▪ On the 33rd Sunday of the Ordinary Time in the liturgical year, the Church celebrated the World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis with great passion for the poor presided over the Holy Eucharist at St. Peter’s Basilica in which participated about 6,000 of homeless and poor people from Rome and surrounding areas. During his homily, Pope Francis urged all men and women of good will to ask for the grace “to hear the cry of all those tossed by the waves of life; the cry of the unborn, the starving children, young people more used to the explosion of bombs than happy shouts of the playgrounds, the elderly cast off and abandoned to themselves, the cry of all those forced to flee from their home lands for an uncertain future”. He invited bishops, priests, religious men and women to allow themselves to be evangelized by the poor whom they serve, and in this way to discover the beauty of the Gospel.
▪ On 6th November, the communities of the Generalate and Procura were happy to welcome two new members, Sr. Hanna Brunka, whose new mission will be in the Generalate and Sr. Justina Radulska in the Procura. Both Sisters come from the Polish Province.
▪ In thanksgiving for the 100 years of the Independence of Poland, Sr. Izabela Świerad, Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska and Sr. Hanna Brunka joyfully joined other Polish people who live in Rome, in the celebration of the Holy Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore which was presided over by Rev. Pietro Parolin, Cardinal and Secretary of State of the Holy See. They were also honored with the presence of the Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See, Rev. Janusz Kotański with his wife and with the presence of the Ambassador of Poland to Italy, Rev. Konrad Głębocki.
▪ From November 1, 2018 a group of residents of House Felizitas have their meals together with the Sisters in their refectory, due to construction work which is going on.
▪ On November 4th, the girls’ choir of the cathedral at Paderborn invited the girls’ choir of Limburg Cathedral for the celebration of their jubilee. Sr. Astrid Meinert, Provincial Vicar, who is also the directress of these girls, went with them. After the solemn High Mass and a concert in the afternoon, there was a beautiful encounter with the auxiliary bishop of Paderborn Grothe, who had been the Apostolic Administrator of Limburg during the vacancy period. He thanked the girls for their important service in liturgy as heralds of God’s beauty and love.
On November 17/18, the group “MitMission”, former temporary missionaries who are members of the UAC, visited the sisters at Marienborn. Overnight they stayed at the youth hostel. They joined the Sisters for meals and on Sunday for Holy Mass.
▪ Our Candidates and Postulants had an opportunity to participate in the one-day seminar on community life, organized by the Religious´ Association of the Diocese of Singida. About 55 formees from different congregations were present who together shared their community experiences. The day was concluded by a Holy Mass, followed by an Agape.
▪ On the 22nd, Sr. Basilisa Jacob, the Provincial Superior and Sr. Redempta Mallya, her Vicar, had an important meeting with Mons. Paul Ruzoka, the Archbishop of Tabora Diocese, where the Sisters are rendering their services in school. They also had an opportunity to interact together with the Bole Bole group from Belgium who are the benefactors of the St. Leo the Great Primary School at Igunga. Bishop Ruzoka and the Bole Bole group expressed their gratitude to the Pallottine Sisters for the good work that they are doing.
▪ The sisters from our Pallotti Convent in Laurel, assisted the parish with a successful bazaar as part of its year-long celebration of the 175th anniversary of the parish. With major renovations completed in the convent kitchen, the sisters were able to prepare and cook Thanksgiving dinner for themselves and some guests.
▪ At St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, beginning on the 1st of November, Fr. Gideon, after consultation with the Sisters, and with support of the Spiritual Care deputy, began a noontime service of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, a little adoration and Benediction prayer for peace and special petitions. This daily devotional moment is open to employees, and visitors. St. Mary's Senior Management also announced its pay increases for 2019, in recognition of employee contributions to our mission and goals over the past year.
▪ As has been the custom of St. Mary's, they honored military veterans, on Veterans day, November 11th, with a free "blue plate special" meal in St. Vincent's Cafe. An American flag pin was offered as a token of appreciation for their service to our country.
▪ The friends of Pallotti were busy during the first weeks of November selling tickets for a grand turkey dinner. 450 plates were sold and distributed, and time to count the profit proceeded. 4, 704 US$ profit and 1,500$ from a jumble sale were counted and deposited for our convent. This young group of energetic people just keep Sisters running and inspiring them not to give up. All sales of the dinner were 100% profit as everything was donated and there was not even 1 cent of expenses. How can we thank them for that energy, collaboration and ideas? We thank all who are praying for us for we are thoroughly convinced it is a supreme power that keeps us going.
▪ St Vincent Pallotti community in Pinelands hosted a Pallottine Brother Alphonse from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape who came to St. Vincent Pallotti Hospital for a surgery. With the tender care of the Sisters, he is recovering well.
▪ This year again St Joseph’s Home was privileged to host a fundraiser at Stellenberg Garden. The Resource Development with other departments, volunteers and donors, worked very hard together for the event. The Home collected a good amount of money, all for the wellbeing of the children.
▪ On November 8th, one candidate entered the postulancy in Gniezno.
▪ On November 10-11, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady in Jasna Góra, Sr. Consolata Majewska SAC once again organized a prayer vigil for apostolic missionary collaborators and benefactors of our Province, in which, apart from lay people, priests, Pallottine sisters from all over Poland took part, as well as our postulants and novices. This year's prayer vigil had a special character of thanksgiving to God for the gift of liberty, associated with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. The first item of the program was the patriotic concert - Polonaise of Freedom performed by the Boys' Choir from Limanowa. After the concert, the participants listened to the conference delivered by Professor Fr. Czesław Parzyszek SAC on the theme of the Gift of Freedom. The priest stressed: "freedom is a free heart that can love, a heart free of addictions, freedom is the reign of God, and freedom is love and a guardian of life. In early morning the prayer vigil ended with very popular polish songs in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
▪ Sr. Alda Paes SAC organized the UAC day for all the local coordination council members of Assagao, Goa which included the Pallottine Fathers, Brothers, Pallottine Missionary Sisters, Novices and Aspirants, Sr. Clara Almeida from the Roman Pallottine Sisters CSAC and all the lay members and collaborators. Fr. Valentine Alfonso SAC presented a beautiful talk with the theme “Trust in God and God will be sufficient for you.” Another talk was delivered by Mrs. Jacintha Mascarenhas, a lay UAC member who enlightened the participants, by sharing about her experiences of being a UAC member in Nagpur for over 15 years.
▪ St. Vincent Pallotti English Medium School, Gurundia, celebrated the children’s day on November 14th. Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram who was the chief guest lit the Indian Lamp at the opening of the program of the day. Various games and competitions were held and prizes were distributed to the winners. It was a time of great joy for the teachers watching their little tots taking part in various competitions and exhibiting their talents. Sr. Lillian then gave an inspiring message to the children and the parents. The children enjoyed biscuits and sweets and the function was concluded with the National anthem.
▪ In Tripura, North East of India our new mission, a temporary hostel construction has begun, assisted by the Holy Cross Fathers who are supporting the sisters.
▪ On 22nd of November, which we mark as Pallotti Day, our Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad arrived to our Province Mary Mother of Divine Love. She will visit some communities, among them a new mission in Tripura State and participate in the Provincial Chapter. The Provincial Superior Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, together with the sisters from the Bangalore community welcomed her with great joy.
▪ On the 17th, in Ruhango Formation House, with great joy, Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro our Regional Superior received ten candidates into Postulancy. Many Sisters from different communities came to participate on this important event. ▪ Fourteen students of our first group from St. Vincent Pallotti School in Masaka had their graduation after their six years of primary education. It was a great joy for the Sisters and the teachers to see their first fruits. The parents expressed their gratitude to the school management for the good care and education which their children received.
▪ On the 28th the Local Church in Rwanda celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Kibeho, the Patroness of the country. Many Sisters were able to participate in the pilgrimage to the Shrine, where thousands of Christians with more than 300 priests and the bishops form all the Dioceses of Rwanda gathered to pray for Peace and Reconciliation.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Majola Rataj SAC * 26.01.1938 † 06.11.2018 Poland
Sr. Jadwiga Waszczeniuk SAC * 05.05.1927 † 17.11.2018 Poland
Sr. Adelhilde Rumpf SAC * 08.06.1927 † 26.11.2018 Switzerland
Sr. Mary Edward Mack SAC * 23.09.1936 † 30.11.2018 USA