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Woodstock Associates Gathered in December and January

Submitted by Woodstock Associate Marjorie Allison-Ross

Woodstock Associates were fortunate to be able to meet in both December and January. It had been a few months since the group gathered for the annual Retreat at Skiff Lake in September. A small group met in the Parish Centre on December 12th using COVID Protocols. In regular times, we would have met in someone’s home for Prayer and a Pot Luck Lunch celebrating the Advent Season. Since we were in COVID Pandemic times, we enjoyed a simple meal similar to what Marguerite served the Sisters in her time, soup and bread/biscuits. We also had dessert. One person served the food. One tradition that our group has at the December meeting is to prepare Christmas cards for sisters, priests, Associates who used to live in Woodstock, Associate Coordinators and Associates who are now housebound. This is a way that we can practice Visitation from a distance. For our prayer, the Group used an Advent Prayer and “Elizabeth’s Hope: A Meditation” to reflect on Mary and Elizabeth’s visitation with each other. Elizabeth said, “Here I Am.”

To celebrate Marguerite’s Feast day, a few Woodstock Associates gathered at the Parish Centre on January 12th following COVID Protocols. Each person brought their own lunch. Following lunch, we prayed the 40th Anniversary Prayer and Intercessions, remembering Sisters and Associates who have gone before us. After prayer, we discussed the process for the upcoming discernment on the Future of Associate Relationship titled, “Moving Forward Together”. We discussed the various activities celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Associate Relationship. At our next meeting, we plan to discuss the 40 Social Justice Issues and decide what the Woodstock Group will work on together. We ended our meeting with writing a few cards wishing some sisters and associates a Happy Feast Day. To create awareness of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Congregation de Notre-Dame and the Associate Relationship, our group prepares an insert for the parish Bulletin on these topics. An Associate also makes a short presentation at the weekend masses about the Feast of Marguerite Bourgeoys. An exhibit is also set up in the church for several weekends to inform parishioners about the Associate Relationship. These activities have helped us to welcome people to journey with us to become Associates.

Truro Associates Gathering on Zoom

Submitted by: Trudy Cox

Truro Associates gathered via Zoom on St. Marguerite’s Feast Day. We began our time together with a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria followed by the 40th Anniversary of Associate Relationship Prayer.

Then we watched a 25-minute YouTube video featuring Richard Rohr in discussion with Oprah Winfrey regarding his book, The Universal Christ. We are all very interested in studying this book and then discussing it at our local gatherings.

Finally, we talked about our 40th Anniversary of Associate Relationship social justice project to gather toiletries and winter clothing essentials to fill 20 Daisy Bags for Homeless individuals by the fall of 2022.We ended our time together with the Marguerite Bourgeoys 400th anniversary song, Let Us Hurry on the Way. Our group is appreciative for the gift of Zoom, which makes it possible focus to be together in a safe way during these challenging times.

Feast Day St. Marguerite

Below is a live stream link of Archbishop Anthony Mancini's homily at mass at the Basilica in Halifax January 12th. He shares his love for Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys and weaved her life into today's gospel. Bishop Mancini spoke of his own relationship with the CND community and the CND office in Halifax. Thank you Alexa Smith of the Halifax Associates for bringing this to us.

We are all invited to participate in the 2021-2023 synod.

Check the website of your diocese and see how you can let your voice be heard at the local level.

Synodal Prayer

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

Development And Peace

The People and Planet First campaign is moving into its Share Lent phase. For 50 years, Share Lent has been in our parishes and it prepares us for Easter by inviting us to listen to the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth. The Solidarity Sunday Collection will take place April 3, 2022. One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving. Your donations support projects that transform lives and communities. This Lent let us stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Global South who have long suffered the effects of the climate crises.

8th International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons February 8, 2022

The theme of the eighth International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking in Persons is "The Power of Care – Women, Economics, Human Trafficking". Trafficking is one of the deepest wounds inflicted by the current economic system. Wounds that affect all dimensions of life, personal and community. The power of care is the only way to tackle human trafficking and all forms of exploitation. Women are, in fact, the most affected by the violence of trafficking. Nova Scotia has been over represented in the number of human trafficking cases reported to police according to Statistics Canada. Nine percent were in Halifax followed by Montreal.

Halifax reported a rate of 10.2 human trafficking incidents per 100,000 population in 2019.

There is a prayer service and other information on the website. Pope Francis’ prayer is below:

Let us pray: Saint Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured unspeakable hardship and suffering. Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church. O Saint Josephine Bakhita, assist all those who are entrapped in slavery; Intercede on their behalf with the God of Mercy so that the chains of their captivity will be broken. May God himself free all those who have been threatened, wounded or mistreated by the trade and trafficking of human beings. Bring comfort to survivors of this slavery and teach them to look to Jesus as an example of hope and faith so that they may find healing from their wounds. We ask you to pray for us and to intercede on behalf of us all: that we may not fall into indifference, that we may open our eyes and be able to see the misery and wounds of our many brothers and sisters deprived of their dignity and their freedom, and may we hear their cry for help.



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