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Advent in Kingston

On Saturday evening we had a beautiful prayer service in the chapel to begin the season Advent. The theme this year chosen by our Liturgy Committee is Awaken to the Reckless, Cosmic Love of God. During the service, Sister Frances O'Brien, SP, delivered a stirring reflection on the theme where she related it to the times in which we live.

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Movie Recommendation: “She Said”

“She Said” based on the book details the work of two young women journalists with the New York Times who are investigating the issue of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. It leads them to the many women who over the decades experienced this at the hands of Harvey Weinstein covered up by some of his colleagues. It captures the shame, fear and courage of these women to step forward in the face of non-disclosure agreements, career limitations and threats. This has empowered other women who have or are experiencing abuse in the workplace to flag it, providing much of the stimulus for the MeToo movement. The descriptions of the abuse are verbal and not visually depicted.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will mark the launch of the UNiTE campaign (Nov 25-Dec 10) — an initiative of 16 days of activism concluding on the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day (10 December).

This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will mark the launch of the UNiTE campaign (Nov 25-Dec 10) — an initiative of 16 days of activism concluding on the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day (10 December).

This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.

Miramichi Associates

Congregation de Notre-Dame Associates gathered on the first Sunday of Advent to share and enjoy good company in a spirit of conviviality and good cheer.

As Sister Ellen Hickey used to say, “It is always a happy time when good friends gather together.”

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It’s Advent!

Sisters Catherine MacEachern and Ruth Carr set up the ADVENT wreath for the weekly Mass at Parkland Cape Breton. Sister Ruth decorated and arranged this beautiful wreath and shared it with the Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters and residents to enjoy during this Advent season. This first Sunday of Advent we light the candle of HOPE as we prepare to celebrate God's promise to be with us always.

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Visitation Central Associates Newsletter

Sister Marijke Gerretsen, CND, is part of the Congregational Leadership Team including the role of liaison with the Central Committee for Associate Relationship. Sister Marijke shared her personal history of Associate Relationship in Japan, Troyes, Canada, and Central America.

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2nd Sunday of Advent 2022

Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 5:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12

Hi there: My name is Winnie. I was welcomed into Associate Relationship 20 years ago and it was our co-Coordinator Dianne who introduced us to Development & Peace, Caritas Canada 15 years ago. I am currently chair of our Antigonish Diocesan Council. We have been truly blessed by the many who have influenced our lives during our lifetimes, all of whom we are most grateful.

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Prayer on the Feast of the Holy Family (Octave of the Nativity)

My God, I want to speak to you about my family.

I begin by naming to you the members of this family.

I thank you for the blessings that you bestow upon them.

I ask you to help them succeed in life.

Help them to make a large place for you in their hearts

and to love you, as you love them.

It is in remembrance of Mary, Joseph and Jesus that I am asking you.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy to St. Jean's: Windows Of Opportunity Dedication

Alumnae, current and past parishioners, board members, administrators, friends, family, and students gathered last week for the dedication of our restored historic stained glass windows. Launched in the fall of 2020, the Windows of Opportunity Campaign raised money to repair the auditorium windows while also providing funds for emergency tuition assistance during the pandemic.  

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News from Visitation Province

Farewell to Nancy

On Tuesday, November 22, the Okanagan Associates gathered at Kathleen's home for our regular monthly meeting. We have been following the Listening to Indigenous Voices program and finished sessions 8 and 9 with great contemplation and discussion. Because a few members in our group have to travel quite a distance, we have been meeting over lunch and doing 2 sessions on one day.

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Prayer for New Year’s Day (January 1)

My God, I want to wish you

a happy new year,

a year where all the children of the world

will be a little better:

a year where they will seek peace,

to share, to forgive, to love…

A year where they will be happy and grateful

for the love you give to them.

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Prayer for the Holiday Season

My God, it is the holiday season, the time of rejoicing.

Good for pleasures and joys of the others

who sing, who dance, who are happy!

I have no ounce of jealousy for their happiness.

Only, it pains me

to think of all those who cannot celebrate.

Isolation, it pains me. You, stay with me.

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Prayer for the Season of Advent

Lord our God, you have created human beings
to stand before you fully alive. (Irenaeus of Lyon)
Look at the men, women and children
crushed by the powers of evil:
illness, violence, poverty, injustice…
Keep us standing so that we can help them get up.

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History in the Making! Congregation-wide Prayer Service

On October 30, 2022, more than 150 Sisters and Associates from different regions gathered via zoom to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Congregation de Notre-Dame Associate Relationship and the 40th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. This celebration was possible through the efforts of the 40th Anniversary of Congregation de Notre-Dame Associate Relationship Committee. Special thanks for their commitment these last two years.

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News from Visitation Province

Retreat at Andrews of Charlottetown 

We were fortunate enough to have a 3-day Retreat presented by Fr. Keith Kennific from St. Dunstan's Basilica. The theme of the retreat was "THE WORD OF GOD." We reflected on the WORD OF GOD as: PRESENCE, STORY, WINDOW, MIRROR, CHALLENGE/REASSURANCE and MADE FLESH.

Using Psalms 135 and 148 together and Psalms 23 and 35, he emphasized that the psalms invite us to be part of a journey. We were invited to ask ourselves where we see ourselves in the psalm, in what way is the psalm a mirror into ourselves, how is the psalm calling us to be " The Word Made Flesh " in our world? The Word of Jesus becomes flesh in us, and we become the presence of Christ in our world which is " expressed to the fullest in our participation in the celebration of Eucharist."

Anne T. Gillis CND

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Job Posting: Archive Technician

Permanent, full-time position, 28 to 35 hours per week

Les Soeurs de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame is a Catholic religious congregation founded in Ville-Marie (Montréal) in the 17th century by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. The Congregation has 600 sisters in Canada, the United States, Japan, Honduras, Guatemala, Salvador and Cameroon. Women of faith and commitment, the sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame are well known in Quebec for their exceptional contribution to the education of girls and boys and for the creation of the first schools of higher education for girls. In addition, they are present in the places where there is need and come to the aid of those who are struggling and marginalized.

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Job Posting: Archivist

Permanent, full-time position, 28 to 35 hours per week
 
Les Soeurs de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame is a Catholic religious congregation founded in Ville-Marie (Montréal) in the 17th century by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. The Congregation has 600 sisters in Canada, the United States, Japan, Honduras, Guatemala, Salvador and Cameroon. Women of faith and commitment, the sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame are well known in Quebec for their exceptional contribution to the education of girls and boys and for the creation of the first schools of higher education for girls. In addition, they are present in the places where there is need and come to the aid of those who are struggling and marginalized. 

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News from Visitation Province

Sisters gathered at the CND Health Center in Sydney for a touching All Souls Day celebration

As each name was called, a sister would light a candle in her memory, giving time to offer thanks for a life well lived. This was followed by a communion service with music provided by Sister Elaine Hawrylak. We marked the end of our celebration with time together and refreshments.

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News from Visitation Province

October Happenings in Kingston

On Saturday, October 8th of the Thanksgiving weekend there were stars of many colours everywhere as the Kingston CND Sisters gathered at the Providence Motherhouse to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Sister Elaine O’Grady, CND. Among her gifts was a container filled with a star for every year of her life. Elaine chose a few and shared an event from that particular year. To welcome her into the nineties was a second celebrant, Sister Rosemarie Kennedy, CND who also had a birthday that week. There were treats and cake to celebrate these two women who have made a difference in so many lives over the years. May they live to be a “100”.

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