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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Brookfield held a brunch on Sunday from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. St. Marguerite was honored by an 8th grader who dressed up like her and went around to the tables passing out Holy Cards and Prayer Cards. The DVD that was made was used and played in three locations continuously. There was a nice turnout. On Tuesday, there was a Mass televised in Honor of St. Marguerite. Five of our sisters attend along with Father Richardson who gave the sermon on her life.

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Good news from the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters

A new and delightful biography of their founder is now available, The Seed that Became a Garden: The Story of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys by Louise Finn, CND and illustrated by Francis Back. Geared to young adults and older, it tells how Marguerite left her home in France as a young single woman to travel to 17th-century Canada. Her amazing adventures will expand your vision of her world—and our own. Available at Amazon as a paperback and Kindle, and at B&N as a Nook, the book can also be purchased at ST. PAULS, SI, NY (1-800-343-2522). Thank you, Sr. Louise Finn

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Newsletter in honour of the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys!

Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame. We are incredibly fortunate to have eight Sisters of the CND here at St. Jean's. In various and important capacities, our Sisters energetically lead our SJB High School community, steer our students toward great academic achievement, manage building operations and keep us true to our mission of "educating young women of diverse strengths and backgrounds while developing women of faith, service, leadership and empowering our young women to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world." I invite you to meet our Sisters and learn how they were called to serve and how they have dedicated their lives to education.

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January Article for The RI Catholic

On the second Sunday after Christmas, in a small inner city church, an elderly woman and a young man brought up the end of the Communion line. The young man was having difficulty walking. It was clear he bore much neurological impairment, his facial expressions revealing a differently-abled person. After receiving the Body of Christ, he turned to go back to his seat. This took him directly in front of the Church’s manger scene. As he passed it, he extended his shaky hand toward the statues of Mary, Joseph and Jesus and smiled. 

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January 2016 Visitation East Associate Newsletter

A Moment for Grace 

A Prayer for Refugees 


God of our Wandering Ancestors, 


Long have we known 

That your heart is with the refugee:

That you were born into time 

In a family of refugees 

Fleeing violence in their homeland, 

Who then gathered up their hungry child

And fled into alien country. 


Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages: 

 “Will you let me in?” 


Give us hearts that break open 

When our brothers and sisters turn to us 

with that same cry. 

Then surely all these things will follow: 

Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices. 

Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat. 

Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate. 

And hands will reach out— 

working for peace in their homeland, 

working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven. 


Lord, protect all refugees in their travels. 

May they find a friend in me 

And so make me worthy 

Of the refuge I have found in you. 




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Here is a new year possibility. Creating Sabbath Space in Our Lives is a complete program that has been recommended and offers numerous possibilities for personal and spiritual enrichment, for individual or small groups.


How thrilled and impressed were the residents of Andrews of Charlottetown when “Santa’s Angels,” a group of female and male teenagers along with young adults, arrived on Christmas morning, entered our dining room and entertained us with carols from 7:30 to 8:00 AM, while the residents enjoyed their breakfast. When the carolling ended, these young people went to each table and treated the seniors to chocolate-coated cookies and brightened their day by presenting them with a stuffed animal. It is usually the crimes of young people that make the headlines while the youth who are generous, kind and dedicated go unnoticed. Congratulations to “Santa’s Angels” and a sincere thank you for making the day for seniors such a memorable one!

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Theme: Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God (1 Peter 2:9)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual worldwide ecumenical celebration traditionally held from January 18 to 25. By coming together during this week, we join with people around the world to pray for Christian unity – in worship, reflection, study, and community.

This year, we rejoice in the opportunity to pray with the Christians of Latvia. They call us to reflect on the mighty acts of God in our lives, and to find ways in which we can witness to these acts by working together for the unity of Christ’s Church.

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BOOK: "Speaking Christian" by Marcus Borg

(2011, also 2012, also 2014; Harper One Paperback). While not a new book, this little volume offers more than a clarification of words and their meaning. Marcus has a way of leading his readers away from literalism and a conviction of inerrancy in scripture to an inviting openness to explore what words “may have meant” (we can’t be sure) in a specific time and context, and what they may mean now, in our time. Over the centuries, interpretations and additions have definitely found their way into our Christian message. Some have brought clutter rather than clarity, along with negativity and guilt power. Although mostly attracted to new books and new insights, as a chronic wordsmith, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Feast of Marguerite Bourgeoys, January 12, 2016_Marguerite’s Gift of Joy to Us

Sister Joan Mahoney prepared a Prayer Service to accompany an abbreviated version of Sr. Patricia Simpson's presentation to the Jubilarians of 2015.  It is entitled "She Went on Her Way Rejoicing"

Feast of Marguerite Bourgeoys, January 12, 2016

Marguerite’s Gift of Joy to Us

Introduction: For each group of Congregation of Notre Dame sisters celebrating their 50th Jubilee, Sr. Patricia Simpson, CND, gives a presentation on some dimension of Marguerite Bourgeoys.  This past May, Sr. Patricia’s topic was “She Went on Her Way Rejoicing”.  Sr. Patricia describes the undercurrent of joy throughout Marguerite’s life even though she had many disappointments and hardships.  During this prayer service, you will be invited to reflect on this somewhat shortened article. As you know, Sr. Patricia is the author of several definitive books on Marguerite Bourgeoys, including Brave Beginnings that is so foundational for Associate formation.  In this article, Sr. Patricia refers to Sr. Eileen Scott, CND, her mentor, who did expansive research and lectured widely on Marguerite.  And so, on this feast day when we rejoice in the gift of Marguerite to us, let us discover or delve deeper into her essential joy.


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Bilingual Mass for the Feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Bilingual Mass for the Feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.

Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 10:30 A.M.

Presided by Guy Chapdelaine.

(Photo: painting by Pierre Lussier; Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica.)

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