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National Catholic Mission 2016 – “Merciful like the Father” with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, March 21 – 23, 2016

Vision TV: Part I: The Jubilee of Mercy

Monday, March 21, 2016

6-10 p.m. [EST] 7-11 p.m. [AST]

 Part II: The Prodigal Father and his Two Wayward Sons

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

6-10 p.m. [EST] 7-11 p.m. [AST]

 

Salt + Light TV: Part I: The Jubilee of Mercy

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

8 p.m. -12 a.m. [EST] 9 p.m. -1 a.m. [AST]

 Part II: The Prodigal Father and his Two Wayward Sons

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

8 p.m. -12 a.m. [EST] 9 p.m. -1 a.m. [AST]

*Check your local listings as times are subject to change.


OK Clean Water Project Shepherd’s Fashion FUNraiser: In Support of The OK Clean Water Project join us for a night of fashion and fun. 10% of the proceeds go to the OK Clean Water Project.

Monday, April 11th, 2016

6 – 9 pm

Shepherd’s Train Yards

145 Trainyards Drive, Unit 4, Ottawa, ON

Cost: $45

For tickets Contact: Carmel Horan, 613-737-3681 horanc@sympatico.ca


Monthly Series on Spirituality in Charlottetown: The Spirituality Center in Charlottetown has been offering monthly series on Catholic Spirituality. In January we heard about Ignatian Spirituality, and in February, Martha Spirituality. On March 10 at 7 p.m., we will be privileged to hear Sister Phyllis Gallant along with two associates, Vernon Buote and Donna MacIntyre, present Congregation of Notre Dame spirituality. In April, the presenters will be from the Franciscan fraternity, and in May, the third order Carmelites. This series has been a valuable resource for Islanders to discover the wealth of spirituality in our province.

Della Gaudet, CND


Become a Tree After you Die: Bios urns are biodegradable urns designed to turn your ashes or the ashes of your loved ones into a tree. The urn holds a seed of a tree of your choice or you can add your own seedI am not sure how this could happen in our graveyards but I am quite excited about the possibility. How does it sound to you?

“Someone once said that the difference between being buried and being planted is the expectation of what happens next.” Cedric Speyer in PM

Rosemarie Brosseau, CND


Prayer Resources in the Jubilee Year of Mercy: These prayer resources have focussed, through images, readings, scripture, questions and prayers, on aspects of mercy and its importance for our world.

"Let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives...MERCY is God's most powerful message... (Pope Francis)

Like the open door at the Centre of the Year of Mercy, prayer and sharing are a catalyst for change. They let in the Spirit of wisdom, presence, thanksgiving and communion. They invite participants to open their hearts to new ways of seeing and understanding." www.mercypartners.org

We are most grateful for the inspiration and availability of this practical resource. May it nourish us personally and communally as the Year of Mercy unfolds.

Download and enjoy a printable version of this prayer resource:

www.mercypartners.org.au/year-of-mercy-resources

The Spirituality Resource Group


Human Trafficking: The Congregation of Notre Dame sisters are still working against human trafficking along with many NGOs. For example, the RRSE (Regroupement pour la Responsabilité Sociale des Enterprises) is responsible in part for the decision of the Hyatt hotel chain signing the Code of conduct to protect children against sexual exploitation in tourism and industries.

We’ve just learnt about this news: Starwood Hotel & Resorts (which owns brands like Sheraton and Westin) and InterContinental Hotels Group (which owns brands like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza) have both committed to removing all on-demand pornography from guest rooms worldwide. Link: http://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/these-hotels-are-getting-out-of-the-pornography-business/

I have written a short summary of the research about human trafficking in Canada. I would be glad to send it to you if you so desire. They praise the religious communities for their work against trafficking

As always, I count on your prayers and support.

Pierrette Boissé, CND Responsible for issues concerning human trafficking


MOVIE: "Risen": I liked this movie for its modern “take” on the Resurrection story. A Roman centurion does an investigation: he interviews witnesses, rounds up “persons of interest” - the way we’ve seen Columbo, Matlock or Murdoch do in our time. (The first few minutes are hard to watch; they are scenes to prove the valor and reputation of the centurion). I particularly liked the apostles, the eleven after the Resurrection event; they were so real and “unstaged.” They like each other, they laugh while they share food, they go fishing, they fall asleep wherever. They're happy in their vocation! I enjoy Gospel stories that are imaginative at filling in between the lines, the what if’s and the maybe’s. - Eleanor McCloskey, CND


Book: "The Way of the Wind" by Bruce Sanguin. (Viriditas Press, 2015). This is a fantastic new book from a Canadian United Church pastor and theologian. Here is a quote from p, 67. Jesus as Nomad of the New Covenant “As Jesus put it, ‘Nobody who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kin(g)dom of God (Luke 9:62). There is a future orientation that includes the tradition, yes. But in the evolutionary spirit of Jesus, it is always breaking new ground, looking for and enacting the new thing God is doing. This looking back that Jesus warns against includes looking back at the historical Jesus as the source of our life. Asking ‘What would Jesus do?’ is looking back. Rather, we have an inner compass and a community with whom to discern the promptings of Spirit in the present. The inner compass and source is the living Christ, the Wisdom of God, which was also animating Jesus.

A nomadic spirituality is ever-evolving. It’s always in the process of becoming, because a nomadic God is a creative God. ‘I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert’ (Isaiah 43:19). This God is always ‘making a way’. When we are aligned with this divine creativity, we participate, not in reiteration or repetition, but in ‘making a way’ that is new and often unexpected.” - Becky McKenna, CND 

 

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