General Chapter 2012

The General Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church began on July 5 with the opening Mass celebrated by Father Tito in the Motherhouse chapel. Bishop Perry, from Chicago, worked with our Congregation to prepare for this event. We thank him for his inspiration and support throughout this process.

We are ever grateful to Mother M. Anthony for her spiritual guidance of our Congregation for the past twelve years. On July 19th, Bishop Michael Cote, bishop of Norwich presided over the election of the new Superior General. We invoked the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Mother Marie Julie Saegaert was elected. Following this, the General Council members were elected; they are: Mother Mary David, Mother M. Anthony, Mother Mary Jude, and Mother M. Christina. We congratulate our new Superior General and her Council as they guide our Congregation into the future. May God bestow His choicest blessings on them.

Sister Charles Marie Celebrates her Golden Jubilee!

On the solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 19th, Sister Charles Marie celebrated her Golden Jubilee with the Congregation and on the following weekend she celebrated with her family and friends.  What a joyous occasion this was and we praise God for the precious gift of Sister Charles Marie and her vocation.  May she continue to live her religious consecration with love and joy. May God bless you Sister!

Fortnight for Freedom

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Dear family and friends, join the country in praying for religious freedom beginning on June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.

Fortnight for Freedom

O God our Creator, From your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

You have called us as your people and given us the rights and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome— for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us— this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

SCMC Statement Regarding the HHS

The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church publicly and without reserve support the Catholic Bishops of the United States in opposing the Health and Human Services mandate requiring that all group health plans and health insurance issuers provide the full range of contraceptive methods and services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). We joyfully serve the poor and are deeply concerned about the need for universal healthcare for all Americans, rich or poor, working or unemployed, young or aged. We are, nevertheless, firm in our conviction that no law, even one purportedly aimed at the “common good,” can be seen as “good legislation” if it opposes the moral law, requires persons of faith to betray their consciences, and is in flagrant violation of the freedom of religion clause of the Constitution of the United States.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBCenter) underscores this by pointing out that “the Rule [sic] is creating new law in terms of mandating contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage with no co-pay by the enrollees.” To mandate that faith-based organizations would disregard and contradict their belief in the moral law protecting human life at all stages, by offering health care coverage to their employees that subsidizes the destruction of or interference with the creation of human life is “literally unconscionable,” as Cardinal designate Timothy Dolan of New York, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has publicly affirmed.

The disconnect between the professed intent of the PPACA and the actual effect the Rule has on faith-based organizations is an obvious and disconcerting one. This mandate is “well beyond the  provisions of the PPACA, and the statutory intent at the time of its adoption” which was “to cover screening and prevention of pathological conditions of women” (in NCBCenter letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, September 27, 2011). Pregnancy has never been seen as a pathological event, but rather a normal physiological process (NCBCenter). Mandating Catholic and other faith-based organizations to provide insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices as well as abortifacients and sterilization would require us to violate our moral consciences and our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church support our Bishops in our opposition to this. We cannot in conscience participate in carrying out this HHS ruling as it now stands.

Catholic social service agencies, healthcare facilities and schools serve millions of Americans each year. The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church perceive our participation in the various ministries carried out in the Church to be a sacred task entrusted to us by God. Our mission is to build up the Body of Christ in a culture of life through education, healthcare and service to the poor. This federal mandate, on the contrary, threatens the very sanctity of life itself by promoting what the late Pope John Paul II so aptly termed The Culture of Death. The HHS Rule countermands both the Gospel of Jesus, which is a Gospel of Life, and the right of every American citizen to the free practice of religion and protection from any prohibition of the free practice thereof (First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States).

We ask all who cherish the freedom of religion given to us by the Constitution, and who stand in opposition to a federal mandate to provide insurance that covers most forms of contraception, to join the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church in earnestly beseeching Almighty God, Source and Protector of all created life that He will inspire our legislative and executive leaders to reverse this onerous decision that threatens the very soul of our nation.
Praised be Jesus Christ.

 

Discernment Opportunities for Young Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention all women ages eighteen and older:

Is God calling you? If you are interested in religious life, we invite you

to visit our Congregation this spring and summer for discernment opportunities!

Choice of visiting dates:

Friday, June 8th-June 10th

Wednesday, July 25th-28th

Prayerfully discern God’s will for you through daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours prayed in community, Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and much more!  Spend time with the Sisters, and learn more about their charism and way of life.  If you are unable to come at these scheduled times, feel free to make an appointment at your convenience.  For more information, please contact Sister Jacinta at 860-822-8241.

 

 

For Greater Glory

Dear Friends,

The new movie “For Greater Glory”, which tells the story of the Mexican Cristero Rebellion (1926-1929) will be in Theaters on June 1st. To read more about it please click on the following link…  CatholicRegisterLink

Our Lady of Good Help

The Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help is located near Green Bay Wisconsin. This is the first approved Marian apparition in the United States. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2010, Bishop Ricken gave official Church approval of the apparitions of our Blessed Mother to Sister Adele Brise.

http://www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com/

This month Sister Gabriela, while on her home visit, traveled with her family to the Shrine. Not only did she enjoy a beautiful visit but also met with a recently ordained priest Father Jewel Aytona, CPM. Father has been a close friend of the Sisters of Charity through various vocation events since 2007.

http://fathersofmercy.com/
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Ave Maria University Vocation Fest 2012

Mother Mary Jude and Sister Joan Clare were privileged to attend the beautiful University in Florida on Wednesday, April 18th for their annual Vocation Fest.  Father Robert Garrity, the director of campus ministry, and Donna Rittereiser put together a really exciting program to encourage vocations.  The Fest included live music by Martin Doman, testimonies by religious and a barbecue with the students.  It was a spiritually uplifting event!

DIOCESE OF NORWICH YOUTH EXPLOSION 2012

The Youth Explosion will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 12:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Bernard School in Uncasville,CT. The theme for this year is “Living a Life of Worship.” Throughout the day teens will have the opportunity to worship God with other teens from all over the Diocese of Norwich as they gather together to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass, attend presentations by Brian Kissinger on issues affecting them as teens, have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, participate in the Eucharistic Adoration, and hear outstanding music provided by John Nivan and the LIFT Band from Boston. The cost is $25 and includes a pizza dinner. J.R. and Christa Bucklin will present this opportunity to the Confirmation Program on Sunday, March 11th. Any teens from the Parish interested in attending Youth Explosion 2012 may contact J.R. or Christa by emailing the Parish Office at stjosephwillimantic@gmail.com or for further information and registration forms, visit www.youthexplosionct.com.

Lenten Message from Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father’s 2012 Lenten Message focuses on the virtue of charity

Lenten Message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, the title of which is taken from the Letter to the Hebrews: “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works”.

“The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the Sacraments”.

“This year I would like to propose a few thoughts in the light of a brief biblical passage drawn from the Letter to the Hebrews: ‘Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works'”.

Read the entire message.

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