Presentation by Associate Director Julia Townsend
On a beautiful spring evening, Thursday, March 21st. what a pleasure it was for all of us, Sisters and Associates, to welcome back Julia Townsend, Director of Martha Associates, our guest and speaker from Antigonish.
It was most fitting that in her forty five minute power point presentation, Julia chose OUR CALL TO HOLINESS as her theme. This topic served to seamlessly reinforce the message from the Document of Pope Francis’ Rejoice and Be Glad. Our group has been reading and discussing this Document at our regular meetings. In summary Julia stated that we are all called to the vocation of holiness; called to be the best versions of ourselves. Through the grace of our Baptism, she related various ways each of us can respond to this call to holiness. Weaving in the lives of some well known Saints, it was interesting to note how they each had experienced enormous struggles and challenges on their own faith journeys. She closed her presentation with an inspiring and uplifting message from Father Bill Burke which was followed by a quiet reflection.
Julia had spent a great deal of time and prayer and preparation putting this presentation to paper and we are all grateful and abundantly blessed by her efforts and enthusiastic spirit!
Next Martha Associate meeting takes place A WEEK EARLIER, April 11th. All members of the Martha Board of Directors will be invited to attend. We’re looking so forward to building and exploring our relationships with them and with our precious Sisters departing this summer, discussing how best to move forward together as we ‘attempt’ to fill some awfully large shoes!!
Joan is in charge of prayer and Annella, Kathy and Ina will provide snacks for the evening.
The last Saturday in May, the 25th, five o’clock,will be our bbq. Please mark this date on your calendars!
Your Associate Scribe,
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.
JESUS, 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 of lunch.
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!
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!!