Sunday, April 24, 2016

Continuing our celebration of Sister Charitas' Golden Jubilee

It is truly impossible for Poor Clares to celebrated a Golden Jubilee for only a single day, so it should come to no surprise that we are still in jubilee mode a week after the event.  Today our Bishop DiLorenzo was able to preside at our celebration.  Here are a few pictures:

Sister Charitas being "reflowered" by Mother Abbess

Bishop DiLorenzo at the Eucharistic Prayer,
 flanked by our chaplain, Father Gerry
and our good friend, Father Robert, OFM, Cap.
Sister Charitas up front and center 

Bishop DiLorenzo congratulating Sister Charitas

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sister Mary Charitas Golden Jubilee

Yesterday we had the joy of celebrating the Golden Jubilee of our Sister Mary Charitas.  Here are a few picture highlights.  More to come!

Entrance Procession

Renewal of Vows for the 50th time!

Cutting the Bridal Cake

Evening Program:
Classical Indian Dance
(novice Sister Veronica dancing with her Indian Sisters for the first time!)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dedication Day Rainbow

Being daughters of St. Francis, that ardent lover of God and enthusiastic singer of God’s creation, Poor Clares are often about marveling at the wonders of nature.  So when I looked out of a window on my way to our evening recreation and saw a brilliant setting sun shining through a shower of rain, it was no surprise to me that I was greeted with the plea:  “Get your camera!  There’s a rainbow!”  I ran quickly to my cell to retrieve the camera, for a rainbow is a major photographic event.  This ancient sign of blessing and peace arched gracefully over our public chapel toward the east, becoming a double arch and then slowly faded as the sun sank lower in the western sky.  A few of our elder Sisters were not agile enough to make it to the window before the fading of the rainbow, so I transferred the pictures to a computer for their enjoyment.  Technology has its own wonders!  

We always love rainbows, but the day of this one’s appearance gave this particular rainbow a special significance; it was the twelfth anniversary of our church’s dedication.  God gave us a tender sign of His love and an encouragement to be in our turn a sign of His mercy in a dark and stormy world.

Sisters enjoying the Dedication Day Rainbow

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Mercy Sunday

Blessed Mercy Sunday!  Today Jesus appears to His disciples who had failed Him utterly during His time of trial, and yet He offers them His Mercy.  More than a simple greeting, He comes close to each of them, "breathes on them" in an intimate embrace of restored friendship and gives them the Holy Spirit in a joyful kiss of peace.  Then those disciples who have been forgiven and redeemed are sent out with the power to offer forgiveness to all the world.

Above is our Mercy Shrine that we have erected this day in our sanctuary.  Below is our Mercy Display in the narthex outside of our choir that greets us each day of this year dedicated to Mercy.

Now that we have completed the celebration of the Paschal Octave, our sights are set for our Sister Charitas' Golden Jubilee to take place on April 16!  Join us in anticipation and prayer!