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Photo: Some of the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame who attended Mass at Jewish Senior Services on Christmas Eve

All our Sisters have moved from Lourdes Health Care Center, which is now closed. They made the transition to Jewish Senior Services very gracefully, including Margaret Brennan, who prayed the Hail Mary with Clare Kearney and Maryann Calabrese less than two days before her death and then slipped away quietly and peacefully in her own good time. There are now five Sisters at JSS, served by a new navigator from Connecticut Community Care.

Sharing memories at the ritual for the closing of Notre Dame Convent on Sunday, January 26th


Vocation News – Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis

Catholic Sisters' Week, March 8-14: Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope …

But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events that invite all who follow Jesus to

expand and support their gospel witness

grow the service networks they have seeded

share their spirituality, charisms, and community

encourage young women to consider a vocation to religious life

support their pastoral, teaching and prophetic works

and focus on the new world they call into being.

Visit the website https://catholicsistersweek.org/ for information and to sign up.


Associate News – Maria Cabello-Vazquez, Donna Wuhrer & Sr. Joan Mahoney

St. Marguerite Celebrations In January 2020

Associates and friends in Rhode Island gathered at Christine’s home for a special two-fold celebration—a prayer service to celebrate Marguerite’s Feast Day and a birthday party to celebrate Sr. Jenny Ricci’s 95th birthday which included a daisy donut cake!

In North Carolina, Associates gathered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Hayesville to pray and celebrate together.

The Wilton Associates hosted prayer and a wonderful “soup and bread” for Connecticut Sisters, Associates, candidates and friends.

Associates and friends from Chicago and South Holland, Illinois enjoyed time to pray and visit with each other in celebration of St. Marguerite’s Feast Day at Christ Our Savior Parish in South Holland. 

Some CNDs visited with 8th Grader “Marguerite Bourgeoys” at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish on January 12th.

Associate Service Projects

Associates and friends from Chicago, IL and Kankakee, IL joined forces in the Fall and crocheted 120 baby hats. The hats were donated to the American Heart Association – Red Hats for Babies project. The hats will be distributed in February 2020 to babies in area hospitals.

In January 2020 Staten Island associates, sisters and friends volunteered at Project Hospitality soup kitchen. They were able to serve 45 people in need. Their service project will be represented by a daisy that will be hung on the 400 Acts of Service Tree in Wilton.


From The Formation Corner

Sr. Maco Cassetta

It’s been a while since I last posted and the truth is, it has been a little quiet… At the house of formation, we have certainly felt the absence of both Libby and Donna! However, for me, life has not been dull.

Apart from attending to the needs of individuals seeking spiritual direction and counseling, I have been keeping busy with the inter-formation program in the region and have been working on several offerings to religious communities and young adults, and in the parish. Just recently, I helped launch a Care of Creation Team in the parish and it is exciting to notice the positive response from our parishioners.

Ten people will be participating in the Border Project in McAllen near Brownsville, Texas. There are five Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame, (Peggy Doyle, Donna Kelly, Joan Lewis, Libby Osgood, and myself) and five Congregation friends, (Libby’s mother and sister, Maribeth and Lindsey, Cheryl from PEI, and Amy and Gil from North Carolina who also have many connection sisters and associates in NC). I am most grateful for the desires each person has expressed in helping out at the border.

I was happy to see that Sister Norma Pimentel will be speaking at Manhattan College on the evening of February 19th. Her topic is timely “Crossing Borders to Migration”. It is actually through her that the decision was made to go to McAllen, near Brownsville, TX. As Director of Catholic Charities, she helped establish centers at the border. In my conversation with her last October at a Formation Conference, I sensed the urgency for help right at the border. For this reason, we will be going to a different location instead of El Paso. The task in Brownsville will be for us to prepare care packages and then cross the border to meet up with migrants who are currently in camps on the Mexican side of the border. If you recall, a new ruling has forced migrants to remain in Mexico before they are processed to cross the American border. So, at this moment, there are hundreds of people in camps waiting to be processed.

Last year, we were able to collect $4300 for the project through your amazing generosity and connections some of you had. I am hoping we can match this or get more! If you are able to help, please feel free to contact me with your questions. (macassetta@cnd-m.org).

 

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