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Well, here we are in the middle of July and it’s just about three weeks before the end of this second term of the school year.  So I thought I would give you a few updates of what has been happening in the Emerald City, Buseesa.  (I refer to St. Julie School and Notre Dame Academy as the Emerald City because when one approaches our site from a distance all you can see are the green roofs!)


First of all, Notre Dame Academy (NDA) recently made history!  For the first time since NDA became a secondary school, the net ball team went to the national playoffs.   The team had to be the top team in the district then the county and then be invited to the national level of competition.  Our team had to travel to Mbale which is a several hours to the east of Buseesa.  The girls had to play several games throughout the week.  As you may know, net ball is sort of like basketball except it is played on the grass with more passing of the ball than dribbling.  Even though they did not qualify for the next stage of competition we are very proud of our young ladies.  Our presence at the national level certainly put NDA, Buseesa on the map!

Currently, the students of the primary and secondary schools are taking the MOCK exams, which are tests given in preparation for the leaving exams in November.  The results of these MOCKS are useful for both teachers and students.  When the papers are returned the students can revise/correct their errors and study the corrected exam papers.  It seems like the current P7 class is far more serious than last year’s class so we are hoping for better results and higher scores on the leaving exams in November.  So please pray that the students stay focused and keep their interest level piqued during these next few months.

As you may know, we are in the midst of our dry season in Uganda.  We certainly would appreciate prayers for some rain as our water tanks are only half full.  The students have to carry their jerry cans to the nearby spring every day in order to fetch water.  Not a fun activity by any means!  We have to do this now because the dry season continues until mid-September.  With three weeks to go before the end of this term and the students returning on September 6 we are concerned that we will not have any water in the tanks if we do not begin the water rationing now.

Speaking of rain, we did have a surprise rainstorm this past Sunday right after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  Now of course it was sunny when we came over to church and so no one had umbrellas or other rain gear with them.  So picture 300 students in church with pouring rain outside and it is time to leave church to go to school and eat breakfast.  Most children would perhaps get very antsy and squirmy waiting for the moment to dash out of church and  make a run for it.  Well, since the kids had to wait for the rain to subside somewhat before they left, what did they do?They broke into song and sang praise and worship songs!  Even a few P4 students got out of their places and danced before the altar.  After 15 minutes the rain let up and the children could leave church without getting soaked.  I tell you, I learn lessons every day from the childlike and trusting manner these young people live their lives!

Thank you  also for your support, love and encouragement.  May the Good God bless you and all of  the Sisters in Rosa Mystica.


Sister Mary Paulynne Tubick



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Author Robert Fulgum’s book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten perhaps touches one of the deepest parts of our being…the part that wants, that yearns to be a child again. One of the gifts of being child-like is the ability to be creative in an uninhibited way…without concern for what others may think. This freedom might allow me to dance on a patch of grass, to sing a song of my youth out loud, to daydream in the middle of a busy day, to take the time to really smell the roses. God wants this freedom for us; God calls us to use the senses he gives us to enjoy his world, his creation, his many gifts to us! Martha Graham writes:

“There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not our business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open….”

For us, as followers of Jesus, in this time and in this place, the CHANNEL we want to keep open is the channel of God’s loving grace. With God all things are possible; with God we can be our best selves and be instruments of his love and peace to others. Our lives are richer when we “translate” our dreams into action. We might say, “I should pray more”—so do it! We might say, “I could do X or Y to help someone”—so do it. We might even say, “I need a bit of time to just BE”—so do it! The foundress of my community, the Sisters of Notre Dame, had as her motto in life Do the Next Thing! What is God asking me to DO next? How can I show that I have child-like trust in the God who calls me? How can I make the dreams of my heart a reality?

– Sister Marie Paul Grech, SND

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