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Next week we will host our annual donor appreciation brunch and open house at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks, California. In the spirit of thanksgiving, Sister Mary Colette Theobald, who is currently serving in Uganda, wrote a letter of appreciation to our many spiritual and monetary supporters. Uganda 081

Dearest Benefactors,

I want to personally thank you for all the support you give to the Sisters of Notre Dame. I very personally see your spiritual and monetary contributions at work in the Uganda mission. The Sisters of Notre Dame have been in Uganda for 20 years.  The primary school began in 1998, formation for young sisters in 2002, the secondary school in 2003, nursery school in 2007 and a second community in 2009. Construction for a new nursery school for Buseesa has started. There are 12 Ugandan Sisters. Ten more are in the novitiate in Tanzania. Hundreds of young people have benefited from a strong Notre Dame education. Those who have completed their studies are beginning to return to their villages to uplift the standard of living of the people there. None of this would have been possible without you! Thank you, thank you! Webale muno! God bless you! Ruhanga asiimwe.

Thank you, too, for all the other ways you help and support the Sisters of Notre Dame: ministry projects, housing support and renovation, and support for our wonderful aged sisters who gave so much to serve God and His people. May God bless each and every one of you with all the graces and blessings you need at this time.

Please be assured of many prayers for yourself and your families from all of us in Uganda!

Lovingly and gratefully yours,

Sister Mary Colette, SND
Mpala, Uganda

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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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