Prayer for Teachers

Teachers make a lasting difference for generations to come. Most likely, you’re able to look back with fondness for a particular teacher who encouraged you to dream big or helped you hone a specific skill. Perhaps your favorite teacher gently supported you as you struggled to grasp a certain concept and then cheered wildly for you when it finally ‘clicked.’
In many ways, teachers are a bright light, a friendly face, and a gentle guide. Day in and day out, they teach and mold the hearts and minds of our loved ones. The very least we can do is offer our support, respect, and prayers that they would remain strong in the Lord as they prepare for the school year ahead.
As the names of different teachers come to mind, take a moment to lift up our kids’ teachers, grandchild’s teacher, our algebra-teaching sister, or even the neighbor next door who coaches the high school soccer team. Will you bow your head and offer a prayer?
Dear God,
As countless teachers begin to prepare for a new school year ahead, grant them an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return.
Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak.
When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small – yet incredibly important – ways every day.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come. Amen.
Amen.
If you are a teacher, hold onto 1 Corinthians 15:58 and James 1:5 as the new school year begins..
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 CSB
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September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation

September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation as proclaimed by Pope Francis. The Global Catholic Climate Movement is providing resources for the Season of Creation and other actions that you can access by clicking here.

SM Faith Balawejder has  prepared Evening Praise: Care for Creation that you can access by clicking here.

You may also use the Common in Thanksgiving for Morning and Evening Prayer found in the Franciscan Morning and Evening Praise on page 1295.

A Response to the Incidents in Charlottesville, VA

A Response to the Incidents in Charlottesville, VA

Dear Ministry Leaders,

Over the past week the media has been inundated with visuals and rhetoric on the deplorable acts of hatred and violence that occurred in Charlottesville, VA. It is at times such as these that we look to our government leaders to stand up with conviction and in unison against the messages of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism to heal our nation. A response that appears divisive at worst and anemic at best seems only to exacerbate the sad situation.

With courage and dignity, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued a statement of condemnation on behalf of all the bishops:

Part of the problem of any kind of evil getting a foothold is when really good people don’t say anything. So these kinds of issues are important–that we speak, that we act together.

Recently during an interview, Archbishop Wilton Gregory urged all the bishops to speak out against racial and ethnic division. Archbishop Gregory reminded us that these issues must also be addressed at the local level:

The issues that we confront in our nation at this time, and perhaps have always had before us, are about seeing other people as ‘the other,’ as though they don’t belong, as though they don’t have dignity, as though they don’t have rights.

Speaking from his position as a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals Advisory Board, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has called on U.S. citizens to stand against the “pagan ideas of Nazism.” Further, Cardinal O’Malley summons all of us to “fervent prayer and peaceful action.”

Our country is once again in a moment when the civic and biblical heritage is being attacked and tested. We need to reassert and reaffirm the belief that one nation is meant to include all: the multiple races, cultures, ethnicities and religions which make up our country.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has cautioned all of us in a tweet he sent on March 12, 2015:

Beware of getting too comfortable! When we are comfortable, it’s easy to forget other people.

As Americans who profess to be people of faith, people of good will, people who have chosen to embrace and live out the Felician Core Values for Ministry, we are obligated to raise our voices against any expressions of hatred, violence, and bigotry that are an affront to our cherished beliefs.

So what actions can we take? We can raise our voices to let our government representative know that we believe these acts are vile and abhorrent. We can pray for healing and for the softening of the hearts of all citizens so that we may become agents of peace, understanding and unity. We can work for unity and the end of division within our own ministries and communities.

Finally, we are encouraged to be strong in this struggle for peace by Blessed Mary Angela who wrote:

Let your love be like Christ’s love, revealing yourself not only in feelings but in deeds.

 

In the next week, the Mission Operations Team will provide a series of resources on our website to assist your ministry with a Prayer Service and an Ethical Reflection Guide that will facilitate the process at your respective ministry. In prayerful solidarity, may all who serve at Felician Sponsored Ministries demonstrate our values in action.

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as additional materials will be referenced. Please let us know how your Felician Services Team can best support your ministry in its efforts to be an agent for peace today.

With a prayerful hope for a future that dispels darkness with the light of prayer and peaceful action,

Sister Mary Barbara Ann Bosch, CEO

and

Andrea White, President

New President of St. Felix Pantry

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Sister Mary Angela Parkins Named New President of St. Felix Pantry

On September 5, St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho, NM will welcome their new leader, SM Angela Parkins as CEO and President.

Sister Angela is currently serving in the Response to Love ministry in Buffalo, NY. She will replace the interim CEO and President, Mary Lynn Owen, who has served in the position during the leadership transition.

Previous to entering the Felician community, Sister Angela served as administrator of St. Christine Soup Kitchen in Detroit, MI. Since entering the community, she has been the administrator of Maryville Retreat Center in Holly, MI, coordinated the ministry to the poor at Our Lady Mediatrix of Graces Generalate in Rome, Italy, and has served as local minister of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Livonia, MI.

Mary Lynn had the opportunity to spend some time at the Pantry with Sister Angela and welcomes her energy and vision in moving the Pantry forward to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the area. Mary Lynn shared that, “Sister Angela has already made a positive impression on the staff and volunteers with her keen sense of humor and inclusive, welcoming demeanor. They are looking  forward to working with and supporting her.”

ACCOMMODATION FOR STUDENTS IN WARSAW

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Accommodation for students  is a new kind of apostolate which Felician Sisters of the Province of Warsaw undertook in 2015 in response to the needs of young people who study in Warsaw.

The institution has sixteen places for students studying full-time. The sisters also provide a place of female students of extramural studies that use the accommodation over the weekend.

The sisters offer single or double rooms in a studio with a bathroom. Furthermore, there are dining room and kitchen, laundry room, TV room, refrigerator, coffee / tea maker available for the use of the students. All rooms are located outside the conventual enclosure. Such conditions are very friendly to students and economical. They are an expression of sisters’ concern to create a place of safety, aesthetic, and above all, friendly to youth.

A major challenge for students – especially in the first year – is to enter into mutual relationships and to get to know Warsaw environment to efficiently navigate in the maze of streets, institutions and scheme of studies. Gradually, they learn a new reality, entering into a new mode of learning and creating relationships in a new environment.

Service rendered among students in such circumstances requires a very high human and spiritual maturity, cooperation with God’s grace and understanding. Therefore, the sisters try to offer them the best witness of their own lives, pointing to God as the source and foundation of one’s attitudes and choices.

The integration of the students is carried out also by a common Eucharist celebrated on the occasion of their personal holidays, such as feast days or birthdays always only for volunteers. The Mass is followed by the refreshment arranged by the students. It is a sign of getting mature, as well as developing responsibility and better relations between them.

All residents can use the chapel and may participate in the prayers of the local community of sisters. Volumes of breviaries are prepared for their use. The girls are familiar with the schedule of prayers and religious services, and participation in them is always voluntary. Sometimes Rev. Bishop Marek Solarczyk, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Warsaw-Praga, presides over common liturgy,.

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The issue of the spiritual life and exerting certain religious practices has also evolved. Voluntary participation, use of the chapel during the day, freedom of choice, certainly for many of the girls became an opportunity for a more conscious and deeper choice how to live their faith and practice it. Some of the students participate in the Eucharist and church services in the parish church. Some of them are engaged in various pastoral groups in Warsaw.

This year, the novelty of spontaneously emerging “formation program” for girls living with the sisters, is to put an emphasis on the two liturgical seasons: Advent and Lent. A three-day retreat was introduced, two weekend sessions (in December 2016 and March 2017), which are also conducted by Rev. Bishop Marek Solarczyk.

The attitude towards the sisters of our religious community is very positive. One of the symptoms of kindness towards the sisters was a gift of the Eucharist in their intentions offered on the day of the feast of our Congregation.