Icy and foggy, sleety and smoggy, snowy,
blowy and bone-chilly-nasty. All these
elements coupled with that warm and gracious welcome by the Sisters could not
keep twenty three people from attending our third Thursday of the month
Associates meeting held at the Retreat Center.
Gathering together in Chapel, Irene and
Harry deftly guided us along through prayer, petition and song. Moving into the
big room we then heard from our guest James Spiess, high school teacher from
Lethbridge Catholic Central, who articulated his gratitude for our donations
directed towards their hamper project which gifted sixty nine needy families at
Christmas time. Clearly everyone benefited from this blessed Yuletide event of
love, generosity and support.
LIGHT OF THE WORLD, MAY OUR LIGHT SHINE IN UNION WITH YOU AND WITH ONE ANOTHER.
Having read Chapter Two from the Holy
Father’s document Rejoice and Be Glad, Caroline took charge of the discussion
which included topics like Pelagianism, Gnosticism, God’ s grace and gifts and
our life long progress along the path to holiness. And by acclamation, Miss
Caroline will also lead next month’s discussion on Chapter Three!
Meeting concluded with savory snacks
provided by Mary Frances and Mary Ann.
For our February meeting, Kathy Gillis
will provide chapel prayer and Joan and Romano, Karen and Peter are in charge
It was World Day of Prayer for Vocations which Annella utilized as her theme for the prayer part of this April meeting. We began and ended with the hymn The Summons then proceeded to the common room for the evening. The following items were discussed:
- Saturday, May 26 will be our summer bbq at five o’clock
- Sunday, JUNE 24, OPEN HOUSE: MARTHA ANNIVERSARY, DAY OF CELEBRATION (9 A.M.) Mass, Sisters and Associates only and one to five, OPEN HOUSE, COME AND GO TEA. (Kathy Gillis will be chief organizer, Caroline Martin assisting.)
- September Retreat, 28,29 and 30th…Guest speaker to be determined. Please mark these dates on your calendar.
Using the last three chapters from The Decree of Lay People, Sister Josie and your scribe posed questions and guided discussion with the group on the role of the laity in the church. “By right of our Baptism we are all strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit and called by God to make of our apostolate, through the vigour of our Christian spirit, a leaven to the world.” For these past months it has been a somewhat nostalgic journey back in time for us all as we shared and thoughtfully made our way through those Vatican 11 documents.
And yes, as always, the discussions seem to follow us right into the lunch room!
Blessings from your Scribe Ina.
A gathering of the Sydney Mines Associates was held on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. Julia Townsend was the guest. She delivered the Director’s presentation: Martha associates: carriers of the Charism.
A lovely meeting with discussion followed topped off by a wonderful cup of tea and coffee!
Here are a few pictures of the afternoon!
Louise, Georgie and Gert-
Norma and Georgie
Sydney Mines Associates
Sydney Mines Associates
Mary Kennedy, Yvonne Donahue, Barb Learmont, Calgary, Feb., 2018
Calgary Ladies with Sr. Claudette and Julia, Feb. 2018
Sr. Claudette and Julia were in Calgary on Monday, Feb. 26th, 2018 to meet and visit with three of the Ladies who were active members of the Calgary Associates. Due to the challenges of an Associate group meeting together in such a large city, the Calgary group has had to disband. However, a small group of 4 Ladies remain connected to the Martha Associates. They continue to be invited to the Western Retreat weekend each year, and they still receive a visit from the Martha Associate Director which helps to keep them connected! It was a lovely visit with these wonderful Ladies!!
Our December meeting took place at the home of David and Paula Nearing in Reserve Mines. We were treated to a presentation from the Glace Bay Food Bank. Executive Director Sandra MacPherson, and Board Member Dave MacKeigan gave an informal talk about the history of the organization and how it has grown.
L to R Back: David MacKeigan, Sister Claudette Gallant, Associate Director, David Nearing, Kenneth MacAdam L to R Font: Joanne Crosby, Sylvia Chaisson, Sandra MacPherson, and Wendy Genson
Born from a town that has been plagued with employment challenges from the closure of the coal mines and a reduction in the fishery, this group has been helping the people of Glace Bay and surrounding area for 30 years. Their demand has also increased and they are serving more and more people. Both Sandra and Dave had stressed that they do not do this alone as they rely heavily on donations and volunteers to make this happen. Continue reading
Amy Brierly. Coordinator Martha Justice Ministry and Sr. Catherine MacFarlane CSM
Nov. 3-5, 2017
Canadian Catholic Student Association Conference
Cape Breton University Chaplaincy Office hosted this wonderful Conference from Nov. 3-5, 2017 at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton. Sr. Catherine MacFarlane CSM, is a member of the Chaplaincy Office and was involved with the planning and organization of the Conference. There were 28 students and Chaplains in attendance from several Atlantic Universities. It was a blessing indeed to see young people interested in their Catholic Faith!!
Tuesday evening, October 17 a grass fire started on the coulees in Lethbridge. The winds were 130 kilometers an hour and the fire moved quickly. It came very close to Martha Retreat Centre, even burning part of the lawn. The sisters evacuated and spent the night with friends. The firefighters got the fire out in time. Many people were praying for the Sisters and the Centre.
Fifteen of us attended the meeting Sunday, Oct. 22 which began with Caroline leading a beautiful PRAYER OF ACCEPTANCE and closed singing the hymn Immaculate Mary in gratitude for keeping our three Sisters and their home safe. Tuesday evening, hurricane force winds had fed a rapidly moving grass fire in the coulees right behind the Retreat Center. Too close for comfort, the flames leapt hungrily right up to the grass on their property, licking at its edges! Sisters Theresa, Josephine and Josie each told their own emotionally charged stories of how they fled their home in a matter of minutes. It was a night to praise God for His mercy and His saving power! Continue reading