Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Invitation! To the Mother Thecla Book Club

We invite you -- 7th and 8th grade girls in the St. Louis area -- to the next meeting of our Mother Thecla Book Club. The book club meets on the first Saturday of the month to talk about the life of a saint. This month we will discuss St. Faustina Kowalska. After we talk about St. Faustina, we will have a time of Eucharistic Adoration and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We will meet at Pauline Books and Media, 9804 Watson Road, on Saturday, April 4 from 2-4 p.m.
P.S. The cookies are ready!

Eucharistic Adoration at St. Simon's Parish

March 30:
We went to St. Simon's parish to lead a time of Eucharistic Adoration for the seventh grade class. First, Sr. Rebecca gave a talk about Eucharistic Adoration; next, we went to the church for about half an hour of Adoration. For many of the young people, it was their first time to experience this. It was beautiful to be able to introduce them to this way of spending time with Jesus.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Visit to Abraham Lincoln

March 29:
Sr. Assumpta, Sr. Noel, Sylwia, Emily, Sr. Emi, and her parents went to Springfield, Illinois to visit Abraham Lincoln. He wasn't at home. But we did see the house where he lived with his family in Springfield, and a wonderful museum that told us all about his life. The museum was very high-tech and well done. This trip was special because Sr. Emi's parents from New York City came with us. The weather was interesting, too: in the morning, we had snow, and in the afternoon, we had spring! No more snow! In the evening, Sr. Emi's parents took us to supper at an Italian restaurant. What a beautiful Sunday!
P.S. "Whatever you are, be a good one." -Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery

March 22:
One of the most famous attractions in St. Louis is the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. So on Sunday, most of the community went for a tour of the brewery! One of our employees has a daughter who works as a tour guide there, and she gave us an excellent tour. We saw the Clydesdales, the brewing process, the bottle lines...everything!

St. Louis Archdiocesan Men's Conference

March 21:
Sr. Emi, Sr. Assumpta, and Emily had a book exhibit at the St. Louis Archdiocesan Men's Conference. Guess how many men were there? More than 1200! They had four different speakers, a Eucharistic chapel, and time to visit the different tables. They also had time for confession during the day, and almost all day there were two or three hundred men in line for confession! The day finished with Mass with Bishop Hermann, our archdiocesan administrator. It was beautiful and very impressive to see so many men coming together to learn and share about their faith.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Second Pauline Vocation Day

Saturday and Sunday, March
14 and 15:
This weekend we had many nice visitors!
Several young women came to spend the afternoon with us and learn more about religious life and our community. Last month we spoke about vocation and discernment; this time we shared more about the Pauline Family. Sr. Rebecca gave a PowerPoint presentation about our founder, Bl. James Alberione. Emily showed clips from a DVD to help us speak about vocation, and we also watched a YouTube video prepared by our sisters in Boston. Sylwia shared her vocation story and told about how she "met" Fr. Alberione. We had a selection of books for them to borrow, specially chosen by Sr. Rebecca. To finish we spent time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The whole community likes when you come to visit us!
P.S. Fr. Alberione sent us a message for you: “A vocation is an act of love for God!"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Come and See -- Pauline Vocation Day

April 18,
1 to 4 p.m.

Daughters of St. Paul
9804 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63126

If you are interested,
please contact Sr. Rebecca Marie at (314) 965-3512

Schedule for Pauline Vocation Day
1:00 Arrive and visit bookcenter and chapel
1:20 Conference and presentation
2:20 Break
2:30 Questions and Answers with the Sisters
2:55 Break
3:00 Guided Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
4:00 End of day (those who want to stay and speak with the
Sisters or look around Pauline Books & Media, a Catholic
bookstore, are welcome to)

"Nuns' Night Out" at the Knights of Columbus

March 8:
Sr. Caritas, Sr. Emi, Sr. Rebecca, Sylwia, and Emily went to the Knights of Columbus
"Nuns' Night Out" -- an annual dinner and afternoon of recreation for religious sisters in the St. Louis area. More than one hundred sisters were there! The Knights gave us a delicious lunch and provided many games, including bingo, darts, and ping-pong. They also provided many excellent prizes! Sr. Rebecca and Sylwia won at bingo, and Emily took second place in the ping-pong tournament. It was a lot of fun to play together, and it was very good to see so many different communities enjoying the time together.

A Perfect Day for Biking

March 8:
Sunday was perfect weather to be outside: not too warm with a nice wind, and on Saturday Sr. Carolyn, one of Sylwia's teachers, gave us a new bike. So we took the opportunity to go biking on Grants' Trail close to our house. We biked for an hour and a half and returned home just fifteen minutes before a rain storm -- perfect!

Visitation from Sisters in Boston

March 4
to Saturday,
March 7:
Sr. Joan Paula and Sr. Karen Marie came from Boston to visit the St. Louis Community. They spent time with the Sisters to update them, listen to them, and share with them. On Thursday they spent the day with the postulant community. We prepared a presentation about ourselves and our families with many pictures, and shared with them our vocation stories and our experience of postulancy. In the afternoon, we went with them to the St. Louis Arch and prayed with them. We had a great time with them and hope that they can come back to St. Louis soon!

Vocation Talk in Washington!

March 4:
Sylwia and Emily went to Washington! (Washington, Missouri, that is.) We went to give a vocation talk to the students at St. Francis Borgia School. We used clips from the movie "Evan Almighty" to talk about vocation. Then we told them about the Daughters of St. Paul and about our own vocation stories. After they had time for questions. It is always a good experience to speak with the young people about vocation.
P.S. "Everything I do, I do because I love you!"
(Evan Almighty)