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Tuesday, November 29, 2016




During this holiday season, we're sharing stories of sisters who are ministering with good deeds, kindness, charity and generosity thanks to your support for our Ministry With the Poor fund.

Sister Kathleen Weber, CSC, is able to offer five families adult day care at Holy Cross Hospital Medical Adult Day Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The care is available at reduced fees through the Robert J. Grossman Scholarship Fund. This care means the world to those with loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s or physical disabilities. At the day center participants can enjoy supervised socialization and the caregivers get a bit of well-deserved respite.

What a kind and helpful thing to do! Thank you for your prayerful and generous financial support that helps us continue to nourish the lives of the poor. Donate now.

Advent reflection

Sunday, November 27, 2016

by Sister Minoti Rozario, CSC
 
 

Jesus is the light of the world, the lighthouse for travelers. We are enlightened by Jesus and have a new direction to follow him, reflecting his light to all peoples.

 
Scripture passages referenced in this reflection are Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44.
 
Today’s readings call us to put on the armor of light and be messengers of righteousness. In responding to this call we need to transform our lives from those of violence to love, from war to peace, from wrongdoing to justice. Many years ago Isaiah dreamed, “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks."

Yet the Missionaries of Charity were killed in Yemen and an Indian priest was abducted and crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. Iraq, Syria and Lebanon have lost so many people through migration. In Paris, 130 people were killed in an attack by ISIS. Bangladesh has witnessed many tragedies: social activists, bloggers and people of good mind and heart cut down; wisdom figures killed by terrorists; and the persistence of child labor, human trafficking and rape of women. Corruption occurs everywhere.

God always wants to be in relationship with us. But we make the poor choices and we hurt one another. We damage our own relationship with God. In Advent, the Church calls us to wake up, to respond to God’s coming into our lives. The people in Noah’s time forgot; the people in Jesus’ time were busy about other things. How am I responding to God’s coming today?

Reflection questions
Do I take positive initiatives as an individual member of society?
How do I nourish relationships?
Where can I bring light into the darkness?

Insights for Advent

Saturday, November 26, 2016

by Sister Angela Golapi Palma, CSC, General Leadership Team Member
 


Jesus is the light of the world, the lighthouse for travelers. We are enlightened by Jesus and have a new direction to follow him, reflecting his light to all peoples.

 
As I thought about Advent this year, many meaningful images came to mind as I considered the current times in our world. Among these images are our Congregation’s 175th anniversary celebration of the founding of the women of Holy Cross and the Church’s celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis, in his welcome to participants at World Youth Day in Poland, said, “Mercy always has a youthful face! Because a merciful heart is motivated to move beyond its comfort zone.” To that I would add, “Mercy walks extra miles.” 

It is not an option for us to be merciful; rather, it is a condition of being a person of faith, because we continuously receive mercy from our merciful God. We are fortunate when we have opportunities to show mercy, and we do not have to go far for those opportunities to arise. We can act mercifully in our home, to our neighbors, and beyond—to the homeless, hungry, refugees, migrants and many others who are coming to our doors. It is up to us to choose to have that youthful heart of mercy of which Pope Francis spoke.

 St. Augustine of Hippo wrote, “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let us to be courageous to show mercy and change situations, to make our world a common home of peace with transformational hearts and actions. Such acts of mercy would be wonderful gifts to Jesus in this 175th anniversary year and Year of Mercy.

I am grateful to the sisters who prepared this year’s Advent reflections; Sisters Minoti Rozario, CSC, Taposi Gomes, CSC, Rita Godhino, CSC, Shikha Laetitia Gomes, CSC, and Shagorica Maria Gomes, CSC.  Each Sunday from now until Christmas we will be sharing a reflection with you here on the blog. May their words help motivate us to act from a merciful heart.

 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Being grateful

Monday, November 21, 2016

by Sister Margie Lavonis, CSC




There are special times during the year when most of us make an extra effort to express our gratitude and appreciation for the people in our lives and the gifts we have been given—Mother’s and Father’s Days, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. These days can serve as reminders to us of how important it is to thank others and show our appreciation for them.

As Christians we know that everything we are and have has been given to us by God, including our relationships. One way to express our love is through our gestures of gratitude, not just on special days, but always.

Gratitude is something we may have learned as children, but have forgotten to practice. It is easy to get so wrapped up in our busy lives that we neglect to perform even simple acts of courtesy. We fail to express our appreciation for acts of kindness we receive. However, the more frequently you express gratitude to those around you the more likely it is to become a habit.

Gratitude is also important in our relationship with God. When it comes right down to it, all we are and have comes from our loving God. A good habit to develop in our evening prayer, or any other time of the day, is to reflect on the past 24 hours and give God thanks for the many blessings, great or small, we have received.

The people of Uganda, Africa, have a beautiful custom of giving thanks for everything in their lives. The word they use is webali. Any time a person goes to someone’s home, the host thanks that person for visiting. Or if someone has a conversation with another, that person thanks him or her for speaking. They express gratitude for every human action no matter how big or small. It is an important part of their culture. I experienced this when I had the opportunity to live with our Ugandan novices. They had an attitude of gratitude.

The Ugandans have a lesson to teach us. There is no doubt that our world would be a better place if we regularly expressed our genuine appreciation for life and for all that we receive from God and one another.

St. Paul says it simply in Colossians, “…Be thankful” (Col. 3:15). And I would add, don’t forget to express it.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


How can we show others the mercy of God?

 

Care for creation

It is important to respect all of God’s creation. Living sustainably means engaging with our environment and taking responsibility for it so that there are enough resources for everyone.
  • Look for ways you can adjust your household to improve sustainability.
  • Encourage lawmakers to explore ways your local community can do business and reduce harmful emissions.
  • Get outside! One of the best ways to care for God’s creation is to fall in love with it. 
  • Sister Noylí Margot Ríos Manzo, CSC, received Ministry With the Poor funding to assist, in the creation of a women’s bio garden to teach them how to feed their families better. As a group, these women experienced processes that will help them exercise their natural leadership and discover new skills. The bio garden has reaped plenty of harvest. Still, the greatest yield has been the women’s happiness and improvement in their well-being. They are facing challenges and succeeding.
Sister Noylí Margot Ríos Manzo, left, and Manuela Roman, a Holy Cross associate, display a
head of lettuce grown in the associates’ bio garden.

Learn more about how the Ministry With the Poor Fund helps people around the world.

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Inspired to learn

Friday, November 18, 2016


"I treasure these experiences."
Sister Joysline Mary Lyngkhoi, CSC

 

This is part 3 in a series of stories about sisters who are continuing their education to better serve others in need.

Sister Joysline Mary Lyngkhoi, CSC, is continuing her education in the United States to better serve others in need. She is enrolled at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana, founded and operated by the Brothers of the Holy Cross.

Majoring in theology with a minor in education, Sister Joysline Mary Lyngkhoi finds everything she is learning at Holy Cross College to be exciting. For example, in her “Catholicism in America” class, she is learning about how immigrants experienced hardship and discrimination in the new world because of cultural differences.

“Yet, to live their Christian faith, they worked together and took the initiative to organize local communities and build churches,” she said. “I am inspired to learn about their spirituality, devotion and convictions to live their Christian values in spite of all the ups and downs of their time.”

Sister Joysline also is taking a class on global issues, which is helping her learn about many things that are happening around the world. In addition, she is doing her service learning project with the elderly residents in Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, a ministry of the Holy Cross brothers.

“These experiences will help me know how to respond to the needs of others and be effective in any situation,” she said.

Sister Joysline doesn’t have a particular area in which she wants to minister after she graduates in December 2016, but she does hope it is in her native India because of the need she sees there. Meanwhile, she is enjoying the challenging studies.

“The professors are very helpful and the community spirit in Holy Cross is wonderful. I treasure all these experiences,” she said.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How can we show others the mercy of God?

 

Give alms to the poor

No matter where you live you can find ways to help provide support and services for those in need. Even small donations can make a difference when they are joined together.
  • Skip the morning coffee and put that money in the offering basket
  • The Ministry for the Poor provides funding to the Pratasha Sewing Center in Kulaura, Bangladesh for materials, workers’ salaries and stipends, and seminars that train girls and women to sew and provide for their families.
Sister Anita Gomes received funds to purchase fabric, provide salaries and stipends for workers, and seminars at a center.

Learn more about how the Ministry With the Poor Fund helps people around the world.

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Support ministries in Ghana

Monday, November 14, 2016


During this holiday season, we're sharing stories of sisters who are ministering with good deeds, kindness, charity and generosity thanks to your support for our Ministry With the Poor fund.

Sister Evelyn Ntiamoah, CSC, conducts classes for parents who hope to reduce the violence in their family living situations. She also teaches their children how to make good decisions—decisions that will reduce the cycle of material poverty in their lives. This and more than 40 other Ministry With the Poor projects are providing essential services around the world. People are depending on your kindness and charity to respond to their needs.

Thank you for your prayerful and generous financial support that helps us continue to nourish the lives of the poor. Donate now.

Learn more about Sister Evelyn Ntiamoah, CSC, and the support she gives families at the St. Kizito Pastoral Center in Ghana, Africa.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

 
How can we show others the mercy of God?

Bury the Dead

Funerals and memorial services give us the opportunity grieve with others and show our support during difficult times.
  • Visit the cemetery and pray for those you have lost.
  • Send someone who is grieving a condolence card.  
  • The congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross is investigating green burials as a way to care for creation, while respecting and reverencing the human body. Green burial provides a way for bodies to rest in nature without using harsh chemicals or other resources that deplete the earth.


Sisters of the Holy Cross offer memorial cards with a Remembrance Gift to the Ministry With the Poor Fund. We will personalize the card you choose and send it to the recipient telling of your gift and the promise of prayer from our sisters.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

How can we show others the mercy of God?


Visit the prisoners

No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to experience God’s mercy.
  • Share the Word of God and the message of Christ through prison ministry.
  • Ministry With the Poor funds help Sister Ann Shaw, CSC, purchase books, educational supplies, hygiene kits and liturgical supplies for programs promoting psycho-spiritual healing and personal growth for incarcerated women at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, Maryland.

Sister Ann Shaw, CSC, supporting women prisoners in Maryland.

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Monday, November 7, 2016


How can we show others the mercy of God?


Visit the sick

Spending time with someone who is ill may not land high on our to-do list.  However, these individuals need companionship and comfort and you will find they have much to offer to those who make time for them.
  • Donate blood
  • Offer to assist the caregivers of chronically sick family members.
  • The Ministry With the Poor fund provides health education materials, transportation and food for the Kyembogo Holy Cross Family Centre in Kyembogo, Uganda.



Thursday, November 3, 2016


How can we show others the mercy of God?
  
 
  
Shelter the homeless
 
Circumstances that can lead someone to becoming homeless are as many and varied as there are people. Christ encourages us to connect with the homeless and find ways to help them seek a resolution to the challenges they face.  
  • Support organizations who work with refugees
  • Make a donation household supplies like blankets or clothes to a local homeless shelter
  • The Sisters of the Holy Cross Ministry With the Poor fund subsidizes fees for the Holy Cross Medical Adult Day Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, which offers memory care, chronic disease management and supervised socialization to participants.
 
At the Holy Cross Medical Adult Day Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, Sister Kathleen Weber, offers respite care for a woman in need.
 
Learn more about how the Ministry With the Poor Fund helps people around the world.

Donate Now to support these and other ministries of Sisters of the Holy Cross.
 
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

On this feast of ALL SOULS, we pray for the purifications of souls destined for heaven, both in this life and those souls in purgatory. We know that you are with us always on our journey to do your will and humbly ask you to give us the strength to lead holy lives. Help us continue to meet our obligations as good Christians so that one day we may share in your glory in heaven. Amen.



Please join us in prayer for these Sisters of the Holy Cross who were called home to God since November 1, 2015. While we feel their loss, we rejoice in their newfound lives. Click on the names below to read each sister's memento on our website.

Sister Pamela Welch
Sister Josephine Marie (Mariano)
Sister Mary Romanus (Smith)
Sister Jane Ann Rochford
Sister Dolores Kessinger
Sister M. Ignatius (Schumacher)
Sister Anna Louise Neuland
Sister Jeanette Lester
Sister M. Marcia (Britton)
Sister M. Agnes Anne
Sister M. Joan Elizabeth