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Visitation moments

Recently, while reflecting in chapel on what the Visitation means to me I began to think of my years as a teenager where my mother would often invite friends or family for coffee and cake on a Friday. For some reason I began to giggle, since as a Jewish girl in a Jewish household, visiting was what we did. Sitting around the kitchen table sharing stories from the day, talking about this and that, these were visitation moments. For me these moments were essential building blocks on how to engage others in conversation. I would watch my mother, the way she would greet family and friends with kisses or a simple hug. She was a gracious host who always had the best cakes or cookies from the Jewish bakery. 

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The Parish Church is no Ordinary Building

Catholic Churches, especially in the former predominantly Catholic areas in the northeast, are closing or merging and have been doing so for the past decade. Some dioceses and some pastors are doing a better job of keeping parishioners informed than others, but the approach of those involved does not change the reality. We have more churches than we need for the number of practicing Catholics. So, demographics is the primary driving force behind the decisions. People understand this.

 

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Two powerful movies were featured this week on PEI

BURDEN OF PEACE: The story of one woman's fight, Claudia Paz Y Paz, Attorney General for 4 years, to bring justice to the long history of genocide and corruption in Guatemala. This was sponsored by the PEI Chapter of Breaking the Silence. A clip of this film can be seen on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7T5BxqXnS8

US AND THEM: A powerful documentary of the filmmaker Krista Loughton's personal journey befriending homeless and addicted street people. A clip of this film can be seen on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tgVOQ7-koA

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