Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas at Marian Residence!

This evening at Marian Residence, the retirement home that the sisters run in Cambridge, we had a wonderful group of actors, our own seniors, perform for us and their families The Story of the First Christmas! It was a lovely play and everyone looked splendid...even the camels ! Sister Maria Faustina, always ready with an artistic idea, created some awesome camels from the wisemen's walkers! Sisters Mary Catherine and Maria Faustina worked backstage to see that everyone looked their best and Sister Michael Daniel was this years Christmas Pageant coordinator. Sisters Mary Benedicta , Teresa Joseph and Melani accompanied the play with thier lovely singing voices. This is the seventh year now that our dear residents have been performing the Christmas Play for us and it is always very exciting for them! Here are some highlights!






 

 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

News from Rome...Venerable JP II and another saint for Canada !!

Some exciting news today from Rome!!

Decrees of Miracles for Blesseds


-- a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed André Bessette (born Alfred), religious of the Congregation of the Holy Cross; born in Saint-Grégoire d'Iberville, Canada, Aug. 9, 1845, and died in Montreal, Canada, Jan. 6, 1937.






Saint Andre Bessette
Ora Pro Nobis!!

 
-- a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Mary MacKillop (born Mary Helen), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart; born Jan. 15, 1842 in Fitzroy, Australia, and died Aug. 8, 1909, in Sydney, Australia.

Saint Mary MacKillop Ora Pro Nobis!





Decrees Recognizing Heroic Virtue for Servants of God




-- the heroic virtues of Servant of God Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli), supreme pontiff; born in Rome on March 2, 1876, and died in Castel Gandolfo on Oct. 9, 1958.


Venerable Pope Pius XII Ora Pro Nobis!


-- the heroic virtues of Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), supreme pontiff; born May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, and died in April 2, 2005, in Rome.

Venerable Pope John Paul II Ora Pro Nobis!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Stable Influence


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Happy Feast Day !

"Listen, my son, to what I tell you now: do not be troubled nor disturbed by anything; do not fear illness nor any other distressing occurrence, nor pain. Am I not your mother? Am I not life and health? Have I not placed you on my lap and made you my responsibility? Do you need anything else?"

Words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego...and to us.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Yesterday was the patronal feast of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate. We wish for each of you the Blessing of Almighty God through the intercession of His Most Holy Mother Mary! We had a beautiful Mass this morning with Father Higgins and at the end of Mass our entire Community renewed its total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the spirit of St Louis de Montfort. We place ourselves in the loving hands of Our Lady Immaculate and ask her to draw both you, our friends, and our little community ever deeper into the heart of her Son and that we may love Him with her own Immaculate Heart.

"I believe that in spite of the many evils of our present day, one of the many reasons for us to feel fortunate to be living in the present century is that we have such a great help through this emphasis on devotion to Mary, and by making our spiritual life based on devotion to Mary, we will find a wonderful means to grow in our love for our Lord." - Father Ryan

O Mary Conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Days of Discernment - Peterborough ON

The Church and the world need courageous, competent, committed religious women for a new era of evangelization.This past weekend, Sister Elizabeth Marie and Sister Teresa Joseph were invited by Father Norbert Glasmacher, director of the Vocations, Evangelization and Youth Office (VEYO) in the Diocese of Peterborough, ON,  to participate in their first Days of Discernment weekend held for young women at the VEYO Center in Peterborough.  The young women listened to talks on what a vocation is, the different forms of consecrated life within the Church, the three evangelical counsels by Father Norbert, discernment (given by Father Tom Lynch of the diocese), and heard from the sisters about their own vocations and Religious Community with ample opportunity for questions and answers concerning the consecrated life.