October is one of my favorite months
By S. Monica Gundler
The title of our e-newsletter, E-Vōc, is a play on the word evoke. One definition of evoke is “to bring or recall to the conscious mind.” I invite you to recall your own memories or images of this autumn season.

As I think of this month of October, it “evokes” memories of childhood in the Midwest. October is marching bands practicing with the drums carrying across the hillsides with their booming thumps, it is falling leaves and a brilliant blue sky, and colors changing in myriad trees for a beautiful show. It is football, pumpkins, apple cider and a chill in the air. It is sweatshirt weather and time to pull out the warm socks. This calling to mind brings a smile and fond memories. Now, as I live in the South, my autumn is much milder and there are no falling leaves or chilly nights for a few months yet, but my new reality does not negate my touchstones from long ago. 

The Church calendar for October is also a time of “recalling to the conscious mind” through the feast days of some of our most well-known saints. It is the month of Our Lady of the Rosary, of St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Francis. There is also St. Boniface, and later St. Teresa of Avila, just to name a few. Finally, by the end of the month, we are ready for celebrating the great cloud of witnesses on Nov. 1 for the feast of All Saints. These feast days are an opportunity to revisit the lives of these incredibly diverse men and women. Let us also remember that they lived during famines, plagues, wars and similar life-altering events. In these days of the pandemic, we can find comfort in their words, and in reflection upon their lives. They are powerful intercessors as well.

During this pandemic, we are experiencing an autumn like none we have known. We are learning new ways of being, new ways of connecting, and like the falling leaves, we are being asked to let go and trust that God is in it all.

S. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, in her poem “Listening to Autumn” writes:

I am listening.
I am listening to the song of transformation,
To the wisdom of the season,
To the losses and the grieving,
To the turning loose and letting go.
I am listening to the surrender of autumn.
I am listening.

The lives of our saints serve as a reminder, like the seasons, that this too shall pass, that God is in all, that faith, hope and love are the greatest gifts. Let their lives “evoke,” call to mind, the lessons of these days. Trust, surrender, let go. God is faithful.
Meet & Greet: Communities of Consecrated Life
In honor of National Vocation Awareness Week, young adults curious about their vocation are invited to meet and greet communities of consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Communities will host one-hour virtual open houses. Drop in for five or 50 minutes to learn about religious life or the particular charism of a community. The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati will be featured at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. To register visit www.tinyURL.com/CincyVAW. You must register to access the Zoom links! 
Giving Back
The Sisters of Charity participated in the PB&J Outreach Project of Our Daily Bread (Cincinnati) in September. A group of Motherhouse Sisters prepared 200-plus sandwiches to be delivered to the soup kitchen and social center. Read more at https://www.srcharitycinti.org/
Tune In for EarthConnection's Webinars
EarthConnection, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and center for learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth, is offering webinars on a bi-monthly basis. The following is a list of scheduled webinars and presenters. For more information about these upcoming programs, please visit the EC website at https://www.scearthconnection.org/.
 
Oct. 8 The Journey of Plastic Lids: From Trash to Treasure
Oct. 22 The Environment and the Election
Nov. 5 Birding through the Pandemic
Nov. 19 The City of Cincinnati and Sustainability Initiatives
Where Are the Sisters Today?
Meet Sister of Charity Regina Kusnir. S. Regina is the director of pastoral and special ministries at Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Hear more about her ministry and how her creativity has been especially helpful during the current pandemic. 
Calendar
Oct. 7, 2020               
Our Lady of the Rosary

Oct. 15, 2020             
Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

Oct. 24, 2020             
United Nations Day

Nov. 1, 2020              
All Saints Day

Nov. 1-7, 2020           
National Vocation Awareness Week

Nov. 2, 2020             
All Souls Day

Nov. 3, 2020             
Election Day
In September Sisters Patty Huffman, DC, and Vivien Linkhauer, SC (Seton Hill) received a warm welcome at the SC Federation’s House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana. They joined Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Monica Gundler and
S. Peg Johnson, SCL, as the newest members of the community. To read more about the HOC’s collaborative ministry, please visit https://sistersofcharityfederation.org/
E-Vōc is the electronic newsletter from the Vocations Team of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for single women wondering what new thing God is calling forth in their lives. 
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