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At Epiphany, we celebrate the Kings with a festive meal during which a pastry called galette des rois is served. A dry pea and a bean are baked into the pastry, and the person who finds it in his or her piece is declared king or queen.

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Christmas Market at Résidence Bon-Secours November 29, 30, and December 1, 2022

Three days bursting with LIFE at Résidence Bon-Secours!

Not only were the sisters delighted to be able to shop, but also to sing about Christmas together, to enjoy the bistro while chitchatting around many treats, a coffee, a porto…

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News from Maria Province (Japan)

On Sunday, October 30, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of Maria Province, the 50th anniversary of Sister Yuriko Saito's vows, and the 25th anniversary of Sister Kikuko Takahashi and Sister Motoko Takahashi's vows at Chofu Convent. After the Mass, officiated by Fr. Noriyuki Tamura, Leader of the Salesian Chofu Convent and Fr. Rapu Haruyama, Superior General, the sisters and associates had a celebratory luncheon. It was a day of blessing and grace. Congratulations to all!

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The Quiet Hidden Carpenter of Nazareth

Many religious Christmas cards depict some form of a scene of Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a stable with a donkey and cow nearby. Shepherds and sheep are peering in at them and the Magi and camels are approaching. Artistically and theologically, the main three are always the immediate Holy Family. Often the image is only of Mary and the Child Jesus. In a way, Joseph is the silent, hidden presence behind the scene.

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Sister Bea in San Antonio

Sister Bea Baker is leaving for San Antonio Texas on December 11th to volunteer for 3 weeks with the newly arrived refugees and immigrants entering the U.S. because they are suffering from violence and poverty. Sister Bea wants to be a loving presence for them and pray for an open heart. She has created a BLOG at sisterbeacnd.wordpress.com if you would like to followher experiences each day. Let us keep Bea in prayer for these three weeks.

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News from Visitation Province

Celebrating Two Anniversaries

Sisters, associates and guests came together Friday, December 2, 2022 at Holy Redeemer Convent, Sydney, NS, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Congregation de Notre-Dame Associate Relationship and the 40th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. 

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December Associate Relationship East Newsletter 2022

Holy Angels and St. Theresa’s group met at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys church on October 20th, 2022. The prayer service on Interculturality was presented, reflections and sharing transpired.

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3rd Sunday Of Advent 2022

For close to fifteen years I was Teacher-Chaplain at Notre Dame High School in Toronto. As many of you know, this is a Congregation de Notre-Dame school for girls in the east end of the city.

When I attended the school myself, I learned for the first time about the season of Advent and the Advent Wreath. The daily Advent prayer over the PA, led by students from home rooms across all the grades, was an important part of the start of our day.

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Personal Reflection on Advent 2022

Advent is a time to make connection and allows the eyes of our hearts to see hope unfolding.  It is an invitation to look deeply, perceive anew God’s presence in creation, to prepare, to welcome, to wonder, to be surprised and to stand in awe.

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Advent in Kingston

On Saturday evening we had a beautiful prayer service in the chapel to begin the season Advent. The theme this year chosen by our Liturgy Committee is Awaken to the Reckless, Cosmic Love of God. During the service, Sister Frances O'Brien, SP, delivered a stirring reflection on the theme where she related it to the times in which we live.

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Movie Recommendation: “She Said”

“She Said” based on the book details the work of two young women journalists with the New York Times who are investigating the issue of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. It leads them to the many women who over the decades experienced this at the hands of Harvey Weinstein covered up by some of his colleagues. It captures the shame, fear and courage of these women to step forward in the face of non-disclosure agreements, career limitations and threats. This has empowered other women who have or are experiencing abuse in the workplace to flag it, providing much of the stimulus for the MeToo movement. The descriptions of the abuse are verbal and not visually depicted.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will mark the launch of the UNiTE campaign (Nov 25-Dec 10) — an initiative of 16 days of activism concluding on the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day (10 December).

This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.

Miramichi Associates

Congregation de Notre-Dame Associates gathered on the first Sunday of Advent to share and enjoy good company in a spirit of conviviality and good cheer.

As Sister Ellen Hickey used to say, “It is always a happy time when good friends gather together.”

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It’s Advent!

Sisters Catherine MacEachern and Ruth Carr set up the ADVENT wreath for the weekly Mass at Parkland Cape Breton. Sister Ruth decorated and arranged this beautiful wreath and shared it with the Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters and residents to enjoy during this Advent season. This first Sunday of Advent we light the candle of HOPE as we prepare to celebrate God's promise to be with us always.

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Visitation Central Associates Newsletter

Sister Marijke Gerretsen, CND, is part of the Congregational Leadership Team including the role of liaison with the Central Committee for Associate Relationship. Sister Marijke shared her personal history of Associate Relationship in Japan, Troyes, Canada, and Central America.

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2nd Sunday of Advent 2022

Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 5:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12

Hi there: My name is Winnie. I was welcomed into Associate Relationship 20 years ago and it was our co-Coordinator Dianne who introduced us to Development & Peace, Caritas Canada 15 years ago. I am currently chair of our Antigonish Diocesan Council. We have been truly blessed by the many who have influenced our lives during our lifetimes, all of whom we are most grateful.

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Prayer on the Feast of the Holy Family (Octave of the Nativity)

My God, I want to speak to you about my family.

I begin by naming to you the members of this family.

I thank you for the blessings that you bestow upon them.

I ask you to help them succeed in life.

Help them to make a large place for you in their hearts

and to love you, as you love them.

It is in remembrance of Mary, Joseph and Jesus that I am asking you.

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy to St. Jean's: Windows Of Opportunity Dedication

Alumnae, current and past parishioners, board members, administrators, friends, family, and students gathered last week for the dedication of our restored historic stained glass windows. Launched in the fall of 2020, the Windows of Opportunity Campaign raised money to repair the auditorium windows while also providing funds for emergency tuition assistance during the pandemic.  

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News from Visitation Province

Farewell to Nancy

On Tuesday, November 22, the Okanagan Associates gathered at Kathleen's home for our regular monthly meeting. We have been following the Listening to Indigenous Voices program and finished sessions 8 and 9 with great contemplation and discussion. Because a few members in our group have to travel quite a distance, we have been meeting over lunch and doing 2 sessions on one day.

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Prayer for New Year’s Day (January 1)

My God, I want to wish you

a happy new year,

a year where all the children of the world

will be a little better:

a year where they will seek peace,

to share, to forgive, to love…

A year where they will be happy and grateful

for the love you give to them.

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