Saturday, March 31, 2018

Holy Saturday March 31 2018

(A biblical refection on HOLY SATURDAY/EASTER VIGIL – 31 March 2018)
One of the various readings at the Easter Vigil: Romans 6:3-11 
The Scripture Text
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. The death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:3-11 RSV) 
Death and life – What a stark contrast we have on the Holy Saturday! We pass through a day in the liturgy where all is silence. As the day begins, many of our churches will be bare – the tabernacle empty as we share liturgically in Jesus’ death and burial. Yet as the Easter Vigil begins this evening, we will be introduced once again into the fullness of life through His resurrection to glory. Tonight, our churches will be resplendent with new life and beauty. The contrast in the course of a single day is great indeed.
In a passage that will be read tonight at the Easter Vigil, Saint Paul teaches us that we share both in Jesus’ death and in His resurrection. Our own baptism is itself a paradox of life and death. Through baptism into Jesus’ death on the cross, we die to sin. And, through the same baptism into His resurrection, we too are raised to a new life in His Spirit. What a glorious contrast our life is meant to be! As we die every day to self and sin, we receive new life through the power of Jesus’ resurrection. The life of the risen Lord is in us because we have been baptized into Him. His power is within us to change us. By His Spirit, we can begin to live a new life.
Holy Saturday is an excellent opportunity for us to seek this new life by spending time in prayer and reading God’s word. As much as we are able, let us make this a day of seeking God in silence and waiting. Let us anticipate the gift of new life that we will receive tonight as we renew our baptismal vows and participate in the Easter liturgy.
Today is an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus and receive more of His life. Jesus has conquered sin, death, and Satan. We can experience the victory of His death and resurrection this day. We can expect tangible changes in our lives in the days and weeks ahead because we have received the power of the risen Jesus.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to share more deeply in Your life this day. Help me to overcome sin through the power of Your death and resurrection. Give me new life in the Holy Spirit! Amen. 
Jakarta, 30 March 2018 [HOLY FRIDAY] 
A Christian Pilgrim

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Elections at the Monastery of Saint Clare March 24 , 2018

Bishop David O'Connell presided over the elections at the Monastery of Saint Clare of Chesterfield, NJ​ . Sister Etta L Patton​ was elected Abbess, Sister Miriam Anne Varley​ was elected Vicaress. Sister Barbara Gerlach was elected first councilor. Sister Donna Donna J Padalino​ was elected 2nd councilor and Sister Mary Flynn was elected 3rd Councilor. Sister Rose McDermott, SSJ (Ministry of Consecrated Life-diocesan Delegate for Religious and Institutes of Consecrated Life, Rev. Michael Wallack (Bishop's Secretary and Director of Vocations), Rev. Msgr. Thomas Mullelly (Vicar for clergy and Consecrated Life/director of Seminarians/Director of clergy Personnel) were tellers as were our Sister  Kathi Nick and Sister Karen Stapleton. Congratulations to our Abbess and Councilors and to our Community. Praise the Lord . Friar Tom Hartle OFM from the Holy Name Province also assisted at the elections. Thanks to all.

Sister Donna Padalino is 2nd councilor 

Bishop O'Donnell and Sister Etta Patton before Mass

Rev. Michael Wallack, Bishop David O'Connell and Sister Rose McDermott SSJ 

Sister Etta Patton OSC receives the blessing for her office from the Bishop

Bishop David O/ Connell and Rev. Msgr Thomas Mullelly

The Abbess and Councilors with the Bishop and Tellers.

Sister Mary Frances Flynn 3rd Concilor  in back row to the right

Sister Etta receives the seal of the Monastery from the Bishop

Sister Barbara 1st Councilor back row second to left

Our Religious Assistant, Friar Tom Hartle OFM

Sister Miriam Varley   Vicaress of our Community

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19, Feast of Saint Joseph by Friar Christian Seno OFM

Today, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph and I wanted to share this beautiful prayer written by my friend, Terry. In a world that is wounded by injustice and toxic masculinity, we ask: Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Prayer to St. Joseph
By Terrence J. Moran
St. Joseph…
Who believed in Mary’s word, make us a church that listens to women’s experience and their testimony of the action of the Spirit in their lives;
Who raised your son to be a peacemaker, make us a church of nonviolent resistance to war;
Who knew the joys of craftsmanship and the fatigue of work, make us a church that teaches the dignity of labor and that joins in the workers’ struggle for just wages and decent conditions.
Who listened to the voice of a dream, make us a church of deep contemplation, cautious of superficial answers, open to God’s surprises;
Who was a refugee, make us a church that is a home to the wanderer, shelter to the terrorized, haven to those in flight from violence and war;
Who was a member of a most unconventional family, make us a church of welcome to all families in all their wonderful diversity;
Who taught Jesus the wisdom in the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, make us willing disciples of Earth’s wisdom and loving kin of all creation.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday March 18th, 2018

  • Friar Tom Hartle OFM of the Holy Name Province and our Religious Assistant came to our Monastery for our visitation. That means he came to see if we are living as true Poor Clares. You see Religious Life is like a basketball game. A couch doesn't send the team onto the court unless they know the rules and regulations of the game. Plus the players have to play as a team and with no one trying to be the stars. The Players work together to win the prize. so it is for us we play the game to win an imperishable crown. Friar Tom gave us a good score so we continue on our Religious Madness daily.
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday March 10, 2018 Visit of OFM Conventual Frairs in Formation

Brother Jim Moore OFM Conventual  and his Friars in Formation were here this Saturday, March 10, 2018 to be present at prayer, dinner and sharing with us.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March 1,2,3, Friar Michael Lasky Visits us

Friar Michael Lasky OFM Conventual who works in Washington, DC on the Peace and Justice committee for the Conventual Friars stopped to visit over the weekend. We have known Michael since 1993. It was good to share Eucharist whim him again. Sister Etta and Michael are at the gathering when Michael told us about his work.

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