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Breakfast in Port Felix 

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, the Parishioners of St. Joseph's Parish in Port Felix had their annual breakfast of bacon, sausage, bologna, hash browns, scramble eggs, pancakes, toast, Pearl's homemade jams, corn fritters, juice, tea and coffee. People come from far and near to enjoy Sister Alma's delicious corn fritters which she makes from scratch. Everyone leaves with a full belly. 

Joan Tibbo, friend of CND 

 

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A celebration at Lourdes

Sr. Cathy Crowley and her two animal “friends” hosted a celebration at Lourdes on Saturday, March 20th for our Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters. Commemorating the coming of Spring and the Feast of Saint Joseph, the Sisters enjoyed entertainment, an ice cream cake, gifts and the affectionate greetings of Cathy and the animals! As always, the getting together and a CND visitor were the best parts. THANKS, Cathy!  

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News from Visitation Province

SEEDS is a Porte Parole Production (Montreal) written by Annabel Soutar and starring Eric Peterson (of Corner Gas and Street Legal fame). SEEDS has played in major Canadian cities since 2010, on tour from BC eastward, closing in Fredericton, March 19th. The local Raging Grannies were there, singing some great parodies about Monsanto.

This documentary theatre piece is the story of Saskatchewan canola farmer Percy Schmeiser's four-year legal battle with biotech giant Monsanto (1998-2004). Mr. Schmeiser continues to travel the world — he’s 84 now — talking about genetically modified organisms, the dangers of them, and the environmental and health and political ramifications of multinational corporations being able to copyright a seed. It continues to confront us with very serious questions. The answer to Schmeiser’s “Who owns Life?” question is about the future of our food system.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND, for JPIC 

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April Article for The RI Catholic

“April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.”

T.S.Eliot, the author of these first seven lines of his famous poem, “The Waste Land,” could well be a contemporary columnist for any paper in the world today. For New Englanders, April is always a tease for spring. The days can flip from sunny warm weather where coats are shed and windows opened to a late wintry blizzard which forces us to shovel, plow and keeps us inside by a fire.

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Easter Reflection

For our last refection for Lent 2016, Sr. Réjeanne Bourque, CND invites us to Easter excitement and the wonder of the Resurrection. Sr. Réjeanne is a CND Sister in Visitation Province and lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  I am grateful that Anna Rowley, an Associate Co-Coordinator for Eastern Canada, sent me this reflection to share with all of you.  And I am grateful to all who have contributed to our Lenten reflections, Sharon Norton,  Kathy Chadwick, Barbara Houlihan Hecht,  Dolores Libby and  Christine Mc Michael.  Thank you, too, to all of you who have prayerfully participated in our Lenten community by reading and reflecting each week and to those who shared their responses.  May the beautiful season of Easter gladden each of us with the joy, peace and hope of the Risen Christ among us!  Sr. Joan Mahoney, CND

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Palm Sunday,2016

The center of this Sunday’s readings is: The Passion of the Lord.  At the risk of stating the obvious; the readings on Palm Sunday are long!

My thoughts about The Passion vary considerably based on the role I am fulfilling at the moment. 

Back in the day, as a young, idealistic, single woman, I loved going to Mass on Palm Sunday by myself.  Sure it was a long Mass, that was a given, but it was beautiful and peaceful, too.  During those times, I would ponder so many complexities of the plot and the Passion narrative.  In those times, I would be thinking like someone from the 21st century wanting to right the ills 21 centuries prior.  I would get to Mass early and prayer fully ponder the 'what ifs?'.  What if Pilate had been more resolute in his assertion of Jesus' innocence?  What if Jesus behaved…differently?  What if justice and love prevailed?  What if? What if?  

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News from Visitation Province

Earth Hour 2016 – The Future Starts Today

Saturday, March 19 at 8:30 - 9:30 pm local time

One hour without (non-essential) lighting, appliances or electrical devices. Last year, participation was reported in 172 countries and territories.

Our actions in our time will determine what the world will be like for generations to come. For a short video listing some good things that have resulted from decisions to act, see www.earthour.org

Eleanor McCloskey, CND for JPIC 

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March 2016 Visitation East Associate Newsletter

2016 CND General Chapter 

Rooted in Jesus Christ, Let us Cultivate Love and Compassion

General Chapter Associate Preparation

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

All associates are now being asked to read and reflect prayerfully upon the six associate and six sisters letters from the six areas of the Congregation (Canada, France, US, Japan, Central America and Cameroon) that we received in January. 

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Welcome CND associates and friends. My name is Dolores Libby, future associate who lives in Hayesville North Carolina and attends Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.


John invites us in the March 13, 2016 Gospel, the fifth Sunday of Lent, to examine the words and actions of Jesus as He, Jesus, confronts the old law with the new. He teaches us that humankind should never judge or condemn for we all are sinners, and only God is without sin. He refused to mock, scold, ridicule or cast a sentence upon the woman caught in adultery because he was and is the essence of forgiveness and compassion. The only penance Jesus gave her was to go and sin no more.

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Talk by Professor Tor Iorapuu, St. Thomas Chaplaincy & Diocesan Council of Dev&Peace

On March 8th, St. Thomas Chaplaincy and the Diocesan Council of Development and Peace hosted a talk by Professor Tor Iorapuu, Executive Director of Youth Adolescent Reflection and Action Centre (YARAC) in North-Central Nigeria. A Development and Peace partner, YARAC is actively involved in peace building among and between Christians and Muslims in a country with a decades-long history of violence between ethnic and religious groups. They also have programs to empower women, to encourage entrepreneurs, and to promote the need for ecological and social justice in their country. Professor Iorapuu credits much of YARAC's success, particularly in "planting trees of social cohesion" among a new generation of young Nigerians, to the aid of Development and Peace and its generous supporters. I appreciated being there for the presentation and found him to be one of the best speaker-visitors. Also enjoyed the discussion after the formal talk! More info about D&P is available at www.devp.org

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Developing Contemplative Presence: Heart Leaders for these Dangerous, Delicate Times

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Developing Contemplative Presence: Heart Leaders for these Dangerous, Delicate Times

May 20th – 22nd 2016

This weekend offers us an opportunity to focus on a dimension of religious life that has been in the shadows for some time as religious women became activists in the years following the Vatican Council. Now, in a time of diminishing numbers and the limitations of aging members, a call to live more contemplatively and compassionately (Heart Presence) is arising in specific and urgent ways. During this weekend, both teaching and practicing will offer and encourage a practical welcoming of these dimensions into our lives.

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Associate News

Provincial Chapter March 10-13, 2016: Fifteen associates will be representing the associates at the Provincial Chapter. On Saturday, March 12, they will meet with Sr. Jean McLoughlin, SSND to discern and elect one participant and two alternates for the August General Chapter. After the Provincial Chapter, they will share their experience and the results of that Chapter in local Associate communities. Please pray that the Spirit will guide all the associates and sisters at the Chapter. 

CORE Committee for Strategic Planning: On February 6, 12 pm – 3 pm, the Core Committee for Strategic Planning (“CCSP”) met for the second time, with four members at Wilton and four on group Skype. While each associate has received the results of this meeting, a brief review follows. 

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Visiting Sunny Hill

Associates Billie Porte and Denise Zielinski, along with Sister Bea Baker, visited with residents in the Sunny Hill nursing home and were touched by the elderly patients who had a sparkle in their eyes in the midst of their diminishing health. The visits gave joy to both the Congregation of Notre Dame family and residents as they chatted and prayed together.

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News from Visitation Province

National Catholic Mission 2016 – “Merciful like the Father” with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, March 21 – 23, 2016

Vision TV: Part I: The Jubilee of Mercy

Monday, March 21, 2016

6-10 p.m. [EST] 7-11 p.m. [AST]

 Part II: The Prodigal Father and his Two Wayward Sons

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

6-10 p.m. [EST] 7-11 p.m. [AST] 

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Ending Torture A Call to Act

Schedule an action on the 23rd of the month, symbolizing 23 hours a day in isolation: As a part of the Together to End Solitary campaign, join people throughout the U.S. who are holding monthly actions on the 23rd of each month to call for an end to the torture of solitary, at the recommendation of people incarcerated in Pelican Bay prison who led the momentous hunger strikes in California prisons. To see recent and upcoming actions on the 23rd of the month, and to share yours, go to: www.togethertoendsolitary.org. Maybe your action could be to watch the DVD, Breaking Down the Box (41 Minutes).

 

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24 Hours For The Lord Prayer Vigil

In his writing on the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites everyone to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord on March 4, 5. The SSNDs at Wilton are praying in the following way:

  •  A common vespers on Friday, March 4 at 6 pm;
  •  A common prayer at 8 pm;
  •  Common prayer at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm on Saturday, March 5.

CNDs have been invited to participate in any or all of the prayer times. Pat McCarthy will lead the 8 pm prayer service.

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Very Good News

On December 8, 2015, during a special 10:30 a.m. Mass, the sisters of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Infirmary and Our Lady of Peace Community were invited to mark, in their own significant and memorable way, the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council and the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016).Truly good news!

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March Article for the RI Catholic

“We need Christians who make God’s mercy and tenderness for every creature visible to the men and women of our day. We all know that the crisis of modern man is not superficial but profound…   The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the gospel.” (Pope Francis)

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

On this mid-way Sunday of Lent, we are given such images and words as feasting, newness of creation, compassion, reconciliation and even “radiance of joy” (Ps 34). The Gospel is one we have heard so often but is always new: Jesus’ story known as the Prodigal Son.  Henri Nouwen, a great spiritual writer, in his The Return of the Prodigal Son, identifies with the son.  “I leave home every time I lose faith in the voice that calls me the Beloved and follow the voices that offer a great variety of ways to win the love I so much desire.” 

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