February 10, 2009

Today is the Feast of St. Scholastica, Partroness of the Benedictine Sisters. May God continue to bless them for their witness and services to the people of our St. Cloud Diocese.

On Saturday, several of us went to the first anniversary of the opening of Diamond Willow Assisted Living home in northeast Little Falls. I’d heard of the place but didn’t know where it was located or had never been there before. What a nice and homey place for the twenty residents who live there.

Sunday was World Day for Consecrated Life. It was a day to acknowledge the women and men who belong to Religious Orders, and for us to celebrate our Religious Commitment. The Crosier Brothers and Priests invited the members of the Religious Orders to Onamia for Evening Prayer, a social time and delicious meal on Sunday, February 8th. It was a great evening. We had twenty-nine Little Falls Franciscans in attendance. Five Vincentian Priests also came. God bless all members of all Religious Orders for their service to the Church.

The rain yesterday and this morning certainly has lessened the piles of snow. In a couple hours it will cool off and the rain will turn to snow.

The Library is sponsoring a “Book Exchange” three days this week for Sisters, Employees and their families. What an assortment of books have been turned in for someone else to read! I will go look it over and see what I can see…and maybe pick out a book or two, also.

Work on the kitchen renovation is in full force. Yesterday was a noisy day and it may be that way for a couple days. The men were removing the floor and some walls so saws and jack hammers were busy tools. To keep the dust from spreading to the whole building, they put up a temporary wall outside the kitchen. So for awhile we will have a mess, but it will be very nice when the work is completed. The Dietary Department is most affected by this work since the cooking is being done across the street in the small kitchen in Hurrle Hall.

May the Lord continue to bless and care for you.

Pax et Bonum.
Sister Mary Lou

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