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The JPIC Core Committee met at the mother house November 23 – 25, to review previous work, projects in progress, and plans for next steps. During our meeting we were joined by Sister Becky McKenna and we included, by conference call, Sister Eileen McQuaid and Sister Maureen MacIsaac in Bedford. Stay tuned for ways we can all stay informed and involved in activities of peace and justice.

Eleanor McCloskey, for JPIC

Sharing a Resource: I have been pondering for quite a while what to say and/or do, how to be in the midst of this most recent crisis in the church. This clip of Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI, speaking to the US bishops at their plenary in Baltimore a few weeks ago, came to my inbox. I share it here, as maybe I am not the only one looking for Light as we begin Advent this year. Sister’s message is hopeful and an honest challenge to Bishops as leaders. She begins at nine minutes after a reading from letter of St. Charles Borromeo and a quick introduction by Cardinal Joe Tobin, CCsR.


Susan Kidd, CND

Movie: Boy Erased. This movie is the true story of a young man forced by his parents into a program of gay conversion therapy. Rather than be shunned by his family, Jared agrees to two weeks of trying to change his homosexual tendencies. This film is one that parents, teachers, wanna-be teachers and used-to-be teachers will appreciate. It is hard to see how cult-type leaders can have the power they do. It is good to see how a young person, who loves and communicates well with parents, can grasp and understand the truth but must struggle, suffer and maybe sacrifice.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Support the Caravan of Migrants

Canadian organizations who serve migrants and refugees have initiated a campaign to write to Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to act with justice and compassion. I invite you to join us in taking action on this very important and timely situation. Thanks to our Sisters in Honduras for keeping us up to date on the tragedy, and to Sr. Maura McGrath for alerting me to this solidarity action.

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator

The Reverse Advent Calendar

When I was a child, our Advent Calendar consisted of tiny squares that we’d open daily throughout the Advent season to reveal a picture of barn animals, shepherds, angels, the star, Mary, Joseph and finally baby Jesus on December 25th. How things have changed! Recently walking through a department store I saw a Lego Star Wars, Lindt Chocolate, Frozen (Disney movie) and Nail Polish Advent Calendars. How to combat the commercialism of this Holy season? I have read about people creating their own Reverse Advent Calendar. Simple concept: gather helpful items throughout Advent (non-perishable food items, socks, hygiene products) which can then be donated to your local Food Bank, Homeless Shelter or other charity on Christmas Eve. You can use a box and create numbered dividers or a plain box or basket will do just as well. The Advent season is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming; seems like the perfect time to reach out to those in need.

Anna Rowley, Associate co-coordinator


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