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Third Sunday of Advent 2018

Photo credit: Marie-Claire Dugas

“What should we do?” This was the question all – those being baptized, the tax collectors, the soldiers, etc. – were asking John the Baptist. He made such a deep impression on the people that word spread that he might be the Messiah. He assured them he was not the Messiah. They were attracted to him because he was so single-hearted in the way he lived his life and his mission.
Reflect on those persons to whom you turn in difficult times. Give thanks for their presence in your life.

 

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Teaching Religion to the Youngest Among Us

Sr. Joan Brennan, CND, needs to apply all her 60+ years of experience as an educator when teaching religion to three and four-year olds. Yes, that’s three and four-year old preschoolers at Notre Dame Academy in Staten Island, NY. She begins her classes with a song many of us learned in school: Rise and Shine and Give God Your Glory Glory. She tells them the creation story. She employs artwork as well as songs to get her youngest pupils to think about where and how do we see God? How do we find God in our life every day?

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New parish names in New Brunswick

In the Diocese of Saint John N.B. churches are being combined to form new parishes with new names. Parishioners were invited to suggest names. The new parish in the Miramichi area (Newcastle side) is now named Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish. Local churches are designated “worship sites” within the large (new) parish structure; they will maintain their “church name” for now. Our Congrégation de Notre-Dame associates and friends were very active in promoting Saint Marguerite. It is appropriate that the Miramichi area where the Sisters of the Congregation worked for over 100 years receive this honor. Sisters and associates familiar with the Miramichi are very pleased, as are former students and friends of the sisters.

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