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Advent Service 2020

“Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope…It is the beautiful task of advent to awaken in all of us the memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”

- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which is Above, 1986

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Last Sunday we celebrated Mary Meagher and Monica Branchaud’s Birthdays in grand style! This time the “invited guests” were the sisters from Marian 1 and 2. It was wonderful being together sharing stories. Mary recalled with much delight some of her childhood memories on the farm.  Monica was happy to be there with everyone. It was one of her first celebrations in Kingston. We kept our distance as we chatted and enjoyed some cheer and cake. When it came time for the photo, we momentarily got a little closer and took off our masks! Yet, in spite of these restrictions, as always “a good time was had by all”! 

Marijke Gerretsen, CND

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New from Maria Province, Japan

Diamond Jubilee celebrations

This year on November 21 the Silver and Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Sister Atsuko Nakamoto (25 years) and Sisters Kayoko Shibata, Yoko Sato were held at Hanazono cho convent. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Tetsuo Hiraga and Father Charles Bolduc. Congratulations!

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COVID-19 outbreak at Résidence Bon-Secours

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame confirm that 64 sisters and 28 employees at Résidence Bon-Secours have tested positive for COVID-19. Located in Montreal, Résidence Bon-Secours is an infirmary for older sisters or those with a more fragile health. All necessary health protocols were implemented to treat the sick and best protect the residents and staff members.

We are fully confident in the ability of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, members of the Résidence Bon-Secours crisis centre, regular staff working overtime and members of the Red Cross. May all these individuals be kindly thanked for their dedication. Our prayers are with them.

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Actions during Covid Time in Maria Province (Japan)

We sent approximately 70 greeting cards to members of the Tsukuba church. They expressed their pleasure at receiving the cards while they were isolated at home.

We posted an English children’s picture book on YouTube. https://youtu.be/b2IfznZituA

The title is Granma, Granma I am dying to see you! It is the story of a little girl who wishes to visit her grandmother at a nursing home during the pandemic. Her mother explains to her that it is not safe to do so at this time and provides her with an explanation of what a virus is and how it spreads. This story was created to help children understand why they needed to stay home when Japan was in lockdown.

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4th Sunday of Advent

Faithful to the grace of our contemplative stance, we choose to live

with deeper understanding and intentionality, responding in hope

to the cry of the periphery in our daily lives.

These words have been our constant companion for the past five years, words which reflect the same message spoken repeatedly in our Advent liturgies reminding us to value “the moment” by being alert, being fully awake to, being conscious of, the power of a moment and our response to it.

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Sr. Maureen Killoran's birthday

COVID or no COVID the Sisters at Providence Motherhouse Kingston don't miss an opportunity to celebrate. Because of restrictions only a small group from Assisted Living joined to celebrate Sr. Maureen Killoran's birthday. As we chatted memories were recalled, updates were shared, laughter and joy were evident. Of course, birthday rituals were observed--the birthday song, gift giving followed by birthday cake, ice cream and beverages. Though we missed the presence of Sisters from the Infirmary they will have their own gathering soon and we will be the "uninvited guests."

 

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Celebrating the Paris Agreement's 5th anniversary

It was five years ago, on December 12, 2015, that Canada signed the Paris Agreement on climate change. That year, the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame had written to the Prime Minister. This is what they had to say then; five years later we continue the fight against climate change, and keep urging all government levels to do the same!

CLIMATE CHANGE – Taking a Stand

We are members of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame de Montréal, a congregation of over 900 women religious committed to education and present on four continents. Approximately the same number of associates also share our mission. Our presence in certain more vulnerable regions of the world, namely Africa and Central America, make us acutely aware of current global risks. The plight of women is one of our biggest concerns.

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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11; Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-551 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners,” (Isaiah 61:1) Only the spirit of God can help us to teach and to be teachable in this time of global unrest due to COVID-19, chronic illnesses, climate change, natural disasters, racism, injustice, boko harram, ambazonians... Without God’s spirit, our teaching cannot bring life to the wounded world. Without humility we cannot be teachable. To be baptized is a blessing. God’s spirit is not out of me but in me. What a great love to mankind.

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My God, Bless the New Year

Yes, Lord, time passes by

the time, no, but we pass.

Thus, it is with this song

formerly sung so many times

by my parents

and by all my siblings

that I want to pray to you.

But as you see, Lord,

already, I am changing the words

and apologize to the composer.

A while back,

everyone addressed you in formal terms.

But, I will be informal.

This makes me feel closer to you.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Visitation Province Centre visitor on Monday, November 30th

We were all happy to welcome a ‘new face’ at the Province Centre on Monday. Sr. Connie MacIsaac dropped in with treats --- dressed in her native Cape Breton tartan to wish us all a Happy St. Andrew’s Day. Thanks for your visit Connie … and the delicious cookies!

Mona Bradley

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The 2nd Sunday of Advent

Are most of you familiar with the phrase “time flies”? there really are 60 beats to every minute and 60 minutes to very hour but have you ever been amazed at just how fast one hour goes by? This doesn’t wane either as time passes, as my minutes and hours accumulate, I find immediately the word “prepare” comes to mind. I am called to prepare. There was one who came before us a time when a diet of locusts and wild honey would be at the top of the menu and be socially acceptable; however, it’s a new day, eh? There had to have been something very powerful in his diet because of all John the Baptist was able to do as he “prepared the way of the Lord”!!!

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CND Associate Relationship Newsletter Visitation East December 2020

St Theresa’s/Holy Angels Sydney Associate Group Meeting

Saint Theresa’s and Holy Angels Associates met at Dianne’s home on Nov. 22. Together we read the opening prayer Internationality-Interculturality followed by the 400 Anniversary song “Let us Hurry on the Way”. The agenda discussed the responses for the General and Provincial Chapter which are to be completed in December 2020. Sister Theresa Sampson, Patrick and Laurett closed the meeting with the novena to Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. Covid regulations were followed.

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First Advent Reflection

In Sunday’s first reading, Isaiah describes a loving, creative God “O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter; we are all the work of your hands.” God molds us in God’s image, in life and transcending life. Having lost my wife Linda one year ago this week, the readings brought to mind a story early on in our journey with cancer.

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A Christmas "Pome"

The eight year old child wrote a poem as a gift. I quote it exactly as it was written:

Christmas Pome

On Christmas day

You wake up to

Presints, and

Everyone thinks it’s pleasint.

But the most pleasint thing of all is

Jesus being born.

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Honduras

Our hearts are broken with those of our Sisters and Associates in Central America at the devastation wrought by the two recent hurricanes, and many are asking how they can help. It is not possible for us to send money directly to the Sisters, but the General Leadership Team has sent them a sizeable contribution in the name of all in the Congregation. They recommend that those of us who wish contribute to a well-known agency based in the United States that provides aid to Central America, like Catholic Relief Services. All of us continue to carry our suffering Central American sisters and brothers in prayer.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

STIR 

Have you noticed these STIR announcements on Facebook and other social media? In July 2020, Sr. Sheila Sullivan, Arleen D Souza (a young adult whom we met at Theology on Tap) and Sr. Josephine Badali began to gather bi-weekly with young adults via Zoom for an hour of Lectio Divina prayer. The prayer is simple and the sharing is profound. The group varies. We are generally around 12 in the group: young women and men and three of us “older” women. There is a woman from Argentina who joins us regularly, as others from Prince Edward Island, Montreal and Toronto. We now meet every three (3) weeks. Our next gathering will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 26. Perhaps you know a young adult who would be interested in joining us. Just send us their name and email address and we will send the Zoom link close to the date of the prayer. Also, if you see the ad on the social network, please share it. This will allow us to reach a greater audience. Thanks for your prayerful support. Sheila Sullivan and Josephine Badali

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Marguerite Bourgeoys 400th Anniversary Retreat

Sixteen sisters and associates responded to Sisters Jo, Sheila and Maura’s invitation to pray the 400th Retreat together. We gathered on four Monday mornings and shared our personal reflections on the wonderful and inspiring material: In the Garden of Our Common Home with Marguerite. During our last gathering this past Monday, we were asked for a word that has evoked within us during our shared retreat experience. The word cloud is a collection of what surfaced and a glimpse into the richness of the group. May Marguerite continue to inspire, guide and unite us during this year of uncertainty!

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INTERNATIONALITY-INTERCULTURALITY PRAYER 2020

INTERNATIONALITY-INTERCULTURALITY PRAYER 2020

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS PILGRIM

AND A MIGRANT, REFUGEE, DISPLACED AND MOBILE MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS

As Jesus taught, in the footsteps of Mary our Teacher, and as experienced by so many people in the world who are Migrants, Refugees, Displaced, Mobile, 400 years after the birth of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys we celebrate the joy of living and being pilgrims for life; pilgrims in our way of living and celebrating our faith; and pilgrims accompanying humanity, a humanity that does not stop moving forward in search of meaning, food, shelter, work, health, love, peace, justice, security, liberty, truth, God.

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Prayer service

On November 15, sisters and associates in West Haven Connecticut had a prayer service reflecting on care for our Common Home.

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