- The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe was the crown of this liturgical year and the Holy Year of Mercy. Multitudes of pilgrims from all over the World gathered at St. Peter’s Square to give thanks to God’s great goodness and mercy throughout this holy year. In his homily Pope Francis emphasized the Kingship of Jesus and that His Kingship is paradoxical - His throne is the cross, His crown is made of thorns, He has no scepter, but a reed is put into His hand, He does not have luxurious clothing, but stripped of His tunic, He wears no shiny ring on his fingers, but His hands are pierced with nails, He has no treasure, but sold for thirty pieces of silver. He urges us to ask God for the grace of never closing the doors of reconcilliation and pardon, but rather of knowing how to go beyond evil and diferrences, opening every possible pathway of hope. As God believes in us infinitely beyond any merits we have, so too we are called to instil hope and to provide opportunities to others. Because even if the Holy Door closes, the true Door of Mercy, which is heart of Christ the King of our lives always remains open wide for us.
Prior to the closure of the Holy Year the Team of Justice and Peace organized a pilgrimage of Interligions. Religious men and women were also invited together with all other people of good will. The prayers were conducted asking for forgiveness for the wrong doings towards other religions and for the wrong doings done to the Catholic Church. All the participants signed a letter addressed to the Holy Father Pope Francis, which were handed to his representative.
- Sr. Adelhide Scheloske spent three weeks in the Generalate working in General Archives. She also attended the meeting of the General Archivist held at the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa.
- Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska, General Coucilor, after three months in England for a language course, returned to Rome. At long last our General Admnistration team is now complet.
A group of eleven team members and employed workers of Mitmission, the Maz Program (Missionare auf Zeit), who are temporary missionaries of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, has been accepted into the UAC on 6th November. The chapel of the Provincial House in Limburg was decorated colorfully with cloths from different mission areas. Fr. Jochen Ruiner, SAC gave an animating homily, and Fr. Scherer had come from Vallendar to represent the German Coordination Council together with Sr. Gertrud. All present welcomed the Mitmission Group as members into the Pallottine Family.
- The St. Mary's Infirmary and active community members bade Sr. Barbara Jakschik a happy eternal rest on Tuesday November 1st, after a very long illness in their Infirmary. Her wake and funeral were held at the end of the week. Several persons, who had worked with her when she served St. Mary's as Sr. Consolatrix, came by to visit and offer their condolence. We remembered our deceased Sisters and loved ones throughout the month and their names were placed in a lovely glass bowl on the altar for prayers at every Mass.
- On Sunday, November 6th, Srs. Mary Terence Wall and Mary Grace Barile attended the annual Prayer Service at a local Funeral Home that honors those who have died in the current year. That same evening there was a Ministerial Association Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service of Praise, attended by Sr. Mary Grace. St. Stephen’s parish choir, of which she is a member, was asked to join five other church choirs, representing the Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Catholic Churches in the area. The service was held at Bethesda Methodist Church, the pastor of that church, who is a Clinical Pastoral Education student at St. Mary’s Medical Center, invited Fr. Jeeson V. Stephen, pastor of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church to be the homeliest during the service. It was a wonderful evening of praise and fellowship among Christians of various denominations. At Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon, Sr. Francesca Lowis shared, that during November the Parish Community remembered the deceased loved ones and our Veterans in various ways. At the entrance of the church there was a Memorial Book where we could enter the names of persons we wanted the parishioners to pray for. The Ministerial Association held an Inter-denominational Community Thanksgiving Service at one of the Methodist churches. Our Pastor, Fr. Joseph Mclaughlin, preached the homily.
The Provincial Superior, Sr. Mary McNulty together with Vice-Provincial Sr. Basilisa Jacob made the Canonical Visitation in the three communities of Arusha.
- The Sisters joined in various celebrations for the Closing of the Year of Mercy: In Singida Diocese there was a Pilgrimage in Kimbwi and Vigil prayer on the 19th. In Arusha 20th, Sr. Florida and the novices travelled to Mwanga in same Diocese for a pilgrimage at the Divine Mercy Shrine taken care by The Convetual Friars. In Igunga Tabora also had a vigil of prayer followed by a joyful celebration of the Holy Mass in the parish, where the Pallottine Sisters are working. All Preachers at various times emphasized that, the Year of Mercy is over, but God’s Mercy continues, since mercy does not end.
- The postulants and candidates had a 4-day retreat in Siuyu guided by Fr. Basil Ikhula, SAC. The Siuyu parish celebrated the Solemnity of Christ the King, who is the patron of the Parish. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev Fr. Basil Ikhula SAC. In his homily he emphasized the need of every Christian to make Christ the King, and the Centre of their lives through forgiveness and love – which hence makes Him the King of Siuyu.
- Our great Pallottine Missionary, Sr. Jucunda Kutsch, after 36 years in Africa and 25 years in Tanzania has returned to England. She now belongs to the Community of London.
- The Sisters in Orange Walk are busy instructing young men and women in the Sacraments. Lately a young lady and a physiotherapist were prepared and received the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.
- Our pastor, Rev. Oliver Smalls, surprised us at Mass when he announced that our convent in Orange Walk would be painted. The painting was done in October and the first week of November. St. Ann's is now dressed elegantly in the same color as our Church.
- The Catholic Charismatic Renewal held a successful Spirit-filled Charismatic Convention from November 11-13 at Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City. The theme for this year’s convention was Re-Discover Jesus in His Mercy. The two guest speakers for this year’s convention were Janet Chinnia from Trinidad and Fr. John Campoli from New Jersey. Both guest speakers gave inspiring talks throughout the weekend. Nine workshops were conducted and one was conducted by our Sr. Josefina Alamilla. The Convention came to a close with the march For Jesus and a Healing Service.
- Seven Golden Jubilarians from Poland - Srs. Barbara Stachelek, Barbara Jankowska, Jankanta Kaperczaki, Michaela Raś, Judyta Kietlińska, Zofia Kwapisiewicz, oraz Kanizja Adamczak made their thanksgiving pilgrimage to Rome. They particpated in the ceremony of closing of the Holy Year of Mercy and the clossing of the Holy Door. The Sisters walked footsepts of St. Vincent Pallotti, visited many beautiful places and churches. This spiritual experience strenghtened their faith for God, love for the Founder and built a relationship with the Sisters in Rome.
- As every year, Sr. Consolata Majewska organized a prayer vigil in Czestochowa at the Jasna Góra
Shrine for Pallottine collaborators. The motto was: "Mercy triggers off indifference and routine." It was a time of being together, reflection, and prayer before Our Lady above all. The vigil was attended by thousands of people from all over Poland.
- The XVII Symposium of the Pallotti Institute was organised in Pallottine Fathers’ house in Konstancin from 26 to 27 November under the title "Pallotti versus Poles". There were over 250 participants - Pallottine Fathers, Brothers, Seminarians and Novices; Pallottine Sisters, Postulants and Novices; lay UAC members and friends including groups from Ukraine, White Russia, Slovakia and individual participants from Denmark and Norway. As usual the meeting was prepared and conducted by Fr. Mariusz Małkiewicz, SAC and Sr. Monika Cecot, SAC. The Pallotti Institute in Poland serves the heritage of the Polish language, which explains the choice of the theme. During the symposium 4 themes were presented by Pallottine Fathers, the historians: Fr. Stanisław Tylus, spoke on: From Napoleon to the Revolution of 1848. Historical Panorama; Fr. Franciszek Gomułczak - The Crisis of the Great Emigration; Fr. Michał Łobaza presented the theme: St. Vincent Pallotti’s Contacts with Polish Clergy, while Fr. Piotr Bełczowski dealt with Pallotti and Polish Women.
During the Saturday Mass on Blessed Elisabeth Sanna, her relics were solemnly installed in the house chapel. The Mass was presided by Fr. F. Gomułczak, SAC, General Postulator. On Saturday night there was a premiere of a film devoted to the Bl. Elisabeth Sanna titled You, my God, loved me made by Misericordia TV and Radio. During the Symposium music animation was led by a 4-voice-schola of Pallottine Sisters, seminarians and laity under the baton of Sr. Paulina Szałek SAC.
- In a new book on Pallotti titled "Pallotti: Man-Priest-Saint", there are two articles written by Pallottine Sisters: Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska Pallotti- Preacher of the Word, Minister of Sacraments, Leader of Community and Sr. Monika Cecot Pallotti – Desire for Sainthood. The book contains all conferences presented during Symposiums of the Pallotti Institute from 2011 to 2012 dedicated to our Founder and prepared on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his canonization.
- On November 11th two Sisters, Srs. Consolée Mukayirabuka and Rose Nyirahabimana left for Uganda, a new mission in the Diocese of Masaka. Before departure there was a Eucharistic celebration held in the Regional House in Masaka, presided by Fr. Jean Baptiste Mvukiyehe, SAC. They were accompanied by Sr. Perpetue Nyiramahoro and Sr. Angéline Kambugu. The Sisters were warmly welcomed by the Vicar General together with the Parish priest of Kyabakuza. They also had a word of welcome from the Metropolitan Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa at the Mass of the closing of the Holy Year of Mercy. Currently they are living at the Convent of the Cistercian Sisters while their house is being renovated.
- On 28th, the Church in Rwanda celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Apparition of our Lady in Kibeho our Region "Our Lady of Kibeho". Many Sisters made a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Kibeho where thousands of pilgrims from Europe, America and many countries of Africa gathered to thank God for his marvellous works. The Holy Eucharist was presided by the Bishop of Gikongoro, Celestin Hakizimana and the Bishop of Ruhengeri, Vincent Harolimana.
We remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Barbara Jaschik *12.09.1931 † 01.11.2016 USA