California Region

Mission Advancement Egram

March 26, 2021
One Heart. One Hope. One Mission. 
...embracing the spiritual freedom of Easter
Dear Friends,

Yesterday, I found myself gazing out of my office window (so great to be working there after 51 weeks of "safer at home") at a pre-school tyke busily working in the mud kitchen. It didn't appear that there was a recipe, she was just using whatever was available. First, she poured an imaginary ingredient into a pan, picked up a spoon, and began stirring. Then came a few leaves and twigs from the ground, and more stirring. All of a sudden, the music started and this young Wolfgang Puck abandoned her culinary efforts to join her classmates. No worries about the pot boiling over... how I enjoyed her freedom, the freedom to use her imagination and creativity!

Despite the crosses we experience or hear about around the world, we can be confident that Jesus Christ wants us to be people of spiritual freedom. Because of his passion, death and resurrection, we can approach everything knowing that there are infinite resources of grace available to us, ours for the asking, ours for the using.

Just as imagination is the result of the mental networks between reality and possibility, we can embrace the graces of possibility that may trigger personal and social transformation, healing and peace. As we all grapple with the long-term effects of a pandemic, social unrest and violence, please be assured that the Sisters of Notre Dame are your spiritual partners. Our earnest prayer for you during this Holy Week and Easter season is that your hearts may be filled with spiritual freedom. May we all use whatever is available, follow the music of the Spirit, and join each other in hope.

With gratitude for your partnership with us,
Director of Mission Advancement Services | 805-917-3714
...please join us for a LIVE update on March 28!
Click here to register and be sure to tell your friends!
You are invited to join the Sisters of Notre Dame in Uganda/East Africa for a LIVE Zoom webinar. Hear their stories, learn about recent and upcoming developments, and feel their gratitude for the impact you are making in many lives!

This event will be an inspiring morning of prayer, fellowship, and education. It will also be archived for those unable to attend.

Sunday, March 28,
11 a.m. - Noon, Pacific time

Zoom webinar
(Link to be provided upon registration)

Free-will offerings are welcome at any time through benefitting Uganda and all SND Global Missions. A donation of $50 provides education and daily needs for a student for one month.

Thank you!
...but together we reveal the face of God to the world.
The Sisters of Notre Dame of the California Region are pleased to share our 2020 Impact Report. It is a special thank you to everyone who made a cash donation during 2020, and it features several personal testimonials. Be sure to check out "2020 in review"--highlights of SND happenings. We also acknowledge our 2021 Nun Run winners and business and organization sponsors.

Follow this link to read the report and be assured of the heartfelt gratitude and prayerful good wishes of the Sisters of Notre Dame!
Sr. Joyanne Sullivan reports that St. Dominic Parish in Eagle Rock was a beehive of activity on March 19. In collaboration with the NELA Community and Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de Leon, the parish was the site for a Food Giveaway and Clothing Drive. Hundreds of families received much-needed supplies. Special thanks to all the donors and volunteers, including the St. Dominic's parishioners, the Los Angeles Police Department and the staff of Council District 14.
Notre Dame Academy recognized senior Sydney Volkman with the Archdiocesan Christian Service Award. Over the last four years, she volunteered at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, the LA Regional Food Bank, and her parish, St. Lawrence Martyr (Redondo Beach). She is a woman of faith, excellence, vision, leadership, service and compassion!
Similarly, Julianna Aviles of La Reina High School also received this award. She lives her faith through service, especially at the Moorpark Pantry Plus (operated through Catholic Charities), the Samaritan Center (Simi Valley), and the Lord's Table at Holy Cross Church (Moorpark). She has said, "Whatever I do in life, I know I want to serve and help others."