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Catherine Mcauley Award: Sr. Patricia McCarthy will be a recipient of the Catherine McAuley Award at Mercy high School in Middletown, CT. The dinner will be at Mercy, 1760 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

School Changes in Kankakee Area: The Diocese of Joliet has announced a plan for the reorganization of the Catholic Schools in Kankakee County after a three-year process of study and discussions. St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly St. Patrick’s and St. Martin) will close. Maternity (Bourbonnais) and St. Teresa (Bradley) will become Pre-K to 6th grade for the area. All 7th and 8th grades will go to Bishop McNamara where they will be a Junior High separate from the High School. Please pray for all involved. We have been invested in this area since 1860.

Congratulations to Sr. Beth Davies and Sr. Jackie Hanrahan for their work with the people of Appalachia in writing the new pastoral, "The Telling Takes Us Home". There is an article about it in The National Catholic Reporter, January 29-February 11 issue, on page 14 or read it the article here:

"The Telling Takes Us Home" is available for downloading here

Valentine’s Day Pizza Party At Lourdes: If you are “in the neighborhood” on Valentine’s Day, join the Lourdes Community for Pizza at 5:00 PM in the conference room next door to the Chapel. There is an entrance to this room off the Lourdes parking lot near the chapel entrance… knock!!! Please contact either Suzanne Poulin or Mary Ann Rossi if you plan to come. The Sisters there love getting together, especially with company.

Green Is The New Purple! Blessings this Lent! Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving… Give your “alms” in the form of communal service with Congregation of Notre Dame sisters and associates and the wearin’ of the green T-shirts. Visibly serving together witnesses to Marguerite Bourgeoys' life of giving and to the lives of the sisters and associates who follow her Gospel way. Srs. Peggy Doyle and Mary Ann Rossi

Year Of Consecrated Life: To mark the conclusion of the year of consecrated life the three religious communities who live in St. Columba parish gathered for a blessing at the January 30th 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. Columba Church. The Sisters from Jeanne d’Arc Residence (Congregation of Divine Providence on West 24th Street), Leo House (Sisters of St. Agnes on 23rd Street) and the Congregation of Notre Dame sisters at St. Columba (25th Street) followed the blessing by going to St. Columba for a most enjoyable get-together and light supper.

In a thank you note from Sr. Theresa Bowman from Jeanne d’Arc Residence, she summed up the general feeling of mutual appreciation and support in the following excerpt:

… It was such fun to see everyone in one place… and remember how the “old times” were for most of us present. Of course, it was blessing to first be gathered at St. Columba to sing and pray with gratitude for the blessings of our many years as women consecrated to God for service to God’s people. It really is such a grace to be united with different Religious Communities in ways that were never experienced in the past.


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