▪ On the eve of the feast of St. Francis, Pope Francis marked this day by signing his third Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti”, a document on fraternity and social friendship which was published on the following day. The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity and is a plea to reject wars. This event took place in Assisi, at the tomb of St. Francis.
▪ The young Italian computer genius Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15, offering his suffering for the Pope and the Church, was beatified on 10th October at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi whom he loved so much. Since he was a child, he had his gaze turned to Jesus in the Eucharist, as he often said: “The Eucharist is my highway to heaven.” He is a living example for teenagers and computer users.
▪ The members of the Commission “Ponte di Unità” and the two General Councils of the Pallottine Sisters´ Congregations had their meeting via Zoom on 1 October. In this meeting the members shared about the effective measures taken in the different Provinces towards building unity and relationships and about the challenges and hopes.
▪ On the 8th, the second meeting of the two General Councils of the Pallottine Sisters’Congregations CSAC and SAC took place in the Generalate of the Pallottine Missionaries. Together they shared the outcome of the meeting of the re-unification commission and planned different activities for the future development and collaboration.
▪ On the 13th and 14th, the General Council organized an International Formators´ Meeting of our Congregation via ZOOM. There were 24 formators from the different Provinces; among them were 4 Provincial Superiors, from Gemany, Tanzania, Belize and India, as well as the Regional Superior of Rwanda/Congo. The participants reflected on the different aspects of formation and shared their concerns. Many thanks to Sr. Josephine D'Souza, General Vicar, the Sister responsible for the formation in the Congregation and also to the formators for their dedication in this important field of “transformation of the heart for Christ” (see the website).
▪ The Pallottine Family celebrated the 17th anniversary of the erection of the Union of Catholic Apostolate as a Public International Association of the Faithful. The Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate and Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Union of Catholic Apostolate, on the eve of the Feast of All Saints. In his homily Fr. Jacob highlighted the life of saints and the vocation to become saints, reflecting on the theme of the day All are called to be Saints, following the path of holiness. After the homily all attending members of the Union renewed their Act of Apostolic Commitment. The choir for the liturgy was guided by Mr. Corrado Montaldo.
▪ In Timbiras, Brazil, the month of October is always a month of novenas and the feasts of the patron saints of the district chapels. This means that the active Catholics are on their feet and take part in 9 church services before the annual feast of the respective saint(s). They are in October St. Francis (Oct. 4); Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Oct. 12); Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, the main patron saint of the whole parish (Oct. 22). Our Sisters are always involved in many ways in the preparation and realization of the celebrations. This year the festive Eucharistic celebrations were held in the open air - with the altar clearly visible on a truck and with the observance of health safety precautions. Usually there are many accompanying activities and food sales, which contribute to the maintenance of the Church. This was not done this year because of the danger of Covid infection. The Sunday morning services in Timbiras are posted on Facebook and parish priest Fr. José Wasensteiner SAC sends a daily meditation on the Gospel of the day to his parishioners.
▪ On the 18th, the Siuyu community welcomed Sr. Marie Chantal Mukamana and three Postulants from Rwanda, who were on the way to join the International Novitiate at Arusha. On the same evening, the Sisters had a farewell party for their own six Postulants. Two days later, accompanied by Sr. Marie Chantal and Sr. Agnes Joseph Ganus, the Postulant Mistress of Tanzania, the nine Postulants, ready to start their Novitiate program, travelled to Arusha. Sr. Angelina Kambugu, the Regional Superior of Rwanda-Congo, also came with two Postulants from Rwanda. Soon the group of eleven Postulants will be accepted into the International Novitiate. With grateful hearts we praise and thank God for the gift of new vocations.
▪ The Covid-19 situation in the England is difficult. Most of the north is on lockdown. By God’s grace the virus has not entered the Home for Elderly or our Convent, but we are all self-isolating and following the strict guidelines from the Government. Sadly, we have had to close Park Mount Home again to visitors. It is very hard on the residents. However, relatives can greet them by standing outside their window or if it is not cold, they can sit outside while keeping their distance and wear masks and PPE (personal protection equipment). ▪ Last week the Staff had a boost to their morale as Park Mount was nominated for the Great British Care Awards. It was nominated to be the Best Care Home in the North West. We warmly congratulate our Staff for their commitment and caring service to the frail and vulnerable elderly.
▪ As with many other countries, we are having an increase of Covid-19 positive tests. All 55 of West Virginia Counties have more cases now than when the pandemic first began. Our St. Mary’s Medical Center has returned to “no visitor policy” for our patients at this time. This is a precautionary measure to keep the spread of the virus down. We pray that soon there will be a vaccine that will bring an end to this dreaded virus.
▪ After 20 years, our Convent, Resident House and Guest House in Huntington, will soon be getting a “make over” with our heating and air-condition system, which now needs more detailed and new adjustments. Not only do we human beings age, so too our surroundings and dwellings age, and need revaluing.
▪ Sr. Francesca Lowis, our On-Going Formation Director, shared a prayer for our upcoming Presidential Election on November 3rd. The prayer service came from The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, who suggested that all of us pray for God's special blessing and the Holy Spirit's guidance on November 3, 2020. Sr. Francesca suggested that we pray it together within our local Communities.
▪ A virtual retreat for the teachers of Pallotti High School was conducted by Fr Antonio (a SOLT priest). The time was dedicated to prayer, reflection and discussion. The new school year started virtually on 5th. Patience and God's guidance are needed for the new form of learning.
▪ The youth Coordinator for the Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan, Miss Miriam Juarez, asked Sr. Kerry, SCN and Sr. Alicia Buddan, SAC to help plan a retreat for the Youth Leaders of various youth groups. Since it was not possible to reach out in person to the Belizean youths, a virtual retreat was held for the Youth Leaders on 3rd. The theme was "Discipleship and Collaboration". The day ended with an enjoyable liturgy celebrated by Fr. Milicet Mathurin, a young priest from Haiti who is ministering in Belize. ▪ Miss Socorro Mai, our candidate from Orange Walk, is receiving her Spiritual and English lessons virtually from Sr. Margaret Gongora and Sr. Adalberta Chuc. The Sisters also started marriage instructions virtually.
▪ The month of October is marked by the National Nutrition week and Mental Health Awareness. ▪ Theresa Swanepoel our Dietitian of St Joseph's Home with her colleague planned for teaming up to represent a nutrition component to the Mental Health Awareness session on the last week. During the time of stress some people find themselves craving more than usual for unhealthy food, such as sugary, salty, oily, processed, takeaway etc. Others lose their appetite or it increases dramatically. This has affected the mood, weight control, skin and general wellbeing. The staff are excited in taking part in this training to get some knowledge on how to provide assistance to people who suffer from mental illness.
India ▪ Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Provincial Superior, attended an online meeting of Major Superiors who are working in the Diocese of Agartala, Tripura, with Bishop Lumen Monteiro. This is the preparation for the up-coming silver jubilees of both the diocese and also of the Bishop.
▪ Our Sisters in the North-East mission creatively organized the praying of the Rosary in the month of October. In Twichakma community, the Sisters went from house to house to pray, while the Bagbasa community organized a Rosary procession in which about one thousand people participated with their candles lit. The day was concluded with the blessing of the Holy Eucharist.
▪ The UAC Erection day was celebrated in the parish as well as in our community at Raipur. The UAC members participated in the Holy Eucharist, celebrated by the Pallottine Fathers. It was followed by a family meal.
▪ On 9th, in Ruhango, Sr. Angeline Kambugu, the Regional Superior joyfully received 6 candidates to the Postulancy. During the ceremony, Sr. Angeline wished the candidates to be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their discernment of following Christ.
▪ On the occasion of World Mission Sunday, the parish of St. Louis in the Diocese of Vannes, France, organized a Holy Mass with different nationalities, where everyone was invited to perform something, for instance a prayer in his/her own language. Our Sisters, Sr. Consolée Mukayirabuka, Sr. Catherine Nikuze and Sr. Perpétue Nyiramahoro of the Quistinic community took part by singing a missionary song in Kinyarwanda at the end of the Mass. It was a very beautiful occasion for everyone who was present!
▪ At long last, the Churches in Uganda are open after six months of lockdown due to the Covid-19. Our sisters in Kyabakuza community are grateful to God that they can participate in Mass again in their parish. On the first Sunday it was exciting, when the Christians met once again to pray together.
▪ On September 30, 2020, three sisters of the Polish Province: Sr. M. Elżbieta Lidzbarska, Sr. M. Elżbieta Malicka and Sr. M. Paulina Szałek accompanied by Sr. M. Iwona Nadziejko, the Provincial Superior and Sr. M. Ludwika Jastrzębska, the Mission Procurator, went to Spišská Nowa Wieś in Slovakia to take up the ministry of the sacristan and organist at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and the work as a community nurse. (see the website).
▪ On November 7, the children who attend Polish language classes conducted by S. Karolina Slominska SAC in Grodek visited Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv. The children waited very much for this day to light candles for the “Lviv Eaglets” - children of their age who died in defense of their Homeland - and to lay down handmade bunches of roses. Each candle with white and red ribbons and each rose meant a prayer and words of gratitude and the assurance: We will always remember you!The young pilgrims also visited the cemetery of the victims of the Great Famine in Ukraine in 1932–1933, during which three million people died of hunger, and offered them their memory and prayer.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Kryspina Smentoch SAC * 27.08.1934 † 14.10.2020 Poland
Sr. Zofia Suchecka SAC * 15.05.1941 † 20.10.2020 Poland