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We have received many Christmas greetings, both paper and electronic, from the provinces and our sisters throughout the Congregation. Tucked into each are thoughts, prayers, wishes for Christmas and the New Year -- and much love for each and all of us!
At the risk of singling out any one message, we will share three that have Haitian “connections” -- one is from Cuba where our postulant, Middia Doute, is in her second year of postulancy; the second is from Middia herself, and the third is from the Port-au-Prince Family of Jesus and Mary.
The classroom was filled with the holiday spirit throughout December as children learned the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Students delightfully decorated gingerbread houses and made beautiful oversized snowflakes. The room was filled with handmade crafts.
Your children continue to enjoy yoga with Mrs. T.
Please remember to dress your child in layers. Hats, mittens, and scarves would be great to have in their backpacks when the weather permits us to play outside.
From November 17-30, former Quest Volunteer, Aileen Reid, and current volunteers Pujan Mapchan and Geri Lanham, distributed 60 filtration systems through the program Water with Blessings.
During those two weeks the three went to different areas of greater Gros Morne often accompanied by two local female agronomy technicians, to educated the communities not only on the filters but the importance of clean water.
The first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year at Thevenet Montessori School began as an opportunity to whet the appetites of the young scholars of the Upper Elementary and ended with a burst of energy to propel into the second quarter. Topics studied during the first months of the school year help students strengthen the skills they will further develop and areas they will cover during the subsequent quarters. Per the Montessori philosophy, each student works at his or her own pace and explores his or her own academic interests.
THE SEED OF A MUSIC PROGRAM
For the Second Sunday of Advent, Jesus-Mary School prepared the liturgy. Our musicians welcomed a new member when a 6th grader joined our 1st grade teacher on trumpet. Could this be the seed of a music program?
A BRIGHTER LIBRARY
Since the roof on our library needed to be replaced, we also added to the height of the roof which, as you can see, makes a much brighter library for our students.
Thanks go to our present and visiting, former volunteers who repainted after construction.
- Sr. Pat Dillon, RJM
In collaboration with an educational program at the Phillips Collection Museum, they presented original poems, dances, and dramatic sketches based on Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, 60 paintings depicting the 20th century movement of African Americans from the rural South to northern cities.
In their presentations, a number of students noted that some of their own ancestors had been part of this migration that occurred between World War 1 and World War II.
When we kicked off the 2016-2017 school year in September, we not only welcomed some new teachers and new students; we welcomed a new pastor as well. Father James Cruz joined St. Raymond’s on Labor Day. In addition to Fr. Cruz and our new staff members, we also opened a third Pre-K3, a third Second Grade, a fourth Fifth Grade, and a Pre-Honors 6th Grade. St. Raymond remains the largest elementary school in the Archdiocese of New York.
Sr. Helen Mary Haigh Provincial of Europe, shared the text of a talk given by one of our Syrian sisters, Sr. Annie Demerjian. During October, Sr. Annie was in England, speaking there to various groups on behalf of her people. An excerpt from her presentation is given below.
“Let me tell you that what we are experiencing in Syria, especially in the city of Aleppo, is indescribable and chilling. All human values given by God to man in order to live in peace and dignity have been obliterated from the scene.
And it came to pass in the days of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, that Fr. Andrew, pastor at St. Timothy parish in Warwick, RI and Sr. Vivian, RJM conceived the notion of creating a St. Claudine Mercy Garden. Lo, a parish committee of parishioners, Sr. Doris and Sr. Vivian was called forth to meet and “make a plan”. Sr. Vivian sent word to Sr. Patricia Brito who directed her to Sr. Fabian, Provincial of Bolivia, who knew of a sculptor with an extra statue, the first one having been purchased by Sr. Patricia. And, behold, the statue was purchased.
5th October 2016: I awoke to at 5.30 this morning as hurricane Matthew continued to rage in Jean Rabel, NW Haiti. The wind howled and the rain poured down. We thanked our lucky stars we were fortunate to be living upstairs over the local school in the town. This meant we were unlikely to have rain coming in the doors regardless of how many inches fell. Many were not so lucky; I saw children busy trying to get rid of about 12 inches of water outside the door of their home at about 9.00 am this morning.