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Birthday Celebration in Sydney: Sr. Mary Cecilia MacDonald celebrated her 99th birthday at the CND Health Center on Wednesday, April 7th. She was celebrated with prayer, best wishes, song and cake.

Arlene Rutledge, coordinator

 

Follow-up: UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons: Those of you who participated in the November 6, 2020, meeting of the Montréal Sisters and Associates with Margaret Gillis of the International Longevity Centre (ILC) will recall that she spoke extensively about how the COVID-19 pandemic revealed longstanding systemic issues related to long-term care, ageism, and ageing in general.

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News from Visitation Province

A wonderful celebration took place March 21st, at the CND Health Center. Sr. Catherine MacPhee turned 106 years old. She celebrated with song, prayer, cake and wonderful friends.

Arlene Rutledge, CND Health Care coordinator

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 is World Health Day

The theme this year is Building a fairer, healthier world. https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2021

Conditions for good health, mental and physical health, are so different throughout the world, how could we, who have so much to help us maintain good health, be involved in building a fairer, healthier world?

Perhaps we might begin with our own health and wellness. Credible resources in studies of mental health list three basic needs common to all human beings of all ages and stages, that help us feel good about ourselves. We have a need to feel competent, to have some autonomy and to be related/connected with others.

World Health Day is just a day. Can it help us be reminded of our responsibility for caring for our own health, resilience and positive approach to everyday life in the world in which WE live?

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The original version of this article was first published in The Rhode Island Catholic.

It was Holy Thursday Evening. The little boy wasn’t yet three years old. He was at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with his grandmother. They are at Mass together almost every Sunday morning. As young as he is, he manages more or less to sit still during the Mass. Usually he and his grandmother sit on the outside aisle, but this time they were in the center aisle. The little boy had an unobstructed view of the main altar, which he seemed to enjoy as he was hanging off the pew looking at the sanctuary most of the time.

As soon as the priest came around the altar to distribute Holy Communion, the boy recognized the moment. He knew this was when he walked up with everyone else. He didn’t receive the host, of course, but he got a blessing. On Holy Thursday as soon as people got up for Communion, he jumped into the aisle and motioned to his grandmother to hurry as he excitedly jumped up and down. Over his small mask his eyes were smiling.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Enjoying a beautiful Spring day in Montreal

Sr. Dorothy Maher was out for a walk in the glorious sunshine on the grounds of Résidence Bon-Secours. It was her first time outside since last Autumn! She and Sr. Monica McKenna were happy to meet old friends on their stroll, from other floors, whom they haven't seen for quite some time. Monica is taking a break enjoying some refreshments.

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Sixth Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday) March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday (the lead into Holy Week) presents us with many dramatic and contrasting scenes that stir our emotions. We hold and wave palm branches as a symbol of victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life. We carry palm branches as a tribute of waving joy, before Christ, victorious over death – also as a symbol of our fickleness, betraying Christ unto His Death.

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Climate march, March 9 2021

Photo: Sisters Mbougoum Sophie Christine, Danielle Dubois, Ercilia Janeth Ferrera Erazo and Dominik Tremblay-Perron.

Last Friday, Montreal was among one of the many places around the world holding a climate march. The sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame (CND) were there along with Ms. Dominik Tremblay-Perron, Head of the Social Justice Action Network of the CND.

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Archives on the move

Today, a large part of our archives was shipped from Wilton to Montreal; they are excited to receive this treasure trove of historical material.

As of April 1st all mail sent to our Wilton offices will be forwarded to the new offices at Sacred Heart.

We are grateful to all who have volunteered to help us prepare for the move, especially those who accompany us with their prayer.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

New Life, New Name!

Many Sisters and Associates are familiar with St. Joseph’s Convent and Renewal Centre in Mabou, Nova Scotia. Last week, Nova Scotia Premier, Iain Rankin, announced a huge investment by the Province of Nova Scotia to make the former convent a satellite campus of the Gaelic College. The building will become Mabou Hill College, or Beinn Mhabu. Following extensive renovations, the college expects to be ready for students in 2022; credit course recognition will be from Cape Breton University. Beinn Mhabu will offer a Foundation Year Program with course options to include Gaelic culture and history, executive certificates in music and ethnomusicology and more. It will house North America’s first Gaelic Medium School, and a Gaelic-based internet radio station. “Mabou Hill College will be an invaluable addition to the cultural infrastructure of Nova Scotia.” says Suzanne Lohness-Crogt, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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Ring the bells!

Photo: Marie-Claire Dugas

If you hear the church bells of the Rimouski and Gatineau, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Montreal (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish), Sherbrooke (Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Michel) and Saint-Jean-Longueuil dioceses ring on March 19, it is in support of the Global Climate March! We, committed women and sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, commend this initiative to “ring the bells” on the day of the March to actively encourage the participating groups, respond to the call of Laudato Si’ and honour our own commitment to protect the environment. We welcome all the support for this cause that affects each and every one of us.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Action To Care For Our Common Home

Visitation Province participated in the March 11th Faiths4Climate action. Thousands of faith groups from around the world took real and virtual action and it was fantastic that we were part of it. It was very inspirational to scroll the sacred people sacred earth Facebook page and see what was happening. One of the great slogans there was “killing the planet is against my religion.”  

JPIC Core Committee

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4th Sunday of Lent

Thursday of this week, we reached mid-Lent. Liturgically, we often refer to this Fourth Sunday as Laetare Sunday from the latin icipit of the entrance antiphon. Today, the Church allows rose vestments to signify a change from the penitential purple. Like its cousin, Gaudete Sunday, on the third Sunday in Advent, we are once again, even in the middle of Lent, being invited in the entrance antiphon to rejoice and be joyful.

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The Green Leaf March 4, 2021

Digital pollution

The usefulness and benefits of new technologies are undeniable and, more than ever, because of the pandemic, we are using the Web for our work, studies, shopping, and leisure activities. While all these activities using computers, cell phones, tablets and the Internet may seem immaterial, they have a very real environmental impact.

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From the Formation Corner

Formation is a little different these days due to the pandemic. Discernment in the novitiate has looked very different though, gratefully, its goals can continue to be met even in times of pandemic. We haven’t had much choice but to participate in this new reality and limit some form of interaction with the outside world.

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Organ Scholarship

The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), Kingston Centre offers scholarships for talented pianists of all ages who would like to be introduced to, and develop their playing skills on the pipe organ. Scholarships provide 10 hours of free organ lessons with a qualified instructor. The application deadline is March 31. Auditions for qualified applicants will be held in April.

 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

March 8, 2021. This is a global event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It sends a call to everyone to keep insisting on women’s equality issues. www.internationalwomensday.com

This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Together and individually, we can all help create an inclusive world. We can choose to celebrate the brave women who step-out and step-up in leadership roles.

There is a beautiful video that has been circulating recently showing the names and faces of women leaders in today’s world: While the world has been distracted. It’s only a few minutes.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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3rd Sunday of Lent John 2: 13 – 25

Hello Sisters and Associates, my name is Winnie Odo. I live in a tiny fishing community in Lingan on the most easterly part of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. I have been blessed to have spent the past 20 years of my life following in the footsteps of our Foundress St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. I’m a person who loves to be challenged, to face something on my journey of life that causes me to go deeper, to depend more on God than on my own resources. The gospel reading for this 3rd Sunday of Lent presented one such challenge, but here goes.

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Joseph as a father

Photo:  Marie-Claire Dugas

“Patris Corde” is the title of the paper Pope Francis wrote to introduce the Year of St. Joseph which goes from December 2020 to December 2021. The Latin words translate as Heart of the Father. Those two words beautifully describe both the encyclical and Saint Joseph.

Letters from Popes are not read by many and seldom taught in Sunday sermons. Our current Pope Francis is always an easy read. His language is simple and down to earth and usually inspiring. Patris Corde is all of the above and more. Pope Francis says Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart, and then proceeds to describe all that this could mean.

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CND Associate Relationship Newsletter Visitation East March 2021

Theresa Ann and myself were permitted to visit our beloved Sisters at MacGillivray Health Centre. Both Rita Chisholm and Margaret MacDonell were thrilled to have Associates join them. They were both anxious for news of their CND families. They expressed the wonderful care they are receiving and look forward to the end of this pandemic.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

A Message from the CRC’s KAIROS Representatives: In this time of unbelievable suffering of all, and primarily of the most vulnerable, we are more than ever graced to represent you, the members of the Canadian Religious Conference, on the steering committee of KAIROS. Together, the CRC through KAIROS works with Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada, people of faith or conscience all over the world, for ecological justice and human rights.

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Reflection For Second Sunday Of Lent

Photo: Artwork by Claude Lafortune exhibited at the Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys

My name is Debbie Polley. I have been an Associate for five years. I have known the CNDs since I was 9 years old and have loved them and St. Marguerite since I was a young girl. I am a retired teacher who taught for thirty–one years. I love bringing laughter and joy into the lives of people. I am civically involved with voters’ rights via phone conferences and letters to our Senators. I also enjoy artwork, classical music and creative prayer time.

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