Look for the angels in your life, they are everywhere

Do you know the nursery rhyme “A dillar, a dollar the ten o’clock scholar, you used to come at ten o’clock and now you come at noon.”? I’m starting to feel just like that. I try to write my blog on Mondays and here it is late Wednesday evening and I am just beginning.

It’s starting to feel a lot more like fall. The Little Leaf Linden Tree near Hurrle Hall was full of leaves one day and the next day they were all gone…and blown away by the wind! We’ve had drizzle and a little rain the past couple days, but not enough to amount to much.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, about 40 Volunteers stuffed and addressed about 15,000 envelopes for our Christmas Appeal. They will go to the Post Office at Thanksgiving time. I thank you in advance for your generosity when you receive that envelope.

Last Wednesday seven of us Sisters attended Brunch with the Bishop at Our Lady of Victory Parish Center in Fergus Falls. This was a fund-raiser to benefit the Catholic Schools Student Scholarship Fund.

Last Friday and Saturday we hosted about 75 people attending the “Parish Social Ministry Workshop.” Bishop Donald Kettler was here for the opening prayer Friday evening. He said he hoped everyone would read The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis. (I bought the book and have started reading it.) Nationally known speaker, Jodi Pfarr was a very dynamic presenter who helped us understand better how to build bridges so the poor can “walk out of poverty” and to see things through their eyes.

Sunday was a busy day with Music Recitals by St. Francis Music Center Students going on at St. Francis Center. And at the same time the K.C’s came to serve Cake/Ice Cream to the Sisters. Each year we look forward to this delicious treat and time to visit with these generous friends.

Some of went to St. Ben’s to join the Benedictine Sisters in their celebration of 100 years for their Sacred Heart Chapel. It was a time of prayer, sacred song by big choirs/ instruments and history of events in the Chapel these 100 years. The worship aide contained over 100 pictures of activities during those years.

On Monday we celebrated Sr. Eileen Ghesquiere’s 90th birthday. Two of her sisters were here to join in the fun.

Three days this week we host the Red Cross Blood Drive. Again, I say Thank You to those who take the time to come donate the gift of life. God bless you.

Saturday is All Saints Day. We honor the Saints who have died AND the living saints in our midst. We don’t have to look very far to find some that we know. Thank you, God, for giving us these models and mentors to help us on our journey to Heaven.

Sunday is All Soul’s Day when we remember those who have died. Eternal Rest give to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the Faithful Departed rest in Peace.

Tuesday is Election Day. Voting is not only a privilege, but also and obligation. I hope you do go to the polls and cast your vote for the people you deem best as our leaders.

Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou

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