In search for signs that Spring Is Coming!

It is looking hopeful that spring is coming. The snowbanks are starting to shrink and show the dirt hidden in the snow. Let us pray for gradual melting to reduce flooding damage. Thirty-nine degrees right now as I type this.

“In our church Year, we also have spring time. It is the season of Lent. The term ‘Lent’ comes from the old English word ‘Lente’ which means spring. This suggests growth, new life and new possibilities. This is exactly what the Church hopes for each one of us. We are called to turn away from things that are not life-giving and turn to time-honored spiritual practices like prayer, fasting and almsgiving, so that God’s Spirit may grow ever stronger in our hearts. This is called conversion.” (Fr. James Deegan, OMI, director of Christ the King Retreat Center)

Sr. Mary Dumonceaux just got on to the limo to start her journey to our Mission in Mexico. The limo was early so I got this picture of her and the driver, just as she was getting into the vehicle. God bless you, Sr. Mary , as you begin your ministry in Mexico.

From Friday afternoon until last evening the Knit ‘N Stitch Ladies were here for a retreat weekend. They always have so much fun…and make such fun things. I especially liked the little Teddy Bears. The brochure said every child should have a Teddy Bear. These are going to Africa, probably an orphanage there. Thank you, ladies.

At the recognition dinner for years of service, the employees each receive a gift. Allen wanted a tattoo. Last week was the appointed time. Allen wanted an owl, known for its wisdom. Note our Franciscan Emblom on the lower left.

Pictured are from the display for Sister Celine. She liked sheep…and all animals. One picture showed her holding a tiny bear cub. The folks at Camp Ripley were checking on the health of the Mother Bear, who was still hibernating, and her two cubs. They also tagged the babies. The smile on Sr. Celine’s face tells you that this was a very special time.

Sister Ruth and Terry were busy making over 800 donuts last Tuesday morning. Donuts on Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday as it is sometimes called, are a tradition in our Franciscan Community. We enjoyed them all day.

Sr. Julien and Father Michal were generous in distributing ashes last Wednesday.

Wednesday evening (6:30 p.m.) we will have the first of Sr. Elise’s three presentations on Living the Paschal Mystery. Last week she used some of this material for the retreat she presented to the Crosier Priests and Brothers. On Sunday some of us will be going to Onamia for Brother Mike’s 60th Jubilee.

Saturday afternoon we will celebrate Sr. Mary Dulski’s 90th birthday. Thanks for all the good you’ve done all those years, Sr. Mary.

God bless you. Have a good week.
Sister Mary Lou

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