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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.

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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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In cooperation with Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks, the sisters prepared gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has sent Christmas gifts to 100 million children world-wide. Volunteers pack and wrap shoeboxes full of goodies which are collected in mid-November. You can find instructions for packing your own shoebox gift here.

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This image is from the Pachamama Alliance website.

Care for the Earth – Awakening the Dreamer Symposium by the Pachamama Alliance

What: This year Sisters of Notre Dame are hosting a workshop on environmental conservation for sisters, associates and friends. This event is free.
When: Sunday afternoon, November 17, 2013 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: The cafeteria at Notre Dame Academy in West Los Angeles (2851 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064).

Who: Our two very knowledgeable, entertaining and enthusiastic presenters are Kristin Jensen Storey and Dr. Bob Dodge. Both are very excited to join us for the symposium.

How: All registrations are online. There is limited space so get your friends and co-workers to register early.

Watch the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Trailer from The Pachamama Alliance on Vimeo.

To register online: http://www.pachamama.org/workshops/search/single/?event_id=1518

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Over the weekend, three Sisters of Notre Dame were busy picking fruit in a private orchard in Camarillo. They were volunteering for the Food Forward program, which gathers volunteers to pick excess produce to donate to local agencies. Lots of local property owners have more produce on their property than they need or have the resources to harvest. Food Forward donates 100% of the fruit and vegetables that volunteers pick to hungry individuals in the area. Sister Rebekah (left), Sister Shirley (right), Sister Betty Mae (bottom forth from left) and their team of pickers collected large bins full of fruit.

To sign up to volunteer for Food Forward call (818) 530-4125.

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