Sounds of laughter and words of gratitude echoed throughout the Country Diner in Enfield, CT, on Sunday, May 19, as many friends and supporters gathered for the ‘Tip-an-Angel’ breakfast fundraiser that benefits the Felician Adult Day Center (FADC).

According to Director of Institutional Advancement S Patricia Marie Iagrosso, the event was very profitable. Joe Ravalese, owner of the Diner, worked side by side with the sisters.

Sister Patricia said that many of the people who came to support the fundraiser remarked about how happy they were to be served by the sisters and enjoyed ‘tipping their angel.’

She continued, “We are very grateful to our many friends who help us–through events like this–to give quality care to our clients.”

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Recently, SM Charlene Nowak gave a presentation entitled, “How Well Do You Know Mary?” at the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo, NY.

Twenty-five sisters reflected on the picture of Mary in Holy Scripture, drawing out some of the appealing elements of Mary’s holiness. In addition, Sister Charlene demonstrated the cherished place Mary has in the history of the Felician Congregation, stemming from Blessed Mary Angela’s love for the Holy Mother of God.

According to SM Kevin Szeluga, attendees felt blessed with a deeper perspective into the life and holiness of the Blessed Mother, and are grateful to Sister Charlene for her willingness to share her insights with them.

Maame Agyemang, a student in SM Barbara Ann Kemmerer’s class at Immaculate Conception School in Elkton, MD, was received into the Catholic Church on Friday, May 17.

Maame received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist for the first time with the entire student body present.  She is originally from the country of Ghana and Sister Barbara Ann has been her teacher for the past two years.

Sister Barbara sponsored Maame as her godmother. Her father is in Kenya on business but her mother was present and her brother will be attending ICS next year.

Sister Barbara Ann said, “Who knows? This could be a vocation in the making. Maame has been an example to all, exemplifying what a good Christian should be.”

The Monday after Pentecost Sunday, the children at the Enfield (CT) Montessori School celebrated the feast with a special prayer service.

The Pentecost Service began with the song Holy Spirit Come, composed by S Marilyn Marie Minter, followed by the lighting of the Paschal Candle and an explanation of this feast in the Church’s liturgical year.

Students from the three junior level classes proclaimed that, “When Jesus was born, a great light came into the world, but there were those who could not believe he was the light and they put him to death.” After a student snuffed out the Paschal candle, they continued, “Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead with new life, a risen light which was stronger than death, never to be put out again.”  A student relit the Paschal candle and the seven red candles by the gifts were then lit from the Paschal candle.

According to S Carol Marie Saladin, teacher, the children sang the Celtic Alleluia with gestures before continuing the narrative.

Bishop Ahr High School

The Bishop Ahr High School Team of faculty, students, alumni and parents participated in the 12th Annual Michelle Offsie Memorial Walk benefiting Breast Cancer Research at the City of Hope on Sunday, June 2.   

According to S Cynthia Marie Babyak, campus minister, the Bishop Ahr Team had a great showing of about 25 walkers who supported this very worthy cause. The BGA Team collected more than $1,600 in donations and pledges for City of Hope.

The event began at the Edison (NJ) Jewish Community Center on Oak Tree Road and continued for the four-mile walk. The walk began 12 years ago with only 250 walkers raising $25,000. Now the amazing number of 1,500 walkers on Sunday raised more than $150,000!

Local organizations and schools sponsored the Walk-4-Pink helping to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

 

Sister Cynthia said “The 2013 BGA team showed the true spirit of the BGA community!”

 

Angela Hospice

Angela Hospice’s first experience at Fox Hill’s Golden Fox course on Monday, May 13, lived up to its name.

While temps were a bit on the low side for the annual Golf Outing, spirits were high as golfers took on 18 holes, plus a full day of games, raffles, an eclectic silent auction, and, of course, plenty of delicious food and an open bar.

“I’d like to give a big thank you to all of our generous sponsors and supporters who made the Golf Outing such a wonderful day, and raised money to help our hospice patients,” said SM Giovanni Monge, president and CEO.

Congratulations are also in order for all the top scoring foursomes, including the Felician Sisters of North America team, who came in third place among women’s teams.

Getting to Know about our Sisters in Haiti

A group of women from Holy Trinity Parish in Dunkirk, NY, recently gathered for Mass at the parish followed by brunch at the Kosciuszko Club there.

The Outreach Committee of the parish sponsored the event, an attempt to encourage fellowship among the women, especially new parishioners as well as attract new members.

The Committee had invited SM Elizabeth Mackowiak, part-time pastoral associate at the parish to address the group. Sister Elizabeth explained that, since the committee did not suggest a topic, she decided to speak about the mission of the Felician Sisters, especially one of the most recent, the mission in Haiti.

Sister Elizabeth said, “Many of the women were taught by Felician Sisters at St. Hedwig School in Dunkirk or the previous Blessed Mary Angela Parish School known then as St. Hyacinth’s School. Some of them have been in contact with sisters through the years and were familiar with the activities of the Felician Congregation in Western New York in earlier years. Since it wasn’t difficult for the women to realize that the Felician Sisters care deeply about the needs of children, I thought that interest in the mission in Haiti would hold their interest.”

With the help of a DVD from SM Lucette Kinecki who had visited Haiti in June 2010 along with other Felicians, Sister Elizabeth helped the women to see the conditions in Haiti only six months after the earthquake. Sister took advantage of SM Gerard Fredrick’s expert technological skills as well. She produced a DVD with the pictures recently posted on the province blog. According to Sister Elizabeth, the women were amazed at both the destruction in Haiti and the progress made in a relatively short time by Sister Marilyn Marie Minter and SM Inga Borko. Several women quickly suggested that the committee put the needs of the Haiti mission on their agenda.

Sister Elizabeth concluded, “It may take some time for the women to develop a detailed plan because of fewer meetings during the summer season. Nevertheless, the seeds have been planted and we hope to see Holy Trinity Parish soon connect with the mission in Haiti. In the meantime, parishioners are keeping in touch via items on the blog and supporting the sisters and their ministry in prayer.”