Yearly Archives: 2013

December 11

 Reflection In this second week of Advent, we continue to prepare the way of the Lord; we continue to hear a voice calling us to make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God. Advent calls us to renewed preparation for this experience of God. Through a transformative change in our lives we are called to connect with the living God. “The

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December 10

Day of Prayer to End Hunger Reflection “It is a scandal that there is still hunger and malnutrition in the world. It is not just a question of responding to immediate emergencies, but of addressing together, in all areas, a problem that challenges our personal and social conscience to achieve a just and lasting solution. No one should be obliged

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December 19

Reflection “O branch of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign  for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.” The Branch is a biblical sign of newness out of discouragement. The Israelites had forgotten God, and also forgotten the call

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Support Fair Trade Shopping

Fair Trade Items Available for Purchase The Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood continue to support the work of the Good Shepherd Sisters through the sale of craft items made by the women at the Fatima Center in Bangkok.  The Fatima Centre of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Thailand is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the quality of life

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December 9

Reflection “Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present….we can

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December 8

Reflection In early Advent we remember Mary as a woman, a mother, a prophet and a disciple.The following quote expresses it well. “My reflection this morning will be a connection between today’s scripture and a wonderful line from e.e. cummings. He writes: “ Yes is a world, and in the world of yes lie skillfully curled-all worlds.” …Today we celebrate

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Leaders As Leaven Program

Leadership Development Program for Sisters of St Joseph held in Racine, Wisconsin On December 6, twenty-eight sisters among the younger members of their communities gathered to begin a year of further honing and developing their leadership skills at the first Leaders as Leaven program sponsored by the US Federation for its sisters. The sisters from the Brentwood community are S.

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Calendar Sweepstake Winners

Calendar Winners – First Drawing – December 6, 2013 December 1st                   $100.00                             Eileen McCaffery December 2nd                  $50.00                               John Morgan December 3rd                   $50.00                               Elizabeth M. Moss December 4th                   $50.00                               Vina Cullen        December 5th                   $50.00                               Teresa Bennett Stiles December 6th                   $75.00                               Eileen Christie, CSJ December 7th                   $50.00                               Elizabeth Donovan December 8th                   $100.00                             Christina B. Wettje December 9th                   $50.00                               Mr. and Mrs. Carson

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December 7

Reflection Seventy-two years ago today, bombs fell on Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. Today, we are still searching for ways to disentangle ourselves from conflicts. Bombs still take lives as old hatreds prevent an end to conflict and the possibility of reconciliation. In the midst of this, simple people suffer and long for peace. Apart

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December 6

Feast of St. Nicholas Reflection There are many stories about St. Nicholas and his reputation for secret gift giving. The most well known is the one of Nicholas secretly providing money for three young women because their father was too poor to provide them a dowry. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed

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