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July 30, 2020

World Day Against Trafficking Human

Trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Since 2003 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has collected information on about 225,000 victims of trafficking detected worldwide. Globally countries are detecting and reporting more victims, and are convicting more traffickers. This can be the result of increased capacity to identify victims and/or an increased number of trafficked victims. Links:

July 20, 2020, 6pm

LCWR Reflection sheet

How to Be an Antiracist

  • Ibram X. Kendi is featured in an online event by Prince George's County Memorial Library System
  • How to Be an Antiracist is praised as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind” (New York Times). Kendi’s groundbreaking work has provided a major new counterpoint in the national conversation about race in America and resonates in this, our collective moment of reckoning.
  • Ibram X. Kendi is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, a professor of history, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a columnist at The Atlantic and a correspondent with CBS News. He is the author of five books including “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; “How to Be an Antiracist”; “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and “Antiracist Baby,” illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.

July 19, 2020, 3:00 pm

Prayer and Social

  • For some years, regional groups of sisters have gathered monthly for potluck, prayer, and socializing. You may have participated in one of these groups. Our current restrictions create a challenge for us to gather in these groups, and perhaps they can provide an opportunity to gather in new ways.
  • Let's try this. We can gather a little earlier in the day, 3:00 pm. Here's a tentative program:
  • Meet and greet. Feel free to bring a drink or appetizer with you when you join us online.
  • Prayer, followed by breaking into small groups for sharing of the heart.
  • Return to the large group, then break into different small groups to socialize.
  • Return to the large group for good-byes.

July 18, 2020

Friendship Benches

  • A project that taps the wisdom of grandmothers for mental health counseling.
  • We are not Conventional.
  • Our therapy rooms are outdoors under trees and our therapists are elderly Zimbabwean women. These women are city lay health workers who have become known as Community grandmothers. https://www.friendshipbenchzimbabwe.org/

Laudato Si’ Animator

As a way to deepen your Season of Creation experience, we invite you to consider becoming a Laudato Si’ Animator. Through a free six-week online training program, Animators learn about the core teachings of Laudato Si’ and the root causes and consequences of climate change. https://catholicclimatemovement.global/animators/

July 16, 2020

Kathleen Karbowski’s Party

Unfortunately, we only got the second half of the prayer / party. Hope you enjoy what we have.

Liz Ahrens Vigil Recording

July 14, 2020

LCWR Reflection sheet

Journeying with the Maxims - Words of Wisdom

–shared by Marianne Keena

July 12, 2020

Virtual Library

Even now, with our physical libraries temporarily closed, you can access the Library from anywhere, anytime – through the Digital Branch. Many libraries offer a vast collection of books, movies, music, and audiobooks that can be read in a web browser, downloaded to a mobile device, or streamed online, all for free. Here are the digital resource links for some local libraries:

Know Your Risk

This chart is intended as a guide, prepared by physician experts of the Texas Medical Association, to help us make smart and educated choices of activities to pursue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.texmed.org/uploadedFiles/Current/2016_Public_Health/Infectious_Diseases/309193%20Risk%20Assessment%20Chart%20V2_FINAL.pdf

July 10, 2020

The Anti-Racist Starter Pack

  • 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List
  • So you want to be an ally but don’t know where to start? First of all, thank you and welcome. This is an ever growing community of people who refuse to accept Black death and institutionalized racism as the norm. This community takes measurable steps, is intentional about their day-to-day interactions, and is committed to self-education. Where to begin? Look no further.

Open Letter to White Americans

July 8, 2020

The intersection of Racism, Immigration and Climate Crisis

–shared by Fran Maher

  • Directions to watch the presentations on the LCWR Resolution on the intersection of Racism, Immigration and Climate Crisis via the internet.
  • Follow these directions to get the Broadcast: Presentation by Nancy Miller, OSF
    1. Go to: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/bvmsisters and click the “On Demand” tab.
    2. Scroll down the list until you find “LCWR Part 1: Presentation by Nancy Miller, OSF. NOTE: There are three 15-minute broadcasts in all – click on the Part you wish to view.
    3. Click on the Watch icon to the right.
    4. Enter the password: bvmosf
    5. Click on the video

Loyola Lunchtime Webinars on Racism

Join the Loyola University Maryland community for a series of lunchtime webinars as we discuss topics around race, anti-racism, and living out a deeper commitment to Baltimore. Questions for the presenters can be submitted in advance of the webinars, which are being organized by Loyola’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. Registration is required, but all are welcome.

  • The Social Construction of Systemic Racism: Why Doing Nothing Makes You Complicit - July 8, 2020 from Noon – 12:30 p.m. - Presented by H. Lovell Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology
  • Activism, Engagement, and Baltimore - July 14, 2020 from Noon – 12:30 p.m. - Presented by Erin O’Keefe
  • Reflection on Anti-racism - July 22, 2020 from Noon – 12:30 p.m. - Presented by Father Timothy Brown, S.J.

July 6, 2020

LCWR Reflection sheet

More on Juneteenth

July 5, 2020

Did you friend

–shared by Nancy Corcoran

We have called this COVID 19
Nature called it a RESET a REPRIEVE
We called it self-isolation
Nature called it a time to breathe again – to flourish
To turn inward and nourish the roots so it can grow
Free of plastic, garbage, pollution, and exploitation.

But we forget –
We are Nature

Did you use this time
To reset, to nourish your roots?
Did you use this time to pay attention
To the beautiful spring as it unfolded?
Did you use this time to recognize
The preciousness of time?
Did you use this time to dwell
In gratitude for the multitude of gifts you keep receiving?
Did you use this time
To learn, unlearn, and learn again?

Did you use this time
To notice that the heart
Is the source of all that is life-giving?
That the flames of injustice lie in the heart?
And that anger, indignation, and outrage
Are simply the release of pent up toxins
They are never the cure.

Did you lament about the lost past
Oblivious to the reality that the past is always past?
Did you join the clamor
To ‘go back to…’
Where there is never a going back?
Did you choose to continue to live in ‘a-void-dance’
Rather than select a life of Being –
A life of reset,
A life close to its true wondrous nature?

Did you spend time with your heart?
And did you caress your body
With each conscious breath?

Did you realize that the sun of hope
Rises each morning in your chest?

Did you savor eternity
One moment at a time?

Tell me friend -
What did you do?

Annabel Beerel – June 19, 2020

July 2, 2020

UISG: The Season of Creation

Laudato Si: Reflecting on a Global Plan

  • This webinar was presented on 10 June and the video is hosted on the UISG Youtube channel. Presenters included Fr. Albert Parise, mccj, Sr. Catharine Barange, Sisters of St. Joseph de Lyons and Laura Noctor-King. Pope Francis calls us to ponder how: “Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan”. (LS 164) These words underlie the exciting session that explored a global plan for Laudato Si’.

June 30, 2020

Sister Kathleen Karbowski Retirement Celebrations

  • Mass at 11 a.m. | Prayer at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sister Kathleen Karbowski is retiring after 18 years of service to our sisters at Nazareth Living Center. Sister Kathleen has blessed our community and all at Nazareth through her ministry and presence. Join us on Tues., June 30, as we honor and bless her as she begins a new phase of life.
  • There are two opportunities to join us online:

Vigil Service Recording

Recording of Vigil service for Sr Mary Moeller

DACA Action Alert

Juneteenth Celebration

–shared by Mary Jo Logan

  • RECORDED - no facebook account required to view this recording
  • Juneteenth is the holiday celebrating emancipation for African Americans that reminds of the unfinished struggle for justice. We honor this movement for freedom. In this time where Black leaders are paving the road towards true emancipation, faith leaders need to remain in solidarity for Black lives.
  • Join us Facebook for a live conversation on dismantling systemic racism to build a true democracy rooted in justice for all. Lisa Sharon Harper of FreedomRoad.us, our moderator, will discuss with Dr. Iva Carruthers of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Alphonso David of the Human Rights Campaign, author Jemar Tisby and Linda Sarsour, civil rights activist.
  • It’s time for us to stand together and demand change. We are building and nourishing our movement for lasting change.

June 28, 2020

Muny Magic

  • Muny announces free online season for 2020 – For 10 consecutive Monday nights beginning June 15, you will be able to enjoy “Muny Magic in Your Home”. For the first time ever, stream the intimate, heart-stirring performances that have captivated audiences since Muny Magic at The Sheldon made its series debut in 2015. – Tune in here each Monday and Thursday at 8:15 p.m. CDT!

https://muny.org/munymagic/

RSCJ Prayer Resources

June 26, 2020

Oprah Winfrey: Where do we go from here?

A two part series on race relations.

Moving Forward with Coronavirus

June 24, 2020

No Enemies

By Charles Mackay (English Chartist poet, 1814–1889)

  • YOU have no enemies, you say?
  • Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;
  • He who has mingled in the fray
  • Of duty, that the brave endure,
  • Must have made foes! If you have none,
  • Small is the work that you have done.
  • You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,
  • You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
  • You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
  • You’ve been a coward in the fight.

Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

–shared by Pauline Oetgen

  • Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
  • rather, look to them
  • with full hope that as they arise,
  • God, whose very own you are,
  • Will lead you safely through all things;
  • And when you cannot stand it,
  • God will carry you in His arms.
  • Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
  • The same understanding Father who cares for you today
  • will take care of you then and every day.
  • He will either shield you from suffering
  • Or will give you unfailing strength
  • To bear it.
  • Be at peace,
  • And put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

June 22, 2020

Lady Cove Women's Choir and Eastern Owl: Warrior

–shared by Carol Patron Wow! We are thrilled to present this important and powerful video. “Warrior” is a collaboration between two of Newfoundland and Labrador's powerful women's musical groups; Lady Cove Women's Choir and Eastern Owl. It is the hope of both groups that this work will inspire and empower women to keep fighting for gender equity, as well as continue to look out for each other, and lift each other up.

Eastern Owl is an eight-piece Indigenous-led folk band who are known for their combination of traditional Mi'kmaq drum singing, rich harmonies and modern arranging to create their own innovative sound. Since 2012, Eastern Owl has been celebrating traditions, composing new works, and collaborating with dozens of artists to create music with themes of culture, social justice, and hope for the future.

Lady Cove Women’s Choir was founded in 2003 by Kellie Walsh. The name Lady Cove is representative of the spirit and philosophy of the choir: a community of women – a haven where members come, not only to explore their own musicianship but to share their lives and experiences in a sisterhood. The choir’s mission is to reveal the potential, strength, and versatility of women’s choral music.“ https://www.facebook.com/choralstream/videos/138999844104363/UzpfSTEwMDAwNTcyOTQwMjQ0OToxNDc5NjAxODUyMjQwNzgx/

Vigil for Nonviolence

Mercy Center has a vigil for nonviolence at noon each day. It is recorded, with the prayers at this link, so you can tune in any day at your convenience. https://www.mercycenterstl.org/vigil-for-nonviolence

June 20, 2020

Fordham’s Bryan Massingale

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth

Juneteenth Prayer Service

  • This Friday, June 19 at 11 a.m.
  • Carondelet Motherhouse Yard or via Zoom
  • Sisters and associates, have you been looking for a way to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement? Come join us this Friday for a prayerful commemoration of Juneteenth Day—the day black Americans in the United States celebrate freedom.
  • We will meet in the yard at Carondelet or you can join us on zoom—below is the link/call-in information. We ask that you wear a mask, and we will practice social distancing. Please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. We look forward to uniting our voices in prayer this Friday.
  • If you have any questions, contact Linda Straub, Mary Flick or Clare Bass.
  • Zoom Call Information https://zoom.us/j/94164976840

African American History

Celebrate Juneteenth by starting a semester course on African American history:

  • African American History: From Emancipation to the Present available from Open Yale Courses free online.
  • Taught by Jonathan Holloway, Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University and Dean of Yale College, this Yale College course, was taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2010.

June 18, 2020

Sustainable Garden Tour

The Sustainable Backyard tour is an annual event in St. Louis. It is a self guided tour of gardens in the St. Louis Area. Since they could not do it live, they invited hosts to record a video tour of their gardens. You can enjoy a virtual visit to Amy Hereford’s gardens, featuring native plants, edible plants and, new this year, quail!

Unmasking White Privilege

“Unmasking White Privilege: A Matter of Life and Death” A Congregational Workshop for all affiliated with the CSJ community This is the first in a series hosted by ACOF, the Associates, Consociates, Ohana and Familia de San Jose of the Congregation. It is open to all who affiliate with the CSJ community: Sisters, ACOF, SJW, Partners in Mission/Ministry and more. Title of Workshop: Unmasking White Privilege: A Matter of Life and Death Description of Workshop: An opportunity to engage in discussion around oppressive systems that keep racism in place in our provinces as well as allow the tragic death of George Floyd and so many black men before him. When: Thursday, June 18, 2020 . Gather and greetings on zoom starting at 5:30. Program begins promptly at 6:00-7:30 pm CST. Facilitated by Consociate Donna Hauer, Director of Multicultural and International Programs and Services at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN Hosted by ACOF, St. Paul Province The zoom account is through the St. Paul Communication Office and can host up to 500 registered people. One needs to register in advance for this meeting! Please follow the link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtdeGsqzIsHtHgaGnTzVTs9z0mXXPF00-H After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this information, this is the link you will need to join the meeting on June 18th.

June 17, 2020

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. Desertification does not refer to the expansion of existing deserts. It occurs because dryland ecosystems, which cover over one third of the world‘s land area, are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate land use. Poverty, political instability, deforestation, overgrazing and bad irrigation practices can all undermine the productivity of the land. The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

June 16, 2020

Finding the Spirit in Upper Rooms

By Sr. Jean Ann McGrath CSJ (Chicago) https://beyondthehabit.org/2020/06/03/3316/

Massingale on Racism

  • Fr. Bryan Massingale: How the church can combat racism and white privilege

June 14, 2020

Systemic Racism Explained

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice. Please use this plan just as it is, or adapt it to a sector, an ethnic/racial group, or interest area. https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge

June 12, 2020

Serenity Prayer

–shared by Linda Markway Serenity Prayer by Fontbonne Campus Ministry https://www.facebook.com/linda.markwaycsj/videos/10207292219539473/

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources. https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/mobilebasic?usp=gmail

June 10, 2020, 7-9am

Living Laudato Si': Reflecting on a Global Plan

Pope Francis calls us to ponder how: “Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan”. (LS 164) These words underlie an exciting session that explores a global plan for Laudato Si’. Presenters include Fr. Albert Parise, mccj, Sr. Catharine Barange, csj and Laura Noctor-King. The webinar will be in English, Italian, French and Spanish (simultaneous translation). Please read the flyer for more information and for a link to the Zoom link. English https://www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org/files/shftp_uploads/2020/5/EN_Reflecting_on_a_Global_Plan.pdf Español https://www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org/files/shftp_uploads/2020/5/ES_Vivir_la_Laudato_Si_en_una_perspectiva_mundial.pdf

What If

  • What if 2020 isn’t canceled?⁣
  • What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?⁣
  • A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.⁣
  • A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.⁣
  • A year we finally accept the need for change.⁣
  • Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.
  • A year we finally band together, instead of⁣ pushing each other further apart.⁣
  • 2020 isn’t canceled, but rather⁣
  • the most important year of them all.”⁣

–By Leslie Dwight

June 9, 2020

Recording of Sr. Connie Heun's Vigil Service

Prayer Video by Lori True

  • This video is a prayer for folks to pray in the midst of both Covid 19 and the unimagineable horror of the fatal arrest of George Floyd and the events that continue to follow.

Examen in the midst of Pandemic

June 8, 2020

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day celebrates oceans as one of the most integral sources of life on Earth and encourages the alteration of human actions to preserve their beauty. By preserving the oceans, we protect that which affects countless food and medicine sources, ecosystems, and climates. Alleviating pressure upon them will ultimately increase the present and future health of the world

June 6, 2020

Carrie Newcomer

–shared by Marianne Keena Workshop and Benefit Concert- June 6: Soulful. Wise. Gentle. Funny. Creative. Delightful. These are some of the first words that come to mind when I think of singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer. (She’s my favorite!) In light of what’s happening with personal distancing, we’ve decided to go to an online platform and offer a virtual experience of hope, connection and transformation! I’m absolutely thrilled that we are now able to offer this experience to everyone, no matter where you are these days! Registration opens May 8. (Number of participants is very limited for the workshop, but the sky’s the limit on the benefit concert!) (https://www.mercycenterstl.org/carrie-newcomer-returns)

June 6, 2020, 2pm

  • Barack and Michelle Obama will deliver commencement speeches for the class of 2020
  • yt.be/dearclassof2020

June 5, 2020

World Environment Day

World Environment Day invites people to set aside their differences in pursuit of the health of the natural world. It is imperative to protect nature for future generations as many general practices today threaten the future integrity of animals, plants, and natural systems. The theme for 2020 is biodiversity https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/about/biodiversity

There are hundreds of online events taking place around the world. From virtual safaris to photo competitions and online discussions, this year's line up is not to be missed! https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/latest/schedule

June 4, 2020, 1pm

Vigil Service

We invite you to pray together for our dear Sr. Connie Heun, on Thursday at 1pm.

June 4, 2020

The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

This highlights the importance and the right for children to enjoy special protection, especially those who are the victims of abuse and aggression. Video: work of the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

June 3, 2020

Article on White Privilege

–shared by Barbara Moore

June 2, 2020

Zoom Conversations

From Sr. Rosemary O’Toole, CSJ

We are hosting these ZOOM meetings bi-monthly on Saturdays. Choose the option of dates and times below that best suit your schedule. (7 summer Saturdays)

To help build small communities we plan to have the same 9 participants attend each meeting. If eight of you want to choose to be together for these Zoom conversations, one of you please send me the names and email addresses and I will gladly host your group.

WORDS FOR LIFE: BOOK ONE conversations will be hosted by Rosemary:

Two options:

  • Saturdays: June 6, June 20, July 4, July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29.

Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.(already filled) or 2:30-3:30 p.m.

  • or
  • Saturdays: June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, September 5.

Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Please email Rosemary (upperroom@sympatico.ca) choosing one of the Saturday options and one of the highlighted times. Then, I will email you your Zoom web link invitation. These sessions are encrypted/secure and by invitation only. Please read the Zoom tips attached for all participants. We anticipate some ‘learning’ as we introduce this new platform for sharing hearts. We are looking forward to meeting with you and growing a meaningful and enriching community experience. BOOK TWO CONVERSATIONS will start in September, 2020.

Blessings,

Rosemary O’Toole, CSJ

June 1-30, 2020

30 Days Wild

The UK-based charity The Wildlife Trust have created a 30 day wildlife challenge designed to get you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June. Your pack will be emailed to you and you can take part from anywhere in the world!

June 1, 2020

LCWR Condemns Killing of George Floyd

National Day of Mourning

As we mark the death of 100,000 people in the U.S. from COVID-19, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious joins an unprecedented group of 100+ national faith leaders—from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions representing major denominations, national faith-based organizations, local congregations, and millions of people of faith across the country—who call for a National Day of Mourning and Lament. Together, they look to federal, state, and local elected officials to observe Monday, June 1 as National Day of Mourning and Lament, a day marked by moments of silence, lowering of flags, interfaith vigils, ringing of bells, and civic memorials.

This call is being supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors who represent over 1,400 mayors across the country. Mayors lead on the frontline of the COVID-19 response effort and continue to model critical local leadership amid this difficult time.

Together, interfaith leaders and mayors across the nation will call us to mourn, lament, and honor the dead, acknowledge the unequal nature of our suffering, pray together for the healing of the nation, and recommit to the difficult work ahead.

The National Day of Mourning and Lament will follow a weekend of diverse services–Friday Muslim, Saturday Jewish, and Sunday Christian (including Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American) all united in times of lament and mourning for the dead. The vocation of remembering will unite across lines of religion and traditions and transcend our politics.

We can join our voices and actions to this National Day of Mourning by the following actions:

  • Mark the grim milestone on Sunday (Pentecost) in your own celebration of the Eucharist or common prayer and encourage others to do the same.
  • Contact your elected officials, mayors, governors, and members of Congress and ask them to designate Monday, June 1 a National Day of Mourning and Lament– remembering the dead with moments of silence, lowering of flags, interfaith vigils, and civic memorials.
  • Use social media and other communication platforms to post prayers and laments, names, photos, and tributes to those who have died of the coronavirus during the days leading up to June 1. #DayofMourning, #Lament100k

May 31, 2020, 4am Central

From Isolation to Community - Join the Catholic Women's Council as we come together and celebrate Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020, 11:00am Central European Summer Time (CEST) Register: https://mailchi.mp/0b35b64246b1/a-call-for-dignity-and-equality-from-catholic-women-globally-on-march-2729931?e=6a240038d4

May 29, 2020

First Letter to the Covidians

  • 1 Covidians 12:1-11
  • Now concerning the wearing of masks, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that in the time before Covid, we were enticed and led astray thinking that we were not responsible for one another's health. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the spirit of love ever says 'masks be cursed!'; and no one can say 'masks are a really good idea for everybody!’ except through a spirit of love.
  • Now there are varieties of masks, but the same spirit of wearing them; and there are varieties of mask wearers, but the same virus; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same precautions that must be shown to everyone.
  • To each is given a manifestation of a mask for the common good. To one a mask is given through our mask makers, and to another a purchased one online, or in a store according to the same spirit of protection. Some fashion one after watching a video on YouTube, to another… they already had some. The knowledge of needing to wear one according to the same spirit, to another faith that the same spirit will improve health and save lives.
  • Another receives the gifts of healing by this generous spirit, to another this seems no less than the working of a miracle, another prophecies that we'll get through all of this sooner by observing these loving precautions, to another the discernment of figuring out how all can get one, to another the knowledge that a mask hides all kinds of mouths and tongues, to another the understanding that those mouths and tongues are still there, behind those masks.
  • All these are activated by one and the same spirit, and we hope to allot to each one individually just as they choose.
  • In other words, wear a mask!…
  • Because loving our neighbor as ourselves is the crux of it. When we wear a mask we are saying that we love and care for ourselves, and that we love and care for our neighbors. If our neighbor is sick (and perhaps doesn't even know it yet) our masks help protect US. If WE are sick (and perhaps don't even know it yet) our masks help protect OUR NEIGHBOR…
  • … it is a tangible and visible manifestation and practice of our LOVE.

By Rev Greg Brown, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC

May 28, 2020

The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

–shared by Barbara Moore The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, has been recognized as one of the top 12 preachers in the English-speaking world – and after watching “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery,” you'll understand why. In this must-see sermonic film, the Rev. Dr. Moss gives a prophetic examination of America's history of slavery and greed, religion's role in that history, and the responsibilities we as Christians have to address that legacy today. You won't want to miss it. Watch and share : https://www.facebook.com/FaithfulAmerica/posts/10158389567649292

May 25, 2020, 2pm

Memorial Day Party

Health and Wholeness

https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/page/files/guidelines-madrid.pdf Psychological Care Guidelines During Quarantine Period from the Clinical Unit of Psychology of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

May 23, 2020

A look a the lives

Stories of Hope

What does humanity look like in the face of #Coronavirus? Beautiful! Here are ten wonderful stories to show it – https://secure.avaaz.org/Hope_tw_en1

Reëntry

Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reëntry Health-care workers have been on the job throughout the pandemic. What can they teach us about the safest way to lift a lockdown? https://www.newyorker.com/science/medical-dispatch/amid-the-coronavirus-crisis-a-regimen-for-reentry

May 22, 2020

Online Mini-Sabbatical

Reframing Retirement for Mission from CTU: https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/reframing-retirement/

LCWR Reflection

Vigil Service Recording

Recording of Vigil service for Sr Roberta Houlihan: http://pc.cd/eTActalK

May 21-31

Pentecost: Novena and Feast

Novena for Pentecost: Join Dan Schutte in a virtual novena for Pentecost on the Feast of the Ascension. Let us join those first disciples in these nine days of prayer, a way for us to be together even while we are separated by space. https://www.ncronline.org/feature-series/novena-for-pentecost-with-dan-schutte/stories

May 18, 2020

Honoring our Daily Heros

Strong in the Face of Tribulation

The Vatican is offering a 192-page digital book for a FREE download – Strong in the face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – A Support in Time of Trial. It is a collection of the Pope’s homilies, prayers, and messages. You may access the book at this link: https://www.vaticannews.va/content/dam/lev/forti-nella-tribolazione/pdf/eng/strong-in-tribulation.-20042020.pdf

The Great Realization - A Corona Virus Story

  • A child's story of the pandemic of 2020.

May 17, 2020, 1pm

Memorial Service

We invite you to pray together for our dear Srs. Roberta, on Sunday at 1pm.

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May 17-23

Laudato Si’ Week

  • from the CSSJ Federation
  • The Federation, in partnership with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, are excited to announce the launch of Laudato Si' Week website. Laudato Si' Week, which is happening from May 16-May 24, is celebrating Pope Francis' encyclical's five year anniversary. The website has lots of information on scheduled activities, prayer services, social media, and more.

May 16, 2020

Earth School

  • Welcome to Earth School! We’re embarking on a month of daily adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet. Now more than ever, we need to protect, nurture and care for Earth – so join us to learn something amazing every weekday between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th). Within each lesson, you’ll find fascinating resources compiled by Earth experts and ideas for getting involved in ways that count. Join us to learn more, create, act and share your journey (#EarthSchool) towards a cleaner and greener life.

Optimism won't save me...but neither will worrying

May 16, 2020, 7pm

Obamas’ Commencement Speech

May 15, 2020, 1pm

Memorial Service

We invite you to pray together for our dear Srs. Jackie Dillon, Charlene Sullivan, and Justine Ostini, on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1pm.

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May 15, 2020

Sr. Ann Chamblin’s Vigil Service Recording

LCWR Reflection

Joan Chittister

–from Jean DeBlois

  • Two Dogs and a Parrot

May 14, 2020

Be Not Afraid

–shared by Nancy Corcoran

O the deep, deep love of Jesus

May 13, 2020

Mercy Moments

–shared by Marianne Keena Mercy Moments: We’re sending out brief emails designed to inspire, uplift and inform. A word of inspiration, a beautiful image, a simple mindful exercise, a reflection, a prayer, a reminder to breathe. These are examples of our Mercy Moments! You have the option to subscribe to them daily or as a weekly summary on Fridays. These golden nuggets are only sent to those who subscribe. https://form.jotform.com/201215317225038

May 12, 2020

Prayer and Presence

If you would like to join for a brief prayer and check-in and sharing of the heart,

Mercy Center Virtual Ministry

–shared by Marianne Keena Mercy continues to build a free library that includes resources for spirituality, prayer, mindfulness, resilience, music, family, the labyrinth, simple focus, and resources of the Sisters of Mercy. You may also send prayer requests and our staff and the retired sisters on campus will pray for your intentions. https://www.mercycenterstl.org/virtual-ministry

May 11, 2020

UISG: Re-imagining the future

  • How spirituality can help Religious Life to be generative in this time

May 11, 2020

Franciscan Renewal Center

Never miss a day of daily Mass, available here at 8am each day: You can find their liturgies here: https://www.youtube.com/thecasafrc Daily Mass: Monday-Saturday at 8 am and and available anytime after that for on-demand viewing; Sunday Mass: Saturday at 5 pm and available anytime after that for on-demand viewing.

Classical Music Compilation

  • This sublime compilation will take listeners on a journey through 3 hours of the most beautiful classical music ever written.
  • A compilation with some of the best classical music for studying, work, concentration, sleep and relaxation.

Dear Class of 2020

–shared by Linda Markway Dear 2020 Graduates, by Maria Schriver http://createsend.com/t/t-80B21200CD664EA62540EF23F30FEDED

May 10, 2020, 11:30am

Memorial Service

We invite you to pray together for our dear Sr. Ann Chamblin on Sunday Morning at 11:30am.

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May 8-9

Interculturality

Opportunities for Ministry - Michel Andraos, PhD https://ctu.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e02f3c617f48c10af879562fd&id=3523095d63&e=2224fd4ce3 More Information: https://mailchi.mp/ctu/join-ctu-for-the-2020-historical-doctrinal-studies-lecture-6302744?e=2224fd4ce3

May 8, 2020

Blessed Among Us: Sister Thea Bowman

  • Based on the book “Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses” by Robert Ellsberg, this monthly video series of prayerful meditations on lives well-lived continues with Servant of God Thea Bowman (1937-1990), a religious sister who transcended racism and prejudice to leave a lasting mark on U.S. Catholic life in the late 20th century.
  • Blessed Among Us is produced by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

WATCH

May 7, 2020

HOW TO ORGANIZE A MEETING OR A COURSE WITH ZOOM

–from UISG

  • This meeting is specifically addressed to those who manage zoom as Host to coordinate meetings or courses, and for whoever wishes to become Host in the future. This webinar is not for those who only use Zoom as users.
  • LINK TO PARTICIPATE: http://bit.ly/WebinarZoomEnglish
  • May 7, 2020, 7am

May 5, 2020

Covid and Climate Change

Covid19: Re-imagining the future

–from UISG

  • May 5, 2020, 7am-8:30am
  • How spirituality and the proper charism can help Religious Life to be generative in this time
  • Link to participate: https://bit.ly/Webinar5May
  • The recording will be available later.

Difficult Times

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End of Clericalism

May 4, 2020

Responding to COVID-19 is a marathon, not a sprint

Bird Song Opera

–shared by Phyllis

May 3, 2020

Hildegaard of Bingen

–a Spring Webinar Series lecture by Professor Barbara Newman (Northwestern University) presented by the Lumen Christi Institute.

May 2, 2020

Holy Disquietude

May 1, 2020, 7pm

Live Streaming Concert for Covid-19 Relief

On Friday, May 1 at 7:00pm Cathedral Concerts will present a streaming concert live from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis featuring tenor Scott Kennebeck, organist John Powel Walsh, and trumpeter John Korak in a program of uplifting and inspiring music for the Easter season, seeking to raise funds to support Catholic Charities' COVID-19 relief efforts in the St. Louis region. https://www.facebook.com/events/549746539014872/

April 29, 2020

LCWR Prayer/Reflection

This week's reflection, “Not Without Cost, This Going Deep” is available online. May our collective use of these weekly prayer reflections also add to the solidarity we experience during this difficult time. https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/news/files/april_27.pdf

Sr. Karen Langhi’s Vigil Service

  • I forgot to hit record at the beginning, so I had to 'patch' it by recording the first few minutes by myself and tagging it on the beginning. :-)

April 28, 2020

Prayer & Presence

If you would like to join for a brief prayer and check-in and sharing of the heart,

Coping with our Collective Grief

Catholic Parish Life....

April 28, 2020

Inspiration and Support

–shared by Patty Clune

  • Krista Tippet’s On Being Project Newsletter comes each Saturday morning. Recently there was a piece on Solitude by Stephen Batchelor which seemed like a lovely piece to share especially during this moment in time we are all living. You will also find there other interesting podcasts, poems, and other gems. https://onbeing.org/

April 26, 2020 11:30am

Memorial Service

We are all invited to pray together for our dear Sr. Karen Langhi on Sunday Morning at 11:30am.

Download the vigil service below, and other materials.

Letter from the Virus

Random Acts of Kindness

We need to distance ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other. During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. If you’re home and looking for things to do to keep busy, scroll down for a list of resources to help! We will get through this sooner if we take care of ourselves and each other (without risking contagion). Kindness is a powerful tool. Let’s use it. https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/?fbclid=IwAR0Mc9LKHvyQKKpWPx8m2y42nKVZeJEhbbolX-DCYJc_7vp2c58cxGBDB4Q

Covid19: Dealing with personal and social grief

  • from UISG

Into the Woods

April 25, 2020

Orchid Show

From Phyllis Bardenheier Look at this link to the New York botanical garden virtual tour of their orchid show…about 20 min. long and stunningly beautiful. https://www.nybg.org/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-orchid-show-jeff-leathams-kaleidoscope/

Action for Justice

This week, all women religious are invited to call the White House (202-456-1111) and urge, that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump instruct the US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) to automatically extend DACA renewals that expire in 2020 and end any threat of deportation. More information is available here: https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/news/files/04-20-20_daca.pdf

The LCWR Prayer/Reflection

“To Make Us What We Otherwise Would Not Be,” is here: https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/news/files/april_20-lcwr_reflection.pdf

Dominican Resources

The Word

The Word offers daily homilies from the Order of Preachers.

Easter Season Resources

Resources for families to celebrate the Easter season are available through Loyola Press.

COVID-19 Resources from The Catholic Health Association

The Catholic Health Association of the United States has created a list of COVID-19 resources which provide information regarding bioethics, palliative care, pastoral care, spiritual resources, and a wealth of credible resources for anyone with questions about this pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources from The US Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a page of resources for Catholic at home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Free Formational Events

The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers has a collection of one-hour formational events presented free to ministry leaders and volunteers as part of their mission to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

Family Resouces to Pray Together from Home

The United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd provides a wonderful page of resources for parents and families to pray together from home.

Friarly

This project is a collaborative effort of the Dominican Student Brothers of St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, Missouri. The COVID-19 resource page offers a number prayer and liturgical resources including the daily preaching by one of the Dominican friars.

Today's Word of Hope

Daily reflections during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis offered by Fr. James Marchionda, OP, Provincial of the Dominican Central Province of St. Albert the Great.

Reflections from Fr. Cristobal Torres, OP

Fr. Cristobal a graduate of Aquinas Institute of Theology and a friar from the Southern Province of St. Martin de Porres. He serves as University Chaplain at Barry University and offers a short daily reflection on the Barry University Campus Ministry Facebook page.

CHURCH: Catholics Helping Us Reach Catholics at Home

This is a public Facebook group facilitated by Firebrand+ (created by Aquinas graduate, Jared Bryson, and his business partner, Katie O’Brien Pesha). The CHURCH group is a portal to see how people are sharing our faith in unique ways during this unprecedented time.

“Spirituality for a Time of Scarcity” by Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP

Former Aquinas Institute President, Charles Bouchard, OP is the senior director of theology and ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States. This article, “Spirituality for a Time of Scarcity” was recently published in the National Catholic Reporter.

From Liturgical Press

Complimentary access to the April digital editions of ‘Give Us This Day,’ a daily prayer resource with scripture reflections, inspiration from the lives of saints, and simplified morning and evening prayer.

April 24, 2020

Toddler News Update

Earth Day Live

Strike, divest, and vote for our future.

  • From April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, to April 24, activists, performers, thought leaders, and artists will come together for an empowering, inspiring, and communal three day livestream mobilization.
  • The fights against the coronavirus and the climate crisis go hand-in-hand, and as we work to flatten the curve of this pandemic, we must strive toward the longer term goal of building a society rooted in sustainability and justice.

https://www.earthdaylive2020.org/?source=nrdc-action-fund-sms&referrer=group-nrdc-action-fund#

SeniorPlanet.org

  • Senior Planet harnesses technology to change the way we age. Our courses, programs, and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape, and make new friends. Wherever you are in the world, you can

April 22, 2020

Earthday Prayer Service

–Congregational Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation committee

  • The Congregational Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation committee has prepared a prayer service for use by sisters and associates, in conjunction with Earth Day, April 22. The prayer service recognizes that all things are interconnected and interrelated. The JPIC committee is focusing its efforts this year on the congregational chapter’s direction to “respond to the crisis of Earth and global warming.” Unite through prayer with members across the Carondelet congregation as we pray for healing in our world. For prayer preparation guide and prayer text, see below:

Hope for Creation (Virtual Celebration)

A Virtual Celebration of Earth Day and Laudato Si'

Sara Thomsen Concert online

Join Sara Thomsen at 7pm on Earth Day for an online concert https://www.facebook.com/sara.thomsen/posts/10157569921542585

April 21, 2020 4pm

Prayer and Presence

Join us for a brief prayer and check-in and sharing of the heart

Mental and Spiritual Health in Time of a Pandemic

–Video Series

  • CMSM has teamed up with a number of the treatment centers for a four-part mental health video series offering practical tips and strategies to support yourself and your men during this time of stress and “stay in place.” Each presentation is about 15-20 minutes each. Videos include:
    • Reducing Interpersonal Tensions in a Pandemic by Emily Cash, Psy.D., Saint Luke Institute
    • Guarding the Temple: Managing Chronic Stress by David Shellenberger, RN, BSN, Saint John Vianney Center
    • Staying “On the Beam”: COVID-19 and Spiritual Wellness by Rev. Mark S. Stelzer, STD, M-RAS, Guest House
    • Reducing Anxiety in a Pandemic, by Eran Talitman, Ph.D., Southdown Institute
  • They are found on CMSM's Covid-19 resource page: https://cmsm.org/resources/covid-19/

April 21, 2020 3:30 AM

How to Face Personal and Social Grief

–from UISG www.internationalunionsuperiorsgeneral.org_wp-content_uploads_2020_04_covid-19-how-to-face-the-social-and-personal-grief-1.jpg

  • Watch live at 3am (10am Rome time). https://zoom.us/j/97261641411
  • I will post the recording here as soon as it is available.
  • Sr.Maryanne Loughry rsm presented Covid-19: How to better manage stress and anxiety in theses uncertain times a few weeks ago. The recording is here:

April 20, 2020

Stay at home: a love letter during a pandemic

  • This letter was written collaboratively by a group of sisters under age 50 following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. Living in multigenerational communities, we wanted to express our concern for our sisters who are in the highest risk groups for this illness, some of whom are not heeding the advice of the medical community to stay at home and practice social distancing.

April 19, 2020 4pm

Happy Hour

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April 18 – 26, 2020

Virtual Earthday Festival

earthday-365.org_wp-content_uploads_2020_03_sled20_virtualedwebsmall.jpg Plan to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day through a Virtual Festival during the week of April 18-26. During a time when we are all stuck in isolation, this is an opportunity to come together in celebration through live, interactive programming with a huge concentration of environmental content, all in one place. https://earthday-365.org/virtual-earth-day-festival/

April 17 – 26, 2020

The Human Element (online movie)

Due to the gathering restrictions required to limit the spread of COVID-19, James Balog and the Earth Vision Institute have offered a free link to view the film online to IPL congregations and their congregants so that they can continue to build awareness about climate change in this challenging time. The link is good for the duration of Faith Climate Action Week, April 17-26,2020. IPL encourages you to share the link with your congregants and to host a post film viewing phone or video conference discussion using the questions in the Screening Kit. Sign up here to view the movie online https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50836/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=11669

April 16, 2020, 3pm

Online Prayer of Healing

–From Sr. Donna Del Santo SSJ

  • You have each been in our hearts and prayers these last weeks and we miss you dearly! As we continue to work toward controlling the spread of the Coronavirus, we are finding new ways to stay connected with each other, and that includes prayer.
  • We wish to invite you to join us on Facebook live in a virtual Prayer of Healing this Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 3 to 3:30 PM central time. How wonderful that we can be together in prayer for our world, and communities, and for all you hold dear, especially during this Easter Week. We hope you can join us and if you can't tune in on Facebook, please say a prayer wherever you are.
  • In peace and gratitude,
  • Your Sisters of Saint Joseph (Rochester, NY)

You Can Do this Hard Thing

–by Carrie Newcomer, shared by Carol Patron

April 15, 2020

Medical Ethics in a Pandemic

Guidelines for Rationing Treatment During the COVID-19 Crisis: A Catholic Approach: by Daniel J. Daly, associate professor of moral theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. https://www.chausa.org/publications/health-progress/article/pandemic-coverage/guidelines-for-rationing-treatment-during-the-covid-19-crisis-a-catholic-approach

Being Resilient

–From Marianne Keena: Being Resilient: a wonderful way to remember and participate, and it sure speaks of Francis de Sales http://sundaymorningcafe.com/web/being-resilient-video-series-part-ii-beauty-check/

The God Minute

–Mary Ellen Tierney shared this:

  • I have an app called The God Minute which I listen to every day. Today’s reflection is simply a song sung by Elvis Presley. It is on YouTube with the song and a beautiful video. It is called “One Pair of Hands”. I highly recommend it. I hope it will bring you peace and comfort during these difficult days. If you can't find it, Google One Pair of Hands and several versions will come up. The Elvis one is the best.
  • Hosted by Catholic TeamWorks and led by Vincentian priest Fr. Ron Hoye, The God Minute is a short, reflective morning prayer based on the Divine Office that includes a psalm, a short reading and a reflection to begin your day with the Lord. Beautiful, reflective and less than 10 minutes. Take a few God Minutes each morning and see how your day rises in abundance.
  • Here’s another link that may help. http://godminute.libsyn.com/

April 12, 2020, 2pm

Online Easter Party

  • Let's join at 2pm for an online Easter Party.
    • Don your Easter bonnet for the event!
    • Bring your Easter basket.
    • Bring your own beverage and snacks.
    • This is an opportunity to exchange Easter greetings, see one another in our Easter finery, and play a game or two together.
  • Or call in: 1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 447 857 525

Health and Wholeness

An Easter Call

–Shared by Maureen Kottenstette An Easter Call

April 9, 2020 3pm

Holy Thursday with SSJ Rochester

–lead by Sr. Donna Del Santo SSJ

  • You have each been in our hearts and prayers these last weeks and we miss you dearly! As we continue to work toward controlling the spread of the Coronavirus, we are finding new ways to stay connected with each other, and that includes prayer.
  • We wish to invite you to join us on Facebook live in a virtual Prayer of Healing this Thursday, April 2 from 4 to 4:30 PM. How wonderful that we can be together in prayer for all our world, and communities, and for all you hold dear, especially during this Holy Week. We hope you can join us and if you can't tune in on Facebook, please say a prayer wherever you are.
  • In peace and gratitude,
  • Your Sisters of Saint Joseph (Rochester)

April 10, 2020

Virtual Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross

–Shared by Maureen Freeman

  • 2020 Virtual Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross.
  • At 11am on Good Friday, join the observance of Christ’s passion. It is an opportunity to reflect on the ways we have broken our covenant with God at the expense of other persons and creation. For each station we will focus on a different economic or ecological challenge or sign of hope for our times. Persons of all faiths are welcome. More information here.

Way of the Cross in the Spirit of Laudato Si'

–From UISG, shared by Marie Joan Harris Way of the Cross

Way of the Cross from WashU Catholic Student Center

–Shared by Mary Alice Collar who helped prepare them. Video.

April 9-11, 2020

The Easter Triduum

–with Dan Schutte

www.ncronline.org_sites_default_files_styles_article_full_width_public_from_20ashes_20to_20glory_20_28cover_20photo_29.jpg Composer and NCR board member Dan Schutte created a virtual liturgical celebration of the Triduum for this exceptional year. Visit this page for liturgies for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

See also this video meditation on worshiping with the Communion of Saints to set the stage for how we can be united in prayer during this Holy Week, while still being physically separated.

The Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday Let the music of these days into your hearts. Let the prayer seep into your soul.

The Easter Triduum: Good Friday Good Friday liturgy is less a day of mourning and more a day of remembering, of seeing once again the boundless love of God.

The Easter Triduum: Easter Vigil We gather as a family to tell the stories of our salvation and draw strength from the remembering.

April 7, 2020

If you would like to join for a brief prayer and check-in and sharing of the heart,

  • Or call in: 1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 3144818800
  • As you prepare for this gathering, ask yourself: where have I found delight in these days of pandemic and quarantine? Try to find an object or image in your space that you can share with one another during our online gathering.

7-10 sisters are gathering and it is good to be together, pray together and to share a little of where we are.

I also invite sisters who would like to reach out on this page. You could:

  • share a written reflection
  • host a Zoom sharing of the heart
  • share a spoken reflection on Zoom
  • share a prayer service on Zoom

If you have ideas, contact me at ahereford@csjsl.org or call 314-972-4763.

Anniversary of Laudato Si

  • Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si'
  • 9-11am Central Time
  • The celebration will focus on Sowing Hope for the Planet with the Celebration of the 5th anniversary on Laudato Si. Sr. Maria de los Angeles Marco Teja, Ursulina de Jesus of Canada, will be sharing the inspiring ways the message of Laudato Si’ has been connected throughout the congregation. Amy Echeveria, Board Chair of GCCM, will share the delightful story of the meeting the GCCM Board had with Pope Francis. There will be time to discuss plans to explore sustainable developments in our congregations.

April 6, 2020

Some fun parodies

A few fun parodies before Holy Week.

April 5, 2020

Being with/for the Dear Neighbor

  • Several sisters have shared that they would like to do something to help the dear neighbor. Though we are physically separated, we want to help those who are serving on the front lines, those who are sick and suffering, those who are dying. We want to comfort those who are lonely and reassure those who are afraid. Some have asked if we can go out, if we can do something.
  • Yet we have been told that the best thing we can do is to #StayHome and keep ourselves well. We can stop the suffering of others by keeping our distance.
  • However, in a conversation we thought it might be nice to shout it out that we are near in spirit, if far in body. So here’s an idea that we can try together:

  1. Take some time to pray for those affected by the pandemic: the sick, the dying, healthcare workers, essential workers, the unemployed, the homeless, children, the lonely, scientists, government leaders…
  2. Make a sign saying: The Sisters of St. Joseph are praying for… [name whoever is the focus of your prayers]. #COVID-19 #StayHome
  3. Take a selfie - a picture of yourself with your sign, like this image and post it on social media. If you can’t post it, send it to a friend to post, or to Sarah Baker sbaker@csjsl.org and she will post it.

  • If you have a printer, you can print the message and fill in your prayer intention. Or you can handwrite your message.

Cocoon (poem)

April 4, 2020

Stations of the Cross

Pray as you go

  • Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst traveling to and from work, study, etc.
  • A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.
  • Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

April 2, 2020

Calming Music

–Betty Leiwe

I thought I would pass on several selections of music that I have been playing. Perhaps this could be added to the listing.

-Perhaps it could be labeled Anti Anxiety Covid-19 Music or good calming music -The Clouds' Veil by Liam Lawton from the CD The Soul of the Celtic Soul.

Secondly, a Portland pianist named Michael Allen Harrison is popular in the Pacific Northwest. He has started to do a daily piano concert during these unprecedented times. If you would like to listen to some really beautiful piano music, click below. If you sign up, he will email you a new link every day.

Associate Sharing of the Heart Reflection

–from Santa Cuddihee Printable Reflection Sheet

March 31, 2020, 4pm Central

Prayer and Presence

Sisters can join each other for a brief prayer and check-in and sharing of the heart,

A small group gathered the past two weeks, and it was good to be together, pray together and to share a little of where we are.

I also invite sisters who would like to reach out on this page. You could:

  • share a written reflection
  • host a Zoom sharing of the heart
  • share a spoken reflection on Zoom
  • share a prayer service on Zoom

If you have ideas, contact me at ahereford@csjsl.org or call 314-972-4763.

March 30, 3030

Reflection by Linda Straub

Song: “I am for You”; Cooney, Daigle and Donohoo - Song reflection

Original recording

March 28, 2020

Earth Hour / Laudato Si’ Retreat

  • Click here for an online retreat opportunity from UISG in Rome. The event will be held 11am-1pm in Rome and offered in Italian and English. That is 5am-7am St. Louis time. The recordings are often available afterwards, if you would prefer to watch it at your convenience. For more information click here.

Earth Hour

  • Turn off your lights at 8:30pm March 28, 2020
  • Click here for more information about Earth Hour and how you can help the planet.

March 27, 2020

Urbi et Orbi

On Friday, Pope Francis will deliver a seldom-heard Urbi et Orbi blessing to an empty St. Peter's Square–watch here on Friday at noon Central Time.

March 26, 2020

Environmental Film Fest Online

With the cooperation and support of our filmmakers, we are excited to be able to offer you a selection of our 2020 Festival schedule — most of which are absolutely free to stream (read the notes below for exceptions). Stay tuned as more films may be added in the days ahead. Some require subscriptions or passwords. Until March 31 https://dceff.org/2020online/

Reflection

Coping with Social Distancing Wisdom from the Fontbonne Campus Ministry

Slow Down Time

From Carol Patron

  • Be still. Stay put. Be aware.
  • Not a new message but one more powerful than most.
  • What I feel is gratitude for what each day is bringing.
  • Not what I planned, not what I expected but blessings galore.
  • Jubilee time. Overwhelming gifts of cards, messages and phone calls.
  • Knocks on the door, flowers, homemade goodies, all filled with love.
  • Caring staff, looking out for us, providing for us at their own risk.
  • Neighbors reaching out, smiles and new ways to hug.
  • Receiving so much goodness challenges and reminds me
  • That God’s caring presence is alive and well and abundant.
  • May I hold onto the peace and calm called for these days.
  • May I walk with the dear neighbor in new ways unfolding daily.
  • May I use this time as gift. May my gratitude grow and spread as dew upon the land.
  • Dear God spread your healing on our Earth in need. Amen.

CSSJ Federation Resource Page

The CSSJ Federation has set up a page on their website featuring prayers and resources for those affected by the coronavirus. This includes how to access lent and holy week services. A huge thank you to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange's Justice Center for compiling these resources.

March 25, 2020

Pope’s Prayer

  • O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
  • We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
  • At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
  • You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
  • We are certain that you will provide, so that,
  • as you did at Cana of Galilee,
  • joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
  • Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
  • to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
  • and to do what Jesus tells us:
  • He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
  • through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
  • We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
  • Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Upcoming Online Laudato Si’ Retreat

  • Click here for an online retreat opportunity from UISG in Rome. The event will be held March 28 at 11am-1pm in Rome and offered in Italian and English. That is 5am-7am St. Louis time. The recordings are often available afterwards if you would prefer to watch it at your convenience. For more information click here.

March 24, 2020, 4pm Central

Prayer and Presence

If you would like to join for a brief prayer and check-in and sharing of the heart,

I also invite sisters who would like to reach out on this page. You could:

  • share a written reflection
  • host a Zoom sharing of the heart
  • share a spoken reflection on Zoom
  • share a prayer service on Zoom

If you have ideas, contact me at ahereford@csjsl.org or call 314-972-4763.

March 23, 2020

Hand-Made Masks

  • “Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Patient Safety & Infection Prevention Office. “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed. While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.”

A song shared by Marianne Keena

A sermon shared by Jean deBlois

March 22, 2020 UISG Prayer

UISG World Day of Prayer

March 21, 2020 Prayer

Letter from CICLSAL - Congregation for Religious

Letter to all consecrated brothers and sisters from Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life regarding the pandemic.

  • Shared by Sr. Phyllis B.:

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March 19, 2020 St. Joseph

March 18, 2020,

NETWORK: A Faith Response to COVID

  • People of faith have a particularly important role to play in helping to shape Congressional action. Join us to hear more about what you can do to ensure Congress responds to the needs of those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of this pandemic.
  • Speakers:
    • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
    • Sharif Aly, CEO of Islamic Relief USA
    • Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, COO of the National Council of Churches

March 17, 2020 4pm Central

Prayer and Presence

Greetings and Blessings for the Feast of St. Patrick.

Together, we face these challenging times, praying with and for each other.

If you would like to join for a brief prayer and check-in and sharing of the heart,

  • gather today, March 17, 2020, at 4 pm on Zoom or call in:
  • Call in: +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID 447 857 525

Let's give this a try as we work together to have regular opportunities to connect. For now, we can use this page. Come back once or twice a week. The most recent offerings will be the top. If it's helpful, we'll find a way to continue.

I also invite sisters who would like to reach out on this page. You could:

  • share a written reflection
  • host a Zoom sharing of the heart
  • share a spoken reflection on Zoom
  • share a prayer service on Zoom
  • share a book or movie review - written or on Zoom

Contact me at ahereford@csjsl.org or call 314-972-4763.

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