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Please join us in prayer as we give thanks to God for the gift of our Sister, Sister Marie Celeste as she joins our family!

Reflection for the Second Sunday in Advent 2021

  Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent   We are already beginning the second week of Advent! This beautiful Advent season seems to rush upon us right after Thanksgiving, and we hardly have time to allow our quiet to overtake our hurry as we prepare for the Feast of

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Reflection for the First Sunday in Advent, 2021

JMJV   Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent     My Dear Good People,   Beginning today, the First Sunday of Advent, 2021, let us consider Our Lady and St. Joseph as they journey through the wondrous Christmas story that we have heard since childhood.   Let us visit

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Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul   My Dear Good People,   Recently I spent two hours watching the marriage of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Elizabeth Donaldson of Australia which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2004. The pomp and circumstance was breathtaking. One day Frederik will likely

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Reflection for the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

JMJV Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul   Today we come to the last Sunday in Ordinary Time—next week we will celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, and the following week will be the First Sunday of Advent.   The Church has us thinking today about the end

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Reflection for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul My Dear Good People, It was Halloween and I was seven. I had been waiting ‘all my life’ for the chance to wear the only store-bought costume my family ever owned–the leopard suit. It was a hand-me-down from someone, but to us

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV   Reflection for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time   My Dear Good People,   In today’s Gospel (Mark 10:35-45) we find the apostles in a very human situation: two of them are asking Jesus for special treatment: “May we sit at your right hand and your left hand

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul   My Dear Good People,   In today’s Gospel we hear the story of a conversation between Jesus and the ‘Rich Young Man’ (Mark 10:17-30).  This is not a parable: it really happened, a moment of encounter that did not end well, at

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Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

JMJV   Reflection for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time   My Dear Good People, It’s the first recess of the first day of school for two first graders (in the days before kindergarten), and two little girls come running to me in the school yard.   “Sister, guess what!

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul   My Dear Good People,   In today’s Gospel, Mark 9:38-48, Jesus is speaking to all of us on more than one subject. Let us consider for a few moments the more thought-provoking part of this Gospel passage.   Here Jesus tells us

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV   Reflection for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time   My Dear Good People,   Children are wonderful. Sometimes I think they’ve been recycled: they are so smart at such a young age that they must have been here before. This week I was at supper with my brother and

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV Reflection for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time   My Dear Good People,   In today’s Gospel (Mark 8:27-35),  Jesus says to those who were listening to Him, Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up His cross and follow Me. To the ears of His

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV Reflection for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   My Dear Good People,   Today the Gospel brings us, through Mark 7:31-37, into the area of the Lake of Galilee. Jesus has come to preach, and a man is brought into his presence who can neither speak nor hear. It’s

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

JMJV Reflection for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time   When I was a sophomore in high school there was a small group of us students who were discerning a vocation to the Religious Life. We lived together in a small house on the Motherhouse property and attended the Academy

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Solemnity of the Assumption

My Dear Good People, Nearly every adult I know has endured the grief of losing a loved one to death. Whether the loss was sudden or expected, we can be ambushed by the emotions that overwhelm us and the realization that our loved one has left an immense void in

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August 8, 2021

JMJV Reflection for the Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. My Dear Good People, This week in the Church’s calendar we honor two very different people who were deported to the death camps during the Second World War: one because she was Jewish and a convert to Catholicism, the other because he was a Catholic

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August 1, 2021

JMJV Reflection for the Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. My Dear Good People, Today I’m reflecting on miracles. The Gospel for this Sunday refers to the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes–a great miracle–but there have been many highlighted in the past few weeks’ Gospels, and we are surrounded by

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July 25, 2021

  Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Reflection for the Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time.   At the risk of sounding irreverent, I will tell you a true story from the annals of my years teaching little children in Religious Education programs. Once Father was speaking with my second

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC   My Dear Good People,   Today’s readings at Mass are full of peace, especially the peace of ‘the flock’ that rests in knowing that the shepherd is ever aware and watchful for their needs (Jer. 23:1-6, Psalm

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC   My Dear Good People,   We pray for all of our Friends who are suffering in the terrible heat these past weeks. May God send relief, especially to those who live alone and have no advocates.  

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Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

JMJV   Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC     My Dear Good People,   In this weekend’s Scripture readings for Mass (Ezekiel 2:2-5 and Mark 6:1-6) we hear about prophets and their message. A prophet is one who receives a word from God

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News

50th Jubilee Celebrations Come to a Close

On June 4th we celebrated the closing of our 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church. Throughout the year we remembered our Foundress, Mother Marie Alma and the others who helped our community. The Sisters shared for the first time their memories

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News

Corpus Christi Procession

Each year, on the Solemnity of the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus, we go in procession with the Blessed Sacrament to pray throughout the convent grounds. Jesus continually blesses us with his presence! Four altars were lovingly prepared for the Blessed Sacrament in order that we might adore Jesus.

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June 20, 2021

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC   My Dear Good People,   This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. The Sisters of Charity pray for all of the fathers we know on-line, through your prayer cards, all of our benefactors, and all your own fathers

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Weekly Reflections

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

JMJV   My Dear Good People,   This weekend we celebrate the beautiful Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also called Corpus Christi. In the olden days in this village where I now live, and in countless others throughout our nation, on this day every Catholic

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Weekly Reflections

Feast of the Holy Trinity

Feast of the Holy Trinity May 30, 2021 Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, as we do each year on the Sunday after Pentecost. We ponder the revelation of Jesus about Our Holy God, One God in Three;

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Weekly Reflections

Feast of Pentacost

Feast of Pentecost May 23, 2021 Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. Many Catholics have just completed a novena in preparation for this, the day Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on Mary and the apostles, and, in His blessed

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Weekly Reflections

Seventh Sunday of Easter

JMJV   Reflection for the Seventh Sunday of Easter   In today’s Gospel passage from Saint John, Jesus speaks to the Father saying: “I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world

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Academy of the Holy Family Newsletter for May

A new dawn for the Academy of the Holy Family! The Academy took a two week spring break from March 30th to April 13th and classes started up again on the 14th. While some of the students and faculty relaxed at home with family and friends, the Environmental club was

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News

Our Lady of Fátima Statue Winners

May 13th: A Very Special Day On May 13th 2020, in honor of the Apparitions at Fatima, we began having drawings for statues of Our Lady of Fatima. Through a shared devotion of Our Blessed Mother, our spiritual family continues to grow. It was and is our hope that Our Lady of

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reflection for the Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 JMJV  Happy Mother’s Day to all who are mothers to your biological children And those you Love with a Mother’s heart. My Dear Good People, Throughout this past week in the First Readings at daily Mass we have been

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News & Reflections

Honoring our Superior General, Mother Marie Julie

It is with great love and joy that we share with you a blessing for our Congregation: The Institute on Religious Life (IRL) has announced that they will be honoring Our Superior General, Mother Marie Julie, with the 2021 Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award To read more, please click here. 

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News & Reflections

Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart School 15 Hunters Ave, Taftville, CT  06380 Now enrolling new families! Call 860-887-1757 to schedule a tour! Masks must be worn. Come meet and greet current families, teachers, and our principal ~  Faith  ~  Education  ~  Love  ~ 2021 Annual Fundraiser Thank you for you support! Click here

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

JMJV   The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC   My Dear Good People, Today we celebrate the Fifth Week of Easter with a beautiful Gospel. Jesus talks about how closely He wants to be united to us and us to Him (Jn. 15:

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

JMJV   The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC     My Dear Good People, Today is Called Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel, John 10: 11-18, in which Jesus speaks of Himself as the Good Shepherd who cares for His sheep, and of His sheep

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Reflections

Third Sunday of Easter

JMJV   The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC     My Dear Good People,   Today we have a Gospel that shows us Jesus appearing to His apostles after the Resurrection (Luke 24:35-48). They have already heard from several people that Jesus is

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Reflections

Divine Mercy Sunday

Diving Mercy Sunday April 11, 2021 Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC (Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31) My Dear Good People, On this Octave Day of Easter we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. It comes from a revelation received by a Polish nun

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Lenten Reflections

Easter Sunday!

 A Lenten Renewal: Final Reflection for the Solemn Feast of Easter By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Beloved Good People, The Lord is risen. Alleluia.  If we take the time to read the story of the Resurrection in all four Gospels, we are amazed at the different stories we hear.

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Lenten Reflections

Holy Saturday

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC Today the world is in mourning as for an only son (Zechariah 12:10).   This moving antiphon at Morning Prayer for Holy Saturday, quoted from Zechariah, is one we carry with

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Lenten Reflections

Good Friday

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC The Hour has come.  How often during our lives we have said those words. Something we’ve been anticipating—a surgery, a talk we have to give, a meeting we are dreading—is weighing

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Lenten Reflections

Holy Thursday

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC     My Dear Good People,   Today is the Feast of Love. For the three years of His public life Jesus had given so much: His healing power, His mercy,

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Lenten Reflections

Wednesday of Holy Week

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC Today it seems appropriate to dwell on six words from two distinct Books in Scripture, one in the Old Testament, the other in the New Testament:  Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24. By

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Lenten Reflections

Tuesday of Holy Week

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC  My Dear Good People, There is an interesting dynamic in today’s Gospel. This reading comes from St. John’s Gospel passage of the Last Supper, specifically 13:21-38. As Jesus and the apostles sat down for

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Lenten Reflections

Monday of Holy Week

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC Dear Good People,   This will be long. But I’ve been waiting all Lent for this Gospel, so please bear with me.   Today we have a beautiful picture of an

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Lenten Reflections

Palm Sunday

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, There is little to be said after praying the Liturgy for Palm Sunday Mass this weekend. The Celebration begins with Hallelujah to the Son of David and ends with Crucify him, crucify him! Such is our fallen

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Lenten Reflections

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Here is a digression for the daily Scripture Readings. It’s a tale from Holy Family Motherhouse—a true tale. We have a number of Sisters who have come

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Lenten Reflections

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, John 10:31-42: Today we find more hostility among the enemies of Jesus. They picked up rocks to stone Jesus at the beginning of this Gospel, and at the end

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Lenten Reflections

Feast of the Annunciation

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People,   Today, March 25th, we celebrate the moment when the Word of God, the Son of the Father, came to earth in human flesh at the word of the Immaculate

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Lenten Reflections

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC   My Dear Good People, The truth shall make you free (John 8:32). Well, not always. When I was in fifth grade, we had an exam—a Friday test, really. After the

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Lenten Reflections

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, This time next week we will be in Holy Week. But today as we consider the Scripture reading at Mass (John 8:21-30) Jesus is already thinking about

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Lenten Reflections

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, How embarrassing! A woman is “Caught in the Act of Adultery.”  We know nothing more than that about her from the Gospel of John, 8:1-11. We wonder,

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Lenten Reflections

Fifth Sunday of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People,   Today’s Gospel, from John 11:1-45 is one of the longest Bible passages read at Mass, except for the Passion of Jesus during Holy Week. It is

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Lenten Reflections

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, We come nearer and nearer to the Cross. Two weeks from today we will find ourselves in the darkness of the tomb with our buried Jesus. Today,

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Lenten Reflections

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph

A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear good People, Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph. As the Gospel for today (Mt 1, 18-24) begins, we see the dilemma of dear Joseph. His betrothed, Mary, is

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Lenten Reflections

Thursday of th Fourth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC   My Dear Good People,   Today, I am comforted by the antiphon for Communion at Mass: Here’s what the Church places on our hearts to pray:   I will place

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Lenten Reflections

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Things continue to not look good for Jesus these days. In the Gospels at Mass, that is. His enemies are taking exception to everything He says, twisting

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Lenten Reflections

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, There is a story behind today’s Gospel story from John 5:1-16. There was a place called the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem where there was a pool with

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Lenten Reflections

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Think about a time you needed a miracle (a very big one) from God and wondered how to win it. Perhaps you thought that having Mass offered

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Lenten Reflections

Fourth Sunday of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC The Fourth Sunday of Lent is called Laetare (rejoice, be joyful) Sunday. The word Laetare comes from the first Latin words of today’s Entrance Antiphon, which of course we pray in

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Lenten Reflections

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Have you ever gone to a presentation knowing nothing about the speaker, and found yourself hoping it will be interesting? We all have. If the speaker steps

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News

Congratulations, Mother Marie Julie!

JMJV It is with great love and joy that we share with you a blessing for our Congregation: The Institute on Religious Life (IRL) has announced that they will be honoring Mother Marie Julie of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church  with the 2021 Pro

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Lenten Reflections

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today we have readings that touch our hearts deeply. The first reading at Mass is from the  Prophet Hosea (14: 2-10), which is a book that speaks volumes

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Lenten Reflections

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Yesterday marked exactly three weeks since we received ashes on our head this year. It made me think about my prayer on February 17 that I would

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Lenten Reflections

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, In today’s first reading from the book of Deuteronomy, 4:1, 5-9, we hear about the statutes and decrees which God has given the People of the Covenant

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Lenten Reflections

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today’s Gospel, Mt. 18:21-35, shows us a sweet picture of the interplay between Jesus and Peter. Peter approaches Jesus and asks, If my brother sins against me,

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Lenten Reflections

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear God People, In today’s Gospel, Luke 4:24-30, we watch the tension rising between Jesus and the people from His own neighborhood as He returns to the Synagogue in Nazareth and speaks about the

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Lenten Reflections

Third Sunday of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC  My Dear Good People, In this Sunday’s Gospel (John 2:13-25), we have the story of Jesus driving the money changers out of the temple. He was angry, for sure. He said, My Father’s house is

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Lenten Reflections

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People,   I think if there were only one chapter in the Bible left in the whole world, I pray it would be this one. Luke Chapter 15.

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Lenten Reflections

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today in the first reading from the Old Testament at Mass we hear the sad story of Joseph, the beloved youngest son of Jacob in the Old

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Lenten Reflections

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, This isn’t about today’s Gospel, but it’s about our relationship with God. Each day I pray a holy hour in the chapel we call Cor Jesu (Heart of Jesus) in the

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Lenten Reflections

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today we hear an incredibly graphic prophecy of the Passion and death of Jesus, from Jesus Himself (Mt 20:17-28).  Imagine how the disciples might have felt when

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Lenten Reflections

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, In today’s Gospel (Mt. 23:1-12) Jesus continues the theme of yesterday’s sermon: This is the way to become more like your Father in Heaven. Don’t follow the bad example

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Lenten Reflections

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, “It’s human nature,” we say. “To fall. To fail. To choose the apple instead of the pearl of great price. It’s just human nature.” And God knows our nature. But in today’s Gospel passage, as

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Lenten Reflections

Second Sunday of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Pope Francis often talks about Passion. Here I’m not referring to the passion as the suffering and death of Jesus, but rather the word meaning great ardor or conviction, usually associated with love.

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Lenten Reflections

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today Jesus gives us some insight into what it means to be God. The passage begins, Love your enemies (Mt 5:43-48).  Imagine his followers hearing it for the first time, when they

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Lenten Reflections

Friday of the First Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Today Jesus places before us in the Gospel at Mass the observation that we may have more moments than we realize in which we are less than holy. Patterns

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Lenten Reflections

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

A Lenten Renewal:  Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives  By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, In the Book of Revelation (which we aren’t reading at Mass today) we hear Jesus say, Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door We [My Father

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Lenten Reflections

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People,  At today’s Mass the First Reading and the Gospel are related. In the Gospel (Lk 11:29-32) Jesus says His contemporaries are refusing to listen to His words as they fail to walk in the

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Lenten Reflections

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal: Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, In today’s Gospel Reading at Mass from Mt 6:7-15 Jesus teaches us how to pray. Praying should be simple, but it can be hard, sometimes. I think of the

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Lenten Reflections

Monday of the First Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People,           Today is the Feast of the Chair of Peter. This commemorates the authority of the Pope as head of the Catholic Church, tracing that responsibility back

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Lenten Reflections

First Sunday of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:Reflecting on the Mass readings as they apply to our daily livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, In today’s Gospel reading we come with Jesus to the desert, led by the Spirit, where He is tempted by the devil and remains for forty days and forty

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Lenten Reflections

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

 A Lenten Renewal:Daily considerations of the liturgical readings as they apply to our contemporary livesBy Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, On this Lenten Saturday after Ash Wednesday we meet Levi at Mass, later known as Matthew. He was a member of the Jewish community but he worked as a

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Lenten Reflections

Friday after Ash Wednesday

A Lenten Renewal: Daily considerations of the liturgical readings as they apply to our contemporary lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My dear Good people, Some of us can remember the days when Lent was much more challenging in one way than it is now. There was far greater emphasis on

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Lenten Reflections

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

https://www.vermontcatholic.org/event/lent-the-work-of-renewing-our-baptism/ My Dear Good People,        On this Thursday after Ash Wednesday we hear in the Gospel a short passage where Jesus lays out the most basic principle of discipleship: If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and

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Lenten Reflections

Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2021

A Lenten Renewal: Daily Considerations of the liturgical readings as they apply to our contemporary lives By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC  My Dear Good People,  The Word of God is living and active; it pierces more surely than a two-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12-14) Each day during Lent let’s briefly consider the liturgical readings as they

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Weekly Reflections

February 14, 2021

The Divine Dialogue of God with the SoulWeekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, In today’s Gospel, Mark 1:40-45, we see a man afflicted with leprosy who approached Jesus and asked to be cleansed, which meant healed. Leprosy was nearly the worst thing that could happen to a person

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Weekly Reflections

February 7, 2021

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, In the dialogue of our souls with God, we have over the last year reflected on many subjects. Most have been related to the Scriptures–that’s where I most often find myself

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Weekly Reflections

January 31, 2021

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, I’ve more than once heard people say, “I don’t go to church anymore. I see too much hypocrisy there. People go up to Communion, then they cut off cars in the parking lot

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Weekly Reflections

January 24, 2021

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, We’re a few days late, but I want to share with you a story that deals with the anniversary of the tragic Roe vs Wade decision, January 22. Usually there’s a March for Life

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Weekly Reflections

January 17, 2021

https://quotefancy.com/quote/780746/C-S-Lewis-Don-t-shine-so-that-others-can-see-you-Shine-so-that-through-you-others-can-see The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Have you ever been near someone who radiated goodness? Did just being in the presence of such a person make you want to ‘reform?’ Did you sense his or her purity

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Weekly Reflections

The Baptism of the lord

Image* attributed to:  James G. Howes, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons The Baptism of the Lord January 10, 2021 My Dear Good People, Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus by St. John (the Baptist, of course), which is a quick jump from the Three Kings and the Epiphany we celebrated last

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Weekly Reflections

Feast of the Epiphany

Feast of the Epiphany January 3, 2021 My Dear Good People, Today in the Catholic Church we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. As we read the story of the Magi who came from the East to worship the newborn king, we are reminded that it was the Bethlehem Star that guided them to Jesus. Epiphany

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Reflections

New Year’s Reflection, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

New Year’s Reflection, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God January 1, 2021 My Dear Good People, Thank you for your many cards, promises of Masses and prayers and for your financial offerings for the Sisters and our ministries. We are profoundly grateful for the way you never fail to remember us. The great Dag Hamerskjold penned

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Weekly Reflections

Feast of the Holy Family

Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family, December 27, 2020 My Dear Good People,            Today, Sunday, December 27, the Church invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Feast was given to the Universal Church (that is, Catholics in every county in

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Reflections

Christmas Blessings!

On this beautiful Christmas Day… A Child born in a manger, A Son sent to redeem the world, A Savior come to renew all things. My Dear Good People, In older days, we knew about refugees seeking relief from war. Today we know of immigrants yearning for refuge from poverty, lack of education, disrespect for

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Advent Reflections

December 20, 2020

Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020 My Dear Good People, Today, we stand before the Advent Wreath ablaze with light. All four candles burning tell us the days of Christmas are nearly here. There can be a clutching at the heart as we think of all there

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Advent Reflections

3rd Sunday of Advent – December 13, 2020

Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020 My Dear Good People, Every year I tell this story to my Sisters, and you have perhaps heard it from me as well, but it bears repeating. There was a second grade Christmas Pageant one year in a local parish.

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Advent Reflections

2nd Sunday of Advent – December 6, 2020

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020 My Dear Good People, This weekend in our churches we light the second of four candles in the Advent Wreath. Perhaps you have a wreath of your own in your home with a candle, or two or three or four, depending

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Advent Reflections

1st Sunday of Advent – November 29, 2020

Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 My Dear Good People, This weekend opens the very beautiful Season of Advent in our Church—indeed, in many denominations of Christians. Here in New England where I live, this season is especially moving because of the long dark evenings and the

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Weekly Reflections

November 22, 2020

Feast of Christ the King Sunday, November 22, 2020 Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, Though I don’t usually watch the news, I understand that the 2020 election here in America is not yet decided. It’s hard to know what is going on. The political

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Weekly Reflections

November 1, 2020

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, This weekend we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. Not just the Saints who’ve been canonized. All Saints! Have you ever met a Saint? I shook St. Teresa of Calcutta’s hand

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Weekly Reflections

October 25, 2020

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People,      This week we consider the passage in several Gospels when Jesus is approached by someone trying to trick— even trap—Him with a knotty question. Here He is asked by

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Weekly Reflections

October 18, 2020

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC  My Dear Good People, In this week’s Sunday Gospel we hear the intriguing words of Jesus, Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s (Mark 12:17). What a timely reading. It

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Weekly Reflections

October 11, 2020

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC   My Dear Good People, This past week a dear friend of the Sisters, a Norbertine Priest, came to visit us and he brought with him a power point presentation of a pilgrimage he and

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Weekly Reflections

October 4, 2020

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC  My Dear Good People, Most of you know that we have recently renovated our main chapel. It was a long process, and an expensive one, but the generosity and kindness of so many of you have

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Weekly Reflections

September 27, 2020

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC  My Dear Good People, In the Gospel reading for Holy Mass this weekend, Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus is driving home a point for the people who are listening to Him with hostility. I would like to reflect

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Weekly Reflections

September 20, 2020

The Divine Dialogue of God with the Soul Weekly Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC  My Dear Good People, In today’s Gospel we hear a beautiful story from the Master story-teller, Jesus. He tells us about a land owner who is out looking for workers for his vineyard. He finds one person

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News

Chapel Painting Complete!

The painting of the Motherhouse Chapel is complete! It took so much time and talent to prepare for the actual painting, then the walls and ceiling were painted… and finally, the decorative beautification took place. We are so pleased with the outcome of the beautification of our chapel and we

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Reflections

Sunday Reflection

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 Reflection by Mother Marie Julie, SCMC My Dear Good People, A number of times during this Easter Season we have heard readings from Jesus’ conversation with His apostles during the Last Supper. Today’s Gospel includes a beautiful sentence that gives me great comfort

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News

The Painting Has Begun!

An amazing scaffolding structure has been built to reach our 25 foot ceiling in the Motherhouse Chapel! The first group of carpenters and painters began their work on April 3. They completed their portion of the project on April 17. There was much to be done in preparation for actually

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News

Chapel Renovations Underway Soon!

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

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Lenten Reflections

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

(Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14-23:56) My Dear Good People, We begin today’s Liturgy with the procession with the palms, calling out “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Within the hour we are calling out (though reluctantly), “Crucify him.” How could such a thing happen, that people who praised Jesus

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Lenten Reflections

Fifth Sunday of Lent

(Is 43: 16-21; Phil. 3: 8-14; John 8: 1-11(36)) My Dear Good People, We find ourselves only one week away from Holy Week. This Sunday is called Passion Sunday because we are so close to the precious days of the passion and dying of Jesus. In many churches the crosses

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Lenten Reflections

Fourth Week of Lent

On the Fourth Sunday of Lent the Church invites us to hear the story Jesus tells of the son who demanded of his father ‘his share of his estate,’ left home, squandered every penny, and found himself with absolutely nothing—-except the remembrance of his father. He makes his way home sadly,

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Lenten Reflections

Third Week of Lent

My Dear Good People, In today’s first reading we hear God telling Moses to remove his sandals before the burning bush in the desert, because he was “standing on Holy Ground” (Exodus 3:5), ground made holy by the presence of God. Pope Francis often reminds us that we walk on

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Lenten Reflections

Second Week of Lent

My Dear Good People, as we enter the second week of Lent, we are invited to look at our relationship with God in prayer. In the Transfiguration narrative, we see Jesus taking Peter, James and John up the mountain to pray. Prayer is always an invitation that comes not from within our

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Lenten Reflections

Ash Wednesday

Greetings in the Lord! Traditionally Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to prepare and open us to receive the wonderful graces that the Paschal Mystery of Easter brings. As we practice these holy Lenten activities, the Church provides a lively liturgy that is meant to foster and

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News

Nazareth Building Complete!

All of you know how dear to our hearts the elderly Sisters of our Community are. We are always seeking ways to improve the experience of aging for them, for they have served so faithfully in the apostolates of teaching, health care, social service and domestic work in our convents. Now they serve through the ministry of suffering,

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Advent Reflections

Advent Prayer

Lord Jesus, You have chosen to enter our lives so that we may enter the life of the Trinity. This indwelling is a gift that only Your love could have designed. From dawn to dusk, from sunset to sunrise You and the Father and Your beloved Holy Spirit live and

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News

More Pictures of the Renovations!

Praise God for the warmer weather that has allowed the workmen to make progress on the Perpetual Help Center addition for our elderly Sisters. Thank you for your contribution through your prayers and financial support. We offer you our prayers and sacrifices in return for your great love.

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Update on the PHC and Novitiate Roof

We are so very grateful to all who have helped contribute to the new roof for the young sisters and to the renovations in the living area for our dear elderly sisters by your prayers and donations. The contractors will be coming soon to look at the situation with the

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Reflections

“Religious Life: Ever Ancient, Ever Beautiful…”

Click here to listen to Sister Kateri’s reflection on Indwelling Presence of Jesus in our Souls.  Sister M. Kateri Ludick, SCMC gave a beautiful reflection on the presence of Jesus in Our Lady and in our souls. Sister concluded the talk with thoughts on the joy that awaits us in Jesus’

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News

Entrance Day for Postulants!

On the Nativity of our Blessed Mother, we celebrated the reception of our postulants: Sister M. Veronica Rose and Sister M. Philomena. These two candidates are both from New England and had many opportunities to participate in community events even before their entrance.We thank God for the gift of their

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News

Final Renovations of the Holy Family Food Pantry

We thank our benefactors for their great generosity!! We couldn’t have done it without their prayers and financial support. We thank the many workers and volunteers that helped with the physical labor!! We are still looking to do more with renovating the outside of the area: the driveway to the

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Congratulations to our Jubilarians!!

On June 19th the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church celebrated with our three Jubilarians. We congratulate Mother M. David and Sister Joan Marie on their dedication to the Lord as Sisters of Charity for 50 years!! May the Lord continue to be your strength. We

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Food Pantry Renovations!

Our Holy Family Food Pantry is undergoing major renovations ~ thanks to our generous benefactors! Through their support of this ministry to the poor we are able to provide a more welcoming atmosphere, worthy of their dignity. The Sisters serving in this ministry are overjoyed to see this process taking

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World Day of the Sick

On this celebration of the World Day of the Sick we held a prayer service for our sick and elderly Sisters. We prayed to the Blessed Virgin and implored her to heal those of our family, friends and benefactors who experience sickness. “On 11 February next, the Twenty-fifth World Day of

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Congratulations Sister Therese Maria!

May God bless you Sister Therese Maria on your entrance into the Postulancy! Sister Therese Maria has always had a strong devotion to Saint Therese of Lisieux and shares similarities with her spirit and life. Sister was inspired by many close family members and friends to deepen her relationship with

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Golden and Silver Jubilees

The celebration of Sister Monica Mary and Mother Christina’s Jubilees was wonderful! It was a day filled with the joy and beauty of religious life. We had the celebration of the Mass followed by a meal. Both Sisters expressed their deep love for their vocation and thank God for His

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Relics of the Passion

On Sunday, March 7th, Ms. Denise Serafini presented a program entitled “The Relics of the Passion.” It was comprised of three parts; namely, meditations, choral selections and veneration of the relics. The program was very beautiful. The meditations showed how much Christ suffered for love of us. The choral selections added charm

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Holy Door in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Since the year 1300 when Pope Boniface VIII declared the first Holy Year, the Catholic Church has regularly celebrated “Holy Years,” usually every twenty-five years (at least since 1470), except for special circumstances, like in 1983 when a Holy Year was declared to mark the 1950th anniversary of the death

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Congratulations Sister Kateri!

Sister Kateri professed the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and charity forever on August 13. Participating in the Mass of Profession with the Sisters of Charity was Monsignor Leszik Janik, the celebrant, along with several concelebrants from the diocese of Norwich, CT. Sister Kateri’s father, Deacon Ludick, was privileged to serve

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Desperation, Dreams, and Tears: A Visit To Our Southern Border

Seven Connecticut College undergraduates, Fr. Bob Washabaugh, two Catholic chaplain interns from Yale Divinity School and I spent a week at the Arizona-Mexico border.  Some of the students went to get a better idea of the sacrifices their parents made so that they could have a better life here in

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Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life

O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy

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New Postulants!

We are thankful to God for the gift of two new postulants, Sister Maria Mercy and Sister M. Alexandria. Sister Alexandria entered on June 27th, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sister is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Sister Maria Mercy entered on July 16th, the Feast of

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“Let What Breaks Your Heart, Break Mine”

We are still reeling from the reports coming from Sandy Hook School. It will be some time before we can hear that name without feeling a chill at the bone, especially since so many of us are involved with little people in our schools. But one added sadness is that

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General Chapter 2012

The General Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church began on July 5 with the opening Mass celebrated by Father Tito in the Motherhouse chapel. Bishop Perry, from Chicago, worked with our Congregation to prepare for this event. We thank him for his inspiration

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Sister Charles Marie Celebrates her Golden Jubilee!

On the solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 19th, Sister Charles Marie celebrated her Golden Jubilee with the Congregation and on the following weekend she celebrated with her family and friends.  What a joyous occasion this was and we praise God for the precious gift of Sister Charles Marie and her

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Ave Maria University Vocation Fest 2012

Mother Mary Jude and Sister Joan Clare were privileged to attend the beautiful University in Florida on Wednesday, April 18th for their annual Vocation Fest.  Father Robert Garrity, the director of campus ministry, and Donna Rittereiser put together a really exciting program to encourage vocations.  The Fest included live music by Martin

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DIOCESE OF NORWICH YOUTH EXPLOSION 2012

The Youth Explosion will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 12:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Bernard School in Uncasville,CT. The theme for this year is “Living a Life of Worship.” Throughout the day teens will have the opportunity to worship God with other teens from all over the

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Lenten Message from Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father’s 2012 Lenten Message focuses on the virtue of charity Lenten Message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, the title of which is taken from the Letter to the Hebrews: “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works”. “The Lenten

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Christmas Visits in the Motherhouse

Our family experienced the true joy of Christmas when we visited our daughter, Sister Kateri, for three days at the Motherhouse. We shared many laughs, wonderful meals, hugs and had the opportunity to attend prayer and Mass together. With all of these moments, our joy was complete – and that

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Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Enjoy the beautiful presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe, the discoveries about the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe. God of power and mercy,you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through

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CD Release – Christmas Joy

We have made our second CD: Christmas Joy!  This ensemble features traditional Christmas carols as well as unique arrangements of The First Noel, We Three Kings, and Silent Night. It was with great prayer and effort, along with the expertise of Michael Frishman and Carol Mailhot that this CD was made. We praise God for the many

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IRL Regional Meeting

The Second Vatican Council stated that the Holy Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian Life” (Lumen Gentium, no. 11). As we prepare for the revised edition of the Roman Missal, due to be introduced on the first Sunday of Advent, it is good to be reminded that “an indispensable means of effectively sustaining communion

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Earth is Linked to Heaven

Our Sisters attended a workshop this weekend on the changes in the Roman Missal, third edition.  The workshop was given by Father Gabriel B. O’Donnell, O.P. at the Motherhouse in Baltic and consisted of five one-hour conferences.   Not only did we learn the developmental history of the Roman Missal

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Summer Camp 2011

Campers, this year’s camp was awesome! It was great having all of you take part in H.F.S.C. 2011.  Enjoy these photos as reminders of the precious time we shared.  Please keep in touch with us through the year by leaving comments on this page.  We can’t wait to read about the precious pearls you will

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Final Profession Day

Behold the Bridegroom comes, let us go out to meet Christ the Lord! Sister M. Gabriela and Sister Maria Teresa made their Final Profession on August 7.  We ask the Lord to bless them with perseverance in their vocation.  What a blessing for our Congregation and for the Church! Psalm

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Summer School 2011

The Academy of the Holy Family Summer School 2011 at Sacred Heart Education Center is deep into their program. Sister Mercedes, several of the Sisters of Charity and an excellent lay staff help make this summer school possible for students to prepare for the upcoming school year.

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Preparation for Vows

Sister Gabriela and Sister Maria Teresa are in the novitiate for their intense spiritual preparation for their perpetual profession on August 7. Our prayers are with these Sisters as they prepare to be spouses of Jesus Christ. God bless you Sisters!

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41st Anniversary

This joyous celebration of the anniversary of our Congregation’s foundation began with Holy Mass and continued with festive community activities.  These are the Sisters who were in the Congregation since 1970, when we received our papal approbation from Rome.

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