Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Second Visit from Jackie


April 24-26:
We were very happy to have a visit from Jackie this weekend! Jackie is a young woman from Kenya who is a candidate with the Daughters of St. Paul in the United States. She came on Friday evening, and we had a day full of sacraments on Saturday. In the morning, we went to our friend Kerry's Confirmation at the New Cathedral (Emily was her sponsor). After the Mass, the family invited us to lunch with them. In the afternoon, we went to the First Communion Mass at our parish; we were "prayer partners" for one of the little girls, Skylar, who received her First Communion. It was wonderful to have Jackie for her second visit with us! On Sunday we went to the St. Louis Zoo! We enjoyed the good weather, ice cream and the excellent company.
P.S. When will we see you?!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Vocation Day at Benedictine College, Kansas

April 22:

The postulant group drove to Atchison, Kansas, for a vocation day at Benedictine College. There were about twenty different religious orders at the school with displays about their congregations. During the day, we were at our table to meet with the students and answer their questions. We ate lunch with the students and attended Mass with them in the evening. After Mass, we ate supper with Emily's brother Thomas, who attends Benedictine, and some other students. It was wonderful to see how interested and friendly the students were. We stayed the night with a lovely family in St. Joseph, Missouri. The whole family, including the seven young boys, were interested in us and what we were doing. They were very kind and hospitable, and they boys even taught us how to play Wii. It was nice to spend this time with them.
P.S. We didn't think it was possible, but Sylwia forgot her camera!
P.P.S. Thank you, Jenny and Andrew, for sending us these pictures!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vocation Talk at St. Simon’s in St. Louis

April 20:
Sylwia, Emily, and Sr.Rebecca gave a vocation talk at St. Simon’s Parish. We spoke to the 7th grade religious education class. Emily guided a discussion about vocations using a clip from the film “Evan Almighty.” Sr. Rebecca spoke about religious life, and then Sylwia told her vocation story. The pastor of the parish spoke with the boys. The girls asked us questions and shared their prayer intentions with us. For us, it is always nice to meet with young people, speak with them, and share our vocation stories.

We Are Prophets

April 20:
Every Monday we have a lesson with Fr. Soto about the prophets. We have a special project: we prepare a PowerPoint presentation about each prophet. It is an excellent way to learn about the prophets. This was a very appropriate project during Lent, when many of the readings at Mass are taken from the prophets, and these prophets spoke about the Messiah.
P.S. We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Fr. Soto!

Third Pauline Vocation Day

April 18:
Our third Pauline Vocation Day was about Mother Thecla Merlo, our co-foundress. Sr. Rebecca gave a PowerPoint presentation about her, and we watched a YouTube video. We also had a scavenger hunt activity in the bookcenter to help the young women learn more about our spirituality and charism. To finish we spent time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We like when you visit us -- come again soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Twenty-Two People Saw St. Paul in St. Louis

April 16:

The two-thousand-year-old St. Paul the Apostle made an appearance at Pauline Books and Media in St. Louis. He still looks good -- a little bit like Kevin O'Brien, director of Theater of the Word, Inc. Mr. O'Brien performed St. Paul in an interview given by Emily. It was very exciting to interview the great St. Paul. The people were very happy to see him and had many questions for him. At the end, St. Paul took a picture with his daughters. ;)
P.S. St. Paul is alive!

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)

Śmigus-dyngus and the St. Louis City Museum

April 13:
We continued our celebration of Easter with a very important Polish tradition: Śmigus-dyngus (lany poniedziałek/
wet Monday). On the second day of Easter, it is the Polish tradition to celebrate by throwing water at each other! So the whole community, and Emily’s brother and sisters, had a shower before breakfast!

Also on Monday, we went to the City Museum. It is a big building in downtown St. Louis and everything inside is made from recycled materials. They have many caves, tunnels, stairs, and slides; there was a magic show; they have a floor with many statues, stained glass windows, and other artifacts; and there was even a big wooden wheel to run around in! It is a very interesting place and we had a very fun day there.

Happy Easter --- Wesołych Świąt

April 12:
Christ is risen! We had a wonderful celebration of Easter. Emily’s brother and two sisters came to visit for Easter. They arrived on Holy Saturday and helped to color Easter eggs. We went to a beautiful Easter Vigil Mass, and on Easter Sunday after Mass, we had a delicious meal that the whole community helped to prepare. In the afternoon, we had an Easter egg hunt. Sr. Noel and Emily’s sister Natalie were the winners, and Sylwia won third place.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Holy Week Retreat

April 9
and Friday,
April 10:

The postulant group went to the Queen of Apostles Spiritual Life Center in Imperial, Missouri to make a Holy Week Retreat. We had a nice, quiet time for reflection and meditation, and time with Jesus in Adoration. In the evenings we went to nearby St. Joseph's Parish for the Holy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies. It was beautiful to make retreat in these days before Easter.
P.S. Where did you meet Jesus this week?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Postulants Cook on Monday

April 6:

We had a visitor join us for supper!
A young woman named Linda came to meet the sisters, eat supper, and spend time with us. Sylwia made pizza and Emily made brownies. After supper, we played "Mexican Train." It was a very nice evening!
P.S. When will you visit us?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Palm Sunday, African-American Style

April 5:

We celebrated Palm Sunday by going to the African-American church, St. Alphonsus Ligouri "Rock" Church. This was the first Mass in the church after a fire they had more than a year and a half ago. There were many TV cameras and newspaper photographers there. It was such a joyful celebration! It was a long Mass, with a lot of singing, clapping, and moving. We could see how the church was full of the Holy Spirit.
P.S. Hosanna!

St. Louis Homeschool Conference

Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4: Sylwia, Emily, Sr. Rebecca, and Sr. Emi went to the homeschool conference organized by the Catholic homeschool group of St. Louis. For me (Emily), it was exciting to go because I was homeschooled and I also belonged to a Catholic homeschool group in Buffalo, NY. At the conference, they had talks for the teens and for the parents, and time for them to visit the vendors. For homeschoolers, it is important to come together and support each other, and for us, it was nice to see how many people know us and our bookcenter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Visit to Białystok

Wednesday, April 1:
We visited Białystok.
We think that very nice people live in this city. What do you think?
True or no?

P.S. Who knows where Białystok is?
P.P.S. Hello to Białostoczanom!