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This post was written by our provincial superior, Sister Mary Anncarla Costello, in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The California province of the Sisters of Notre Dame has a corporate stance against human trafficking. We share a very special association and long-time partnership with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and it is a privilege for me to serve as president of CAST’s board. I wanted to share an idea with you that I am extending to other groups as well.

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Are you looking for a way to make an impact on our society—or at least the part of it in which we live? Why not get involved with a very worthy cause close to our hearts? I would like to invite you to consider holding a short gathering of your friends/coworkers/parishioners and acquaint them not only with CAST but with some education about human trafficking. CAST has a wonderful PowerPoint which you could present at your gathering. Here’s how the gathering might go:

  • Simple refreshments
  • Welcome
  • Opening prayer
  • Why you are doing this (to give feet to our “corporate stance” and do something concrete to raise awareness)
  • Show the PowerPoint
  • Allow for reactions and conversation
  • Invite participants to pray for victims of trafficking and those committed to assist them
  • Invite those who wish to leave a donation payable to CAST
  • Thanks and departure

This could easily be done in about 75-90 minutes and what a difference it could make in terms of raising awareness and support for CAST!

If you are interested, please contact me during January (Trafficking Awareness Month) and I can provide you with the PowerPoint, materials, and maybe even a speaker if you would rather have someone else present the PowerPoint. Email me at acostello@sndca.org and use the link below to learn more about the excellent work that CAST does to combat slavery and trafficking.

VISIT THE CAST WEBSITE

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Looking for one last hurrah this summer?? “Hearing God’s Voice in a Noisy World” is a special retreat in August sponsored by the Archdiocese of LA and co-organized by our sisters!
Check it out:

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Father Godfrey Tuhairwe (left) and his brother Gerald Tuhairwe.

Father Godfrey Tuhairwe (left) and his brother Gerald Tuhairwe.

We are excited to welcome Father Godfrey Tuhairwe, pastor of the Ugandan Martyrs Parish in Uganda, Africa. He is visiting Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks in August!

 Father was invited by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to share the needs of his parish, and those of other missions throughout Africa.

 You are invited to hear Father speak, enjoy coffee and fellowship at Notre Dame Center on August 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 His parish in Uganda encompases the schools founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame (Saint Julie Model Primary Boarding School and Notre Dame Academy Senior Secondary School). Father works closely with the sisters there and regularly says Masses for the sisters, staff and students.

 For more information about this event, contact Anne Interrante at ainterrante@sndca.org. We hope to see you there on August 9!

 

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Catholic Central may be on summer break, but Theology on Tap will be happening in Simi Valley in July! Join the SubRosa Young Adult Group as they host their 5th year of Theology on Tap. Dates are July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brunswick Bowling Alley in Simi Valley, California. Check out SubRosa Catholic Young Adults for more information.

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Are YOU headed to the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California this weekend?

Don’t miss Sister Rose Marie Tulac’s workshop called “Sacred Illuminations” on Saturday, March 15th.

Click here for event info.

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This Saturday, November 23, the Sisters of Notre Dame will host a retreat titled “Mary in our Life” from 9am to 3pm at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks. 

If you’d like to join us for a day of reflection, prayer, discussion and fellowship, please contact Sister Val Roxburgh at sistervalsnd@gmail.com and see the flyer below:

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