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Movie Recommendation: The Upside

The Upside is finally showing in community theatres. It’s a remake of Les Intouchables made in 2011; that version was in French with subtitles. The movie is based on a real story. It’s about the relationship that develops between a serious rich man left paraplegic after an accident, and his ex-con super-funny attendant, played by Kevin Hart. Kevin’s body language and facial expression liven up the dialogue, for sure. He’s hilarious. Nicole Kidman has a constant, rather subdued presence. I liked the message that caregivers can learn sometimes to lighten up. Every life needs some fun.

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25th Anniversary Year of Action Refugiés

Early in the morning of January 17th, about twenty people, made up of staff, board members, human rights lawyers and student interns gathered for breakfast to launch the 25th Anniversary Year of Action Refugiés (www.actionr.org).

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Celebrating!

Sister Norma Gallant and the West Kootenay associates gathered on Sunday, January 13th to celebrate Marguerite with a pot-luck style turkey dinner at the home of associates Maurice & Janet in Castlegar. Our coming together was filled with warmth and happiness and the pure simple joy of being together. Following the noon-day meal, we remained at the table where we prayed the beautiful service provided by Blessed Sacrament Province to which we added our own music, including Kathleen Deignan’s meditative Pax Amor Christi. Sharing was deep and stories were told of times of stepping out in faith – stories from our past as well as very recent. In each case, our God was there to bring us through. Our time of prayer and sharing was very much in keeping with our current 2018-2019 focus on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. We were so comfortable together in our prayer and conversation that no one seemed to notice the several hours that had passed. In parting, many were heard to say, “That was so beautiful and meaningful. Again!”

 

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Intercultural workshop, Rome 2019

From January 21 to February 1 (2019) we had the opportunity to participate in the Intercultural Workshop offered by the International Union of Superiors General. Four sisters from the Congrégation de Notre-Dame along with other sisters from 45 different international congregations were present.

The variety of countries and languages represented in the meeting made evident the great wealth of experiences that exist around us and that become enriching elements for each culture.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

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News From Local Communities


Kamloops And Area Associate Gatherings, Fall 2018

Greetings from associates in Kamloops, Quesnel, Ashcroft, Eagle Bay and Salmon Arm. We are a group of 14 associates scattered over quite a large area of British Columbia. This is intended as just a very brief overview of our gatherings this past fall of 2018 as we had quite an interesting time.

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Prayer Service: Marguerite Bourgeoys and Liberating Education

“To be Christian is a journey of liberation. 

The commandments liberate you from your own self-centerdness,

and they liberate you because there is 

God’s love to carry you forward.” --Pope Francis

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Halifax Associates Gather in December

Submitted by Coordinator Anna Rowley

Halifax Associates gathered at the Bedford office on Sunday, December 9. Frankie MacCormack, Gloria Dempsey, Josie Ritcey, Sr Eileen McQuaid and Anna Rowley participated in a beautiful Advent service prepared by Sr. Connie MacIsaac entitled The Advent Dance of Waiting in Darkness. Through prayer, song, reflection and discussion we deepened our personal Advent journey. Sr. Eileen updated the group on preparations for the 400th Anniversary of the birth of St Marguerite. Anna talked about the activities she and Marjorie have worked on and will be working on in the coming year. We ended with a delicious potluck meal and catching up on everyone’s Christmas plans.

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Various Ways Feast Day Was Celebrated Throughout Visitation Province...

In Woodstock

Marjorie Allison Ross, associate co-coordinator, shown with display at St. Gertrude’s Church in Woodstock, January 12. After Mass, associates gathered at the home of Helen Ross.


In Fredericton

CND sisters and associates attended the Parish Mass at St. Dunstan’s in downtown Fredericton. Father Bill Brennan, with his usual humor and teaching style, spoke about Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys and the CND connection in the area. After Mass, a group of us went to The Lunar Rogue to enjoy nourishment and conversation.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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Feast Day Celebrations in Toronto

On January 13th, sisters, associates and teaching colleagues from Notre Dame High School filled the first few pews of a packed church for 11 o’clock mass at St. Paschal Baylon parish in Toronto. It was the fulfilment of a dream brought to reality by associate Iole Bada and manifested in the large statue to the right of the altar. Working with the pastor, Iole arranged for this image of St. Marguerite to be presented to the parish as part of our Toronto Feast Day celebrations.

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Christmas truly begins now!

The Christmas season is over. Some homes still have their outside decorative lights on to help us with these long dark winter evenings. Even the Churches have their Nativity sets stored for another year. Yet the Incarnation of Christ belongs more in our ordinary everyday lives than on just one day in December. It takes a lifetime to unwrap the gift of Christ himself which he gives to us.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Feast Day Celebration 

Sr. Eileen McQuaid delivered the homily at Marguerite Bourgeoys parish church in Tantallon, NS on Tuesday January 8th. She spoke of Marguerite as an immigrant and newcomer to Canada and Mother of the Colony. 
 

 

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Prayer Service for the Feast of Marguerite Bourgeoys

Leader:  St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, was a woman of great love, faith, and courage.  She trusted in God with all of her heart.  As we gather in great joy to celebrate her Feast Day, let us draw inspiration from the life and example of our foundress.

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Mass for the Feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Presided by Guy Chapdelaine

Mass in French with some English texts / hymns

Sunday January 13, 2019 at 10:30 A.M.

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

400 rue Saint-Paul Est Montréal, H2Y 1H4

514 282-8670

Métro Champ-de-Mars

www.marguerite-bourgeoys.com

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The Story of the People’s Pastoral from the Catholic Community of Appalachia

An exploration (from a Catholic perspective) of the social and environmental challenges facing the Appalachian region; the grassroots work of women religious in Appalachia and the advocacy work of women religious in Washington, DC; the story of acommunity that took the initiative to listen to both the cries of the poor andthe earth, without waiting for the approval of the bishops of the Appalachian region; a community that has been vindicated by the words and actions of Pope Francis, especially his encyclical letter Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.

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Associate Coordinators Visit PEI Groups to Provide Visitation Assembly Presentations

Associate groups from Charlottetown and Rustico, PEI, met at Andrews Lodge, Charlottetown, on Tuesday 27 November, 2018, to enjoy a two-hour presentation by Associate Coordinators Marjorie Allison - Ross and Anna Rowley. They gave an excellent summary of the results and agreements found at the Visitation Province Associates Assembly held in Montreal, QC, May 18-21, 2018.

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Sydney and Area Sisters and Associates Attend Mass for Shut Ins

On Sunday, November 25th, Sisters and Associates of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame gathered at the ATV Studio on George Street in Sydney to celebrate Mass For Shut-ins with celebrant Fr. Albert Maroun. Angela McKinnon was the altar server and Lorette Campbell and choir provided the music.

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News from our Sisters in the US

Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame celebrate with Sister Pat Jamele her induction into the Holy Cross Crusader Hall of Honor.

From Our Leadership Team

Led by Associate Co-coordinator Donna Wuhrer, in the province offices we prayed to Our Lady of Guadalupe on her feast day, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers seeking to cross our southern border. Afterwards we feasted Mexican-style! 

In addition, we signed as a Leadership Team a call to end the practice of housing people for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Kankakee County.

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News from our Sisters in Canada

Conversations of the Heart

On Sunday, December 16th, we put our hearts into a Christmas feast of prayer and food and friendship. We were delighted to be able to share our feast with Sisters Rebecca and Catherine who just "happened" to be in the area. What a special visitation happening that was! We, of course, missed the presence of Sisters Noreen H., Bernadette and Della but I was able to bring back to Andrews a taste of the feast for them. We weren't expecting Santa but, imagine our surprise when we found, not one, but two gift bags for each of us under the coffee table. After much feasting and fun, we made plans for our next gathering and went our separate ways, looking forward to continuing to celebrate the Christmas Season with family and friends. We reminded ourselves that we were still, however, in the season of waiting, of preparing, of anticipating the coming of the "God of Surprises" who will make all things new.

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Praying for Peace for Honduras in the New Year

session was held at the mother house on the Migrants' Caravan coming from Honduras with Honduran journalist Felix Molina. The room was full of Congrégation de Notre-Dame Sisters and staff and guests from many collaborating organizations. It was an excellent session. The most significant stat for me was that if the doors were opened 70% of Hondurans say they would leave.

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Congrégation de Notre-Dame legacy as first educators in Bourbonnais and Kankakee

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, visitors of the Kankakee French Heritage Museum, located in an historic stone barn in Kankakee, Illinois, were treated to a dramatic presentation on the history of early education in the Bourbonnais and Kankakee area.

Local theater actress and French teacher at Kankakee High School Bonnie Brewer appeared as Soeur Marie de la Victoire, one of the three original Congregation de Notre Dame Sisters who arrived in Bourbonnais in 1860 to start a school for the local children at the request of the pastor from MBVM Parish.

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