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Blessed St. Felix Day! Deo Gratias, Thanks be to God!

We imitate the joy, simplicity, and “Deo Gratias” of Saint Felix of Cantalice, whose name Divine Providence has chose for our Congregation.


We wanted to celebrate our novena in preparation for the feast of St. Felix in a different way. We decided that, whenever a child came to the gate, we would share with them the story of St. Felix and give them a candy. For the babies, we would give them a toy. As the nine days unfolded, we saw what joy this simple gesture gave to kids. During this pandemic, our activities have been put on hold; but daily someone would be at our door.

The kids preparing for First Holy Communion were coming for a fitting for their new dresses. We would then show them the statue of St. Felix (see in the background) and tell his story.

On Sunday, May 17, we decided to celebrate together the feast of St. Felix with a barbecue. We had much to celebrate–St. Felix, of course; Jean Philip who lives in St. Felix House on the property; and the past birthdays of Annette and Sr. Inga. It was a great celebration!

🎶Happy belated Birthday to you!🎵

On May 18, the feast of St. Felix, we were ready to share the joy of the Lord with our friends. We sent a message out to our kids to come to us at 3 p.m. We had prepared St. Felix cookies, topped with a chocolate candy, to give to those who came. We also made peanut butter sandwiches to be served with a glass of Gatorade.

St. Felix cookies!

Sure enough, the kids were right on time. We were aware of the social distancing that needed to take place, and each child received a mask to wear.

Sr. Inga welcomed everyone and shared the story of St. Felix with all. She spoke about the life and joy of St. Felix and asked him to intercede for them and their families, that they might be protected from the Coronavirus. Sr. Marilyn blessed each child with holy water and St. Felix oil.

When all was finished, we proclaimed DEO GRATIAS, giving praise to God for the joy of the Lord in our midst even during a pandemic. St. Felix could always be heard saying “Lord, I entrust these people to you.” And so, we, too, did the same.

Happy St. Felix Day from us to you!
 
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Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Bring flowers to the fairest…💐🌺🌸

Today, after our Evening Prayer and adoration, we went to our grotto to pray the rosary together. The Lord showed us beautiful flowers that He has given His Mother to honor her.


O Mary,
you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of All People,
know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Pope Francis

 
 

Even though we do not know when, we are doing what we can…

Even though we do not know when, we are doing what we can to prepare for our children’s First Holy Communion. Sr. Izzy is busy measuring, sewing, and trying on outfits while keeping good social distancing, of course. Sr. Inga is busy getting all the prayers to the kids so they can continue to learn them for the glorious day, whenever that will be.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

“If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14

What have we been asking of the Lord in His name? We ask Him daily to use us for His people, to bring His salvation to all. During these difficult days of pandemic, we ask the Lord to show us the way He wants us to care for His people; and He certainly does this everyday.

Here is one way…every month we have a woman with her children who come for food and assistance. But this time, it was more serious. Her children are showing more signs of being malnourished, full of bites because they are sleeping on a bare floor, and so very hungry. The first thing we needed to do was have our doctor see them; and, yes, they are malnourished and needed medications for infections and vitamins.

Then we gave them rice and beans. As they were eating, we were gathering things they needed like soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and some kind of floor covering for bedding.

Yes, we asked in the Lord’s name to have available what they needed, and sure enough, it was done. How great is our God!!!!! After they finished eating, Sr. Izzy made sure they had some toys to take home with them, too.

 
 

The Lord is my Shepherd…he leads me to restful waters, he refreshes my soul.

On Sunday, May 3, Good Shepherd Sunday, we felt we needed a break–to get out and at least go for a ride. We made our journey to Cyvadia. We often would take volunteers there for the beauty and scenery. It was a first for Sister Izajasza. We were well protected with our masks.

We then took a walk down to the sea, and we felt like the Apostles ready to go fishing.

Then, low and behold, a group of fishermen came to shore; and, of course, we asked if they caught any fish.

And sure enough, they did, so we bought some…we know we made their day with our purchase.

Listening to the seas certainly was healing and refreshing…

After our afternoon outing, we returned home for our time of adoration and prayer. We remembered all of you in our prayers.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures, he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23
 
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Posted by on May 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Divine Mercy finds a home in Divine Mercy Chapel

We have been on a mission with Divine Mercy images to get them in just about every Church in our Diocese. Our mobil clinic will be serving in a new chapel that is called Divine Mercy, so we knew we had to get them the image. Even in the midst of this terrible virus the Lord’s work. Is being done.

We even gave Bernard blessed Divine Mercy Shapley cards from Krakow in French!
 
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Posted by on April 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

The new normal of face wear …😷

Dr. Yves, Dr. Valcin, Fritz and Rosemanie with our masks.
We anoint every mask we make with blessed oil from the Mercy Shrine in Krakow, Poland.

We hung a new sign on our gate that tells about COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Learning something new…making masks for Caritas!

At the mission, we are always learning something new. Today, it is learning how to sew face masks. Sr. Izzy is a good teacher!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Blessings to all on this feast of Divine Mercy

We are in the upper room, and we sense the peace of Jesus here with us. In this, we are called to unlock those spaces that we try to hide, where we need faith and courage to keep moving forward. Jesus asks us to believe in this now, in what it is like. We are not so much to worry about the why but to remember that He is here in the now. Today we bring all people–family and friends, those we may not have yet met, doctors, nurses, necessary workers, children, the born and unborn, elders, presidents and leaders, priests and religious–and we place them all into the wounds of Jesus. We place them all into his Heart of mercy to be healed, transformed, and created into the new Easter message of life.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Let us pray…

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2020 in Uncategorized