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Issue 4.06
March 28, 2016
Easter Monday

"Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed." 

We can only imagine what Mary and the woman experienced as they approached the tomb and encountered an angel of God and heard the words, "he is not here." Then as they returned to tell the disciples the good news, they encountered Christ. 

May we be attentive to the Christic encounters before us and pray.
I see the Christ ever before me, therefore my heart will be glad. I will exult and dwell in hope. You, God of Love, make known to me the paths of life; fill me with the joy of your presence.
Be Not Afraid!

Be Not Afraid! This is the message given to the two women as they discovered the empty tomb.
   While it may seem difficult to calm our fears durin g these  troubled times, Jesus calls us , throughout the Gospel,  to dismiss our fears and trust our loving God. Jesus told the disciples this again when he met them after the Resurrectio n , "Do not be afraid." This resurrection message also includes the call to, "Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
   Today as we celebrate Christ's  Resurrection it is a renewed call to live in courageous hope and proclaim God's love and goodness to a world marked by terrorism, violence and hatred.
Let this season of hope and renewal inspire us to bring mercy to all people, to our Sister Mother Earth and all creatures. Happy Easter!

Pray for Brussels

Let us join our voices with the people in Brussels, with Pope Francis, and all around the world condemning the hatred and violence of today's terrorist attacks. Let us offer our prayers for all the victims, the injured, their families and all those offering assistance in the aftermath of the bombings.
 
Greeting Card Ministry at St. Elizabeth Mission Society
By: Patricia Demjan, Communications Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Mission Society

   As a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the St. Elizabeth Mission Society shares in its spiritual aims, one of which is to advance the awareness of God's love. 
   One way the Mission Society accomplishes this is through spiritual enrollments using greeting cards. A colorful variety of cards, including sympathy, birthday, get well, all occasion and Christmas and Easter, are offered. What sets the cards apart from others, though, are the prayers of the Sisters and the blessings of the Motherhouse Masses that are bestowed upon those who send and receive them. 
   For a suggested donation of $3.00, the sender receives the card of his or her choice, which contains a brief enrollment form. This form is completed by the sender, who notes the name of the recipient, and returns it to the Mission Society. The recipient and the sender are then remembered in the Sisters' prayers and in the daily Masses in the Motherhouse Chapel. They also share in the good works of the Sisters as they conduct their missions throughout the world.
   Most enrollments are yearly, but perpetual enrollments are also offered. These are suitable for both honoring the living and remembering the deceased. The suggested donation for a perpetual remembrance is $15.00.
   Donations given for the cards are used to support the ministries of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany who work to educate, heal, clothe and feed those who are desperately poor in Jamaica, Bolivia, Brazil and the United States. 
   All the card designs are made by Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and Mission Society staff. The full assortment can be viewed and ordered online at www.franciscanhope.org/store/products. Others may wish to call the St. Elizabeth Mission Society office at (716) 373-1130 or to e-mail the staff at stelizmission@fsallegany.org for more information about ordering the enrollment cards.

 
Mother Earth Day

   April 22 is Mother Earth Day. 
   This year marks the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge, and motivate people to action. International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. It honors Earth as a whole and human beings place within it. More information is available at: http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/

    Doing something to celebrate with your community or Parish? Let us know! Please send your stories and photos to Denise Bunk-Hatch, communications director, at denise.bunk-hatch@fsallegany.org

Happy Birthday, Sr. Marie Celeste!
Submitted by: Margaret Mary Foley OSF 

  On Sunday, March 20, Sr. Marie Celeste Sullivan celebrated her 87th birthday with a group of other Sisters at her home in Tampa, FL. 
   Happy birthday, Sr. Marie Celeste! 
 


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