Lent is a beautiful time of renewal in which we enter not only as individuals but as a people of God. What a powerful movement is created when we all listen together to the Spirit's call. One way to enter into the collective movement of the Christian people during this Lenten season is to listen to the guidance of our Pope as he gives us a common theme for this Lenten journey. The Pope's Lenten Message encourages us to welcome God in His Word and in our encounter with others. Let us reflect on his message and see how God is calling us to enter more deeply into relationship with the Trinity and all people.
HAPPY FEAST DAY
TO ALL THE SISTERS OF THE PRESENTATION OF MARY
AND THEIR ASSOCIATES
Today November 21st, the sisters are celebrating the feast day of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple. May Mary accompany you as you celebrate the beauty and joy of Mary’s consecration to the Lord.
When Mary was about three years old, her parents Joachim and Anne brought her to the temple to be consecrated to God. Mary climbed the stairs of the Temple with joy, and never looked back.
In 1796, Marie Rivier and her four companions decided to found a community during the French Revolution in the village of Thueyts, Ardèche, France. Their desire was to make Jesus Christ known and loved.
It was M. Pontanier, Marie Rivier’s director, who agreed that Marie Rivier choose the feast of November 21st, the Presentation of Mary in the Temple because of her great love of Mary.
It was on this Marian feast day that with great joy Marie Rivier and her four companions offered themselves to God and to the education of youth. Once the new Congregation was founded, it grew to serve nineteen countries around the world. In Canada, the first community was founded in 1853 in Marieville, Quebec and in 1903, Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.
MARY IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE OUR MOTHER
Sisters Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Vows
CELEBRATION OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEES IN PRINCE ALBERT, CANADA
On July 19th, 2015, a festive atmosphere filled the air at the convent of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Prince-Albert, SK. Sister Beverly Pillar and Sister Anita Verley celebrated 50 years of fidelity to the Lord in Religious Life. They were surrounded by their Sisters as well as by members of their family. We were happy to celebrate together the precious gift of our call to follow Christ in consecrated life.
The theme chosen for this celebration was 'The Light of Faith'. At the beginning of the Eucharistic Celebration, three candles were lit by the Jubilarians: the first candle commemorated with gratitude the past with its years of generous service; the second candle honored the present which continues to be lived with passion; the third candle symbolized their desire to embrace the future with hope.
It was with joy that we celebrated the Mass of Thanksgiving, presided by His Excellency Bishop Albert Thévenot, M.Afr., the bishop of the diocese of Prince Albert. Joyous hymns, led by Sister Emma Rousseau, had been chosen to express our total gift to the Lord in consecrated life. During the Celebration, the Jubilarians renewed their vows of fidelity and self-gift to the Lord.
In his homily, the Celebrant congratulated the Jubilarians and thanked them for their 50 years of service to the community, the Church and the whole world. He said that "as daughters of Marie Rivier, you were courageous, you left everything to follow Christ, you chose this pathway and you committed yourself to follow it totally. May the light of Hope never die out in you. "
The celebration continued with a festive banquet in a wonderful family spirit. This was followed by the opening of gifts. To underline the life of the Jubilarians, we assembled in the Community Room to watch a delightful power-point highlighting the main events in their life, from Baptism to this great day. The Hymn of the Magnificat and the recitation of the rosary closed the day, reminding us all of Mary's key role in our continued journey of consecrated life.
Testimonies from the participants:
"I really enjoyed the community/fellowship. As well, I grew in my faith and in knowledge of self."
"Thank you for everything. I am so grateful for the immense gift of this weekend and I will certainly spread the news about it to friends."
"This weekend was hard but the good kind of hard. The kind of hard that God's presence consumes. I pray that many hearts may pass through these doors to experience the weekend God has planned for them. Thanks so much"
"An incredibly difficult but good weekend full of reliving and letting go of the past."
"Thank you so much for the retreat this weekend! The peaceful hospitality and joyful witness you offered was beautiful and appreciated. This weekend, it was revealed to me that God wants me to 'discover'. Discover Him and who He is in me."
"I experienced truth and peace this weekend. I was brought to another step of surrender and a deepening in the gift of prayer. I know God has done more then I even am aware of yet. Jesus was purely present."