887 when our Sisters became involved in education and having a presence among the people of Mabou and outlying communities sparked a keen interest on Michael’s part. This resulted in our agreeing to have a visit on March 2 from other members of the group who arrived in the village to spend several days getting to know its spirit. The hospitality shown them at the Mabou River Inn, Dalbrae Academy, the Red Shoe, the West Mabou Square Dance, the Trans Canada Trail on ATV’s , the local museum (An Drochaid), Glenora Distillary and an enjoyable cup of tea with the Sisters at SJC was rewarded with a wonderful gathering in the Mabou Community Hall on the eve of their departure. The highlight of this evening was a stand-up comedy show where host and guest comedian, Johnny Harris, incorporated the experiences of the group during their week among us into his humorous script. It was a wonderful evening of good cheer and genuine hospitality. We look forward to seeing Mabou’s contribution to “Still Standing” at some time during the year and will inform everyone as to the date.

Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Mabou 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Lourdes

Lourdes was evaluated by the State of Connecticut last week and received a deficiency free facility report. Our Congratulations to Lourdes and to all of the staff.  This is a remarkable accomplishment.

 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Delegates to the General Chapter

 

Back Row: Joan Mahoney, CND; Jackie Hanrahan, CND; Maryann Calabrese, CND; Vicki Remson, Associate; Mary Anne Powers, CND; Joan Curtin, CND; Ona Bessette, CND; Mary Jo Hoag, Associate Front Row: Nancy Downing, CND; Alicia Parkinson, Associate; Maco Cassetta, CND; Beatrice Baker, CND; Patricia McCarthy, CND Missing – Patricia Flattery, CND

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News from Visitation East Associates

35th Anniversary of Associate Relationship Update

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

The 35th Anniversary Committee invites groups to think of activities that they can do to commemorate this special milestone in the life of the Congregation de Notre Dame. One idea that has been encouraged is for groups to plant a tree, shrub, flowers or vegetable garden. This would be a symbol of solidarity with the tree planted at the mother house. A Facebook page called, “35th Anniversary Living Network” was launched on February 11. It is a place where we can inform others about our 35th Anniversary activities.

 

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The Feast of the Annunciation

Luke 1:26–38

The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee in Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

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