Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer Mission Trip to New Brunswick

Sister Mary Augustine, Father Gilbert,
Sister Elizabeth Marie and Sister Mary Catherine

While still celebrating the year of the great missionary St. Paul, three of our sisters packed a few small bags and with hearts filled with apostolic zeal headed out on a missionary journey of their own! At the request of Father Gilbert Doddatto, priest of the diocese of Edmunston, New Brunswick, and member of the Voluntas Dei Institute, the sisters spent the week of June 10-16th between Father's four parishes in the Pastoral Unit of St. Patrick (Limestone Siding), Our Lady of Mercy (Aroostook), St. Mary of the Angels (Perth-Andover) and St. Ann (Tobique First Nation – Maliseet) sharing their Faith by working with youth, visiting local residents and seniors, speaking at the Parish Masses, providing Sacred Music for Mass and a Eucharistic Holy Hour of Adoration on the Feast of Corpus Christi. The parishioners we had the privilege to meet were such wonderful people and so generous and hospitable, going out of their way to do whatever they could to express to us their joy in having us visit them. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Here are a few photos from the trip...

New Brunswick ...and new missionaries!

...the Baltimore Catechism...don't leave home without it!

Some cool youth from St. Ann's guys were great!

...more of our new little friends from St. Mary of the Angels Parish

...praying for parishioners of the past generations

Just one of the many beautiful picturesque scenes
of this beautiful province! that a new SOLI convent at the end of the rainbow Father Gilbert??

St. Patrick's Parish, Limestone Siding

Our Lady of Mercy, Aroostook

Our Lady of the Angels, Perth-Andover

St. Ann's, Tobique First Nation...
so cool to hear the Our Father prayed in the Maliseet language!

A beautiful Parish in Grand Falls, NB

SOLI with some lovely Religious
Hospitallers of St.Joseph from Perth-Andover.
So glad to meet you, Sister Ann and Sister Doucet!

Thank you to Helena McCarthy, the Francis family
and the Baker family for feeding us so well!

Our new friends Paul, Gaston, and Michael...
thanks for the tea and cookies
and for letting us pray in your chapel!

Thank you Laurentia ...and we loved the fiddleheads too!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Year of the Priest

Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has declared June 19th 2009, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the beginning of the Year for Priests.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
, please bless all our priests and draw them closer to your heart and make them holy, and self-sacrificing for the good of your people. Amen