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New app from Our Sunday Visitor designed especially for the Year of Mercy. Our Sunday Visitor’s 365 Days to Mercy app, free in the iTunes and Google Play app stores, is designed to accompany you on a spiritual journey during the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. There is a thought for every day of the year of Mercy... not developed much... but one for morning and evening. Also, an app “a Year of Mercy” with Pope Francis (384 pgs.) from Sunday Visitor. https://www.osv.com. Georgina MacInnis, CND

The Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the teachings of Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, Laudato Si’. Find it and download – free – at www.maryknollogc.org. Becky McKenna, CND 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Catherine Mcauley Award: Sr. Patricia McCarthy will be a recipient of the Catherine McAuley Award at Mercy high School in Middletown, CT. The dinner will be at Mercy, 1760 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

School Changes In Kankakee Area: The Diocese of Joliet has announced a plan for the reorganization of the Catholic Schools in Kankakee County after a three-year process of study and discussions. St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly St. Patrick’s and St. Martin) will close. Maternity (Bourbonnais) and St. Teresa (Bradley) will become Pre-K to 6th grade for the area. All 7th and 8th grades will go to Bishop McNamara where they will be a Junior High separate from the High School. Please pray for all involved. We have been invested in this area since 1860.

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First Sunday of Lent, 2016

Associate Sharon Norton begins our Lenten meditations. In current idiom, she points out that God’s paths for God’s people are often unexpected, challenging and invite us to courageous and loving response.

Greetings all,

Come July 5, I will be a grandmama. My daughter-in-law Rachel is pregnant with her first child, our first grandchild. Did I mention that Rachel is Jewish? Did I mention that our son Jim converted to Judaism? Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Or rather, in this case, Miriam, Rachel and Jim!

So in the midst of our family’s biblical identity crisis, I reflect on the readings for the first Sunday in Lent.

I have always imagined the Bible as a kind of mystical road map that tracks the human search for identity from the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane. Along the way, the Old Testament tells us how too often our Jewish forefathers and mothers were forced to remake themselves in foreign lands, only to have terrorists drive them out once again. The Jewish people repeatedly called on God for proof of their Chosen identity; and each time He gave them the strength to relocate and recreate themselves. What he did not give them were permanent visas to the Promised Land.

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