Celebrating the Mooncrest children!”

Pastors Amy Wagner and Nathan Saccol made their Church Group ‘FAITH ACTS’ become Faith In Action when they celebrated the Mooncrest After School Children with an outdoor picnic on Friday, May 23.

The event marked the final day for the meeting of the after school children before the closing of the last day of school with The Moon School District.

Pastor Nathan, a staff member at the Program, brainstormed the idea of an outdoor picnic for this final celebration. With his church group as well as the Knights of Columbus and the Mooncrest After School staff, he and Andrea Livingston, Faith Acts member, coordinated this wonderful event.

While the Faith Acts Group prepared for grilling hamburgers and hot dogs as well as presenting the food attractively, Mooncrest Zumba Instructor, Rachel Calhoun led the children with Zumba activities on the basketball courtyard.

 

SM Rene Procopio, program director, remarked on the great picnic weather as children and neighbors gathered in the park. Pastor Nathan directed the children for the Addams Family Grace, and then led everyone in praise of God for the beautiful gathering and wonderful church group, Faith Acts.

Mooncrest music instructor Mr. Mark Lang strummed his guitar and invited the children to beat some drums and enjoy a sing-a-long while everyone selected their food.  Menu selections included grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, salads of all kinds, fruit, candy, and other goodies; beverages including lemonade, iced tea and water.

Sister Rene said, “What a beautiful sight, to see everyone celebrating the Mooncrest children!”

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Three cheers for our Cantalician Stars!”

More than 30 sisters from Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, St. Francis Residence, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent in Buffalo, NY, enjoyed a visit from an enthusiastic group of students from Cantalician Center for Learning in Alumnae Hall on May 21.

S Paul Marie Baczkowski, academic campus coordinator, as well as several parents and teachers, proudly looked on as the young performers regaled the sisters with a lively presentation that highlighted their accomplishments. The program included a choral presentation, signing, a lively Shake Song and a presentation of flowers and letters of gratitude to the Felician Community for its generous service to Cantalician Center for many years.

Lastly, encouraged by Sister Paul Marie, a number of students took to the microphone and shared their happiness for having a new and wonderfully spacious place to learn and to grow.

SM Alisette Skotnicki said, “Everyone was touched and some even moved to tears, by the sincerity and simple joy displayed by the young people.  They are looking forward to next year’s visit. Three cheers for our Cantalician Stars!”

Food Pantry Helps

In an effort to help people in need, the Molina Medical clinics in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM, recently hosted grocery giveaway events that were free and open to the public. Fifty bags of food were distributed at each location.

The reusable grocery bags filled with food, donated for the event by St. Felix Food Pantry, were distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 50 participants (one bag per household) at each location until all supplies were gone. The bags were distributed upon completion of a tour of the clinic.

To add to the fun, Molina Healthcare brought their cat doctor mascot, Dr. Cleo, to entertain the children and help distribute the bags of food.

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Blessed Mary Angela Parish Celebrates Patronal Birthday

ttyttThe Felician Sisters of Blessed Mary Angela Parish in Dunkirk, NY, along with several parishioners, celebrated Blessed Mary Angela’s birthday a day later–on Saturday, May 17–by serving lunch at the local food pantry, “Friendly Kitchen.”

SM Andrew Wiercinski and SM Rachel Mikolajczak brought homemade cupcakes donated by parishioners and friends, along with ice cream cups and groceries from the sisters and parishioners and distributed them during lunch on Saturday.

Sister Rachel said the sisters also distributed Blessed Mary Angela prayer cards along with a greeting card from the sisters!

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” John 13:20

Felician Sisters Haiti

Every week we go to four different places with the Mother Angela Mobile Clinic. The Lord is sending us many people. Our people in the mountains do not have access to medical care. We thank you for your generous support of our clinic so that children and all people can get medical attention. Keep praying for us.

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Reaching out to the Church in the Northwest Territories:

tttSM Jeanine Heath, faithful caretaker of the alms collection throughout Lent at Mother of Good Counsel Convent in Chicago, IL, presented the alms collected there during the Holy Thursday Liturgy.

Each day during Lent, she counted the money and then transferred it to a safe place, after placing a little note with the amount written on it by the collection bowl so that all knew the rising total.

The sisters united with one another and prayed for SM Celeste Goulet and the needs of the Church in the Northwest Territories:

As we bring up our alms for the poor, for Sister Celeste and the Slavey Dene Indians of Tulita, Northwest Territories, Canada, we pray . .


That through our Felician ministry there, the Slavey People may continue to uphold their native traditions while welcoming God within their lives, we pray . . .

Leaning on the Cross of Christ

Leaning on the Cross of Christ

by S Veronica Marie Lucero

I gave a retreat to the Ladies’ Auxiliary Group and Felician Associates in Rio Rancho, NM, on Wednesday, April 9.  The retreat was entitled Leaning on the Cross of Christ and for the first time, I incorporated the use of a painting I commissioned before leaving the Felician Mexico Mission in the state of Coahuila, Diocese of Piedras Negras (Black Rocks).

I asked the local artist to paint an image that would help the Felician Sisters never forget the suffering of the people we had worked with in these coal mining communities and he, Julio  Z., painted the work of art shown at the right. He named the painting Nuestra Herencia, Our Inheritance.

It is quite impressive and evokes Jesus’ mandate to remember widows and children.

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