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Visitation Provincial Assembly “HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE?” September Assembly Presentations

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

Bernadette Fegan, Anna Rowley and I are in the process of visiting the Maritime Associate Groups to provide presentations about the information that we received at the Visitation Province Assembly in July on Contemplative Prayer and Dialogue and the Visitation Province Directional Statement.

In September, Anna and I visited with the Mabou Associates and Sisters on Sunday evening September 13 at the St Joseph Renewal Centre. On Monday morning, September 14, we met with the Sydney and Area Associates and Sisters at Parkland. The Miramichi Associates welcomed us on the 21st at St Mary’s Church Hall. Anna and Bernadette met with the Antigonish Associates on Sunday afternoon, September 27 at Sr Isabel MacLellan’s home. The Associates and Sisters who have attended the presentations to date have expressed gratitude for the information. We encouraged them to practice Contemplative Prayer.

We are including photos from the various groups where we presented.

Mabou Visit

 

Sydney and Area Visit At Parkland 

Miramichi

Antigonish


World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Inter-Faith Service

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

Three Woodstock Associates (Doris Markey, Mary Hanson and myself) attended the Inter-Faith Service for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation that was held at Sts Jude and Simon Church in Nackawic on September 1. There was song, Scripture readings, Psalms, Intercessory Prayers, Communal Prayers and Reflection. The Reflection was provided by Graydon Nicholas, retired Judge and Lieutenant Governor of NB. He spoke about his respect for creation and about the river being a highway for his Maliseet ancestors. He said that the book of Genesis reminds us of God’s love for us and how grateful we need to be for what we have. Graydon talked about memories of his family picking various kinds of berries, the use of the berries (making jam, jelly, pies) and the respect they had for the area where the berries grew. He mentioned that we need bees for food production so plants and animals are dependent on each other for survival. We are all brothers and sisters to the plants and animals and we need to have respect for this delicate balance. We need what nature provides to us and this was thought about long ago by our Creator. In his closing, Graydon said that we are all special and when we take a deep breath, we should thank God for the air and that we are alive.


Miramichi Associates Have 2 Celebrations With CND Sisters this Summer

Submitted by Frances Connell

Sister Kathleen Chisholm—70 Years Professed!

On August 14, 2015, Miramichi CND Associates gathered at the summer cottage of Rosamond Ross Hayter to welcome Sister Kathleen Chisholm on her annual summer visit with us. The day was perfect to sit on the deck on the high banks with the Miramichi River flowing beneath us. We were very pleased to be there to celebrate Sister Kathleen 90th birthday which took place earlier in the year and her 70th anniversary of her religious profession in August. Nonie Augustine of the Mi'kmaq First Nations presented Sister with a birthday cake and recited a blessing for her health and happiness in the Mi'kmaq language which was very beautiful and touching. In her Thank You reply, Sister said, "The gathering was truly a religious experience for me. The meaningful prayer service on the  beauty of creation set the tone for our time together. The mystical, magical Miramichi was just that!! Nature was at its best—the serenity, beauty and peace were so uplifting. The joy of being with you Associates was very gratifying. Just to sit and chit chat was wonderful. Those who could not come but made contact also made me happy. Everything you did for me along with all the goodies made for a grand celebration for which I am truly thankful." We Associates are very grateful for Sisters visit and look forward to her return next year.

 

Sister Rejeanne Bourque On Vacation in Miramichi

On July 27, 2015 Miramichi Associates gathered at the summer place of Frances Connell to welcome our beloved Sister Rejeanne on her annual summer visit to Miramichi. It was a glorious summer day as we met in the old one room school house beneath the tall pines on the shores of sparkling blue Miramichi Bay. We began our afternoon with a prayer service of praise to our God of Creation. In such a setting, we recited together The Canticle of the Sun by St Francis of Assisi and

sang the canticle, Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord. Praise and exalt Him forever. Everyone brought a delicious dish for our pot luck meal. It was great to greet one another and hear Sister Rejeanne tell us of her joy and happiness in visiting with us. She told us many stories of her new home at Andrews Residence in Prince Edward Island all interwoven with herever present sense of humour. We were pleased to see that she is as busy as ever with community life, language teaching, presenting plays and skits and giving retreats for associates. It was a most enjoyable afternoon. We all returned to our homes feeling rested and refreshed with the fun and laughter we shared in the very comforting presence of Sister Rejeanne. We thank her for her visit and look forward to her return next year.


Women’s Retreat at Mabou held September 11-13, 2015

Living in the Flow: Connections Between Spirituality and Stress

Submitted by Dianne MacAskill and Theresa MacNeil, St Theresa’s, Sydney Associates A women's retreat recommended for CND Associates entitled Living in Life's Flow: Connections Between Spirituality and Stress took place Sept. 11-13, 2015 at the beautiful St. Joseph Renewal Centre, Mabou, Cape Breton. The facilitator was Dolores

Hall, D. Min., experienced spiritual director and teacher with a passion for justice. She is currently a member of the Providence Spirituality Centre Team in Kingston, Ontario. Each session flowed like a river. The weekend included prayer, scripture Is. 41:10

AFRAID, Jn 10:10 FULLEST, Lk: 12:22 BEHOLD, reflective pauses, creative

opportunities, input, group sharing, silent breaks, movie "The Secret Life of Bees", music, and mass at St. Mary's Church with

Father Angus Morris. A mantra by Kathryn Christian, "Set aside every Fear, Set aside every Fear, Set aside every fear, and

Trust" was repeated often during the retreat. When we confront the foundations of fear, mistrust, and stress in our own lives, we can make a choice to open ourselves to the abundance of God's gifts.  In doing this act we become a blessing for our troubled world. The three responses to fear, are Fight, Flight or Freeze. When we put our trust in God, we overcome fear,

and move to trust and then the fruits of the Holy Spirit: Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Fidelity, Gentleness and Self- Restraint will rise up in you.  We contemplated the Christian way of peace and non-violence, and explored its power for personal and social healing. The concluding session asked participants to personally examine ourselves and

reflect on a word or phrase that would enable us to live our life of serenity?

God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change;

the COURAGE to change the things I can, and

WISDOM to know the difference.

"I would like to live as the river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding." (John O'Donahue)


LightTheWay on Climate Prayer Vigil Held in Woodstock

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

The Woodstock Associates helped to organize a LightTheWay on Climate

Prayer Vigil that was held on September 24 on the eve of the Pope’s visit to

the United Nations. The UN is about to finalize their new sustainable development Global Goals which address poverty, inequality and climate change. Some international groups have been promoting Prayer Vigils to pray with Pope Francis before he addressed the UN on September 25. We

decided that we wanted to participate in the global prayer vigils and welcome others to take part. When we discussed it with our Parish Priest, Fr John Keoughan, he suggested that we combine the Vigil with the evening Mass. We included Intercessory Prayers, “Pledge of Commitment to Protect and Heal God’s Creation” and “A Prayer for our Earth” from the Pope’s Encyclical Letter. Each person attending the Prayer Vigil held a lighted candle as they read the “Pledge of Commitment” and “A Prayer for Our Earth”. Refreshments were offered following the Vigil.


Woodstock Associates Have Retreat at Skiff Lake

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

Sr Eleanor McCloskey was the facilitator for the annual Woodstock Associate Day

Retreat that was held on Saturday, September 19 at Skiff Lake. She used Pope Francis’ Encyclical as a focus for the Retreat. We opened with the song, “Touch the Earth” by Kathy Sherman, CSJ. We discussed how we are all interconnected with all living things and we need to be concerned about the environment, climate and how we influence and impact every other living thing. We contemplated on gratitude


CND Calendar quote for October 2015: Reflection: “Peace is the respect for the right of the other person.” - Gioconda Belli

Question: Do I always respect the rights of the other person?

 

 

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