Mission Advancement Egram | June 29, 2017
carrying each other's burdens

In collaboration with St. Julie Billiart Parish in Newbury Park, the Sisters of Notre Dame are grateful to sponsor a local chapter of Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-to-one, confidential emotional and spiritual assistance to people experiencing difficulties such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, chronic or terminal illness, relocation or loneliness.   A new class of Stephen Ministers will begin their training on August 12; there will be an Inquiry Meeting for those interested in becoming a Stephen Minister on Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the St. Julie Billiart Parish Hall.   For further information, contact Sr. Cristina Marie Buczkowski, Stephen Ministry Leader, at stephenministry@stjulieschurch.org or 805-498-3602, ext. 106.   Follow this link for videos which explain more about this international outreach program.  
FR. TOM ELEWAUT,   transformed!

Currently serving as pastor of San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura, Fr. Tom Elewaut can easily reminisce about his SND teachers, remembering them as "exceptionally disciplined educators with high expectations of their students." 

Fr. Tom's first encounter with the SNDs came in the fall of his seventh grade year. He describes himself "as a bit of a juvenile delinquent, not excelling much in school."

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The "Where are they now" feature of the SND Mission Advancement Egram will give updates on our colleagues and former students--anyone entrusted to our care.   We want to share how they live the SND mission by serving, leading, and giving hope within our diverse society.  To submit information for this column, please email Sarah Marcuse at smarcuse@sndca.org.
MISSION MOMENTS, home and abroad

The Sisters of Notre Dame recently welcomed these seven new members who made their first profession of vows on June 10.  They are originally from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. 

St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights was destroyed by fire on Palm Sunday in 2011.  Although the pastor, Msgr. Tim Nichols, and his parishioners were devastated, they were determined to rebuild.  After celebrating Mass in a tent since then, they rejoice to see that reconstruction is nearing completion.

Proceeds from the parish's 50th annual festival, Early California Days, will help to finance the reconstruction.  Sr. Julie Marie Arriaga, who claims St. John Vianney as her home parish, assisted in making the Country Store a great success!
WOMEN OF FAITH, remembering their gifts    

The Sisters of Notre Dame sadly share the news of the passing of Sr. Mary Rose Anthony Ballard on June 25 and Sr. Mary LaReina Kelly on June 8.

Sr. Rose Anthony first met the SNDs as a student at St. Francis of Assisi School in Los Angeles.  She was particularly devoted to the ministry of religious education--in both schools and parish religious education programs.  A young woman preparing to be a catechist under her guidance in the 1980's remembers that she was "a spiritual, intelligent, up-to-date guide in our faith and the recent changes that had taken place in the Church."   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Notre Dame Center on Thursday, July 6 at 11:15 a.m.  

Sr. LaReina welcomed members of various faith communities to Notre Dame Academy Elementary after Sept. 11, 2001.
As a Catholic school educator, Sr. LaReina touched thousands of lives, especially in her ministry as a Supervisor/Religion Coordinator in the Department of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   One of her colleagues from Notre Dame Academy Elementary recently wrote, "We have so many memories of Sr. LaReina, and they are all tied permanently to the growth and spiritual well-being of each of us....We are who we are because of all she shared with us."  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Notre Dame Center on Saturday, July 22 at 10:15 a.m.    
a time for gratitude  
Dear Friends,

As the calendar turns to summer, most programs and schools take a vacation from their usual activities.   It is also a great time to thank you for the many ways that you have joined us as our partners in mission over the years.  Your prayers, volunteer assistance and donations are deeply appreciated, for they support the many dimensions of our SND mission as reported in these Mission Advancement Egrams.   We believe that divine goodness is revealed through human goodness, and your friendship is an expression of this goodness which we deeply cherish.   As always, we carry you in our hearts and in our prayer. 

Blessings always,
Sr. Lisa Megaffin, S.N.D. 
Director of Mission Advancement Services
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Special thanks to our contributors to this egram:  Sr. Cristina Marie Buczkowski, Sarah Marcuse, Lisa Stupar and Sr. M. Colette Theobald