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Inaugural Telephone Community Gathering

On Wednesday May 17th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., an Associate gathering was held via the telephone. This has long been a practice in the U.S. and I thought it could work well for us in eastern Canada, where some associates are geographically isolated and /or house bound. The program for the evening is mailed by post or electronically so that everyone has time to read and ponder the passages and questions. We opened our gathering with the Visitation Chapter Prayer. Our two readings included Day One from Hostages with God: Journal of Sister Gilberte Bussière, CND and Luke 1:39-56. Following some lively discussion, the associates made their Commitment Renewal and we ended with a Franciscan Blessing. Our second gathering is scheduled for June 21st, 2017 when we will discuss Pope Francis’ TED Talk: Why the only future worth building includes everyone. We will break for July and August and beginning in September we will work through Hostages with God: Journal of Sister Gilberte Bussière, CND. It is my hope that we can have other groups here in the east and then.

Remember us in your prayers, 

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House Church

What’s that? In our time, we are so used to knowing a church as a building, we don’t even think of anything else. Bible scholars point out that the word “church” was used to describe a family. We read that the church is called “God’s household” (1 Timothy 3:15). Followers of ‘the Way” shared common meals. (Acts 2:46-48). People lived life together (Acts 2:44-46) and as a family, were expected to care for and love one another deeply (1 Peter 1:22). Not surprisingly then, the New Testament churches typically met in the homes of believers to share stories and memories and food. CNWE–NB (Catholic Network for Women’s Equality) enjoyed a House Church event last Friday in Fredericton. 

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Feast of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

For more information contact the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel http://www.marguerite-bourgeoys.com/en/chapel/history.asp

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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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Kingston Sisters host Health Care Coordinators and Wellness and Health Resource Team

On Monday May 8th, the health care coordinators from Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Sydney, along with Nina Glinski and Catherine Walker and the members of the WHRT arrived at Providence Mother House to begin their annual gathering. After some time together with prayer and reflection, they had a relaxing social evening with the CND Sisters in residence. All enjoyed the time together meeting one another or renewing acquaintances. A special moment occurred when the three jubilarians, Nina Glinski and Eileen Roach celebrating their 50th and Yvonne Hutchinson her 60th were honoured.

 

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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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Fredericton Gathering

Despite a major rainstorm last Saturday, May 6, sisters and associates met, as planned, at the Ramada Inn in Fredericton, NB. Thanks to the skill and expertise of Sister Karen Kelly and Sister Debbie Warner, we connected via technology and Debbie facilitated from her home in Toronto. We were a small group because of the weather but we carried on with the discussion and the process and experienced a new way (for some) to meet and participate. Great day! 

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Congratulations Sr. Margaret Farley

Sister Margaret Farley: second from right

On May 4, 2017, at the third and final meeting of the 2016-2017 school year for the Catholic HS and ES schools of the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago - two awards were given to Archdiocese of Chicago Central Office personnel.  The St. Peter the Rock Award (now affectionately called “The Rock”) was given to Margaret Farley, CND. The award was announced as “a new annual award to be given to one or two members of the Office of Catholic School who not only demonstrate outstanding service in their role, but who personify our Catholic mission through their attitude and treatment of others.”  “Christ told St. Peter that he would build his church ‘upon this rock.’  Like St. Peter, the staff of the Office of Catholic Schools is called to provide excellent, constant, and timely support for our Catholic schools.” Sr. Margaret was especially recognized for her support of and work with the Principals. Congratulations Margaret!

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Feast of the Visitation May 31, 2017 Prayer/Reflection Service

Introduction:  As Associates renew their Associate commitment and Sisters their vows on this Feast of the Visitation; we unite in prayer for the August General Chapter.  And we rejoice in the gift of thirty-five years of the CND Associate Relationship.  Our reflection today calls attention to how Elizabeth can deepen our understanding of Visitation.

Opening Suggested Song: Prayer of the Congrégation,  (Ave or Songs of Visitation © KP Deignan, CND)

RefrainO dearest Mother and Foundress, we seek not comfort or wealth.

  We only ask that in your name, God may be greatly loved and oh, so faithfully served.

 

O teach us the wisdom of littleness to be simple, humble and poor,

to be open to God at the core of our hearts, and to wait on God’s word evermore.

 

And teach us the way of mobility: to be swift and graceful and true,

so that in our lives we may visit again the ones who are waiting for you.

 

And teach us the mystery of charity: to hold our neighbor in heart,

to sing of the Spirit alive in our midst, and to carry the word of God’s love.

 

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Feast of the Visitation May 31, 2017 Prayer/Reflection Service

Introduction:  As Associates renew their Associate commitment and Sisters their vows on this Feast of the Visitation; we unite in prayer for the August General Chapter.  And we rejoice in the gift of thirty-five years of the CND Associate Relationship.  Our reflection today calls attention to how Elizabeth can deepen our understanding of Visitation.

Opening Suggested Song: Prayer of the Congrégation,  (Ave or Songs of Visitation © KP Deignan, CND)

RefrainO dearest Mother and Foundress, we seek not comfort or wealth.

  We only ask that in your name, God may be greatly loved and oh, so faithfully served.

 

O teach us the wisdom of littleness to be simple, humble and poor,

to be open to God at the core of our hearts, and to wait on God’s word evermore.

 

And teach us the way of mobility: to be swift and graceful and true,

so that in our lives we may visit again the ones who are waiting for you.

 

And teach us the mystery of charity: to hold our neighbor in heart,

to sing of the Spirit alive in our midst, and to carry the word of God’s love.

 

ASSOCIATE NEWS - Staten Island, Wilton and Illinois Retreats

During April, we gave three day retreats on “Discovering the Charism of Marguerite in the Stories of our Lives”. The goal of the retreat was to encourage Associates and others who attended to realize the connections of their own life events with the stories of Marguerite’s and Mary’s lives.

Staten Island

On April 1st, six Associates and three Sisters gathered in the beautiful chapel of Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island. All expressed gratitude for extended time for prayer, quiet and sharing. Some remarks from the evaluation of the day were: “Listening to each other becomes ‘graced time.’” “All our stories are so unique but similar.” “I learned and confirmed that I am not alone, especially in difficult moments. I have good friends here.”

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Mary, Queen of the May

“Bring flowers of the rarest, bring flowers of the fairest. From garden and woodland and hillside and dale; Our full hearts are swelling our glad voices telling The praise of the loveliest flower of the vale. O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May, O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.” The familiar words of this hymn echoed in the Chapel of Lourdes Health Care Center after Liturgy on May 4, 2017. Our own Sr. Marie Elaine Lachance walked from her wheel chair to do the honors of “the crowning.” We thought this role very fitting for Sister Marie Elaine: her Marian name, her membership in the Congregation of NOTRE DAME, and her deep devotion to the Rosary. And as she said “I wore appropriate colors, a blue shirt and white top!” Once again Marie Elaine makes us happy and proud!

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PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS – USA

I am delighted to report that we sent a check to First Friends. There is a certain irony that in response to President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, more groups are reaching out to First Friends with contributions of materials for the folders they distribute. So, The “Have a Heart” Campaign funds will be used primarily to provide phone cards for those in detention. Sr. Marilyn Medinger and I met with the staff at First Friends in early April. Thank you to all who supported the Campaign. Marilyn and I are going to Chicago to attend the Annual Conference on Immigration sponsored by Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants.

On April 1st the CRC-STOP anti-trafficking coalition co-sponsored a Conference at St. John’s University. About 250 people participated. It was our best attended conference to date and our most diverse audience.

Cathy Molloy and I also attended the Trinity Institute on Water Justice. There were several wonderful presenters. The videos are now available. I recommend watching the talks of Katharine Hayhoe and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/videos/recent?page=5

Maude Barlow also spoke.

On April 29, I participated in a “Sister March” in New Haven.

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Launch of the Application Montréal, What a story! …along the river at Maison Saint-Gabriel

Around midday, Wednesday, May 3, the Métayères room at Maison Saint-Gabriel was packed for the launch of the new mobile application: Montréal, What a story! … along the river. As its name indicates, this app was created to help us discover the history of Montréal in the place where it all began – along the river. We are invited to download the application from www.montreal-history.com and to follow a route that transports us through space and time. As we make our way, there are approximately 300 old photos to look at, 35 individuals to meet and about twenty quizzes to do.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017

May 7, 2017 marks the 54th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations — a day when the Church everywhere asks for special prayer for the ministers of the Church and for “young men and women to hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, [and] societies of apostolic life.”  

Statistics show that 73% of women and men professing final vows participated in one or more parish activities and 88% served in one or more parish ministries before entering religious life.  Do young people have these opportunities? Are they invited? 

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Waterbury Catholic High Class of 1967 reunion

WCHS CLASS OF 1967 had their 50th reunion last Sunday.  Interestingly they began the day with Mass at the Immaculate Conception Basilica.  As the only former teacher present I was the recipient of all the expressions of gratitude for the wonderful education received at WCHS. I pass on to all of you involved lots of gratitude for your time at WCHS.  It was a joyful and very delightful time.  Peace, Sr. Kathleen Dorney

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LA FOLLE AVENTURE

A play about the foundation of Montreal for the festivities of the 375th anniversary, staged by the troop of young adults of the Espace Benoît Lacroix.

Was it folly or wisdom that inspired the “Montréalistes” to found Ville-Marie in 1642?

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Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP) Update

4,000 residents of the communities of Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay will participate. The purpose of the pilot project is to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario's economic growth. Ontario is also in the early stages of planning a separate, parallel First Nations Basic Income Pilot, co-created and designed with First Nations partners. For more details on OBIP see https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2017/04/giving-more-people-an-opportunity-to-get-ahead-and-stay-ahead.html

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