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Questions for reflection

What hopes do we offer ourselves and others?

What frightens or challenges us?

How do we nourish others in their inner fire?

Joan Lewis, CND


Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Baldwin, CND, who successfully passed the defense of her dissertation. She will graduate at Regis College on the feast of Christ the King in November. Deo gratias!

Virginia Sullivan, CND 


Celebration of Consecrated Life

On August 8, 2015, thirty-six (36) Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters joined the parishioners of Holy Redeemer Parish, Sydney, Nova Scotia, for a Celebration of appreciation and gratitude. Six visiting clergy joined our pastor, Father Paul Murphy, for the Celebration of the Eucharist. The Church was filled with both current and former parishioners. Many of these parishioners had been educated in the schools of Whitney Pier where many CND sisters served as teachers and administrators. In more recent years, a number of CND sisters served as pastoral ministers in the parish.

Our hearts were filled with joy as we were warmly welcomed and participated in a prayerful liturgy, listened to an inspiring homily, and were led in song by an awesome choir. The Celebration continued as the crowds gathered at Holy Redeemer Convent for a reception hosted by the Holy Redeemer Parish CWL. There was much joy and excitement as former students and teachers met and shared stories of their school days. Let us give thanks for this year dedicated to Consecrated Life.

Gwendolyn O’Neil, CND with the sisters of Holy Redeemer Convent


Invitation from CWL members in Pictou, Nova Scotia

The CWL at Stella Maris Parish in Pictou will be celebrating 75 years of service in the parish. They are having an Open House event on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 1-3 pm. Reception will be in the Parish Hall following 11:15 Eucharist. An invitation is extended to any sisters who lived in Pictou to come and join this celebration. For sisters unable to attend and who would like to send a message, you could send to Sisters Mary Corbett or Becky McKenna, who will make sure your message is shared at the event. We will be there to present flowers as a sign of appreciation for all the loving work that these generous women do.

Becky McKenna, CND


The Spirituality Resource Group will share with you a little gem from time to time. Here is my contribution for this week.

Peter Mansbridge, on CBC this past Saturday night, did a short survey asking Canadians whether they are happy. He interviewed a younger man, with a most engaging smile, whose company's purpose is to show other business organizations how effective HAPPY PERSONNEL are to the success of their enterprise – and good for the brain too: A smile when greeting another, praise for a task well done, encouragement for a venture undertaken, thanks for a courtesy shown, acceptance without criticism for an honest error made, and many more. I thought, “Is this not the message of THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL – the basis of our Visitation spirituality? Will not such an approach in our daily exchanges help us to live into LAUDATO SI?” Let's renew our efforts! Kay Duffin, CND


Retreat Opportunity. September 27 – October 31

“In the Heart of the World,” a five week reflection, invites us to pause awhile in the midst of our busy lives to reflect deeply on our vocation as Christian women and men to be Church on mission in our milieu. Mary shows us the way. http://www.cnd-m.org/coeur/en/

Retreat available in French – http://www.cnd-m.org/coeur/fr/

Marie Azzarello, CND Rachel Gaudreau, CND


Fair Elections Act

Under the "so-called" Fair Elections Act, as we may know, there are some new conditions that could have implications re voter eligibility. Among them are voter ID requirements and changes to riding boundaries. It will be important to ensure that voters' names are on the voting list for their riding, so it will be important for all of us to verify that. Here is the link: http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx

Mary Corbett, CND


Congregation of Notre Dame Social Justice Network Action for 2015-2017

In August the CND Social Justice Network met to formulate an action plan to carry us forward for two years, since there will be no meeting the summer of 2016 due to the General Chapter. We said thank you and farewell to Apraham Niziblian who had been serving as Coordinator for the past year, and we welcomed back Bineta Ba who was returning from her maternity leave. She brought her little baby girl to visit on the last day of our meeting! Continuing in the spirit and promise of the recent Corporate Stance, the Network will be focusing on climate action. Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator 

 

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