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Living Out Our Orientations Together

On Sunday, January 30, the Sustainability Committee led sisters and associates in another ZOOM session. Facilitated by Alana Forrester, the group gathered was invited to look at the Mission Orientations 2021- 2026 through the lens of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Over 70 devices were connected (some had more than one person present) as we enjoyed nearly two hours of listening and sharing. Anna Rowley and Karen Volpe served as tech persons keeping things moving. Participants expressed joy, gratitude, and much appreciation for this opportunity to walk with Marguerite and the call to remember stories in our own journey. Great Committee! Great ideas! Great event! Next session will be April 3, with Sister Kathleen Deignan.

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February 8 - International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking in Persons

The theme is “The Power of Care – Women, Economics, Human Trafficking.” Trafficking is one of the deepest wounds inflicted by the current economic system. Wounds that affect all dimensions of life, personal and community. The pandemic has increased the “business” of human trafficking and has exacerbated the pain: it has favored the opportunities and socio-economic mechanisms underlying this scourge, worsening the situations of vulnerability that involved the people most at risk – disproportionately women and girls. The latter, particularly penalized by the dominant economic model. The gap between men and women has thus grown.

https://crc-canada.org/en/marathon-prayer-8th-international-day-prayer-awareness-against-human-trafficking/#one

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News from Visitation East Associates

Woodstock Associates Gathered in December and January

Submitted by Woodstock Associate Marjorie Allison-Ross

Woodstock Associates were fortunate to be able to meet in both December and January. It had been a few months since the group gathered for the annual Retreat at Skiff Lake in September. A small group met in the Parish Centre on December 12th using COVID Protocols. In regular times, we would have met in someone’s home for Prayer and a Pot Luck Lunch celebrating the Advent Season. Since we were in COVID Pandemic times, we enjoyed a simple meal similar to what Marguerite served the Sisters in her time, soup and bread/biscuits. We also had dessert. One person served the food. One tradition that our group has at the December meeting is to prepare Christmas cards for sisters, priests, Associates who used to live in Woodstock, Associate Coordinators and Associates who are now housebound. This is a way that we can practice Visitation from a distance. For our prayer, the Group used an Advent Prayer and “Elizabeth’s Hope: A Meditation” to reflect on Mary and Elizabeth’s visitation with each other. Elizabeth said, “Here I Am.”

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