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Edition No. 90 — March 26, 2019 
Celebrating Saint Joseph Day
Mount Saint Joseph Convent
March 19, 2019
St. Joseph’s Day, March 19, 2019 began with a gathering of all those who serve in Internal Services and/or reside at Mount Saint Joseph Convent.  Sister Jean Laurich SSJ planned the morning's activities, beginning with a Continental breakfast and Prayer in the dining room.
Jean Laurich SSJ
Breakfast was followed by several reflection presentations around the theme:  Saint Joseph on the Journey. Sisters Kathryn Miller SSJ  and  Lisa Olivieri SSJ spoke about the  African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). Sisters Anna Louise Schuck SSJ , Sharon White SSJ  and  Rita Woehlcke SSJ  shared their experience at the  McAllen Humanitarian Respite Center  in Texas. Sisters Nancy Fitzgerald SSJ  and  Sheila Kennedy SSJ  spoke of their participation in  Mission Haiti.
Pictured from left: Kathryn Miller SSJ and Lisa Olivieri SSJ
Pictured standing: Anna Louise Schuck SSJ
Pictured from left: Nancy Fitzgerald SSJ and Sheila Kennedy SSJ
Following lunch, everyone participated in a service project: making fleece throws for children at the border.
Pictured from left: Nicole Schlein, Barbara Farrell SSJ, John Prendergast, Terry Shaw SSJ and
Terry Pierson SSJ
Standing from left: Pat Gannon SSJ and Mary Lindsay SSJ
Seated: Jeannette Daily SSJ
Later in the afternoon Sisters, Associates, Partners in Mission and friends gathered in the newly updated Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart Chapel for Liturgy. 

Congregational President,  Sister Anne Myers SSJ warmly welcomed everyone. “Happy Feast Day everyone and welcome! We are also happy to welcome our celebrant Father Dennis Gill. We are also grateful for our master of Ceremonies,  Sister Sandi De Masi SSJ, here all the way from North Jersey!  

As we gather in this magnificent space, aren’t you just in awe of the beauty that surrounds us? We proclaim with the author of Psalm 83, ‘How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord God of Hosts!’ And how appropriate that we celebrate our first liturgy in the newly updated Chapel on this feast of Saint Joseph! Surely, Joseph the carpenter is smiling with approval on the beautiful work of many skilled hands. Speaking of skilled hands, there are few very special people whose hands, hearts and vision made the beauty all around us possible: Paul Sgroi, Doug Perry and Lee Casaccio of Bernardon Architects, Jeff Wynn and Linda Condy, who made our made our altar, lectern and ambo. We are so grateful to you. 

I would also like to thank our Chapel Committee for their devoted service in working with the General Council and helping to plan so many details of our Chapel updating:  Sisters Kathy Letts Betty Meizinger Sandi De Masi Margie Thompson and our General Council liaison,  Sister Maureen Erdlen  who carried this project to completion! 

We gather around this exquisitely fashioned new altar, the table of the Lord which will be consecrated today. I am sure that Joseph carved many tables, including one for his own family home, and that he and Mary welcomed many. At this table here in our home, ALL are welcome. The inclusive love of Jesus warms and embraces all of us. This is a place where our mission of unity blossoms and diversity is cherished. We call upon Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, and our Congregation, to be with us in a special way and to bless this segment of the universal church gathered here today. As we share in Eucharist, may we go forth from this table, and like Joseph, offer ourselves in loving service to all people in need throughout our world and to all creation."
Blessing of the Font and Water
Blessing of the Congregation
The anointing of the altar
After the rite of anointing, a brazier containing incense is placed on the altar and lit.
Sister Betty Meizinger SSJ leads the musicians and Congregation in song.
Celebrating our Ministry at the Villa
March 13, 2019
In gratitude, the Saint Joseph Villa Administration invited all who minister at the Villa to the annual celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Sisters Dorothy Apprich SSJ and  Irene Dunn SSJ welcomed everyone into the Auditorium to enjoy a delicious pasta supper .
Welcome Associates in Mission
Savannah, Georgia
March 21, 2019
We welcome our newest associates and Christian Growth Group from Savannah, Georgia.  Sister Roberta Archibald SSJ and  Sister Rita Woehlcke SSJ  were able to be present for their commitment ceremony via ZOOM. Many thanks to  Sisters Jackie Griffith  and  Donna Jo Loeper for their work with and encouragement of these wonderful folks.

With great joy we welcome:

Anne Powers-West
Geneva Roberts
Georgette Chisolm
Jeanne Zittrauer
Johanna Ludlow
Patrick Lyons
Peggy Padgett
Susan Lamb
"Rooted in the mission of Christ, ours is the same mission which continually unfolds in the Church, 'That all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you. I pray that they may be one in us.' (Jn 17:21)."
                                        — SSJ Constitutions #17
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