We find ourselves asking, one year later, what has it all meant – the days we have lived through? The lives lost? Have the pandemic protocols separated us in essential ways – from those we love? From our hopes? Are we making a difference? Early in this Lenten season the prophet Joel says: “Return to me with your whole heart” (2:12). Yes, God has been walking with all of us throughout this year of the virus, but let’s ‘turn from’ or ‘turn toward’ something else on the path that will help us all make our way home. This issue of Charity in Motion offers ways our SC ministries and ministers continue to reach out, partnering with others to meet needs and giving persons reasons for hope. Let’s give our lives greater meaning because of our past year’s experience! As we view what is offered here, can we find ways to sort out where the year has taken us and learn from the wisdom of our hearts? Might we, together, be led to greater freedom and to acts of justice and solidarity with others? Reach out to a local food pantry for a start; the need is great. Be assured of the prayers of the Sisters of Charity as we all journey forward together.
Charity News & Notes
Sisters, Employees Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Sisters of Charity and employees in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall received the first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine on campus in January and February. SC President Pat Hayden said of the experience, “It was great. This is truly a gift and blessing for the world.”
S. Marty Dermody received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in February. 

Welcome New Associates
The Community welcomed eight new Associates in Mission on Jan. 3, 2021, in Springhill, Florida. Congratulations to: (front row, from left) Iris Ramirez, Janine Poisson, Heather Litton, (back row, from left) Margaret Martin, Jean Leonard, Theresia Griffin, Gail Metcalf and Judith Brooks.

Moving Day
In preparation of demolition, Sisters of Charity employees with congregational offices in Seton Hall moved their belongings from the building to new homes in December and January. Offices relocated around the Motherhouse campus, with newly updated spaces.

House of Charity Feeding Souls
In February Sisters of Charity living at the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, prepared and delivered meals to those in need at Jesus Project Ministries and Hotel Hope.
S. Monica Gundler (pictured) helped with the delivery of gallons of red beans and rice and mac and cheese.
Important Dates
March 3, 2021
Feast of St. Katharine Drexel

March 4, 2021
EarthConnection Webinar, “The Black Madonna: A Call to a New Relationship with Earth,” 1 p.m.

March 7, 2021                        
Third Sunday of Lent  

March 8-14, 2021                  
Catholic Sisters Week

March 14, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 17, 2021                      
Feast of St. Patrick

March 18, 2021
EarthConnection Webinar, “Living In Our Bioregions,” 1 p.m.

March 19, 2021                      
Feast of St. Joseph

March 21, 2021                      
Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 25, 2021                     
The Annunciation

March 28, 2021                      
Palm Sunday
 
April 1, 2021                         
Holy Thursday

April 2, 2021                         
Good Friday

April 4, 2021                         
Easter Sunday

April 8, 2021                          
EarthConnection Webinar, “The New Cosmology (Part 1),” 1 p.m.

April 15, 2021                          
EarthConnection Webinar, “The New Cosmology (Part 2),” 1 p.m.

April 22, 2021                       
Earth Day

April 25, 2021                        
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
 
May 1, 2021                           
Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

May 13, 2021                        
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 23, 2021                        
Pentecost Sunday

May 30, 2021                         
The Holy Trinity – Solemnity
Demolition Begins with Ceremonial First Swing
Sisters of Charity President Pat Hayden took the ceremonial ‘first swing’ to mark the beginning of Seton Hall’s demolition. Demolition began the week of Feb. 21, and will continue for the next four months. Please join us in prayer for the safety of all the construction specialists.
Event Spotlight: Catholic Sisters Week
Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community and offer hope. But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events that invite all who follow Jesus to
  • expand and support their Gospel witness;
  • grow the service networks they have seeded;
  • share their spirituality, charisms, and community;
  • encourage young women to consider a vocation to religious life;
  • support their pastoral, teaching and prophetic works;
  • and focus on the new world they call into being.

Religious communities throughout the world are joining together during Catholic Sisters Week for a collaborative effort to serve persons in need and bring much needed awareness to the current increase in food insecurity and its underlying causes, including the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty, unemployment/under-employment, and inconsistent access to healthy food. The pandemic has affected people of all walks of life, but with no safe, secure place to call home, the homeless population has especially felt the gravity of our current reality. Throughout the week, please visit our website and social media channels to learn more about organizations our Sisters support. In addition we encourage you to learn more about local food pantries in your area and to find ways you can help. 
Features
Bringing Faith Alive
Through service to others, St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati was established to compassionately care for those in need throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Sisters of Charity have long felt a connection to the SVDP mission. https://www.srcharitycinti.org/
Signs of Hope
Looking into the faces of a small group of loved ones on July 25, 2020, the day of her final vow ceremony,
S. Tracy Kemme felt the presence and support of so many more.
Video Visit - S. Ginny Scherer
Meet S. Ginny Scherer. S. Ginny has been ministering as a Chemistry and Physics teacher at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio, for more than 30 years. Learn more about how S. Ginny is carrying forward Elizabeth Seton’s legacy in her current ministry.
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