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January 11, Eve of the Feast of Saint Marguerite. We celebrated the feast with our residents at Windsor Court. Father John Jennings presided at Mass. John is a retired professor of History and Religious Studies at Saint Thomas University and so was very familiar with Marguerite, having taught of this notable Canadian Saint. We followed the regular Liturgy, but substituted for the First Reading a short reading on Saint Marguerite, and the Responsorial Psalm with David Haas' version of the Magnificat. After the gospel I spoke a few words on my experience "being a member of the CND,” on Marguerite's difficulties, her strengths and perseverance, and her charism. I had brought along the plaque of the “Vie Voyagere,” as well as the visitation statue of Mary and Elizabeth. They were great inspiration! I was very happy to be able to anticipate the Feast in this way.

Charlotte Lockhart, CND 

In preparation for the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys we, the Sisters and Associates of St. Joseph Convent, Mabou took part in a Novena to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys from January 4-12. Novena Prayers were attached to our parish bulletin inviting all parishioners to join us in prayer. An intention box was available in which all could place their petitions. On January 12 Father Angus Morris celebrated the Eucharist in our Chapel. The various ministries were carried out by our Associates. In a true spirt of hospitality a delicious lunch was served in the Renewal Centre and was enjoyed by all. May St. Marguerite continue to intercede for us in our many needs.

Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Mabou, NS

Presentation by Philip Chircop s.j. May 13 & 14, 2016 in Montreal

Sponsored by The Ignatian Spirituality Centre. The theme is “Kissed by Mercy, Embraced by Love.” Call or email the Centre to register. An affordable nearby B & B option recommended by them and that I have used is the Isaiah 40 Foundation. Space is limited so best to reserve early.

Kathy Kelly – Ottawa associate

2016… the start of a wonderful new year! Is there anything new for an 85-year old brain? Yes! More fun than computer games is the new FREE computer site: Duolingo. For ten or fifteen minutes a day, you can begin to learn Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian or some other of 12 languages. My choice has been Italian. Compete with yourself or others with interesting and challenging lessons. See you there!

Emily Doherty, CND

January 17 will be World Day of Refugees and Migrants.

The Message from Pope Francis is online at on the theme of “Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy” The Message is an excellent reflection on our current reality of moving populations.

In our time, migration is growing worldwide. Refugees and people fleeing from their homes challenge individuals and communities, and their traditional ways of life; at times they upset the cultural and social horizons which they encounter. Increasingly, the victims of violence and poverty, leaving their homelands, are exploited by human traffickers during their journey towards the dream of a better future. If they survive the abuses and hardships of the journey, they then have to face latent suspicions and fear. In the end, they frequently encounter a lack of clear and practical policies regulating the acceptance of migrants and providing for short or long term programmes of integration respectful of the rights and duties of all. Today, more than in the past, the Gospel of mercy troubles our consciences, prevents us from taking the suffering of others for granted, and points out way of responding which, grounded in the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, find practical expression in works of spiritual and corporal mercy. (p. 1, par. 2)

Nina Glinski, CND

Queen of Green

This month’s hints on this site ( include 5 pointers (see below) on shopping for V.A.L.U.E. When we pay less, we also get less: less transparency, less accountability, and lower ethical standards and quality.

V is for vintage. Does it already exist? Second-hand?

A is for artisan. Does it support craft, empower women or alleviate poverty?

L is for local. Does it serve my community?

U is for uncycled. Does it save something from the landfill?

E is for ethical. Does it support human, environmental or animal rights?

Eleanor McCloskey for JPIC 



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