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Maco Cassetta, CND, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Formation House

Can you all believe it is February?

Here, in White Plains, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we have been working diligently and hard to continue to prepare our formation house.

Donna Kelly, CND arrived on January 6th from Kingston, Canada and on Saturday, February 4th, we will welcome Cathy Molloy, CND who arrives from Cameroon!

We are very excited to have a complete welcoming community and we will mark this event by offering our prayers of thanksgiving in our new chapel and bless it with the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, and once in our home, we will call ourselves a new Formation Community!

It has been a whirlwind to try to prepare a welcoming home and gratefully, Donna too has rolled up her sleeves and has been helpful with the tasks at hand. As we put up curtains and installed toilet paper dispensers and spackled walls, we quickly learned what it means when someone says that a great job is because it is “all in the tools”. I’m enjoying our new toy, a donated power drill!!!! And, our favorite stores, which we now know inside out, are Bed, Bath & Beyond and Home Depot!!!! Nevertheless, we all are aware of our many transitions and the need to be gentle with ourselves and one another as we begin to form community and explore possible ministries.

In the meantime, we have been integrating into the life of the parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We are surprised by the number of people who attend daily mass from all walks of life. This community is truly international and intercultural! Often, our doorbell rings asking for Mass cards, prayers, etc. But what gets us to reUlect more deeply are those that come who wish shelter, a sandwich, or prayers for a positive outcome in court. I have to say, answering the door has tugged at my heart in a deep way. How do we feed, clothe, and give shelter to those in need? And, we are trying to be creative.

This coming weekend, our candidate from Visitation Province, arrives for her monthly weekend gathering where she participates with others in an intercommunity formation program. This month’s theme is “Laudate Si”. How timely it is to engage in this topic in light of the refugee crisis and the degradation of our Sacred Land more specifically how it is impacting the Native Americans and First Nations Peoples in North America because of oil tarsands and the pipelines! These concerns have heightened our awareness even more as we gather to prepare for this house. A question still to ponder as we come together as community: How will this house of formation reUlect a more green environment in its use of material goods, cleaning supplies, and food consumption? Can we foster a simple and green lifestyle? Stay tune and we will let you know…

We continue to count on your prayers. Know that so very soon, we will have you over for an Open House! Maybe some homemade pizza will be served as well!!!

(By the way, have you heard that we have a GREAT kitchen???)


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