Saturday, October 27, 2012

News from Bownsville

Sr. Monica Teresa Garcia continues to teach at St. Joseph’s Academy sponsored by Marist Brothers.  Juan Antonio, one of her senior students who is the president of the service program organized a much needed service to a poor widow in Brownsville. This was part of a service day for all Marist Youth. Here are some excerpts from the student who organized the service.
“the recipient is a widow who lives here in Brownsville. Her husband passed away last year from cancer due to asbestos, however she decided not to sue the business which exposed him to it because it gave him a job for many years. Therefore, she has been struggling financially even though her children try to help her out every now and then.
Her house is in dire need of repairs……..Because the amount of repairs needed is overwhelming, I’ve decided that – throughout the entire year – I’ll be visiting her home a few times with different groups of volunteers to help her home look the way it should.
This first time, because I want to make sure we are getting the job done right way, I chose to work on replacing the kitchen floor, fixing the sink pipe, and repainting the inside walls of the house etc.”
Juan Antonio organized every detail of the work. What a Leader!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Autumn's Hope

 A well- known American poet, Carl Sandberg, wrote, “Fog comes on little cat feet.” Was he speaking of the autumn fogs, the mysterious mists that blanket the north?  Autumn mystery.

We finally see the true vibrant colors of the leaves.  Trees fall into deep dormancy, changed is the air—chilly, invigorating.

Have you watched Brother sun set into the west while sister Moon rose in the east and this while sitting in silent September, entranced by the ocean shore---Sky and beach appearing out of the mysterious moonlight?

In the light of an October afternoon, acorns become cat toys and squirrels scold the furry felines from the safety of the oaks. Maybe just once we grown ups might kick up some leaves and laugh in the brisk air.

 The world is again transforming. Life is surrendering. There is wonder and amazement. Are the trees afraid? Does not our Father care even for these? Are we afraid? Are we not worth, each one of us, more than all the leaves that have ever fallen? Jesus consistently told his disciples “Be not afraid”. 

During this season of wisdom, and serene surrender, be open to the mystery.Take heart, consider the trusting surrender of nature  and surrender too to Your Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

During this season, as we begin the "Year of Faith" may you hear the "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the World."  May autumn's mystery transform our faith in this special year, deepen our hope, envigorate our generosity.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dighton's Tri Centennial 2012 - We were There!

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the Town of Dighton and the town, with a population of 7,086 at the 2010 census, has been celebrating all year long!

On August 18th  some of our sisters watched a Colonial Re-enactment. They had the opportunity to see the Continental Line hold a colonial encampment and battwlfield re-enactment of the new Sweets knoll State Park. It was exciting for us to re-live in action a historical event in our own town. 

On September 22nd , the town had its Dighton Tricentennial Parade and three of our sisters, Sr. Vimala, Sr. Ana Maria and Sr. Glorina  participated.  The theme of the parade was “March of Time” and was about three-mile long with 80 floats! It went down the “Old Bristol Path” starting at the corner of Main and Elm Street and ended at Dighton Elementary School.

The marchers were grouped into eight divisions and the sisters were assigned to the fourth division. It was made up by colonists and the Catholic float representing our own parish Saint Nicholas of Myra. We rode on the float with some of the Knights of Columbus and their families. From our seats (hay covered with blankets), we enjoyed watching spectators along the streets and long lines of marchers in different costumes ahead of and behind us.   

  Many marchers wore colonial
  clothes and others were dressed as
  Native Americans. There were public
  officials, veterans and their families,
  and representatives from the
  shipbuilding, farming, business and
  industry sectors of the town. There
  were Boys and Girl Scout troops,
  youth soccer teams, members of our
  parish and many more.

The parade included marching bands, colonial bands and colonial units who fired musket volleys at certain intervals along the route.

Parade entertainment for the young and young-at-heart featured unicyclists playing fife as well as clowns from Clowning for Kidz Foundation.

There was a good turnout! Everyone braved the misty rain on a cool morning and waited patiently for the parade. We think Colette McKeon, (Chairwoman of the Tricentennial Committee) who happens to be the niece of our very own Sr. Marie William Lapointe, did an outstanding, fantastic job!  

The sisters had a great time and enjoyed themselves waving at the crowd and throwing bubble gums to the spectators. They met many people, renewed acquaintances and made new friends. We came home with many happy memories of Dighton’s “parade of the century!”

See our website gallery for more pictures of the parade.