On a chilly winter’s evening, our two Lethbridge Associate groups joined forces for this Sunday evening meeting and as always prayer is paramount. With obvious joy, Sister Theresa and Annella introduced our guest, Stephanie Sawchuk. She begins journeying with us over the course of the next year. Welcome Stephanie!
As Lenten season beckons, to assist us, Sister Theresa handed out copies of an email sent by Sister Sheridan, NGO Liaison. The “MARCH JUST LOVE AND LENTEN CALENDAR, LIVING A LAUDATO SI LENT” provides us with various ideas and suggestions for Lenten reflection and prayer. To quote LS 217:
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
Associate Mary Schmid shared the inspirational story of our own Canadian servant of God, St. Andre, who dedicated his life fostering faith in St. Joseph by welcoming and comforting ordinary people, the sick and the broken hearted.
Guest speaker for the evening, James Spiess, son of Associates Barbara and Larry Spiess and a teacher at Catholic Central High School, attended to thank the Associates for their generous donation to that school’s SANTA’S ANONYMOUS PROJECT. Approximately seven hundred enthusiastic students, (teachers and parents) participated in the fund raising event; planned, purchased, sorted, wrapped and delivered bountiful Christmas hampers of food and presents to fifty six needy families chosen from within the Holy Spirit School District. James spoke of the gifts and graces these students received by freely sharing their God given time, talent and treasure with others.
Social interaction, tea and a table amply laden with all things delicious brought our meeting to a fine close.
Ina Boyden, Associate Scribe