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Wednesday, February 24 is Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. On this day, also called Pink Shirt Day, we are encouraged to wear something pink to indicate our support for all the efforts made to promote and encourage the message that we must treat others with dignity and respect. The weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown the importance of helping one another. We want to “lift each other up,” individually and through programs and projects that build healthy self esteem. Bullying in any form - physical, verbal, or social and relational - can result in serious emotional problems, anxiety, low self-esteem or severe depression. Pink says empathy, compassion and kindness!

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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1st Sunday of Lent Feb. 2121

I am Sr. Joan Mahoney, CND. Last summer, I retired as Coordinator of the Associate Relationship in Blessed Sacrament Province. I continue to do some consulting for the Associate Leadership. I am professed for 57 years and live with three other CND's in Norwalk, CT.

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Ash Wednesday: Reflection on the Deepening of Prayer Life

News from Visitation Province

Indigenous Land Acknowledgements: All of the Canadian territory we live on was occupied before European settlement by indigenous communities and it’s good to know about our own local indigenous history. In Ottawa-Gatineau many faith-based communities such as mine, St. Basil’s parish, and provincial and federal government events begin by acknowledging our presence on the unceded traditional land of the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) nation. In Montreal, McGill has information on the indigenous land it sits on and has links to the importance of land acknowledgements at

https://www.mcgill.ca/indigenous/land-and-peoples/learn-about-land-and-peoples-tiohtiake-montreal.

If you Google land acknowledgement and the name of your location you’ll find your indigenous community history. For example, Halifax and Mi’kmaw. The acknowledgement can be included at the beginning of any prayer or other gathering.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa associate

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Cameroon celebrates Youth Day on February 11

Cameroon celebrates Youth Day on February 11. This day is dedicated to getting the nation’s young people involved in constructive activities, instilling the spirit of leadership in them and encouraging them to participate in culture and society.

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The Congregation mother house kitchen gets a makeover in accordance with the 8r’s!

In a very impressive way, and thanks to excellent maintenance, some of the Mother house kitchen appliances have had a lifespan that has far exceeded the norm. Even so, the kitchen had to be rebuilt because some of the equipment and aspects of the facilities were outdated.

We reused everything we could. This is the case of the kitchen hood, which has not been moved and whose ducts have been "rejuvenated". Some items, such as shelves, were redistributed and found a new use elsewhere in the Mother house. Others, such as the old oven, will be donated to organizations that need them and can give them a second life.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life: 25 years ago, Pope St. John Paul II called for consecrated life to be recognized and promoted throughout the universal church. This is celebrated on February 2. At Andrews of Charlottetown, we observed the day with a special prayer service in which we thanked God for having called us and prayed for the hurting people on the peripheries, as well as for our sisters. This was followed by a social hour which included refreshments and sharing of community life stories.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

CND Sisters and Associates attended the CTV Mass for Shut-Ins, January 10,2021 at Our Lady of Fatima Church to honour the Feast day of Saint Marguerite. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bill Burke and Deacon Lorne MacNeil, New Victoria Associate Mary MacKenzie was the lector and Pat Moore was the mu­sic minister. If you missed viewing this mass on CTV, it can be viewed on YouTube Diocese of Anti­gonish.

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A Faith-Based Vision for the United Nations at 75 and Beyond

In October 2020, the United Nations System celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding. To mark this momentous occasion, several members of the community that represents Catholic Religious congregations, including Patricia Flattery, CND, came together to craft practical recommendations as to how the UN System could move forward from this fraught moment to “build back better” than it was before.

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General Conference 2021

The members of the General Conference met by Zoom, January 19-21, for a period of 4-5 hours each day. The time of day or night depended on the time zone of the province or region where we live.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

The Congregation de Notre-Dame Blessed Sacrament Province Sustainability Committee offered an interprovincial ZOOM Gathering on Sunday, January 24. Over 50 sisters and associates joined in. What a blessed opportunity to share insights, to see friends and companions and meet new Congregation de Notre-Dame connections. We had a large group together-time and two opportunities for small group sharing.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12, 2021

The Halifax Sisters and Associates came together in our own homes to celebrate St. Marguerite’s Feast this year. It was different in that previous years we celebrated with parishioners from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish.  In spite of our reality, we were grateful that many of us in Halifax were able to come together on Zoom thanks to Sister Connie.

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Ignatian Spirituality Project, Walking each other Home

There is a popular saying we hear today that “on the journey of life we are all just walking each other home.” One of the great privileges in my life is walking with women and men on the margins of society with the Ignatian Spirituality Project: A ministry with people who have experienced some form of homelessness in their lives, whether that is living rough on the streets, being lost in addiction, having no significant connections with family and community or having lost a sense of self and place in the world. 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

West Kootenay Associates celebrate Marguerite Bourgeoys

One big highlight in the life of West Kootenay Associates is our annual celebration of Marguerite Bourgeoys on her Feast Day. When we gather on her feast, you can sense the elevated feelings of joy among us, especially as we enter prayer and song, and then afterwards a delicious pot luck meal. This year, with the restrictions, it was different, and there were a few twists but still how wonderful that Zoom permitted us to be together, we could see one another and speak to each other and it was with great joy that we shared a beautiful prayer service we found on the cnd-m.org website (created for Feast Day 2019).

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Statement on the January 6, 2021 Capital Siege

We, Members of the Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre Dame of Blessed Sacrament Province invite all in our Circles of Ministry and Friendship: our Sisters, Associates, and Collaborators in Mission to a renewed call of our Congregation’s 17th Century Founder, Marguerite Bourgeoys.

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The Complete Album Of “Marguerite” Has Been Released On Spotify

“… the sisters have been on my mind these last few months - I hope this finds you safe and well. What a year this has been! I wanted to share some wonderful news: the original cast album of Marguerite (featuring every word, lyric, and note of music!) will be released digitally. The cast album will soon be made available to stream on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify - and then physically released - on CD - in January 2021 by Broadway Records. …. Thank you so much again for your support, prayers, and championing of this project. It has been so many years in the making! We are looking forward to sharing Marguerite’s story with audiences again - once we are allowed to safely gather and sing! I’m just thrilled with this recording and hope you and the sisters will enjoy listening to Cady’s breathtaking performance. Always, Michael Cooper

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Living with COVID-19 at deSève Residence

Towards the end of March 2020, we at deSève Residence, the seven of us then, realized that confinement would be our lot for some time. We also came to see that this could be for us a God-send, in that we would have extra time for reading, prayer and reflection. God had a plan; we would try to make it our own.

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CND Associate Relationship Newsletter Visitation East January 2021

It was a “St. Marguerite Visitation Spirituality” at its best. A pre-arranged meeting was held on Dec. 28, 2020 at MacGillivray Health Care Centre with Sisters Catherine MacPhee (age 105) and Sister Mary Cecilia MacDonald (age 98). These Sisters were in excellent health and spirit. Thank you to the staff for the wonderful care of our CND Sisters.

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Love as a far more difficult life choice

January Article for The RI Catholic by Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND

It’s easy to hate. Truth can be ignored, facts dismissed, decency overlooked. Of course, the consequences of hate are not easy. It leads to total isolation, endless hurt to others. Life becomes a hell where no one is trusted beyond his or her own self-interests; people become commodities to be used or discarded at will. Everything and everyone has a price. Hatred unleashed takes on a life of its own. It changes our lives and the lives of those around us.

On the other side is love – a very different and far more difficult life choice. Snap judgements and easy answers no longer fit where love is concerned. Truth must be searched for and wrestled with every single day. Other people are valued only for who they are in the eyes of God, not for how much we need them or can use them. Love unleashed also takes on a life of its own. It changes us and all our relationships and choices.

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