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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14) we are celebrating the positive impact that Catholic Sisters (and especially Sisters of Notre Dame!) have had on our lives. Has a sister influenced your faith or inspired you in some way? Share your story with us in the comments!

A Prayer for National Catholic Sisters Week

Loving and Gracious God, You express your love by putting special people in our lives – and today we thank you for a very special group, the Catholic sisters you have given to the church. They fulfill a unique role, devoting their lives to building the Kingdom of God here on Earth. We ask you to bless all women religious. Guide them, strengthen them, sustain them. Shower them with your grace. And we ask that you may open our eyes to the beauty of their work, so that we too may draw close to you in prayer and reach out, in turn, to help neighbors in need. Give us the courage to answer the unique call you have for each of our lives. It is the path to great joy. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ and the Holy Spirit, both now and forever. Amen.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the second-annual Sisters of Notre Dame Nun Run 5K on February 6! For more photos of the event as well as timing results, visit our Facebook page.

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Sister Mary Kathleen Burns will help launch the summer season of Theology on Tap (TOT) with her talk tomorrow evening on “Building Your Prayer Tool Box.”

“Theology on Tap is meant to reach young people on the margins, to make them feel comfortable in a relaxed setting with a bit of theology thrown in,” Sister Mary Kathleen said.

The information below is excerpted from the official website of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

TOT is open to all young adults, ages 18 to 39, singles and couples, regardless of religious affiliation, who want to explore the role of faith in their daily lives. Created in 1981, TOT is a nationally recognized speaker and fellowship program that has brought young adults to the church for more than 30 years. In this casual atmosphere, you’ll hear straight talk and honest answers to your deepest questions about faith, love, work and other real life experiences. TOT provides an opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith, meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Details regarding Sister Mary Kathleen’s talk are below. Check out the Archdiocese of Los Angeles website for a full list of TOT’s happening this summer. You can also subscribe to TOT’s newsletter or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

July 9: Theology on Tap @ St. Cornelius, Long Beach

5500 E. Wardlow Rod., Long Beach, 90808
Doors open at 7pm; program starts at 7:30pm

Sr. Kathleen Burns, SND: Building your Prayer Tool Box

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The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord to Mary recalls the angel, Gabriel, coming to the young woman, Mary, to ask her if she would be the mother of God’s Son, Jesus. The Catholic Church celebrates this feast on March 25 each year, nine months before the birth of Jesus.

The feast is important to all of us as an example. Mary, a young person, so in tune with God in her life, responds with an important “Yes” to God’s request to be the mother of his Son. Mary said: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” As a young woman preparing for her marriage to Joseph, Mary did not know how this would happen, what this child would be like, what Jesus’ future would be, or what all this would mean for her and Joseph’s life together. And yet she could say “yes” to God. She modeled for us great faith and trust.

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It is a very important day for all Sisters of Notre Dame. Notre Dame means Our Lady so the sisters are, in a unique way, Sisters of Our Lady.  They chose the Annunciation their congregational feast because they want to model their lives after Mary’s by being open and ready to say “yes” to whatever God asks of them.

Today, let us pray for all the Sisters of Notre Dame that they continue to listen to God and say “yes” to whatever God asks of them. Let us pray for ourselves, our family members and our friends, that we may be open and ready to say “yes” when God asks something of us, even if we don’t understand.

Let us think about these words of the angel, Gabriel, as we say:

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

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During this Thanksgiving season, we celebrate the gifts God gives us each day and pray for those who are in any need.  May we discover in each day the signs of God’s love in each person we meet, in each challenge we endure, and in every blessing that graces our lives. The Sisters of Notre Dame wish you and your families a holy and happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank you, good and provident God,
for everything that reveals your love.

We thank you for the heavens above us,
for the earth beneath our feet,
for the sun in the day and the stars of the night,
for the snow and the rain, the rivers mountains and lakes.

We thank you, our God,
for the people who have touched our lives,
for all those who demonstrate your love and compassion.

We thank you for all men and women who have listened to your Word
and live it in their lives.

We thank you for mothers and fathers, for grandparents, and teachers.

We thank you for the children whose innocence brightens our day,
and for young people who are seekers of truth and beauty.

We thank you for artists and musicians and writers,
for farmers and health professionals.

We thank you for those who serve others,
for those whose sacrifices are often hidden.

We thank you for the example of courage we see in the sick and the suffering.

We thank you, God, for choosing us to be your people,
and for allowing us to share in your great work of creation
as we try to communicate the mystery of your love to all those around us.

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

 

 

You are already an important face in the congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame, and your ongoing support and encouragement helps the sisters continue their selfless ministries throughout Southern California and around the world. We’d like to invite you to use Giving Tuesday to consider giving to the Sisters of Notre Dame.

If you’re on our email list, you’re already looking forward to our annual Advent Reflection Series, which kicks off on Sunday, November 30th, the first day of Advent. The sisters have written heartfelt reflections to share with you throughout the Advent season. To join the list, just email cvieira@sndca.org. The Sisters of Notre Dame wish you a blessed Advent season full of thanksgiving and peace!

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1.  IT’S A GREAT CAUSE: All proceeds from the race go straight to the Sisters of Notre Dame Life and Ministry Fund, which keeps the sisters covered while they serve in volunteer and unpaid ministries.

2. YOU GET COOL STUFF: Each participant will receive a Nun Run t-shirt (while supplies last), plus a delicious pancake breakfast on the day of the race and a virtual goodie bag with gifts and special offers from our sponsors. Top finishers in each age bracket will get a prize!

3.  THE 5K IS CHIP-TIMED: With help from Vendurance Sports, our 5K race will feature professional chip timing to make your race count towards your goals!

4.  IT’S A GOOD EXCUSE TO GET MOVING: The new year is right around the corner and signing up for a 5K can be a great source of motivation to keep up your workouts throughout the holiday season.

5.  ANYONE CAN DO IT: You can walk, run, skip or hop the 5K or the 1-mile course! We understand that not everyone likes to run, but we want you to join us anyway! Children of all ages are also welcome to join in this family friendly event.

6.  WE HAVE EXCELLENT HELP: Our friends La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks have agreed to help us make this event memorable. The Nun Run is a chance for you to see La Reina up close and meet some of their great staff and students.

7.  THE SISTERS ARE EXCITED: Sisters of Notre Dame are already busy sharing this event with their families and friends. They would love to see you there and cheer you on!

8.  IT’S EASY TO GET STARTED: Signing up for the Nun Run is a snap. Just go online to https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/ThousandOaks/NunRun and get going!

9.  IT’S AFFORDABLE: Since we are a new race, our 5K is just $32.50 and our 1-mile event is $22.50. We’ve kept costs down to make sure our participants are happy!

10.  YOU CAN DO MORE: We don’t just need runners. We also need volunteers, sponsors and donors to make this event a success. Send an email to events@sndca.org to find out how you can give more of your time and talents.

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Click below to hear Sister Mary Paulynne Tubick talk about her journey to Sister Teopista’s home in Uganda.

 

DSCN0407Sister Mary Teopista Nabugwawo made her first vows on May 10, 2014, in Uganda, Africa. She is a graduate of both Saint Julie Primary Boarding School and Notre Dame Academy Senior Secondary School in Buseesa, Uganda, where the Sisters of Notre Dame have taught and ministered for 20 years. Sister Teopista is the oldest of nine children and her family lives in Uganda, not far from the schools. She and several other East African sisters are preparing to begin their ministries at Saint Julie and Notre Dame Academy.

“People that live in the nearby region are very happy that these young ladies are going to serve in their area,” said Sister Mary Paulynne Tubick, who is principal at Saint Julie and taught Sister Teopista when she was a student there.

Sister Teopista began her formation journey as a candidate at the formation house in Mpala, Uganda. From there she traveled to Tanzania for a year as a postulant and then spent two years as novice. Once that process is concluded, Sisters of Notre Dame typically return to their home parishes to begin their ministries. Sister Teopista will work with nursery and primary school students at Saint Julie.

“She’ll be working with another teacher and watching what’s happening so she’s not a stranger to the educational format,” Sister Paulynne said.

Sister Paulynne hopes that the newly professed sisters will continue spread the joy and love of God in their hearts to others.

“We [the sisters from the United States] can only go so far,” she said, “But they can speak the language so it’s through them that other people can see the word of God. I hope that they continue the Notre Dame spirit in the schools we’ve established and that they are empowered to carry it on in Uganda.”

 

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