Monday, February 18, 2019

Days of Grace

We have experienced days of grace during our 15th Provincial Chapter as we met for sacred discussions about what is most important to us.  Thank you for accompanying us with your prayers.

We have reflected on the "new wine" in our lives and have challenged ourselves toward transformation into fresh wineskins.  This is no small task. We ask for your continued prayers and we promise you our prayers as we journey.  

Here are some photos from our final day: 

Sister Mary Edward addresses the Sisters during the closing ritual.
Sister Mary Ann explains an artistic representation of our Chapter.
Sister Josita leads us in our closing ritual.

The Sisters receive a memento of the Provincial Chapter.
Our faithful trumpeters share their gifts during liturgy.
Hopefully, you were able to join us on Facebook for our Provincial Chapter closing liturgy.  If not, check it out here. Thanks to Casey and Brent Dolan for helping to make this happen.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sundaes on Sunday

After a full day of prayer and work, we were treated to ice cream sundaes!  We are grateful to our recreation committee for preparing the treat and serving us so generously.  The smiles on these faces show how much the sundaes were enjoyed.







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Please join us on Monday, February 18, at 2:00 P.M on Facebook for our closing liturgy.  Thank you for your prayers for our Provincial Chapter.

Sunday's Reflection: Good Wine Overflows

We are grateful to Sister Ann Marie Paul, SCC, for today's haiku reflections on our Chapter theme:

Mary at Cana
Son, they have no wine to drink
Do what he tells you

Jesus at Cana
Bring the water of your lives
Leave the rest to me

Servers at Cana
Water jugs filled to the brim
Good wine overflows

- Sister Ann Marie ministers at the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women (Passaic, NJ).
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The Sisters of Christian Charity of the North American Eastern Province began our Provincial Chapter yesterday, February 14, 2019. The Chapter will close on Monday, February 18.  Please join us in praying the prayer for our Provincial Chapter.

During the Chapter, we are posting updates here and on our Facebook page.  Also, we are very happy to announce that the closing liturgy of our Provincial Chapter can be viewed live on Facebook.  Tune in on Monday, February 18 at 2:00 P.M. EST.  Hope to see you there!


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chapter Saturday

As we shared previously, an artistic rendering of the four original Sisters of Christian Charity watches over our proceedings this weekend.  Today we are happy to share a picture of the artist, Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC, who painted this work of art in 2005 for a community celebration.

One of the most beautiful aspects of this Provincial Chapter is that -- because of the move to the new Motherhouse -- we are able to gather the entire Province under one roof.  Previously, the Sisters who might have been unable to travel from Danville, PA to Mendham would remain in Danville and support us prayerfully from afar.  However, with the move from Danville to Mendham, everyone is here!  An especially beautiful moment from today was when we took a "leaning" on an issue we had been discussing.  (A leaning is not a vote; it simply "takes the temperature" of the room.)  By raising green cards, we indicate our agreement with the matter at hand, such as in the photo below.

The Sisters who are unable to come to St. Joseph Hall because of illness or physical challenges can watch the proceedings on closed-circuit television from their bedrooms.  But that does not prevent them from having a voice in the meetings.  The Sisters pictured below ran upstairs to the bedrooms to receive input from the Sisters in their bedrooms.  Here, they share the results with us:

We are so very grateful to everyone who has supported us in our move to the new Motherhouse and during the eight months since the move.  Because of you, we are able to be truly united during our Chapter gathering.

Of course, the weekend is not only work, work, work.  In the photos below, the Sisters enjoy some recreation time together.


Saturday's Reflection: "They have no wine."

We are grateful to Sister Marie Pauline Demek, SCC, for sharing this poem, which reflects on the Gospel of John and our 15th Provincial Chapter:

John 2/Chapter 15

"They have no wine."
 A great lack for a feast that unites.
Mary whispers the lack,
then takes the lead to make change ignite.
Authentic Woman,
in relationship with the One, 
she comes to understand her Son . . .
rooted in faith; harvested with trust,
whatever is asked -- is done -- 
what water was now wine becomes!

Lady, "Chosen Vessel, Chalice holy,"
we come ready -- to be wine-pressed
from within -- where all growth begins . . . 
wineskins for New Wine
-- wineskins wisdom-filled by prayer and giving;
-- wineskins brimming with compassion to heal what needs healing;
-- wineskins flowing forth new hopes for loving and living.

Mary, our Mother, 
Woman of the New Wine,
ask your son again
speak the lack we need to see,
and
like you --
new wineskins let us be!

- Sister Marie Pauline ministers at the Eastern Province Provincialate and Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center ( both in Mendham, NJ).
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The Sisters of Christian Charity of the North American Eastern Province began our Provincial Chapter on February 14, 2019. The Chapter will close on Monday, February 18.  Please join us in praying the prayer for our Provincial Chapter.

During the Chapter, we hope to post updates here and on our Facebook page.  Also, we are very happy to announce that the closing liturgy of our Provincial Chapter can be viewed live on Facebook.  Tune in on Monday, February 18 at 2:00 P.M. EST.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 15, 2019

More Provincial Chapter Moments

Friday began with Eucharistic Adoration.

A good breakfast fortified us for the day ahead.
Choosing table numbers
The Sisters prepare for the first session.



The work of the day continues.

Table discussions

Blessing bags being prepared
The Sisters write notes to include in the blessing bags.
Sister John Paul and Sister Josephine prepare snacks.

Friday's Reflection: Prayer, Discernment, Transformation

We are grateful to Sister Maria Pia Arca, SCC, for today's reflection:

As I started to read and meditate about the Provincial Chapter theme, "New Wine in New Wineskins," I realized that I needed to stop relying on books, YouTube, or TV for answers and to rely on God, who will show me, teach me and pour into me what I needed.  I asked, "Lord, what do new wineskins look like?"  Three words came to me very clearly -- prayer, discernment and transformation.

Prayer:  In my experience of working with the Sisters, I need to pray for fresh wine in every situation, every day.  As I pray to my Divine Spouse as a real person, He shows Himself to me in each sick and suffering Sister.  I pray for others from my heart, with love and faith.

Discernment:  As I allow the Holy Spirit to guide my meditations, I attempt to listen to what He tells me.  Can I shed the "old wineskin" in order to receive the "new wineskin" that God wants me to have?

Transformation:  Although releasing the old ways can be painful to my flesh, when I give up my old ways, I gain peace and joy.  When I allow my old self to die, God can pour new wine into my new wineskin.   Can I give God permission to lead me?  Can I allow transformation to happen both "outside in" and "inside out?"

- Sister Maria Pia ministers at Mallinckrodt Convent (Mendham, NJ).
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The Sisters of Christian Charity of the North American Eastern Province began our Provincial Chapter yesterday, February 14, 2019. The Chapter will close on Monday, February 18.  Please join us in praying the prayer for our Provincial Chapter.

During the Chapter, we hope to post updates here and on our Facebook page.  Also, we are very happy to announce that the closing liturgy of our Provincial Chapter can be viewed live on Facebook.  Tune in on Monday, February 18 at 2:00 P.M. EST.  Hope to see you there!