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Back-to-school backpacks

Blessed Sacrament province Associates (USA) assemble back-to-school backpacks for needy children in Providence, Rhode Island. 
Left to right: Associate Bonnie Cotter, Associate Candidate Judy Laffey and Associate Susan Connery.

Celebration - Year Of Consecrated Life

Celebration - Year Of Consecrated Life:  Blessed Sacrament Vocation office will coordinate a Day of Service for CND Sisters and Associates in the fall. LCWR and CMSWR encouraged such a day during this Year of Consecrated Life and the CND is most itself through the ministries of prayer and service!  Here’s how it works:  (More to come and Q&A session at the Area Days.)

  • CND sisters and associates will determine an event for a day of service in their area.
  • They could do this by looking at service needs that are already fully planned and are now recruiting volunteers, e.g. a walkathon in support of a local or national cause.
  • Or, they could plan their own event, e.g. a parish clean-up-the-grounds activity.
  • A T-shirt has been designed, built around the “Rooted in Jesus Christ” CND Chapter theme for 2016, which can be worn as part of the service day. The shirts will be provided for all CND sisters and associate participants; we are sure the common T-shirt will generate some conversation around the topic of life as a CND sister.
  • CND sisters and associates are great collaborators. This will be a wonderful opportunity to witness the deepest desire of women religious, to be “rooted in Jesus Christ, cultivating love and compassion.”  

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION 

Preparation: On a center table or altar, place a cloth, a globe which may have bandages to show that it is hurt, and seven lighted candles. 

Opening Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth – CBW II, #624 

Leader: Today, we unite with our sisters and brothers around the world to pray for the care of our precious planet Earth. Our seven candles remind us of the account of Creation in Genesis. “And God saw that it was good!” We express our gratitude for the gift of creation as well as our sorrow for the abuse and lack of care for Our Common Home. 

Opening Prayer: Creator of the Universe, send us your Spirit. Make us your instruments in promoting respect for the earth, peace for its people, love in our lives, delight in the good, forgiveness for past wrongs and from now on a new start. 

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