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Prayer to Saint Joseph (March 19)

It is always during Lent

that we celebrate your feast, Joseph.

It is therefore in great humility that you are celebrated.

A feast in the image of your very simple life!

I still want to celebrate you in an act of fervour.

Thank you for all the favours that you grant me

as well as to the people who turn to you.

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News from Visitation Province

Party Time!

Ontario is slowly opening up, and a window at Providence Motherhouse has done the same. Our Congregation de Notre-Dame community came together celebrating this new reality. It was also birthdays for Ruth Penny, 91 years, Grace Martin 92, and Patricia Arsenault 85. This all entwined with St. Patrick’s Day as many of our group are Irish thro and thro. Joy, gratitude, singing, laughter and lots of treats lightened our spirits.

Mildred Chabassol, CND

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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent 2022

I would like to begin my reflection by suggesting that life without religion reminds me of the Canadian Flag without the Maple Leaf. Such a flag does not call forth any form of Civic allegiances. It is simply without meaning and is incapable of communicating the richness of what this symbol otherwise means to the loyal Canadian.

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Prayer for Vocations

God, in your infinite love, raise up in your Church

persons who wish to consecrate their life to you

by serving their brothers and sisters.

May your Spirit shape them so that they may bear witness to your love.

Virgin Mary, awaken trust in the hearts of young people,

may they always have the courage and wisdom to welcome

generously the will of God in their lives.

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, raise up religious vocations

and all kinds of vocations so that the spirit of Visitation and of Pentecost

may perpetuate throughout the world. Amen.

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Toward the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Japan (Part 3)

From “The Narrow Road to Japan: In the Footsteps of Marguerite Bourgeois” by Rose Cauchon, CND.

Arrival in Fukushima

At 9:30 a.m. on October 20, eighteen days after leaving Montreal, I boarded a train bound for Fukushima, where I was headed. On the train, the group witnessed various scenes different from those in their home country. Some people took off their shoes and sat in narrow seats, some smokers were on the train, some people bought ekiben and ate them with chopsticks, some mothers carried their babies on their backs and a box of remains of soldiers who died in China was placed on the incense-burning platform with fruit and candles offered in front of it. I was able to see Japanese customs for the first time.

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Toward the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Japan (Part 4)

(Vol. 4) From “The Narrow Road to Japan: In the Footsteps of Marguerite Bourgeoys” by Rose Cauchon, CND.

In this issue, I would like to introduce a benefactor from the early days of the mission, Reverend Yaroku Ebi.

To provide information about the pastor of the church at that time, Rev. Yaroku Ebi was born in Tono Town, Iwate Prefecture, as the sixth child of a Buddhist family. Under the influence of a priest of the Society of Foreign Missions in Paris who came to visit that town, a longing for priesthood grew in his young heart.

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Prayer To St. Patrick

Hail Glorious St. Patrick, We Honor You This Day

As In Many Days Of Yore.

For You Brought Good News Of Jesus

To The Land Of Erin's Shore.

With The Father And The Spirit In The Shamrock Held Aloft, Light Emerged From Darkness; Hope Pervaded All.

But In This Time Of Covid, With A World In Disarray

Our Lilt In Favorite Ditties And Our Step In Celtic Dance

Is Muted In Our Land,

While Hints Of War And Conquest Replace The Festive Band.

Plead For Our World Dear Saint Of The Isles To Our God Three In One, To Convert Us Anew

To The Message Of Jesus - To A Love That Subdues The Evil Around Us,

That We Might Have Life - A Life To The Full.

Amen

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News from Visitation Province

Save the Date! March 14th Zoom Lunch and Learn – “Calls for Justice” with Senator Michèle Audette by PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women |

This is the third in a special series of online Lunch & Learn events on issues that affect the status of women.

“Calls for Justice” will feature guest presenter Senator Michèle Audette, former Commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and former President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). https://peistatusofwomen.ca/2022/03/08/zoom-lunch- and-learn-calls-for-justice/

Marie-Norma Gallant, CND Wellington, PEI

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Lenten Reflection The Awkward Season – 2nd Sunday of Lent Week of March 7, 2022

Pamela C. Hawkins, wrote a Lenten guide in 2009 where she referred to Lent as the “Awkward Season.” She reflected that while she was never confused as to where Lent leads, to Easter, she was never quite certain of how to prepare and follow the season of Lent. She noted that it is a sacred season that begins in the middle of the week, not on a Sunday, which is where we usually begin a liturgical season.

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Invocation For Ukraine

May the forces of Light bring illumination to all humankind.

May the spirit of Peace be spread everywhere.

May people of goodwill meet in a spirit of cooperation. May forgiveness on the part of all people be desired.

May this be so and help us to do our part in enabling this to be so in Ukraine and Russia at this time. Amen.

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My Plans... God's Plans

PLANS, I always have plans!  My agenda is full. 
My mind is always thinking of what I will do next.
However when I woke up this morning
These words spoke loudly to me: "For I know the plans
I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
As I contemplate this reading what word or phrase
speaks to me today?

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International Women’s Day 2022

War accentuates the precariousness of vulnerable populations, including women. The Congrégation de Notre-Dame takes this opportunity on the International Women’s Rights Day to call for peace in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Women, who are often the first to suffer in these battles, are almost always excluded from the decisions that lead to militarization. We join our voices in solidarity with Ukrainian women with this prayer:

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1st Sunday of Lent 2022

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”

Is this not the best news ever!

While traditionally Lent was a time where we gave up, did penance, prayed the Rosary more, and these are all good things to do, I like Lent better now then when I was younger.

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New from Visitation Province

March 4th - World Day of Prayer

Christians around the world, united on the same day, the first Friday of March, come together to pray for issues affecting especially the lives of women and children. Each year, since the 1920’s, a different country prepares the service and shares resources. This year, women from England, Wales and Northern Ireland have written and Canadian women have made adaptations. The theme is “For I know the Plans I have for You …Plans to Prosper you and not to Harm you, Plans to give you Hope and a Future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). This (55-minute) virtual service is free at wicc.org.

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News from Congregation de Notre-Dame Associate Relationship, Eastern Canada

Lectio Divina process

An “Elements of Deepening” Lectio Divina process took place on February 28, 2022 via Zoom between the Truro and Woodstock Associate groups. This evening was organized by Marjorie Allison-Ross and Anna Rowley. Theresa and I were invited to attend. Anna Rowley hosted and participated in this discussion. Prayer, music, and personal reflection and small group sharing took place.

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60th anniversary of presence in Latin America

In this year 2022, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame celebrates its 60th anniversary of presence in Latin America. This beautiful adventure began in 1960, when the Canadian Episcopate addressed a collective pastoral letter to Catholics, particularly to religious communities, on apostolic co-operation between Canada and Latin America. In response to this call, the General Council of the Congregation decided to form a mission in Latin America and informed the community through the circular of December 23, 1960. 

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Love your ennemies

The world is on its knees, not in subjugation but in prayer. Government leaders are facing empire building and total disregard for human rights in other leaders. Even shocked middle schoolers are calling it the start of World War III. The agony and suffering of the people of Ukraine is stirring the entire world to empathy. The pictures of them fleeing the country, sleeping in subways, having babies in basements and taking up arms is heart-rending. Always in war, it is the ordinary people who bear the horror of it in their bodies and psyches.

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The Blanket Exercise

"The Blanket Exercise challenged me to confront history as it was never taught in school by calling me to open my heart to a new telling of an old story. It invited me to symbolically walk with the Indigenous people and to face my personal assumptions and feelings about colonialism. For me it was a powerful and emotional journey." Ann Gotfryd, Associate Nowadays, everything pivots - The Blanket Exercise has gone online! To deepen our awareness of the history of our Indigenous peoples, as well as the impact on their current realities, the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee is pleased to announce a session of the now-Virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise. This will take place from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 9th. The cost is $50 per person with a maximum of 40 participants. More information from Kairos at https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/v-kbe/

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Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr

Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr. (2022; House of Amansi Press, Inc. acknowledging financial support from Canada Council of the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Government of Canada.) This is the story of family bonds, Christian values, and educational pursuits resulting in a woman’s tireless efforts to fight systemic corruption in Nigeria. The author, a Nigerian-Canadian, tells the story of her mother, Dora Akunyili, (1954-1972), a pharmacist, professor, and politically effective mover in Nigeria’s power structures. The daughter, after extensive and careful research, writes as if the mother were speaking her own story. The African practice of Ubuntu that emphasizes community over personal good was a huge motivating factor for Dora in her struggles to tackle injustice, crooked maneuvers, and face personal threats.

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Welcome, Christa!

For over three weeks now, Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province has welcomed Christa from Blessed Sacrament Province U.S.). Christa came to live an experience in Montreal as part of her year of apostolic novitiate. It is with joy that the Emmaus Community opened its apartment doors in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood. She will stay there until the end of April.

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