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Christmas Blessings

As We Take Time This Christmas

To Celebrate The Birth Of Christ,

Let Our Hearts Be Filled With Joy

– A Joy That Spills Out To Our Neighbours,

So Much In Need,

And To Our Earth,

Which Cries Out For Our Care!

May The Blessings Of The Christ Child

Gift You And Your Families

With Peace And Hope.


Pat Weicker and Nancy Hurren, CND 

News from Central office of associate relationship 

The responses you gave to the question, “In light of the needs of the world today and our present reality where is God calling CND Associates into the future? “ have been joined with those from the rest of Visitation Province and sent as a letter to the Central Office of Associate Relationship. Each province has collected answers to the same questions and sent their letters. These letters will be translated and sent to all CND Associates in January. Once again, thank you for your responses.

Have you checked out the Community websites yet? Log in and enjoy the news from all parts of Visitation Province and the Congregation of Notre Dame community worldwide. 

Climate Action

Have you seen this short Youtube clip? It features many prominent activists, scientists and politicians and Maura McGrath, CND whom some of you know well. Please share.

Associates at the Kelowna Climate March


Associates Help With the Kelowna Refugee Committee

Exploring Kelowna with our Syrian refugee family the morning after their arrival. They came on the first flight through Toronto and were among those welcomed by our Prime Minister.

Sister Nancy with the Alaji Family 

Innisfail News

Hi Everyone: Our Parish is sponsoring a Refugee Family and we are expecting them fairly soon; so in planning our Christmas celebration for the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters we wanted to do a little something for them. Every year for our entertainment we have this fun exchange game we play so instead of bringing a gift that someone else could take home we brought something to give to the new family. The gifts our Congregation of Notre Dame family brought were wonderful and the comments after the game (which was still a lot of fun) were about how great it felt to be giving rather than receiving. I have enclosed a picture of the gifts and you can put it in our newsletter if you like.

Christmas Blessing, Millie

Greetings from West Kootenay

Our gatherings for the months of November and December took place in Nelson. November 16th, 2015, the CND Day of Internationality is the day we held our gathering. We felt in solidarity with those using the prayer for that day. The first readings with Presentation of Flags in the countries we have Sisters and Associates, the readers placed the flag of the country in sand. With reflection and contemplative silence we finished the prayer. Good discussion was enjoyed by all.

We continued to read and reflect on the chapters of the “Joy of the Gospel.” Through the study guides discussion questions, all were truly challenged through the writings of Pope Francis in his Exhortation. We completed Chapter 2, looking at the challenges we face and how we are affected by a negative culture of prosperity. Also, ways we are affected by the “tide of secularism” sweeping our society. These questions lead us to how can we help change the culture where we live and what might God be calling us to do to evangelize where we are. This brought forth excellent discussion. Wonderful refreshments followed. 

Back row: Gerry Sobie, Bill Fehlner, Maurice Nowoselski, Sister Norma, Mosie Mandoli, Anne Pisacreta, Doug Bennett Front row: Jacqueline Fehlner, Janet Nowoselski, Chris Sobie, Carole Bennett. (Tammy Fox taking photo)

For our December gathering on the 14th, we began by the lighting of the Advent wreath. Advent was the theme of our prayer service bringing darkness to light. It brought to mind places in the world and the sufferings of the people no matter which corner of the world one may go. God brings hope to the darkest of situations.

The prayer service took us into our discussion of Chapter 3 in The Joy of the Gospel. The focus was on Evangelization. The questions we were asked to reflect on were more personal and we had to delve within ourselves. We shared our own stories of God’s love within ourselves; with others; with strangers and with family members. How can we become more comfortable praying with those with whom we share the GOOD NEWS was our wind up discussion. Prior to our departure, we were served festive refreshments which tied in so beautifully with the theme of the 3rd week of Advent, reminding us of the joy, hope and anticipation of the coming of the birth of Christ.



Nelson Associates

We attended the inter-faith series studying Laudato Si with Anglicans, Lutherans, United Church, Buddists, people from a nearby Ashram and Jews. It was very inspiring to be with a group acknowledging that God is in charge of our Universe and we must be stewards not only to our environment but also to one another. Also, we are joining the West Kootenay Eco Society march Nov. 29 to urge our Canadian delegation in Paris to do our fair share to reduce our dependence on carbon. There will be more to come in the way of concrete things we can do.

The West Kootenay Eco Society and Nelson faith community organized daily climate interfaith vigils during the Paris climate summit from November 30 to December 12. The daily vigils convened spaces for people of all faiths to come together to send prayers and intentions for a successful global agreement to tackle the climate crisis. The vigils aware hosted by different faith groups and led in their respective faith traditions.


Chris and Gerry Sobie 

Kamloops Retreat & Assembly Report

Retreat day in Kamloops with Pat, Teresa and Nancy, Nov. 8


Bob Cheramy


  Diane Nadeau, Teresa McKerral & Carol Oyer


  Bob Gowans & Sr. Nancy 

An Overnight Visit to Anna Marshall in Quesnel

A visit to the Parish Church and school, and a gift of books on St. Marguerite for the school library all arranged by Anna before we came!

Anna, Pat & Nancy in the foyer of the Church honoring St. Marguerite’s statue

Staying Current With Cnd Events

35th Anniversary Of Associate Relationship

2016 marks the 35 anniversary of Associate Relationship in the Congregation de Notre Dame. A committee has been formed and is looking at organizing a pilgrimage to follow in the footsteps of Marguerite in Montreal. Travel to Montreal would be the responsibility of each traveler and accommodation for 30 is available at the motherhouse during the month of July 2016. The cost of room and 3 meals would be $39 per day, and the plan is for a 3-night stay. If you are interested in this pilgrimage, please let Pat or Sister Nancy know now so we can forward numbers to the committee.

Our May Area Gathering

Just a reminder to reserve the weekend of May 13—May 16, 2016 for our annual gathering at Immaculate Heart Retreat House in Cache Creek. We hope to see as many as possible there. Our presenter is Sister Patricia Simpson, CND. 


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