Saturday, June 6, 2020

Trinity Sunday Customs & Traditions

Trinity Sunday is a day for Christians to honor the belief of an eternal God that is Father, Son, Spirit. Three distinct Persons, One God. Many churches will hold special services or prayers on this day. In some churches, The Athanasian Creed is recited. Other events that might be held on this day include concerts, Trinity Sunday awards, special meals and social events.
In some Western churches, is the liturgical color chosen for Trinity Sunday. This color may be combined with images of the Holy Trinity – which depicts the three elements of God in one. Sometimes, a triangle that is formed by overlapping loops or oval rings is used as a depiction of the Trinity.  Often times, a crown is used as the symbol of the Father, a lamb as the one for Jesus and a dove as a symbol for the Holy Spirit.
In Eastern Orthodox churches, Pentecost Sunday is also called Trinity Sunday. The Monday that follows this Sunday is then called the Monday of the Holy Spirit and the Tuesday after that is called the Third Day of the Trinity. In some of these Eastern churches, green is usually a prominent color.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, 
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial
of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Wear Orange
for a Future
Free From Gun Violence

Since the death of Hadiya Pendleton, orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. New York gun violence prevention advocate Erica Ford spearheaded orange as the color of peace through her work with her organization, Life Camp, Inc. Whether it’s worn by students in Montana, activists in New York, or Hadiya’s loved ones in Chicago, the color orange honors the more than 100 lives cut short and the hundreds more wounded by gun violence every day. 
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is the first Friday in June, which will be June 5 in 2020. Together, with hundreds of thousands of Americans, we turned America orange. But the work doesn’t end there. Every town and partner organizations continue to do life-saving work so that as a country we can get closer to realizing a future free from gun violence.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny
Province of U.S.A. & CANADA
 Corporate Statement
Regarding the Death of George Floyd

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of the United States and Canada , add our voices to those pleading for an end to the cruel and unjust behavior that took the life of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Our nation, founded upon the principles of Liberty and Justice for all peoples, has run aground of an illness more devastating than any virus. We witness once again the scourge of Hate and Systemic Racism.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of those who pledge to protect and
defend our rights and liberties, is a travesty of justice calling each of us to speak out in defense of those most vulnerable.  All human life is sacred. We are not the arbiters of those who decide who is worthy of life and justice and who is not.

Our coronavirus statistics point out the discrepancy between the statistics recorded among the black and minority communities and the white population. We know the inequalities and disparity that exists between opportunities offered to minorities. We have famous words written in our history books talking of the dangers inherent in our very democratic fabric , “we live in the time when our great Nation is testing the fabric of what will endure.” We need each other for the very life of the Nation to endure.

Surely this pandemic has taught us this much at least. We cannot shut the door and close the blinds and wait for the greatness of America to reappear like a new Disneyland to soothe us. Our health, economic and justice systems have f

ailed.  We have to change! Our systems have to change!

Those who are believers pray, but that is not enough. All must Act!
Do those we call neighbors and do friends know how we really feel?
Are we willing to change the way we think?
Do we dare to express the real fear and helplessness we experience at being unable to change the way things are?

This moment calls all of us to act.  We are not helpless! As long as there is life there is the possibility of change for the better. We must challenge ourselves. We can pray, we can protest peacefully, we can write letters, make phone calls, we can VOTE!

Public figures, ask our spiritual and religious guides for counsel and support,
for real national, state and local leadership.
We can redirect our fears and negativity into ways in which we get to know the “stranger” better AND discover we are not so different.

We can all call upon our local law enforcement to make those changes that are needed so that our protectors will be seen and appreciated as the guardians they pledge themselves to be. 

Most of all, we can be A People who are truly called to love one another and be brothers and sisters on this earth.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Artwork by John August Swanson

Our  Country 


We  Mourn


The Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny join the faith leaders of our country to remember, lament and mourn the death of over 100,000 people  who have died in the United States from COVID-19. We celebrate their lives, remembering their oneness in their diversity.  Today as one nation, one community, one people we mourn and lament.  Let us do all we can to honor them by how we live and move and have our being.  We recognize they are move than a number or statistic.  They are our family, friends, neighbors and strangers.  They are US.

As we witness the deep suffering of our nation to the coronavirus, we call out to God in a prayer of lament.

Faces of the coronavirus pandemic: US crosses grim milestone of 100,000 deaths
More than 100,000 people have now died from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

Today at NOON
we join with all the faithful to pray and remember

We Lament  We Mourn
U  Hear our cry, Almighty God. Listen to our prayer.
How long will we have to hide in our homes from this invisible enemy? Where will it strike next? And whom? And what if…? Our screens relay a continuous escalation of suffering and death around the world. Panic and anxiety abounds. Our souls are weary from the strain of the life-altering unknowns.

Heavenly Father, from the depths of our pain and confusion, we cry out to You. From fear-filled hearts and anxious minds, we plead with You. Rescue us, Father of compassion and grace. We lift up our eyes to You, Lord God, the One who sits enthroned in heaven.

On all who have contracted the virus
    Lord have mercy

On all who have lost loved ones to this sickness and are in mourning and anguish                        Lord have mercy

On all who are unable to earn an income because their jobs have been suspended                          Lord have mercy

We cry out
We cry out for healing and needed resources
We cry out for comfort and peace

On all medical professionals and caretakers attending to those infected with the virus                     Christ have mercy

On all scientists and technologists striving to find a vaccine and to make it available                Christ have mercy

On all leaders of institutions and governments as they make decisions to try and contain the virus 
                                        Christ have mercy

We pray for strength in the long and exhausting hours of labor
We pray for wisdom in the research and difficult decisions

On all who have not yet contracted the virus
                                        Lord have mercy

On the most vulnerable of our society who are unable to buy extra food or get proper medical attention
                                        Lord have mercy

On all disciples of Jesus Christ discerning how to reflect His love to others within this crisis       Lord have mercy

We plead for protection of health
We plead for all to remain calm and kind

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the expanse of the universe. And yet this earth is no longer as You created it to be.

Life is sacred and precious in your sight. You are the God Who sees us and sustains us.

Nothing can separate us from the Father’s unfailing love and kindness, not even sickness or the fear of tomorrow. You are our Light as we walk in this darkness. We will remember to celebrate the beautiful gifts You have given us in this present moment.

Almighty God, You are our Rock, our Refuge from the enemy, our hiding place. You calm our frantic thoughts and fill our despairing hearts with joy and strength. In Your Presence there is faith, hope and love in the darkness.

May our people now rest in peace. 

Blessing Prayer

'The Lord Bless You and Keep You'

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Come Holy Spirit Come

Pentecost is considered the Birthday of the Church.  With the Disciples of Christ around the world we pray today for the coming of the Holy Spirit to fill us with Gifts of the Holy Spirit, fill our Church, fill our world.

On the Day of Pentecost (50 days after Easter) the Apostles and Followers of The Way were gathered together when suddenly there was a noise like a violent rushing wind and there appeared tongues of fire resting on each one and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues all understanding in their own language.

Today we Missionary Disciples throughout the world are:

         filled with the Spirit,
                  and speak of the great things that God had done.

         afraid, but
                  the Lord is in our midst and says to us:
                  “Peace be with you, peace be with you.”
         set free,
                  letting the Lord breathed upon us and say to us:
                  “Receive the Spirit, receive the Spirit.”

         we are sent forth
                  to become bearers of Christ’s reconciling love
                  many the gifts of the Spirit given…

See more about the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit here:

During the day, join the Church praying the Pentecost Sequence as they gather together and are filled with the Promised Advocate, the Spirit of God.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
   Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
   Come, within our bosoms shine.

You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
   Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
   Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
   And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
   Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
   Wash the stains of guilt away;
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
   Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
   In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
   Give them joys that never end.
Amen.  Alleluia!

Friday, May 22, 2020

After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to come together in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They prayed for nine days before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The Pentecost Novena is the first of all novenas, nine days of prayer.                                            

Come and join the world in praying a novena in preparation of Pentecost – beginning on Friday, May 22nd, the day after Ascension Thursday.
During these Nine Days of the Novena, we are invited to pray and invoke the Holy Spirit to come and renew the face of the earth. To come be our Promised Advocate.

Novena Prayer
V. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
R. And kindle in them the fire of your love.

V.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
R. And you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Reading     Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
The Day of Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.  And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”

Listen to Taize, ‘Veni Sancte Spiritus’

Invocation Prayer
- Joyce Rupp

Spirit!  Power and Passion of my being,
                  press upon my heart your profound love.
                  Move through the fragments of my days;
                  enable me to sense your fiery Presence
                  consecrating my most insignificant moments.

                           Spirit!  Source of Vision, Perceptive Guide,
                                    permeate the moments of my choices
                                    when falsehood and truth both call to me.
                                    Turn me toward the way of goodness,
                                    so that I will always lean toward your love.

         Spirit!  Blessing for the heart grown weary,
                  encircle me with your loving energy,
                  empower me with your active gentleness.
                  Deepen within me a faith in your dynamism
                  which strengthens the weak and the tired.

                           Spirit!  Breath of Life, Touch of Mystery,
                                    you are the ribbon of inner connection,
                                    uniting me with the groaning of all creation.
                                    Because of you, my life gathers into a oneness.
                                    Keep me attentive to this interdependence.
                                    Fill my being with a constant compassion
                                    and a deep hope that knows no bounds.

         Spirit!  Dwelling Place, Sanctuary of Silence,
                  you are the home for which I deeply yearn.
                  You are the resting place for which I long.
                  I find both comfort and challenge in you.
                  Grant that I may keep my whole self open
                  to the transforming power of your indwelling,
                  that I may ever know the blessing
of your tremendous companionship.       
During the 9 Novena Days, take a look at the Catholic Catechism of the Church, to learn more about the:

Three Theological Virtues     Faith Hope and Love
Four Cardinal Virtues           Prudence Justice Fortitude and Temperance
Seven Gifts of the Spirit       Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude,                                           Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord
Twelve Fruits of the Spirit     Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness,
                                          Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness,
                                          Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-Control and

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Jesus Leaves Earth and Leaves Care to Us

Traditionally Ascension was celebrated on a Thursday,
40 days after Easter.
Many places today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus
on a Sunday when the faith community gathers.

Ascension  Reading
Matthew 28:16-20
Source: The Voice

The eleven disciples headed to Galilee, to the mountain where they were to meet Jesus.  When the disciples saw Jesus there, many of them fell down and worshiped, as Mary and the other Mary had done.  But a few hung back.  They were not sure.  Jesus came forward and addressed his beloved disciples.
“I am here speaking with all the authority of God,
Who has commanded me to give you this commission:
Go out and make disciples in all the nations…
And I will be with you, day after day,
To the end of the age.”

Called To Discipleship

We are today in the midst of a Global Pandemic. Our discipleship includes working to see the deeper invitation that the pandemic is providing. How might we be conscious of the transformation occurring in ourselves, our communities, the nation, and the global community as we live through this time? We have been sent to all the nations. What does our discipleship look like during this New Reality?

Let us go forward to tenderly care for all that has been bequeathed to us.  We do so remembering the promise of the Beloved: “I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Focus of the May issue:
Health Care
Most victims of human trafficking have contact with a health care provider sometime during the time they are being trafficked. Despite this, up until recently many health care providers failed to recognize or address the signs of trafficking.  The focus of the May newsletter is to raise awareness of the health consequences of trafficking and how health professionals are becoming better equipped to identify and aid human trafficking victims.

Stop Trafficking Newsletter is produced by US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, to serve as a forum for exchange among religious congregations and their collaborating organizations:

·       to promote awareness regarding human trafficking;
·       to exchange best practices in advocacy for and empowerment of survivors of human trafficking;
·       to recommend actions to counter human trafficking;
·       to share information about survivor services.