Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

This will probably be the last time I write “2013.” The year carried MANY blessing. Take a couple minutes to count your many blessings in this year. I say “Thank You, Lord, loving God for your goodness to me.” I hope you can say the same thing. Yes, there have been a few tough spots, also, but that’s OK because that’s how we grow in patience and trust. May we be blest in the New Year. May the New Year be better because of us, our actions, our words and works.

The weather is something else! From warmer days on Friday and Saturday to minus 23 here in Little Falls this morning. I am grateful my traveling was on the warmer days! Saturday our family was in Hutchinson for the wedding of our grand-niece, Emily. It was beautiful. The wedding party had a horse-drawn carriage ride from the Church to the reception at the Events Center. We wish Emily and Max a long and happy life together. May God bless them.

Christmas services here were beautiful. The singing was joyful and full-voiced. We appreciate the male voices that fill in the harmonies. Again, Merry Christmas to you.

Yesterday Kendra Sobania played some of her violin pieces in concert for a chapel full of enthusiastic listeners. Celo V’ec and Kendra’s family were also part of the performance. I’m so happy to see these young people use and share their musical talents.

Today and until 7 p.m. tomorrow there is going on 24-hours of prayers for peace. New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. we will have a World Peace and Healing Service in chapel. Please join us in spirit for peace in the many warring parts of our world, and peace in our families and in our own hearts.

Our Mass on Wednesday, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God/New Year’s Day is at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday afternoon we Sisters will have our Christmas Christmas party. How will we celebrate? We have a special evening prayer, snacks and later a festive Christmas dinner followed by singing Christmas songs. We like to sing together.

I wish you Happy New Year. May your days be of peace and happiness, filled with love of God and service to those in need.

God bless you.
Sister Mary Lou

P.S. On Monday, Dec 23rd Sr. Clara Stang and I spent 4 hours at Coborn’s Superstore sitting at the table helping to raise money for the Food Shelf. I waited for one of our employees to come past and take our picture – to prove we were there. Melissa and her family came past so we asked the children to join us on the picture. During our shift we filled the box with $591.06. That’s a nice donation! The Food Shelf Board likes the Sisters to take the last shift…so we do it. Usually Sr. Julien comes with me, but she is still recovering from knee surgery in November and didn't come this year. Thank you to all the generous donors.

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