February 4, 2013
A little bit of fluffy white snow every afternoon and evening…just enough to make it slippery and messy…and not enough to really add up very much. It is very pretty and clean to look at.
Yesterday was Prayer Sunday. The Blessed Sacrament was in our beautiful monstrance on the altar from after Mass until after 4:15 evening prayer. Many Sisters spent extended prayer time in Chapel all through the day. It was a quiet, peaceful day.
Saturday evening we had our Soup Supper…4 kinds of delicious soups. (Teeny-tiny snowflakes started falling about 4 p.m. and they kept increasing in size as the hours went by.) That did not deter 330+ guests from coming to the Convent Dining Room to enjoy food and friendship. Terry said we used 450 soup bowls—so folks did go back for seconds, and maybe even thirds.
Tuesday evening Sister Elise will be giving her second presentation on the “Vatican II Anniversary: Year of Faith.” The first talk a month ago was great. I expect this one to be just as good. May all last month’s listeners come again this month.
Wednesday morning this week, the Values Committee will sponsor a “Mail Services Appreciation” morning coffee break. The Mailroom Department receives and sends out USPS mail and packages, receives and send out UPS packages, Speedy Delivery Services, FedEx Services, sells stamps to Sisters and Employees, does laminating projects for various departments here, and when we can, “whatever else is asked of us.” I usually work there on Thursdays and sub there when needed.
Friday, February 9th, is the one year anniversary since Father John Eccleston died. He was our Chaplain here at the Motherhouse for MANY years. He was 83. May he be enjoying Life with the Lord.
Sunday, February 10, is the Empty Bowls soup lunch at the Church across the street, First United Church, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After the meal you get to keep the hand-made, unique ceramic bowl. This is a fundraiser for Oasis Share-A-Meal. This group serves a free meal every Thursday at First Lutheran Church for all who come—about 90 people a week.
A week from Wednesday, February 13, is Ash Wednesday. The day before Ash Wednesday has many names. It is called: Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and for the Franciscan Sisters “Doughnut Day” because Sr. Margaret Fruth used to always make the best doughnuts that day. We keep the tradition going.
No pictures this week.
Peace and blessings on you and those you love
Sr. Mary Lou