News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters
Thank you to everyone who was able to make the meeting this past Sunday, and woe to you who missed it because we signed you up for everything. (Just kidding!) Thank you, Greg, for walking us through the MK Fathers and Brothers' Centennial celebration, which can also be found on the Internet. There are two events next year in which the MK Frs are hoping for significant Affiliate involvement--the CTU Mission Symposium from Oct 6-8 and the National Catholic Youth Conference from Nov 17-19 in Indianapolis. We had a good discussion about how we can participate in both. The CTU event will require help with issues of hospitality and session monitoring. Shouldn't be hard and we can sign up to monitor sessions that interest us.
The Maryknoll Affiliates of Northeast Florida hosted their first Movie Night on January 17th, 2011. Due to limited publicity, there were only nine people in attendance to watch The Blind Side. However, this small group showed great enthusiasm as we enjoyed together this inspiring movie based on a true story. After the movie, we had a good discussion about what a selfless act the Tuohy family made, in welcoming a virtual stranger, Michael Oher, into their home and, after some time, into their family.
December 30 through January 3
After my August trip to Haiti, I hoped to return during the Christmas/New Year's break. Due to our New York blizzard of December, I was unable to leave on the 27th as scheduled. I travelled on the 30thinstead. I was met at the airport of Port-au-Prince by a driver from "Mathew 25" a house of hospitality accommodating over 30 people. It was established in 2005 by the parish twinning program of the Americas. It provides assistance to North Americans visiting their twinning parishes.
Reflections by Susan Porrovecchio – Missoula
November 21, 2010
These past two months have been busy for Catholic women through our nation and the world. It has been my pleasure to preside at both the 2010 Centenary World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) World Assembly, October 5 thru 11, 2010, in Jerusalem and the celebration of 90 years since the founding of the National Council of Catholic Women (NNCW) at their convention in Washington, DC, November 15 thru 16.
Our Lord is the Supreme lemonade-maker from the least promising lemon trees. Once a year, a day is set aside to gather our courage, to join in friendship & support, to remember those we've lost, and to renew our faith in a battle with HIV and AIDS.
Believing that Jesus taught us to love our enemies, I am aghast that most Catholic parishes appear apathetic about the U.S.'s on-going violent, unloving approach to international relations and the resultant lack of peace. We know that most people in our parish won't participate in a rational discussion about war or anything they consider “political.” So we are trying a variety of approaches to produce a better awareness of the need for peace and non-violence, including organizing an annual Peace Mass in addition to the Search For Peace Art Festival which we have previously written about.
Kitty and I just arrived in Songea from Chipole. It's only one hour by car, but we take the bus. The bus takes four hours and leaves at 5 am. The bus's name is Tumaini (hope), which is appropriate. The Tumaini travels through every little village and the ride is bumpy. It travels through mud holes, but carries us, sisters from Chipole and many farmers with things to sell to Songea.
During these days of Christmas, as we reflect and celebrate the wonderful coming of God to the world in the person of Jesus, we must be in awe. Is there a greater mystery? Can anything move us more? The Preface of Christmas says it beautifully: “In the wonder of the incarnation… we have a new vision of God’s glory. In Jesus we see our God made visible.” I heard a line in one of the Christmas carols Friday night that really touched me: “Did Mary know when she kissed her baby boy, that she was kissing the face of God?”
-By Tara Bitterly
The Maryknoll Affiliates program is an important part of Red Bank Catholic's dedication to supporting the church's missionary work in developing nations. In fact, RBC is the only high school in the country that has established an official relationship with Maryknoll. Needless to say, the Maryknoll Affiliates are a clear reflection of RBC's devotion to missionary work around the world.
The Los Angeles Chapter continues to live out the Affiliate Four Pillars during the Advent/ Christmas season.
On December 9, students from the Red Bank High School Maryknoll Affiliate Club went over to St. James elementary school to teach a lesson about mission and Christmas to the third grade classes. The lesson included elements such as "What is a missionary?"; "Where do they work (using world maps)?"; and "How do children know that their moms and dads and grandparents love them?"
Then Red Bank students then had templates of little Christmas scenes on folded 8x11 pages. The teens told the little kids that we are all missioners and that they could be missionaries today by choosing a paper, writing a message and coloring the picture for a little child in another country so that child would know he/she has a friend. The Red Bank students told the elementary school children they would mail the cards to kids in Cambodia and Tanzania. The little kids were thrilled to be part of this so got out their crayons and pens and began writing and coloring.