2 January 2020

Updates on the CSJ Justice Commission’s Working Groups

1) Immigration Working Group encourages prayers at this time for the U.S. Supreme Court as they decide the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Also remember to pray for all immigrants and refugees this Immigrant Sunday, January 5.

2) Dismantling Racism Working Group invites you to consider going to a special Rev. Martin Luther King Day film screening of the film “I am Not your Negro” with discussion following on Monday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Penumbra Theatre.

Save the Date:
3) The Criminal Justice Working Group is sponsoring “Life and Death: Criminal Justice, Capital Punishment and the Work of
Sister Helen Prejean (known for her book and the film: Dead Man Walking). This event is on Thursday, February 27 in St. Catherine University Ballroom (with live streaming of the event to Carondelet Village auditorum). More information coming next month.

Also you are invited to join the working group at the Second Chance Coalition’s Day on the Hill at the MN State Capitol on February 19. More information coming next month.

2 January 2020

CSJ Way, 1/10

Are you interested in learning more and/or to find out the many opportunities to become more involved with the Sisters of St Joseph, Consociates and Friends? Then you are invited to come to the CSJ Way, 5:30-8:30 on January 10 at Carondelet Center. For more information and to register: contact either Joan Pauly Schneider at 651-690-7063; jpaulyschneider@csjstpaul.org or Jill Underdahl, CSJ at 651-695-2873; junderdal@csjstpaul.org

You may include the option to participate in an overnight retreat that extends into Jan. 11, Saturday 8:30-3 which is a retreat with Sisters, Consociates and Friends reflecting upon the CSJ mission of “profound love of God and neighbor without distinction”for the health and healing of the world. If you choose this option, you need to register for the Jan. 11, Saturday by Thursday Jan.3. via online or call the CSJ RSVP line 651-690-7060.


The theme is Pilgrimage through Time: Exploring CSJ Spirituality and Mission from our Founding to Today. The retreat will include prayer, short presentations, table conversations and personal reflection. The cost: $20 donation includes a continental breakfast, lunch and coffee/tea.

2 January 2020

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 1/11

Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel,
1890 Randolph, January 11th, 6:30-7:15 p.m.


Since 2001, on the 11th of every month, we come together to pray for the unmet needs of our time. This month we focus our prayer on trafficking Survivors.

2 January 2020

Epiphany Evening Prayer, 1/5

Sunday, January 5 at 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel,
Reflection by Susan Hames, CSJ
All are welcome-light reception follows the prayer.

24 November 2019

Tuesday Noonday Meditation

Tuesdays, December 3, 10, and 17, 12:00 – 12:40 pm1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

During Advent, noonday meditation will be offered in addition to the regular Tuesday evening meditation at 6:30 PM. The weekly meditation session will include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Registration not required.
Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ.

24 November 2019

Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent

Mondays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10:00 – 11:00 am1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading is the slow, repetitive reading of a sacred text that leads one to the ultimate step of resting in God. It is not Scripture study, nor is it spiritual reading. It is an invitation to take a “long, loving look at Scripture,” says spiritual director Teresa Blythe. “It is a time for falling in love with the Word and experiencing the goodness of God.
”This four-step process for being with Scripture in a prayerful manner includes: Reading (Lectio); Meditating (Meditatio); Praying (Oratio); and Contemplating (Contemplatio). Using texts for Advent, you will experience this ancient prayer form in a group setting, though it is easily adapted to individual practice and can be incorporated into your prayer life.
For our Advent prayer, we will use excerpts from the Gospel of Thomas, made up of 114 sayings of Jesus.
Facilitated by Pat Jones.

Learn more and RSVP

24 November 2019

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 12/11

Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph,  December 11th, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Since 2001, on the 11th of every month, wecome together to pray for the unmet needs of our time.

24 November 2019

Advent Prayer via Email from Sister Baya Clare

If you would like to receive the daily Advent Prayer in your email inbox, check below and sign up for it.  

Online Advent Calendar 2019 Begins December 1

The season of Advent begins the Church Year. It is a season of hope, of waiting, a time of anticipation of the birth of Jesus the Messiah, God-With-Us, and a time of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. In our secular, consumerist culture, it can be a time for frantic shopping and spending, but for Christians, the observance of Advent is something much different, much quieter and simpler than that. We turn away from the greed and glitz, and look toward something much more sure and sustaining: the Love our Creator has for us. And how do we know of this love? What are we waiting for?

We know it by many means, if we but take the time to look for it. The very fact that we know we are waiting is one way. What, or Who, is inviting our curiosity? What is it we are looking for? That is what our writers will explore in this year’s Online Advent Calendar. The theme for this year’s Online Advent Calendar is “What Are We Waiting For?”It begins on Sunday, December 1 and runs daily through December 23. You can find links to it on Facebook@CSJPrrayer.Net (no, that’s not a typo!) and Twitter@AdventCal or subscribe to a daily email at the website, http://csjprayer.net.

24 November 2019

Second Sunday Faith Sharing and Mass at St Catherine’s Our Lady of Victory Chapel, 12/8

On December 8th at 9:30, you are invited to join us for faith sharing on the Gospel of the day. We use Sunday by Sunday.  We start with an opening prayer at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. Then we break into small group for sharing in the Derham building. We return to the chapel for 10:30 for Sunday Liturgy which will be celebrated by Father Michael Joncas. He is our celebrant for all the Advent and Christmas Liturgies this year.

24 November 2019

Advent Evening Prayer

Join us on all four Sundays of Advent, December 1, 8, 15, 22, at 4:30 in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph. We sing Holden Prayer and reflect on this Season of Hope. It is an Oasis of Peace at this very busy time of the year. All are welcome.