Tuesday, September 30, 2008

2 Things

First of all, you can now download our radio program with Barbara McGuigan:


Secondly, we are about to Renovate our chapel. It should begin around October 13. If you would like to have your name in our chapel, please consider giving a donation toward the new pews, the windows, or toward the overall cost!

We are SO excited! Pray for us as we take on this new endeavor. . . .

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Congratulations to Sr. Mary Jude!!!

Sr. Mary Jude renewed her vows for one year yesterday! She is so excited and so are we!

Congratulations Sr. Mary Jude! May God grant you the grace of peace and perseverance!

We love you!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Renewal of Vows

Dear Friends,

Please pray for Sr. Mary Jude as she renews her vows for one year today!

Thank you!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Pews for Free!

We are about to renovate our chapel. If anyone would like to have one of our pews (mostly those that live nearby), it'll be first come first serve. We have 14 total and 6 are already claimed.

We'd love to give them first to people that have been our friends over the years!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fr. Matt -- May He Rest in Peace!

Dear Friends,

Our longtime friend, pastor, and chaplain (since 1967) has died. Fr. Matt died yesterday morning in his room.
Please pray for him! Thank you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Love Rocks -- Even for Priests and Sisters!

On Tues. evening we'll be at the University of Dallas Campus Ministry talking about the Theology of the Body and how it relates to Relgious and priests! Pray for us!

I'm writing this from Dallas.... when I get home I'll post more pics.......

God bless you all!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Did you hear? We'll be on the RADIO!

In case you haven't heard, we'll be on EWTN Radio tomorrow (Saturday)!!!

2-4 p.m. Eastern Time -- it's called "The Good Fight" with Barbara McGuigan. She focuses on saints and how they have influenced people's lives.

We'll talk about St. Faustina, vocations, our Community, Theology of the Body, etc. etc.

You can call in to the live show. Pray for us and for God's Will to be done on this show!

Monday, September 15, 2008

What's Happening with Us?

We have so many things going right now, where do we start?

I know, many of you think that Sisters have nothing to do all day but pray. We wish that were true! We have a nice schedule that we get to pray with (the Divine Office, Mass, rosary, Adoration, meditation, etc.); however, the rest of the day is full! Here are some things we're spending our time on right now:
  • Chapel Renovation -- We Want Your Name in our Chapel!
    We are about to begin a huge renovation of our chapel. Click Here to read more! We would love for you to be a part of it. We're accepting donations to buy pews, fix windows, help pay for the nitty gritty part (like a new ceiling), or even to help pay for our new beautiful murals!
  • Radio -- We're going to be on the Radio!
    We are so excited to be on the EWTN "The Good Fight" radio show with Barbara McGuigan (1-3 p.m. Central Time). It might be this Saturday. We're waiting to hear for sure. We'll talk about St. Maria Faustina and her influence in our Religious Lives. We'll also talk about the TOB and how that works with Religious Life. Awesome stuff!
  • Theology of the Body
    We are teaching more and more about this topic every day. We'll be on the local St. Valentine's Radio soon to talk about Katrina Zeno's "Turning the Titanic: Chastity Formation from Toddlers to Teens". She does such a great job explaining how to begin teaching chastity at a young age.

    We will also begin teaching a "Introduction to the Theology of the Body" in our Diocese. We're hoping to get parents from the local Catholic Schools (and anyone else interested) to come! Since their children are learning it in school, they might as well help teach it at home..... :>
  • School Sisters FUN-Raiser!
    December 13 at St. Thomas Church in Amarillo. Details will follow as we work them out....... Mark your calendar! (we will be selling tickets that can be bought out-of-state)
  • Shall I continue? (and these are the things between the other things, like teaching in Catholic Schools, teaching Religion Classes in parishes, doing the normal work around the house, etc.)

    Prayers -- this is an amazing time as people continue to beg us for prayers . . . for loved ones that have died, loved ones that are ill, marriage problems, etc. Help us to pray for all of these wonderful people!
  • Newsletters
    If you do not receive our snail-mail newsletter or our E-newsletter, sign up on our webpage!
  • UD
    We will be at the University of Dallas at their Campus Ministry program next week talking about the Theology of the Body and Religious Life. Pray for us!
  • Comments on the Blog -- is it broken? Just checking....

God bless you all! We pray for you daily! Pray for us as we strive every day to do God's Holy Will! May you all be filled with joy and peace and love!

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Holy Name of Mary - Today's Feast Day!

Today, September 12th -- The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
This Feast is celebrated every year in our Community. Every Sister has Mary in her name one way or another. She is our model and our advocate.

After the siege of Vienna and the glorious victory of Sobieskl over the Turks (12 Sept., 1683), the feast was extended to the universal Church by Innocent XI (taken from www.newadvent.org).

May Mary intercede for you all! May Mary pray for us our country (and for the next election)!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sr. Valentina's 90th Birthday!

Sr. Valentina was born in Austria in 1918. She entered the convent there at the age of 17 (73 years in the convent)!!! She came to America at a young age and became a nurse. She worked many years in the Catholic Children's Home here in Panhandle (among other things).

Today is her 90th birthday! Happy Birthday, Sister! We love you!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's All for Love!

It's All for LOVE!
by Sr. Mary Michael Huseman, OSF

Side Note: This is an article from our newsletter some time ago. We thought it'd be appropriate with Sr. M. Irina's picture after taking Final Vows (she's the 2nd one in the procession).

God bless you Sister! May God be glorified through your life!

To be called by God to the Religious Life or the priesthood is an awesome call of love!
Ah, love! Our hearts are always longing for it. Young people (and others) are searching for the one that will love them the rest of their lives. I certainly did.
Some people mistakenly think that people only go to join the Religious Life or the priesthood because they could not find a husband or wife. After all, why would anyone subject themselves to a life without love? What a mistake! What a major misunderstanding!
Love is precisely the reason for one to follow God's call! If a person has a vocation to the consecrated life, then God is calling that person to an intimate love relationship with Him.
This is not some inexperienced person writing who does not know what she is talking about. I felt that call. After some time of denial (hey, I'm human), I finally gave in to God's irresistible LOVE! Every day gets better. Every day I begin to understand and to experience this love more and more.
As Pope John Paul II said, Religious Life, in the continuation of Baptism, "displays within the Church this wonderful spousal union which God wants to establish within us and which is the sign of the age to come." (cf. John Paul II Speaks to Religious, Vol. 6, 1989-1990, No. 367).
Be not afraid. Whatever it is that God is calling you to, no matter what state of life that is, be not afraid! God gives us the grace to do His Will and to do it with peace, love, and joy! We have to take a step of faith in the right direction, and watch God's grace take over! It's awesome. He will not let us down!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Final Vows in Vienna

Sr. M. Irina made her Final Vows in Vienna on August 24th! Congratulations Sister!!!

(she's the one that has her back turned to the camera)

We'll hopefully get a better picture of her soon.

God bless you all!

Monday, September 1, 2008

120 Years of Religious Consecration!

This is one of the photos that I promised! (from left) Sr. M. Antonella celebrated her 50th Jubilee; Sr. M. Martina celebrated her 70th Jubilee; Sr. M. Petronilla celebrated with them as the Superior General.
(a photo to come -- final vows)