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CND 150th In Waterbury 1869-2019 Liturgical celebrations

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 4:15 pm; Sunday, September 8, 2019, noon (the actual 150th) both at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury. We are still in dialogue with Fr Ford as to how much input we can have in the parish's regular liturgy and will let you all know when we do! It is our hope to have contact with all the chairs of graduating class reunions of both Notre Dame Academy and Waterbury Catholic High School to help identify and invite the alumnae. Immediately following this year's liturgy, officially opening the year of celebration, we hope to gather in the church basement or hall to show the movie Stephanie and Marie Claire have produced, share a light informal lunch and gather information from alumnae. Ann Marie Strileckis, CND.

New Book Featuring the Work of Sister Beth Davies

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America,  Little, Brown & Company 2018.

Associate News – Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer

“March for Our Lives” - March 24, 2018


A visitation moment ...My daughter asked if I would join her on the March for Our Lives in NYC. It was a wonderful “coincidence” to find myself marching next to 2 CND’s who I had never met before, Sr. Joann Compagno, Sr. Eileen Good ! Barbara Hecht, Associate

On Saturday, March 24, many Associates and Sisters attended rallies and marches in their areas in solidarity with all those gathering in Washington, DC for the student-led demonstration “March for Our Lives” which is a movement in direct response to the recent school shooting deaths of 17 students and teachers at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. 

Associates Giving Service

The media center at St Jude’s Parish, South Holland, IL, is opened in the Church lobby one to two weekends a month. It is staffed by Associates Mary Kozlowski, Karen Fleszewski, Mary Simms and other parishioners. Money raised is given to St. Jude for special fundraisers and for the religious education of children.

Peace & Justice News – Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

If Marguerite were alive today and she wanted to join in the struggle to protect and to celebrate all of creation; what creative acts might she engage in, how would she respond?

My answer is that she would join in the Catholic Climate Covenant’s Program: Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste- Grow Community. So that is why I am inviting you to participate in this good work. I am including an introduction to the Program which links very well with that of the Earth Day Network’s Program. It provides practical tools for engaging in the world wide effort to Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle, and Remove plastic, especially one time use plastic, from our daily living. While clearly a part of our “Common Home” Orientation group, because environmental destruction is world- wide and impacts most heavily on the poor; it is clearly part of both “Interculturality” and “Go to the Peripheries” as well. For those reasons I am calling our CND participation in this effort Marguerite’s Answer. This is over and above your orientation group though clearly related to it. I will utilize a separate email list for this group and its composition is by choice- your choice. The time frame for the group is from Earth Day to the last day of the Season of Creation October 4.

Some Background: Plastic was invented in 1907. Very soon, it was used for many items that were/ are part of our everyday life. We had little knowledge of the harmful aspects of this magical material- its harmful effects on people and the environment. Plastic is un-biodegradable and that leads to overwhelming problems. It has been estimated that 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced and that of that 5.5 billion tons has been placed in landfills or discarded in the environment. Recently one time use plastic packaging has increased greatly and accounts for an ever-increasing amount of plastic waste. Most recently, scientists have identified 5 huge areas of plastic debris in our oceans- one in the Pacific that is approximately the size of Texas.


How Much Plastic is in the Ocean 3 minutes

Where does plastic come from? 1 ½ minutes

10 single-use plastic items you can cut out of your life today


The St. Francis Pledge is a solemn commitment made by Catholic individuals, groups and institutions to honor God’s creation and serve poor people by doing the following:

PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;

LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change;

ASSESS how each of us as individuals or within our families, workplaces or other organizations is contributing to climate change (i.e. consumption and conservation)

ACT to change our choices and behaviors contributing to climate change

ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact the poor and vulnerable.

STEP 3: IF YOU CHOOSE – Email Sr. Rose Mary to record you decision to join Marguerite’s Answer and to receive the information which will help you to calculate your use of plastics and to plan to reduce your “plastic footprints.” If you request it, I will email you the Catholic Climate Tool Kit and the Earth Day Network Tool Kit. I will be using both as sources for Marguerite’s Answer.

Blessing on all you do to care for our Common Home

Vocation News – Sr. AnnMarie Strileckis

By virtue of our Baptism, each one of us is invited, called and empowered by the Spirit to foster our role as daughters and sons of God to speak for God as prophets and call out to and unite with one another in developing a deep, compassionate prayer life as our priestly empowerment!

Our foundress, Marguerite Bourgeoys ,in the early 1600's in Troyes , France, took seriously this call of Baptism, and responded as best she could to the call of religious life as she knew it; cloistered , contemplative life. She was told NO, three times!! Marguerite persisted because she believed deeply that the Spirit was urging her on. Marguerite soon realized NO, meant NEW OPPORTUNITIES. On the world scene in the early 1600’s, countries were exploring the New World, America, claiming all they could for their countries. Marguerite's New Opportunity opened up as she was invited to span the Atlantic Ocean to New France(Canada and Ville Marie(Montreal). to first establish family life in the colony, at the same time gathering and teaching others to educate women and children to grow and survive in this environment. Eventually, Marguerite saw her way to establish a new form of religious life, uncloistered and among the people, acting as a leaven, nurturing the People of God of Canada.

By virtue of our Baptism, each of us needs to see our NOs as New Opportunities that the Spirit is urging us anew to build up the People of God. Persist! Hang in there in the Spirit to perceive the doors opening to what God wants to walk with you through and work with you with our sisters and brothers to continue building and acting as leaven in the Kingdom of God.

Katherine De Giulio hooked me up to Congregation of Notre Dame/USA and Instagram with the hopes of reaching out through social media to our students, alumnae, family, interested people to get Marguerite Bourgeoys and Christ message of seeing the NOs in our life as New Opportunities to spread the Good News and educate all of God's people. Please send directly to Katherine for posting and start liking posts!!

May we give renewed credence’s to those NOs!




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