3 March 2017

March Opportunites

Lenten Awakenings: Springtime for the Soul, Fridays

Meditation Ritual in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, come immerse yourself in song, readings and reflection during these times of Lenten Prayer.
 
When: Fridays, March 24, 31 and April 7 from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Where: Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, adjacent to Carondelet Center

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 3/11

Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel
Saturday, March 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Since 2001, on the 11th of every month, we come together to pray for the unmet needs of our time. Join us for an International Women’s Day Celebration to #BeBoldForChange with St. Catherine University’s Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women and St. Catherine University’s Multicultural, International Programs and Services.

From Network

I hope you take some time in this first (short) week of Lent to open yourself up to the experience we are about to embark on together. We hope this Lenten journey will help you establish a new contemplative practice, as outlined in the introduction of our Catholic Social Justice Reflection Guide, to invite the Spirit to be present with you and lead you during your time with our materials. This week, think about what you might need to learn about healthcare and Catholic Social Justice during this trying time in our nation.

There is no more appropriate time to take action on healthcare, as Republicans in Congress push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This decision could cause 32 million people to lose health insurance and double premiums by 2026. As NETWORK’s Government Relations Associate Lucas Allen writes this week:

“Beyond political rhetoric, this moment is really a decision point for the kind of country and society we want to be…Catholic Social Justice requires that we uphold the dignity of all, which requires ensuring all have access to affordable, quality, equitable healthcare. This moment presents a threat, but also an opportunity to share our faithful vision of a healthcare system and society that advances the common good and puts people, not profit, at the center.”


And, because we must live out a faith that does justice, this week, we’re calling Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Tim Murphy, and Rep. Steve Scalise to encourage them to not repeal the Affordable Care Act without a suitable replacement plan that provides the same benefits to all currently covered under the ACAConsult your calendar for a sample call in script, and join us by calling the following numbers on each day:
Wednesday dial 1-888-422-4555
Thursday dial 1-888-496-3502
Friday dial 1-888-885-1748
Don’t forget to download your Lenten Calendar to remind yourself to make your weekly calls! Also, please encourage your friends and family to sign up to receive Network’s Lenten Resource
Thank you for your participation this Lent, and please let me know if you have any questions or feedback thus far!

In solidarity,
Colleen Ross
Communications Specialist

Sister Jean Nelson

You may know Sister Jean Nelson:

Rapid Relay March 1, 2017…

Jean Nelson, The Potter, passed away at 3:30 AM on March 1 in her apartment at Carondelet Village. Funeral arrangements are pending. Jean now rests in the loving peace of God.

From Sister Kathy Ryan

March is a busy Month for the CSJs. We celebrate our Feast Day on Sunday, March 19th with Mass at 1:30.

The main group of the Friends of St Joseph meet on March 8th at Carondelet Village, 4:30-6:00.

For more detailed information about either of these events email me.

I hope some of you got to last months Stirring of the Fire Retreat. I missed it because I was out of town, but I will hear more about it on March 8th when we gather as Friends of St Joseph.

Blessings on all of you this Lent. You are always in my prayers.

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2 February 2017

February Opportunities

Eleventh Day Prayer for Peace, 2/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul.
Theme: Soka Gakkai International–Buddhism in action for peace— with its stress on positive human potential and compassionate action.

Prepared by: The CSJ Justice Commission.

Breaking the Impasse VIII: Moving Forward Together, 2/22

Rauenhorst Ballroom, St. Catherine University

Wednesday, February 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Free and open to all.

In an evening of policy, poetry, and creative solutions Sr. Simone Campbell and Courtney Martin will explore ways in which we can strengthen our communities to move beyond a politics of divisiveness. Sr. Simone focuses on legislation that will mend the gaps and benefit the 100%. Courtney Martin insists that real love for our nation calls us to look at ourselves, as citizens, and our great potential to shape it moving forward together.

CSJ Way, 2/24

Stirring the Fire: Unifying Love in Action, 2/25

Join the Sisters and Consociates in a CSJ retreat day
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 am Registration, gathering for coffee and pastries
9:00 am to 3:00 pm – ritual/prayer, presentations, quiet time, sharing, choosing action
(lunch included)
Place: Carondelet Center, G1
Cost: $20 per person

“Stirring the Fire” title comes from the idea that, like the embers of a fire, we only need to stir those embers to feel and see the warmth of the flame expanding.
People who experience themselves already “Moving toward love of God and neighbor without distinction” will feel supported and encouraged after this retreat day.
The CSJ mission is a calling to “Unifying Love.”

This day will include presentations on being unifiers, living in a way that
connects us with each other, our neighbor and God. We will also focus
on the practice of Sharing of the Heart, which can be a very timely
group prayer and action practice.

Please join the Sisters of St. Josephof Carondelet and Consociates for this day-long retreat

*RSVP by February 13: Please call the CSJ RSVP line,
651-690-7060, speak slowly, and leave your name AND email
address or phone number. Thank you!

Hear the Cry of the Poor

The Gospel of Life Task Group of the Province Justice Commission
in support of HealthEast’s Annual Drive
Caring Hearts For Homeless People
will collect personal care items
February 5-26

Collections at

  • St. Catherine’s Chapel during the Sunday 10:30 Liturgy
  • Carondelet Village
  • Carondelet Center
  • The CSJ Administration Center

All of the above are on the CSJ properties.
Enter on Randolph Ave or on Fairview Ave for Carondelet Village.

New Items Only Please
Hygiene Supplies:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Lotions
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shampoos
  • Soaps
  • Kleenex

Medications:

  • Cough Drops
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Vicks
  • Pedialyte
  • Antacids
  • Foot Care Items

Necessities:

  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen

4 January 2017

January Opportunities

Eleventh Day Prayer for Peace, 1/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m

Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
The January prayer is planned by the Immigration Task Group
during United States Conference of Catholic Bishops National Migration Week 2017.

Prepared by: The Immigration Task Group of the CSJ Justice Commission.

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Wednesday evening 3-week series

6:15-7:10 p.m

Pilgrim Lutheran, Upstairs Community Room
1935 St. Clair Ave. (at Prior)
Saint Paul, MN 55105

In this time of increasing Islamophobia it is important for Christians to be allies, to live more fully into our mandate, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” to welcome the stranger and refugee – as Pilgrim Lutheran plans to do in January.  Using portions of the video series from Living the Questions, The Jesus Fatwah (opinion): Love your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself and the Lutheran Social Service curriculum, My Neighbor is Muslim, we will explore and discuss:

  • January 11 – Islam 101
    Basic Muslim beliefs and values, Five Pillars of Islam, demographics, Qur’an & Hadith, Mosque & the Madrassa
  • January 18 – Misconceptions about Islam
    Myths about violence, women and other fears
  • January 25 – Making Connections: In Which Muslims Have Their Say
    Inviting neighboring Muslims to speak, dialogue and answer questions

This series is open to the public and co-sponsored by Pilgrims for Just Peace and the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN). We recommend review of the on-line curriculum, My Neighbor is Muslim, for greater depth and for additional information not covered during sessions.
Questions? Please contact Joan Haan.

1 December 2016

December Opportunities

Advent Evening Prayer singing Holden Evening Prayer

Join us for prayer, reflection and music on the Sundays of Advent.

Sunday, December 4
Sunday, December 11
Sunday, December 18

at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave, St. Paul

Partners in CSJ mission will give reflections on the coming of neighbors and God’s coming in their comings and how that has changed us, our community, and our world.

Note: Advent Evening Prayer takes the place of 11th Day Peace Prayer.

A Benefit for Sarah’s, 12/9

Friday, December 9th, 7:00PM – 10:00PM Rauenhorst Ballroom
Couer de Catherine
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul MN
Tickets are $8.00 at the door. Live Music!
Silent Auction! Great Food & More!
Sponsored by the
SEEK Student Activity Group.
Dress is Festive.
Bring your whole family!
A Benefit for Sarah’s ….On Oasis for Women
Sarah’s is a ministry of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet of the St Paul Province.

Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women is a home dedicated to safety and dignity for a diverse community of women where they are empowered to begin new and productive lives.

Praying the Advent Names of God

Join artist Ansgar Holmberg and prayer poet Joan Mitchell to reflect and meditate on the Advent names of God. A blend of words and images will invite us to transform the traditional O Antiphons from the Advent Liturgy of the Hours into the context of evolutionary cosmology, opening new space for us to anticipate Jesus’ birth in our busy lives and our planet in peril.
The practice of praising God throughout the day reaches back to Israel’s temple with dawn and dusk the most important times for prayer. Vespers, the evening prayer, concludes with the Magnificat, the prayer Mary proclaims after she says yes to becoming the Mother of God. Each dusk from December 17 to 23, an O Antiphon precedes the Magnificat, drawing on the scriptures of Israel to invite the long promised and awaited messiah to come. Use what we pray together to shape your own or your family’s meditations, as we celebrate the incarnation of God as one of us in Jesus.
WHEN: Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
COST: $40.00 Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 55105

651.696.2788 | info@wisdomwayscenter.org
Walk in and visit The O Antiphon Art Exhibit on display at
the Carondelet Center December 5 to 31, during the business hours.

Winter Solstice, 12/21

Hope is the Thing with Feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without words
And never stops-at all.
by Emily Dickenson

Come savor the longest night of the year with Sara Thomsen.
Illumine the darkness by lighting candles, singing songs, celebrating, mourning, and embracing the dark and cold. We’ll wander inside, find a spark and kindle hope for the season.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Cost $15.00. Call Widom Ways at 651-696-2788 to register.

Two gift ideas for the Holiday Season

Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ and Joan Mitchell, CSJ have collaborated to bring you
The Advent Names of God. The prayers and the art are based on the
O Antiphons from the Vespers for Advent. These seven cards come with their own standing easel. Cost is $15 if you want them shipped or $12.50 if you pick them up at Good Ground Press at the Administration Center at 1884 Randolph Avenue, St Paul, MN. To order call: 651-690-7010.

A new book on Our Lady of Victory Chapel is now available. Mary Ann Brendon, author, is on the St Kate’s faculty and a Consociate of the Sisters. The informative text on the history of the chapel and the beautiful photography make it a coffee table book with a message. $25.00 if you pick it up at the St Kate’s bookstore or at Good Ground Press.

3 November 2016

November Opportunities

Fall Craft Sale, 11/9

10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
1890 Randolph Ave., St Paul, MN, Carondelet Center Room G-1
Come browse. You will find some unique hand-crafted items: pottery, jewelry, homemade tamales, knitted blankets, scarfs, and such. Visit with the artists and shop for the holidays.

Eleventh Day Prayer for Peace, 11/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul.
This month we pray for peace and remember our Veterans. The prayer is done by Veterans for Peace.

Advent Evening Prayer singing Holden Evening Prayer

Join us for prayer, reflection and music on the Sundays of Advent.

Sunday, November 27
Sunday, December 4
Sunday, December 11
Sunday, December 18

at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave, St. Paul

Partners in CSJ mission will give reflections on the coming of neighbors and God’s coming in their comings and how that has changed us, our community and our world.

Twin Cities Ignatian Associates Advent Retreat, 11/19

8:30 A.M. – 3 P.M.

At Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Ave., St Paul 55116

The grace of Human Expectation (longing) & the Divine Extravagance incarnating the body of Christ by Father Patrick McCorkell, S.J.
Advance registration $30 At the door $35. The cost includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks. Indicate lunch choice: meat or vegetarian.
Mail check to Rose Doherty, 4968 w. 40th St., St Louis Park, MN 55416 Include Your name, address, phone number and email.
Questions: call 612-998-7574 or email rosedoherty@gmail.com

The Way of Our People: Conversation with D. Richard Wright, Ojibwe Elder, 11/10

6:30 – 8:00 pm
Co-hosted by Gichitwaa Kateri Parish, Native American Awareness Working Group of the CSJ Justice Commission, and Wisdom Ways
Join an evening of conversation with author Donald Richard Wright, who observed and studied the ancient ceremonies of the Aboriginal Ojibwe in Little Black River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. Its ceremony maker was a 94-year-old Ojibwe-Cree who lived in the mountains near Edmonton.
Wright wanted to experience and research the ceremonies in order to understand “the fundamental cultural strengths of the Indian who became copious drinkers of alcohol,” he says. “As an aspirant to the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minneapolis Deaconate Program, if I was to counsel the drinker, then my ministry became to know a little about these beliefs.”
Presenter:
Donald Richard Wright is an Elder of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. He has been an alcohol and drug counselor for over 18 years, working with inner city Indian youth in Minneapolis.
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
COST: Free. RSVP to 651-696-2788 or info@wisdomwayscenter.org.
Books will be available for purchase.

When Home Won’t Let You Stay, through 11/30

The new art exhibit (open through November 30th) on the ground floor of Carondelet Center reveals a new perspective of refugees in Minnesota. Each color portrait is accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the resiliency and challenges of refugees. Walk through the exhibit and read the stories at your leisure. You are invited to a conversation on November 17 from 7:00- 8:30 p.m. with the photographer, James A. Bowey and some of the people you meet through the exhibit. The event is free.                                                             For more information visit: whenhomewontletyoustay.org or www.jamesbowey.com

Save the Date: St Catherine University Charity Ball, 12/9

For Sarah’s….an Oasis for Women

Friday, Dec 9th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Couer de Catherine

Music, Dancing, Silent Auction and more! Tickets: $8.00 at the door.

5 October 2016

October Opportunities

Second Sunday, 10/9

Second Sunday is a community circle that gathers on the second Sunday of each month.
We reflect on the Sunday gospel and nourish one another’s lives with this sharing. We share bread and wine and lift up the prayers of all gathered and concerns for the world.
Following, we drink coffee and enjoy treats. All are welcome and invited to come when you can. The group is a new blessing each month.

When: Second Sunday of each month, 10 a.m.
Where: Carondelet Center , 1890 Randolph, St. Paul
Contact: Therese Sherlock, CSJ, 651-690-7011

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 10/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
This month we pray for peace and restorative justice within the criminal justice system and our communities. Mary Johnson will reflect on how she has chosen to seek healing through a restorative justice response. She facilitates healing groups for people on both sides of homicide.
Prepared by: The CSJ Criminal Justice Working Group of the Justice Commission.

The CSJ Way: Community, Spirituality and Justice
Exploring Unity in Justice, 10/15

An information session about the Sisters of St. Joseph, Consociates, Friends of St Joseph and other ways of associating.
“We are an energetic, contemporary community steeped I spirituality and justice. Always looking to welcome others, we provide a wide range of opportunities for deeper connection and growth including participation in great programs and volunteer opportunities or for connecting as a program participant, volunteer, donor, Consociate, Sister, Friend, St. Joseph Worker community, and/or other ways of associating. Join this movement!”

When: Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am Gather; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm session at Carondelet Center.
Contact: Joan Pauly Schneider, 651-690-7063 or Jill Underdahl, CSJ 651-696-2873

The Food We  Eat, The Care We feed Others, 10/19

With Winona LaDuke and Sarah Collins
They will empower each of us with real world solutions for food.

Wednesday, October 19 5-8:30 p.m.
Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Cir, St Paul, MN

Register and/or make a secure donation at www.sustainablenorthland.org
This event is co-sponsored by Earth Partners, a CSJ Justice Working Group.

Your Values-Your Legacy-Your Money, 10/19

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph, St. Paul

The Consociate Financial Circle invites you for an eye-opening and heart-warming evening.
Three St Catherine University alumnae, Mary B. Bennett, Patricia A. Parrell, and Mary E. Stearen will address: How do we become more aware and knowledgeable in using money as a resource for good? These amazing women will speak to “all levels” of wealth and philanthropy for those who take the Beatitudes to heart!
All are welcome. RSVP to Joan Pauly Schneider at 651-6907063.

CSJ Tea with Sarah Collins, 10/20

9:00-10:30 a.m., Room G-1, Carondelet Center

Sarah Collins is an internationally acclaimed inventor of the Wonderbag, a non-electric, heat retention cooker, and she’s a women’s advocate. Sarah will discuss with us the issue of empowering impoverished women worldwide to overcome adversity while combating climate change! We will also get a taste of what you can cook with this non-energy using, portable slow cooker.

This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to invite your family and friends.

Myser Award and Lecture, 10/20

“Working for Environmental Justice: What Love Looks Like in Public,” Dr. Schrader-Fechette: scholar, author, advocate for environmental justice in the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si.
It is free, but registration and free ticket are required: Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m. Contact O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at 651-690-6700 or oshag.stkate.edu.

Fall Conference, 10/28-29

“What difference do women’s voices make in interpreting the meaning of Jesus Christ today?” Elizabeth Johnson. CSJ, and other theologians will speak “with fresh theological perspectives on Christology.”
Thursday, Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m. at St. Catherine’s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium. Cost $15.
St. Catherine’s ticket office at 651-690-6700.
Friday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carondelet Center. Cost $55, lunch included.
For October 29 call Wisdom Ways at Carondelet Center at 651-696-2788 and you pay to Wisdom Ways.

6 September 2016

September Opportunities

SeptemberFest, 9/8

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
On the CSJ property, by the west entrance to Carondelet Center
Eat, Drink and Meet with your favorite Sisters of St Joseph

Second Sunday, 9/11

Second Sunday is a community circle that gathers on the second Sunday of each month.
We reflect on the Sunday gospel and nourish one another’s lives with this sharing. We share bread and wine and lift up the prayers of all gathered and concerns for the world.
Following, we drink coffee and enjoy treats. All are welcome and invited to come when you can. The group is a new blessing each month.

When: Second Sunday of each month, 10 a.m.
Where: Carondelet Center , 1890 Randolph, St. Paul
Contact: Therese Sherlock, CSJ, 651-690-7011

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 9/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul.

Fall Equinox-Beauty of Color, 9/21

Gather at 5:30; Ritual 6-7 pm.
Event is free. Place: Carondelet Center
Celebrate as we honor the gifts of creation using music, poetry, prayers, and silence.