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Break the Silence… Stop the Violence

On December 5, Norma Gallant, CND, accompanied by 2 West Kootenay Associates, Tammy Fox and Maureen Wiley, helped to host a vigil at a local coffee shop commemorating the horrific massacre of women in Montreal at the School of Engineering at École Polytechnique in 1989. Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame have been participating in this annual event since it first began locally 14 years ago. The vigil was opened with a welcoming meditation by a First Nations representative and it was closed by a member of the local RCMP. Respectful remembrance was given to each of the young women killed, as well as all victims of violence. Statistics say that a woman is murdered by her partner every 2.5 days in Canada and that, of every 5 homicides, 4 will be women victims.

What can we do? Concrete actions below include something each of us can do:

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Protecting Water in Ontario

December 18th is a big date for protecting the source of sacred water in Ontario. The Province of Ontario currently has a ban on renewing water permits and that ban expires on Dec 18. The government will decide on whether it will renew the ban on all permit renewals again. This decision makes a big difference for the work of the Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) who are working to protect their region from the Nestle water bottling plants that currently take excessive amounts of water for pennies with expansion plans in the works. There is a proposal to the government for a nine month extension on the current ban and on new permits. The Sisters of St. Joseph and other communities are working with the WWW to affirm this ban and they have asked for the support of the CND in Visitation Province. Attached is a social media meme that is posted on the CND website and Facebook page. Please circulate it along with this link for action to all of your contacts and networks in Ontario, https://www.bluecommunitycsj.org/action. All residents of Ontario, please take the time to send a message to your MPP and Premier Doug Ford that you support an extension on the ban. There is a letter ready to go on the action page with a form to fill in your name and address. At the click of a button your letter will automatically be sent.

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Annunciation House, El Paso, TX

Last month I had the opportunity to return to El Paso Texas to serve at Annunciation House, a shelter for migrants coming daily to the U.S. seeking asylum. While working in the laundry room at the shelter, I met a migrant (I’ll call him Juan) who volunteered by collecting the daily dirty laundry. He told me he did well on his ranch in southern Mexico with many cattle and horses. The cartel came and threatened his family if he didn’t pay an enormous amount. He had to sell the ranch and all the animals. They returned and said the money wasn’t enough and that they would return the next day for more, or else. He had nothing left to give them. He packed his family in the car that night and drove for days to the U.S. border. “I lost everything”, he said one day incredulously many times through many tears (both his and mine) and just as many times reminded himself that he still had his wife and 3 children. He added that we were now his new family. How prophetic! We are all the human family, all with the same needs, all parts of the Body of Christ, all God’s creation. There is no “us” and “them”; there is only “us”. I worked with many others from all over the country who lived this ideal. Juan lived it too. He said he helped at the shelter as pay-back for all God had given him....a “glass half full” kind of man.

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Al-Madany Islamic Center In Norwalk

Srs. Marylou Lyons, Joan Mahoney, Mary Ann Rossi and Maryann Calabrese took part in the Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service held at the Al-Madany Islamic Center in Norwalk. Religious leaders from the Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, and Christian communities offered prayerful reflections, and civic leaders challenged us to show our gratitude at this Thanksgiving time through acts of service. A song, Deep Blue Sea, performed by Alman Nusrat brought us together in praise of our one God who knows and loves us all.

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Ok Clean Water Project Update

The OK Clean Water Project committee in Ottawa has made it official that 2019 is the last year it will raise funds for the OK project in Cameroon. The on-going socio-political crisis has limited the work in the villages, and OK Cameroon’s is being recognized by the government of Cameroon as an Association providing the official status needed for future fundraising opportunities. Since “education for sustainability” has been a key component of the OK project from the beginning, the village water management committees are able to maintain their village water projects.

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

It was Saturday morning, the day before the First Sunday of Advent. The usual impressive size crowd was at the 6 AM Mass. The priest was giving the homily in which he was reminding everyone that the Church year would begin the next day. In the course of his words he mentioned the name of Jesus. Two seats in front of me the older man nodded his head, ever so slightly, almost imperceptibly

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Advent 2019

The Season of Advent is upon us. A time of expectant waiting and preparation to celebrate the coming of Christ and to reflect on the nativity of Jesus. Stories of refugees and migrants have dominated the news in recent years. Their plight parallels the nativity story. Mary, Jesus and Joseph were refugees fleeing from violence as so many do today within their own countries or to other countries.  I invite you to read the prayer below and sit with the words. What is your response when God asks, “Will you let me in?” Do you hear the cry of the poor in our world today when they ask, “Will you let me in?”

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

At the heart of every vocation is the recognition of our dignity and the ideal that caring for each other is caring for God. We are bound by a common Creator, a loving God who asks all of us to be that love for others . . .

Each of us embodies the love of God in our time and place. Silences, action, mistakes, missteps, distractions, choices, attitudes, are all included in our path to holiness. The whole of our life, all the ups and downs, emerge as our reflection of Jesus Christ in the world today. By Sister Peggy Ryan, O.P. commenting on Pope Francis’ Gaudete Et Ex sultate, Rejoice and be Glad.

Question for reflection:

How do I embody the love of God today with the people living and working in my current context?

Rebecca McKenna, CND with members of the Vocation/Formation Committee

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Meeting on Eradication of Poverty: On Monday, November 25th, I along with approximately 100 other people had the opportunity to attend a public meeting to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the All – Party Resolution in the House of Commons to eradicate child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. The title of this meeting was: “Good Jobs For All: Fighting Poverty with A Job Guarantee.” Our guest speaker (by Skype) was Pavlina Tcherneva PH.D. Associate Professor of the Economics Program, Brad College, and research Scholar at Levy Economics Institute, Annandale - on Hudson, New York.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

On Friday, November 15, Bon Secours Residence had a prayer service for Internationality 2019. The liturgy was taken from the one prepared by the novices and sisters of Cameroon. During the intercessions, a sister held up the flag of that country as we joined in a prayer for the people in that region of the world. Sr. Elizabeth Schratz from Mary of Peace community held the Japanese flag as we prayed for the needs of that country.

Donna Kelly, CND

 

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Troyes Pilgrimage Reflections

As we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Marguerite Bourgeoys’ birth, there have been different events and activities around the world to mark this milestone. One of these activities initiated by the English-speaking CND associates was a Pilgrimage to Troyes to “Walk in the Footsteps of Marguerite” in her hometown from September 17 - 23. The associates asked me to lead them on this venture and I was more than happy to do so. It was both an honor and a privilege to be part of this event. I would like to share some reflections on the pilgrimage.

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Beatitudes of Mary for Advent

Introduction:  In this prayer service, we are focusing on how Mary is blessed by her call, her response and birth of Jesus.  We are inspired by the September Associate Retreat that Kathleen Deignan led on Marguerite’s Beatitudes.   Marguerite understood that Mary is a blessing in our lives and she  blesses us with the gifts we need this Advent.   We are suggesting some songs but you may wish to choose others.

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Visit with CND Sisters in Saint-Louis-de-Kent, NB

On Saturday, November 9th Miramichi Associates Gail McKibbon and Frances Connell travelled to Saint-Louis-de-Kent to present eight prayer shawls to the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame who live there.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry was founded in St. Mary’s Parish, Miramichi almost ten years ago by Gail McKibbon. Sister Marie St.Coeur and Associate Carmel Doyle have been with the group since its beginning. [Photo: Frances Connell with the Sisters wearing their new prayer shawls.]

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News from OK Clean Water

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – November 25th

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. It remains largely unreported because of the stigma and shame surrounding it. November 25th will begin a multi-year effort from the United Nations aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls. We could watch for events in support of this work. We could maybe be a bit more awake and aware of the violence around us, in language and in everyday behaviour.

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From Development and Peace

In 2015 Pope Francis made us aware of the need to protect the environment in his encyclical “Laudato Si.” His message has stirred Development & Peace to choose “For Our Common Home” as its’ theme for the next two years. You can “Defend the Defenders” by signing a solidarity letter addressed to two communities threatened by ‘mining and logging’ in Brazil, or you may want to take the intergenerational pledge by visiting the D & P website and choose your own personal commitment for taking better care of our Earth.

Learn more at https://www.devp.org/en/education/fall2019/materials

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Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation

Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation by J. Philip Newell is a much appreciated little volume that fits in very well with the creation focused prayers and reflections we are finding in our circles these times.

Newell says: “Many of us have known a love of Christ and a love of the unfolding earth in our lives. Most of us have not known how to hold the two together.” Maybe, today, we are more aware and more appreciative?

This book helped me become more acquainted with Teilhard de Chardin and his efforts to “move” Church thinking. Teilhard died unknown but 50 years later his memory was celebrated at the United Nations and more readers and thinkers are using his inspiration.

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Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) 2019 Report

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Visitation Province Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is committed to social and ecological justice and peace. This is their 2019 report to the Congregation.

Watch the video of the report

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Congregation de Notre-Dame included in UISG Plenary Presentation

The UISG Campaign 'Sowing Hope for the Planet' has connected with more than 400 congregations inviting them to share together regarding the goal of bringing the message of the Laudato Si’ Encyclical Letter to life. Last May many Superior Generals gathered in Rome where a video was presented on the actions of several Congregations. Sr. Agnes Campbell was there and told us how proud she was to see the name of the Congregation de Notre-Dame on the video. At the presentation of the social justice mosaic at the mother house last May, Sr. Agnes remarked that the whole project is even more significant for her now that she is aware of the meaning behind the mosaic. The video is available in eight languages. It is wonderful to see the many and varied actions from around the world, and exciting to see that we are not the only community with an artistic contribution. New things are happening!

You can watch the English version here - the Congregation de Notre-Dame content is at the minute 9.21s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QkAlquwbJI&feature=youtu.be

 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Ottawa celebrates Marguerite's 400th: On November 2nd over 120 gathered at St. Paul's University for a morning with Kathleen Deignan, CND to listen, participate and reflect on the theme, "Daring to Dream a New World into Being," followed by lunch. Using examples from Marguerite Bourgeoys's life we were each challenged to carry on this dream both now and into the future.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa associate

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