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Earth Day 2019 - April 22nd

Protect Our Species – the Theme for Earth Day this year. It is common knowledge to anyone who cares to hear and understand that the world is facing a constant and rapid reduction of species, plant-life and animal-life. Human activity has brought about a negative impact on most living things. Birds, insects, mammals, water-dwellers and diverse forms of plant life are in a struggle against extinction. There is hope. Scientists assure us we can slow the rate of extinction of life forms if people everywhere - educators, consumers, faith leaders and followers, activists, and concerned citizens - work together on policies to protect individual species and their habitat. Earth Day urges us towards a global movement that calls on us to embrace nature and all its values.

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Development & Peace

On Sunday, April 6, about ten CND sisters participated in the annual meeting of Development & Peace for the Diocese of Charlottetown. There was a record attendance along with excellent presentations. In many ways we were challenged to become aware of the sufferings of refugees. Danny Gillis had us walk on a simulated trek from our “comfort zones” to end up in a “refugee camp.” After a video interview with a child in such a camp, we heard personally from a young man who had actually lived through such a journey from his native Bhutan to a new life of freedom here on P.E.I. with his family.

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Book Recommandation

On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old, by Parker Palmer (2018)

This is a book – a little book – that evokes gratitude, offers wisdom, and helps bring to memory those forgotten gems we perhaps undervalued in our life story. He includes poetry – mostly his own – that seems to fit exactly. He gives hints and suggestions; he encourages the reader to try these but also to identify their own helps. “The older we get,” he says, “the more our lives are enriched by lessons we weren’t ready to learn when we were young.” Parker is eighty now, and a truly gifted teacher. He holds strong political views and is unapologetic in passing them on. Richard Rohr has stated, “Our entire culture is in need of true elders, and you can’t be one until you have arrived there –chronologically, spiritually and intellectually.” Here’s a man who has arrived, with another book that’s a generous gift to all of us.

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Anniversary Eucharist

Plan to watch the Celebration of Eucharist for the 400th Anniversary of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys on Wednesday, April 17th, Salt and Light, Toronto Studio. Viewing is also available on Vision TV at 8:am and 12:Noon (Toronto time) as well as on the website https://dailytvmass.com.

 

 

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Reflection For Palm Sunday

Okay, here it goes. Please remember II asked for this Sunday. I thought Palm Sunday would be interesting (and easy) to write a Reflection for, but I was mistaken. I have probably written and rewritten this Reflection in my head over a thousand (yes I do tend to exaggerate) times since I asked for this day to reflect upon. But this is it, The WEDNESDAY BEFORE Palm Sunday. I cannot procrastinate anymore, I must just write it all down.

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April 22, 2019, Earth Day Vegan Day at the CND

The CND Committee[i] coordinating the “Sowing Hope for the Planet” campaign (initiated by the Union of Superiors General, Rome), has prepared two activities for the observance of Earth Day on April 22, 2019.

The first is a celebration in 4 languages.

The second is a Congregation-wide Vegan Day.


[i] Committee composed of Céline Beaulieu CND, Évangeline Mengue CND, Lilian Barrera CND, Rose Mary Sullivan CND, Ms. Monica Lambton and Ms. Bineta Ba

 

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April 22, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day

“To follow Jesus is to be a wholemaker,
essentially to love the world into new being and life.”

Sr. Ilia Delio, Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness

Leader: April 22, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. The theme chosen for this year is Protect Our Species...

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Happy 104th!

On March 21st a celebration was held at the CND Health Care Center, in honour of the 104th birthday of Sr. Catherine MacPhee. Health care coordinator, JoAnn McLean began the celebration with a tribute to Sr. Catherine and entertainment was provided by Sr. Elaine Hawrylak. Sr. Theresa Sampson sang Sr. Catherine another verse of Happy Birthday, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The celebration was well attended by sisters throughout the area. Sr. Catherine is looking forward to celebrating her 105th!

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Cut Back on Plastics

Recently, at our residence, we had a presentation about plastics. Carl Duivenvoorden is a devoted environmentalist, the first Canadian volunteer to be trained by Al Gore. Carl has a special gift for speaking clearly on serious issues, in positive nonjudgmental or threatening ways. And he lives his message. Carl came with show-and-tell containers and materials, and facts.

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Prayer to Celebrate Earth Day

Prayer to Celebrate Earth Day

Setting:

Globe

Four candles representing the four corners of the world

Images reflecting earth’s beauty, faces of boys and girls

Container with water, small plant

North ---- water

South ----- earth

East --- fire

West ----- air

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration And Birthday Celebration At Mary Of Peace

If green is a sign of hope, there was hope a plenty as we gathered to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Mary of Peace community. And, not to be forgotten, our favourite Scott Mary Catherine Cameron was celebrated marking her 94th birthday. Fun was had by all and a reminder that yes, hope is contagious. Let’s keep hopeful!

Lorraine Costello, CND with Mary of Peace community, Montreal

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March 22 is World Water Day

Today Is World Water Day – an annual day we are invited to focus our attention on sustaining the world’s freshwater resources. This year’s theme is “Leaving No One Behind.” We who have available the water we need, could seek to learn more about the reasons why people, even in our own privileged country may be left behind without safe water. As we pour today, a glass of clean, clear water and drink, we can be appreciative. As we wash our hands today, and feel the cleansing liquid on our skin, we can be grateful. We can look at the food at our table today and notice which foods needed water to cook them. Even if we experience tears today, we can allow them to slide down, maybe even to our chin, and be glad for water.

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Marguerite, What Am I Doing Here?

When I moved from 12 years of parish ministry in Newfoundland to Kingston, my thoughts were on what shall I do now? As I explored the city the word that was always on my mind was “Periphery.” One afternoon my attention was drawn to a very large campus with beautiful grounds, a striking array of buildings, topped with a majestic red dome. It all reminded me of Disneyland. I concluded that it was a Theme Park. I awaited its opening, only to be informed it was one of the five prisons within the city. That was a shock, yet gradually the realization came... here lies the periphery for me.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

From Our Leadership Team

We are happy to announce that beginning on July 1, 2019:

  • Maria Cabello-Vazquez will serve as Co-Coordinator of the Associate Relationship for a three-year term. She brings a profound relationship with Marguerite Bourgeoys and apparently boundless energy. Donna Wuhrer will continue as Co-Coordinator, as will Joan Mahoney (until June 2020).
  • Jaculyn Hanrahan, CND will serve as Coordinator of Peace and Justice for a three-year term, with the hope of being joined by a Co-Coordinator next year. Jackie has been active in advocacy, research, and networking with regard to environmental and economic justice in rural Virginia for many years. She will be expanding her scope to all the areas where Associates and Sisters reside.

We are very grateful to both of these generous and talented women.

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News from Sister Josephine Badali

Reflection For First Sunday Of Lent

For to His angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all of your ways.

In reading Psalm 91, we see and feel God’s heart for His children. Here we read that when we acknowledge Him as our refuge and fortress, our God in whom we trust, He then offers us His everything... His strength in trouble, His protection against evil, His comfort in our distress. And then, just to delight, He commands His angels to guard us in all of our ways. I know as a child seeing the familiar picture of two children crossing a bridge, an angel spreading her wings around them, was a magical scene. I never doubted back then. Of course, I had a guardian angel! Of course, I needed to leave room for her on my seat in school! I was sure about angels. And then... I just began to forget. Life happened, marriage and babies happened and sad to say, my guardian angel took a back seat.

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Marie-Aveline Bengle, Mother Sainte-Anne-Marie Remarkable Woman in Quebec’s Educational History

It is with great joy that the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame have learned that the name of Sister Marie-Aveline Bengle (known as Mother Sainte-Anne-Marie) is found on the list of women who were honoured by the Quebec Government today, for the great impact they had in Quebec’s history (see communiqué).

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Online Resources For Lenten Journey

As we enter the Lenten journey, these are two websites you may want to check out.

www.sacredspace.ie: offers help with praying with the daily readings. It is the website of the Irish Jesuits.

www.ronrolheiser.com: Fr. Ron is a Canadian Oblate whose column "In Exile" is carried in more than one hundred papers around the world. The website gives you access to his writings as well as interviews with him on various topics.

 

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For these things I weep... Lamentation for a Suffering Church: A Reflection for Ash Wednesday

The last few weeks have been difficult for me. At our Montréal associates and sisters gathering in January, we had a very frank and honest discussion about sexual abuse in the Church. It left me troubled. Troubled, because, as a Church, we have been derelict in our duty to care for those entrusted to us. Even more troubled that some of us have done great harm. Lives have been broken; either through acts of commission or equally damaging acts of omission, cover-up, and lies. I did not leave my meeting feeling hopeful. Neither did I feel very confident that Church leadership was serious about implementing change or fixing a culture that allowed this to happen. There is a crisis of trust. I too have succumbed to it. I have been praying and reflecting on this ever since.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Going to the Peripheries

For the past 6 years I have been an active member of the Cape Breton Coalition for Social Justice. In 2014 the Coalition launched a Literacy Project to help reduce poverty through education, the goal being to assist families in obtaining books for children of all ages, especially pre-school age children, and stay at home parents. New and used books are being delivered to Food Banks and various Social Service Agencies. Donations of new books just prior to Christmas have been used by families as gifts for their children. The annual “Under One Umbrella” event in Sydney has been another avenue for making books available to families. Nine hundred (900) books were donated to families during the 2018 event. The goal of this day is to provide “free support services under one roof to those who are homeless or at high risk of being homeless.” Services provided include dental, hearing and vision testing, diabetic screening, massage therapy, foot care, chiropractic services, family physicians, hair dressing, clothing, legal aid as well as food and entertainment.

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