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Feast Day of Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12, 2018

*Before beginning, place a cloth on the prayer table.  Items will be added as we pray.

Introduction

Leader:  Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal. (Place a picture or statue of Marguerite on the prayer table)  In 1653, Marguerite Bourgeoys, a native of Troyes, France, came to a tiny and beleaguered Ville-Marie, (now Montreal, Canada) still undergoing its birth pangs.  In 1659, when Marguerite's first companions joined her on a return voyage, her Congregation of Sisters began to educate and guide the children and women in New France. Marguerite, an Extern (type of Associate) with the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters in France taught poor children and brought the spirit of that movement to the women in New France

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Peace in the New Year

The beginning of a new year is often a time for renewed prayers for peace. We will need them more than ever in 2018, but as we turn the page from 2017, I invite you to rejoice in all of the peacemaking that we have been part of. The Campaign to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and we have a CND connection to that. Take a look at this article – Sisters from Marguerite Bourgeoys Province are also founding, and continuing, members of Antennes de paix.

https://www.devp.org/en/articles/human-rights-day-lets-meet-canadian-woman-peacebuilder

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Sister Catherine MacDonald, CND, Receives CWL of Canada Maple Leaf Service Award

Sister Catherine is shown receiving her Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of Canada Maple Leaf Service award from: Left: Doreen MacDonnell; Barbara Burke; and President of the CWL Mary Myers. 

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