New Associates, Stamford, CT: On May 31st, Ann Hogan, Pat Maloney and Carol Piscitelli will become Congregation of Notre Dame associates at a Prayer Service, 2 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Convent, Stamford, CT. After two years of formation, the three women are excited to become associates. If you are interested in attending or sending a note, please contact Sr. Marilyn Hammill, CND at email@example.com. Let us join them in prayer and thanksgiving on May 31. Joan Mahoney, CND
The OK Clean Water Committee held its third annual Fashion Show at Shepherd’s in the Train Yards on April 27th. It was an evening filled with fun and socializing as everyone shopped and enjoyed the appetizers and wine prepared by two schools and the OK committee. It was a great success bringing in a profit of $3505 from ticket sales, donations and a 10% donation from Shepherd’s on all merchandise purchased. Models for the evening were Madeleine Finner, Ann Hoy, Connie Johnson, Kathy Monkman and Sandra Moore each wearing casual and formal wear. Elaine Charron led the models on stage giving interesting commentaries on the outfits worn by each. We are most grateful to Immaculata and Holy Trinity hospitality classes and OK members for the food and drink. It was a very successful and fun-filled evening. Thank you to the models, the sponsors and to all who attended to make this event such a success.
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 17, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel was bathed in a glorious light. The general public was there, some to visit, some to pray and others were responding to an invitation from the Centre Présence religieuse intercommunautaire (PRI). During this year of consecrated life, Centre PRI organized a visit of twelve religious communities in Montreal, Laval and Trois-Rivières under the theme Beyond the Walls. A Glance at Consecrated Life in Quebec. At Bon-Secours Chapel, two sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Francine Fournier and Sheila Sullivan, were present to meet with visitors.
Celebrating Jubilees: A joyous celebration was held at Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Toronto, on May 17 to honour a few Golden Jubilarians, Eileen Power, Margaret Paterson and Donna Rose, and Diamond Jubilarians Lucille Corrigan, Anne Fallon and Marilyn von Zuben. CND sisters, associates, family and friends enjoyed an afternoon reception from 3 to 5 pm ending with a blessing ritual for the celebrants. Magnificat!
Climate Action Challenge Continues: This week we have a submission from the Beautiful Island of Prince Edward! The group is to be commended for their creative use of the Daisy and for their beautiful harmonious singing, along with their commitment to Climate Action. Take a look at their video produced by Sr. Sue Kidd. You will find it by clicking this link https://www.dropbox.com/l/hvMHuODtq43HL3YNipC9Qo. Monica Lambton, JPIC
On Saturday, May 9, I joined Sr. Marilyn Medinger and more than 200 others at an Education Conference sponsored by Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Bishop Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, gave the keynote- a clear presentation of the USCCB’s position and goals for Immigration Policy in the US. Four workshops were offered including Understanding Detention Through the Eyes of a Correction Officer led by a correction officer from McKinley County Jail where many detainees are held. Finally, we heard the moving personal testimony of two young men who currently live in the Marie Joseph Houses for Detainees in the Chicago area. Sr. Marilyn lives in one of these post detention residences. The Conference was excellent and well received. I was delighted that the Congregation of Notre Dame was a co-sponsor of the day which informed and encouraged those who are committed to shaping compassionate national policies on immigration.
Canadian Catholic Campus Ministers host an annual lecture named for their first Episcopal Liaison, Bishop John Sherlock. The 2015 Sherlock Lecture speaker is Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, Vatican Astronomer. The lecture will be Thursday May 28 2015 at 7:00 pm in the UPEI Duffy Ampitheatre, on campus. Admission will be by free-will offering to support Brother Guy’s work at The Vatican Observatory.
On September 12, 2015, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul are holding a conference at their Motherhouse in Kingston entitled “Healing the Church: Addressing the Clergy Sexual Crisis.” Sister Nuala Kenny, the keynote speaker, has had many years of experience with this subject. Her objective is to promote inclusion and healing for the greater good of all.
Memorial Masses For Sister Rose Marie Kelly, Cnd – April 26, 2015: A small group of people gathered for the 11:00 Liturgy at Saint Martha Church in East Providence RI for a Memorial Mass for sister Rose Marie. Sister’s sister-in-law, Evelyn Kelly, had the Mass offered for Rose Marie. Those present represented a microcosm of Rose Marie’s life: her family (Evelyn and nephew Bill Castle), sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame (Marylou Lyons and Mary Ann Rossi), associate Susan Connery, friends and former faculty members at St. Mary’s (Virginia Pagliaro and the children of Debbie Tourgee.) The purple tulips in front of Mary were given by associate Bonnie Cotter. Much to our surprise and joy, father Gene McKenna arrived and celebrated the Liturgy. He spoke affectionately of working with Rose Marie in the heady days after Vatican II.
May 31, 2015: Appropriately, on the Feast of the Visitation, May 31, 2015, the 10:00 Mass at Saint Mary’s “on Broadway” will be offered for Rose Marie in gratitude from her former students. This Mass was planned by two of the Wheeler Family, Roseann Wheeler Martineau and John Wheeler. As Roseann said: “Regardless of what the turn out will be...It will be beautiful because we will be back where it all started..."Our Dear Old St. Mary's"...! Please let people you know about this Mass. Some of her students will publicize on Facebook.
In the Church year of feasts and celebrations, May is traditionally the month of Mary, perhaps because Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday of May. May is a usual time for First Communions, and recently, a return to the Crowning ceremony of the Blessed Mother.