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Visitation Co-Coordinator’s Meeting in Montreal March 24-26

Winnie and Marjorie were in Montreal last week for a meeting with the other Visitation Coordinators. One of the major topics discussed was the urgent issue of Climate Change and its ongoing threat to our planet. In March, we all received an e-mail letter from Sr. Josephine Badali explaining the collective action that the Congregation is going to take to implement the Mission Orientation: “In solidarity with the impoverished, the excluded and the oppressed, we commit ourselves to protect our planet”. On March 27, all associates received an e-mail letter from the Central Office of Associate Relationship explaining that “As associates we are being invited to stand together with the Congregation by participating in a process of education, reflection and action. In unity and solidarity we will join this collective action, our corporate stance, by signing the Congregation’s declaration and committing ourselves to personal and communal transformation.” The Congregation of Notre Dame Social Justice Network is preparing informational and prayer materials to send to the sisters and associates for us to use in preparation for signing the Congregation’s Declaration. You will be receiving more information on this as it becomes available. On Wednesday evening, we celebrated Winnie! We have been blessed to have Winnie represent Visitation East for the past 6 years. Karen Volpe led us in a Blessing and then each of us provided a statement to the Blessing. Thank you Winnie for your great work, your care and compassion for everyone and may you be blessed with many new opportunities to share your gifts! 

April 16 – Feast Day of the Patron Saint of the Homeless

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s mission statement includes the following inspiring and thought provoking lines: In today’s world, we commit ourselves to live simply and closer to the reality of the impoverished, the excluded and the oppressed.[1] April 16 is the feast day of a saint who turned his back on his comfortable life to become himself a mendicant, and thus become the patron saint of the homeless.

 

[1] 2011-2016 Chapter booklet, p. 8

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A “Good Samaritan” from Mabou NS.

The past weekend we went to NB for our granddaughter's birthday. Friday morning we received a call from a neighbour asking what time we planned to leave because she was making a lunch for us to have on our trip. She arrived and left our surprise package in the car. We had some business in Port Hawkesbury, so just before leaving there, we picked up a coffee, and when we cleared the 'busy' traffic of Aulds Cove we opened our coffee and reached back to retrieve our care package. Well, this lady didn't forget anything. First there was the wet hand wipes, followed by the napkins, a little tray full of deviled eggs and in a Tupperware dish, there were fresh, buttered biscuits, and packaged separately was Italian sausage and cheese. Then there was a big bag of homemade fudge. Last, there was a nice card wishing us a pleasant trip, with money for the coffee. We ate to our satisfaction, and stored the rest away for later. Around 7 p.m. we stopped in Salisbury, NB, got another coffee, and polished off the remainder of the lunch with delight. The fudge, of course, we treasured, eating it sparingly, making sure we saved some for our grandchildren. This we did, and to insure they did not, 'pig out', we had a fudge eating contest. Whoever could make their piece of fudge last the longest, would get another piece. The slurping and smacking of lips could be heard in the back seat of our car for a long time. This little note is not at all an adequate way of expressing our appreciation for such a kind and considerate act from our treasured friend and neighbour, Margie MacInnis. 

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