California Region

Mission Advancement Egram

April 30, 2021
One Heart. One Hope. One Mission. 
...celebrating Mary as Mother of the Church
Dear Friends,

The month of May is upon us and with that, perhaps assorted memories of the cherished Catholic devotions to Mary, mother of Jesus. There are many titles of Mary that can speak to us in the midst of our 21st century situations--health of the sick, queen of peace, cause of our joy--to name a few. As we grapple with differences of opinion that can too easily become nasty arguments, bullying via social media, and worst of all, physical violence, we can turn to Mary as Mother of the Church. Her life experiences reflect current realities: birth in the midst of homelessness, a refugee family seeking safety, an independence-seeking teen causing her anxiety, miracles, the unjust death of her Son, the transformation of resurrection--and so much more. On that Pentecost morning when the Church was born, Mary was present with the Apostles. What an awesome assurance of her maternal care! As partners with the Sisters of Notre Dame, may you look to Mary for whatever graces you and your family need --"if only you knew the gifts God wants to give you" (John 4:10). And we invite you to tell us your prayer intentions.

With gratitude for your partnership with us,
Director of Mission Advancement Services | 805-917-3714

PS--Late breaking news from Sr. Kristin Battles, SND superior general, regarding COVID in Brazil and India.

A number of SNDs in Brazil and India have been infected with COVID with varying severity. One SND is intubated and is not responding. Early on, sisters were reaching out and helping others as much as possible. Now what they can do is more limited because of civil restrictions.  The SNDs are all committed to prayer and connecting with others where possible through social media--especially with the elderly and those who are alone.
...sharing God's goodness and provident care
Sr. Judeen Julier (on the right in this photo) is a chaplain at Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center. She recently shared this experience...

"Our hospital serves many low-income residents of South Central and Downtown Los Angeles (including skid row), and so I am grateful for the $1,000 grant from Sisters on the Frontlines to benefit the Hope Street Margolis Family Center.

The densely populated downtown area of Los Angeles became an epicenter of the COVID pandemic, causing financial distress for the families served by the Hope Street Center. Almost half of the families experienced job loss, with both parents unemployed in about 27% of the cases.

The Center began distributing baskets of food staples worth about $60 to these families, and to others who were quarantined. Although the number of COVID cases has decreased, the food provided by Hope Street continues to help the many families who struggle financially.

In my ministry, I saw COVID's severity. It was distressing to see some families with several members of the same household hospitalized. I am so grateful that Hope Street Margolis Family Center has been able to address their food insecurity, and that I have the opportunity to share God's goodness with them, helping to lessen their burdens. Seeing the smiles of the children and parents is a memory I will long cherish!"
UGANDA UPDATES, case you missed it!

We are excited to share the video presentation which originally aired on March 28. Meet a number of SNDs and learn about the status of the water project and much more. We are pleased to be able to introduce Sr. Christine Syombua Ndolo, the new delegation superior for East Africa.

We also want to express our gratitude for all of the recent support for St. Julie's Mission. Unfortunately, there was a break-in during the last week of March; intruders took technology, personal items and cash that was set aside for food for the children. Thanks be to God, everybody is physically all right. We are grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers we have received. It means so much, especially to the SNDs in Uganda. We are also grateful for the cash donations we have received to help offset the financial loss. And please continue to pray for healing and strength for all of those impacted.

Thank you!
With You On the Journey

Are you a young adult who is seeking answers to life's questions? Or do you know a young adult who wants a deeper spiritual life? Join others from around the USA on the discernment journey as we pray together and share insights.
Notre Dame Academy Elementary Hosts the International Food Faire

In a typical year, this event brings together NDAE's diverse families for a fabulous day of food, cultural dances, demonstrations and a fashion parade. This year students have the opportunity to share their favorite foods and cultural traditions in a series of videos. Check out how to make Mexican tamales, Bibingka from Cebu, Philippines, and more! 

La Reina
Summer Session

June 14 - July 2

for complete information.
La Reina High School & Middle School leads the way into summer with a three-week in-person, on campus comprehensive enrichment program for both boys and girls in grades 5-12. Course offerings are varied, such as art, college application boot camp, college essay seminar, graphic design, math, study skills, writing lab and much more. Class sizes will be limited to 16 students. Extended day offerings, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., include speech and debate, theatre workshop and robotics. 
Save the Date!
June 11-14 will be the Person of the Year Award, recognizing LAMP board member Butch Schuman, with an online auction to benefit South Central LAMP. Follow this link to get involved and to donate/preview the auction items.
Artwork by Grace Kim '21
Enjoy the Leading Ladies...
"Our Leading Ladies," actresses from Notre Dame Academy, presented a selection of songs during a virtual spring musical that aired in late March. They showcased the tunes they love to sing from shows they won't get to do--at least not now. They were undaunted by quarantine circumstances--after all, the show must go on!

We apologize for misidentifying a La Reina student in the March egram. The Archdiocesan Christian Service Award was won by Juliana Aviles, while the Julie Award was won by Sophia Bryson.