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Fredericton Gathering

Despite a major rainstorm last Saturday, May 6, sisters and associates met, as planned, at the Ramada Inn in Fredericton, NB. Thanks to the skill and expertise of Sister Karen Kelly and Sister Debbie Warner, we connected via technology and Debbie facilitated from her home in Toronto. We were a small group because of the weather but we carried on with the discussion and the process and experienced a new way (for some) to meet and participate. Great day! 

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Congratulations Sr. Margaret Farley

Sister Margaret Farley: second from right

On May 4, 2017, at the third and final meeting of the 2016-2017 school year for the Catholic HS and ES schools of the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago - two awards were given to Archdiocese of Chicago Central Office personnel.  The St. Peter the Rock Award (now affectionately called “The Rock”) was given to Margaret Farley, CND. The award was announced as “a new annual award to be given to one or two members of the Office of Catholic School who not only demonstrate outstanding service in their role, but who personify our Catholic mission through their attitude and treatment of others.”  “Christ told St. Peter that he would build his church ‘upon this rock.’  Like St. Peter, the staff of the Office of Catholic Schools is called to provide excellent, constant, and timely support for our Catholic schools.” Sr. Margaret was especially recognized for her support of and work with the Principals. Congratulations Margaret!

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Feast of the Visitation May 31, 2017 Prayer/Reflection Service

Introduction:  As Associates renew their Associate commitment and Sisters their vows on this Feast of the Visitation; we unite in prayer for the August General Chapter.  And we rejoice in the gift of thirty-five years of the CND Associate Relationship.  Our reflection today calls attention to how Elizabeth can deepen our understanding of Visitation.

Opening Suggested Song: Prayer of the Congrégation,  (Ave or Songs of Visitation © KP Deignan, CND)

RefrainO dearest Mother and Foundress, we seek not comfort or wealth.

  We only ask that in your name, God may be greatly loved and oh, so faithfully served.

 

O teach us the wisdom of littleness to be simple, humble and poor,

to be open to God at the core of our hearts, and to wait on God’s word evermore.

 

And teach us the way of mobility: to be swift and graceful and true,

so that in our lives we may visit again the ones who are waiting for you.

 

And teach us the mystery of charity: to hold our neighbor in heart,

to sing of the Spirit alive in our midst, and to carry the word of God’s love.

 

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Feast of the Visitation May 31, 2017 Prayer/Reflection Service

Introduction:  As Associates renew their Associate commitment and Sisters their vows on this Feast of the Visitation; we unite in prayer for the August General Chapter.  And we rejoice in the gift of thirty-five years of the CND Associate Relationship.  Our reflection today calls attention to how Elizabeth can deepen our understanding of Visitation.

Opening Suggested Song: Prayer of the Congrégation,  (Ave or Songs of Visitation © KP Deignan, CND)

RefrainO dearest Mother and Foundress, we seek not comfort or wealth.

  We only ask that in your name, God may be greatly loved and oh, so faithfully served.

 

O teach us the wisdom of littleness to be simple, humble and poor,

to be open to God at the core of our hearts, and to wait on God’s word evermore.

 

And teach us the way of mobility: to be swift and graceful and true,

so that in our lives we may visit again the ones who are waiting for you.

 

And teach us the mystery of charity: to hold our neighbor in heart,

to sing of the Spirit alive in our midst, and to carry the word of God’s love.

 

ASSOCIATE NEWS - Staten Island, Wilton and Illinois Retreats

During April, we gave three day retreats on “Discovering the Charism of Marguerite in the Stories of our Lives”. The goal of the retreat was to encourage Associates and others who attended to realize the connections of their own life events with the stories of Marguerite’s and Mary’s lives.

Staten Island

On April 1st, six Associates and three Sisters gathered in the beautiful chapel of Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island. All expressed gratitude for extended time for prayer, quiet and sharing. Some remarks from the evaluation of the day were: “Listening to each other becomes ‘graced time.’” “All our stories are so unique but similar.” “I learned and confirmed that I am not alone, especially in difficult moments. I have good friends here.”

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Mary, Queen of the May

“Bring flowers of the rarest, bring flowers of the fairest. From garden and woodland and hillside and dale; Our full hearts are swelling our glad voices telling The praise of the loveliest flower of the vale. O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May, O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.” The familiar words of this hymn echoed in the Chapel of Lourdes Health Care Center after Liturgy on May 4, 2017. Our own Sr. Marie Elaine Lachance walked from her wheel chair to do the honors of “the crowning.” We thought this role very fitting for Sister Marie Elaine: her Marian name, her membership in the Congregation of NOTRE DAME, and her deep devotion to the Rosary. And as she said “I wore appropriate colors, a blue shirt and white top!” Once again Marie Elaine makes us happy and proud!

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PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS – USA

I am delighted to report that we sent a check to First Friends. There is a certain irony that in response to President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, more groups are reaching out to First Friends with contributions of materials for the folders they distribute. So, The “Have a Heart” Campaign funds will be used primarily to provide phone cards for those in detention. Sr. Marilyn Medinger and I met with the staff at First Friends in early April. Thank you to all who supported the Campaign. Marilyn and I are going to Chicago to attend the Annual Conference on Immigration sponsored by Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants.

On April 1st the CRC-STOP anti-trafficking coalition co-sponsored a Conference at St. John’s University. About 250 people participated. It was our best attended conference to date and our most diverse audience.

Cathy Molloy and I also attended the Trinity Institute on Water Justice. There were several wonderful presenters. The videos are now available. I recommend watching the talks of Katharine Hayhoe and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/videos/recent?page=5

Maude Barlow also spoke.

On April 29, I participated in a “Sister March” in New Haven.

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Launch of the Application Montréal, What a story! …along the river at Maison Saint-Gabriel

Around midday, Wednesday, May 3, the Métayères room at Maison Saint-Gabriel was packed for the launch of the new mobile application: Montréal, What a story! … along the river. As its name indicates, this app was created to help us discover the history of Montréal in the place where it all began – along the river. We are invited to download the application from www.montreal-history.com and to follow a route that transports us through space and time. As we make our way, there are approximately 300 old photos to look at, 35 individuals to meet and about twenty quizzes to do.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017

May 7, 2017 marks the 54th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations — a day when the Church everywhere asks for special prayer for the ministers of the Church and for “young men and women to hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, [and] societies of apostolic life.”  

Statistics show that 73% of women and men professing final vows participated in one or more parish activities and 88% served in one or more parish ministries before entering religious life.  Do young people have these opportunities? Are they invited? 

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Waterbury Catholic High Class of 1967 reunion

WCHS CLASS OF 1967 had their 50th reunion last Sunday.  Interestingly they began the day with Mass at the Immaculate Conception Basilica.  As the only former teacher present I was the recipient of all the expressions of gratitude for the wonderful education received at WCHS. I pass on to all of you involved lots of gratitude for your time at WCHS.  It was a joyful and very delightful time.  Peace, Sr. Kathleen Dorney

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LA FOLLE AVENTURE

A play about the foundation of Montreal for the festivities of the 375th anniversary, staged by the troop of young adults of the Espace Benoît Lacroix.

Was it folly or wisdom that inspired the “Montréalistes” to found Ville-Marie in 1642?

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Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP) Update

4,000 residents of the communities of Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay will participate. The purpose of the pilot project is to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario's economic growth. Ontario is also in the early stages of planning a separate, parallel First Nations Basic Income Pilot, co-created and designed with First Nations partners. For more details on OBIP see https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2017/04/giving-more-people-an-opportunity-to-get-ahead-and-stay-ahead.html

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Not define or "box" God in

The Associates coordinators and Sr. Nina were blessed to spend the morning of Monday April 3rd with Montreal CND, Sr. Joan Foliot. We explored the theme "Rooted in Jesus Christ" from the General Chapter in light of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame Orientation 2016-2021. Together we explored our image of God and Jesus. We were challenged: to not define or "box" God in, but rather to let God evolve in our lives and in our relationships are we a living replica of Jesus? We had two short sessions each followed by a time of reflection and then a time of sharing. Sr. Joan reminded us that new images and faces of Jesus are being revealed to us in our daily lives and time of prayer if we are attentive. To be rooted in Jesus Christ we must be rooted in all creation. We were reminded that we have been called by name and that Jesus tells us "...there is so much I want to do for you, if only you will let me...." Rooted in Jesus Christ we strive to cultivate love and compassion, by deepening our image and understanding of who Jesus is in our lives in 2017. This will enable us to answer the question posed in our CND Orientation 2016-2021 "How then shall we live?" as we discover "Where and what is our Future?

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Did you know?

Photo : Dieterkaupp

Did you know Canada’s first Native woman to be canonized (2012), Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, is the patron saint of ecology and environmental care? She is also patron of all who have lost their parents, of exiles, and of World Youth Day. On Tuesday, April 18, our parish community of Saint Anthony’s in Fredericton welcomed many to a special service for the blessing of a new statue of Saint Kateri. First Nations communities were well represented; a women’s group of singers and drummers took part in the celebration. 

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A New Dialogue on Human Trafficking: Exploring the Spectrum of Exploitation

A New Dialogue on Human Trafficking: Exploring the Spectrum of Exploitation, organized by Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

9:am – 4:pm

Sam Sorbara Auditorium

University of St. Michael’s College

81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON

Cost: $30

To register: https://newdialogue.eventbrite.ca

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MONTRÉAL, WHAT A STORY!… along the river

The People’s Climate March is now a Movement – Join us April 29th!

September 2014 was a transformative time for climate action and we were part of it! Congrégation de Notre-Dame Sisters and staff were on the ground in New York City and more sisters and associates participated in sister marches across Canada. We succeeded in bringing what was then seen as a ‘special interest’ issue that only a few should be concerned with, to becoming a widespread movement that involves everyone and touches every part of our lives. In follow-up to this, the Encyclical Laudato Si has provided a road map for the world with the concept of Integral Ecology. It seems that since then our challenges have been increasing. The power and enthusiasm of mass mobilization is needed more than ever. Plans are underway for what is now being called the People’s Climate Movement. This time centre stage on April 29 will be Washington DC instead of New York. The focus is action on climate change that will create jobs, healthier communities, and a better future. A diverse coalition of groups has come together – faith, environmental, labour, student, environmental and racial justice, and more. Hundreds of sister marches are being planned across the United States. So far there are Canadian marches being planned in Tofino, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Regina, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Bancroft Toronto, and Ottawa. Stay tuned to hear about an event near you, if you are not close to one of these locations. We invite you to be part of this important movement through participating in a local march, involving your local church and through prayer. For more information see https://peoplesclimate.org/

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Shawl Ministry at The Small Plot

For two hours each week a group of women gather to prayerfully knit or crochet a shawl for someone in need of comfort from illness, grief or any other difficulty.

One of the many Prayer Shawl Ministry websites describes the activity in the following manner: “Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Blessings are prayed into every stitch. Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way.”

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Virtual Pilgrimage: Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette in Toronto

For the past three years, parishioners and students have had the opportunity to experience a Virtual Pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage mirrors spending a day at Lourdes, France. After being a volunteer in Lourdes, Joan Lewis, CND desired to share with others a similar experience. She then persuaded Fran, one of the team members, to come to Toronto. 

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The Statue Our Lady, Help of Christians Returns

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After Years of Loving Attention, the Statue Our Lady, Help of Christians Returns to the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

(Montreal, April 13, 2017) – The splendid statue of Our Lady, Help of Christians that had stood on the pediment of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel since 1887 is back in its place of honour...

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