"Jesus--Through Him, With Him, and In Him"
Sister Catherine Marie, Sister Faustina, and Sister Maria Stella, (L-R) at a nativity set in the parish center at Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Vladivostok, Russia. Mother Julia, Sister Maria Damiana, and Sister Gemma Maria (L-R) at the crèche in the Retreat Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Raytown, Missouri.
A group of young adult Catholics live in a section of apartments and work together to build their spiritual lives. On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we joined many from the City on a Hill at a local abortion clinic to pray for the protection of the unborn and for the conversion of the workers.
|A group picture of those who came from the City on a Hill and three members of our community. We met together from 9 to 10 am on Saturday morning. This is certainly a most blessed way to use one's time on a weekend.||Standing together on the sidewalk holding the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we prayed the rosary out loud together. It made us sad to see so many cars go in and out of the clinic while we were there. Without a doubt, everyone went home with a firmer resolution to pray to end abortion.||We also had time before and after the rosary for silent prayer. It was encouraging to us that there were other groups to the left and to the right of us also praying.|
The sisters in Raytown were blessed during the year of consecrated life to attend in November the CMSWR's (Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious) Symposium held in St. Louis, Missouri. They had a wonderful time learning more about religious life, the Faith, and visiting with many wonderful women religious from around the nation.
|L to R: Sister Gemma Maria, Sister Maria Damiana, and Mother Julia attended this year's symposium of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) that was held this year in St. Louis, Missouri. The sisters are standing in front of the poster near the registration table where over 600 sisters registered for the conference.
It is the year for religious, and indeed it was a splendid conference all about the meaning of our lives as religious in the church and how to live our calling well.
|The Saturday Mass which was celebrated almost 200 year St. Louis Parish which was the former Cathedra. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Rigali and concelebrated with bishops and priests, many of whom were speakers at the symposium.||It was wonderful to go to Mass and pray the Liturgy of the Hours together with so many religious from all over the United States. Many of the communities present also send some sisters to the National Meeting of the Institute on Religious Life held each year at Mundelein, IL the weekend after Easter. It is a conference for all adult and young adults, and a wonderful place to meet many religious orders of men and women.|
|The Old Cathedral of St Louis was the first cathedral to be built west of the Mississippi River. It is located very near the Memorial Arch in St. Louis, which was created in 1935 and finished in 1965 to memorialize the story of the nation's westward expansion.||The Arch 630 feet (63 stories tall) and 630 feet at ground level. One can take a tram all the way to the top (if you like heights).|
|Our new Bishop, James Johnston, being greeted
before Solemn Vespers by Mother Julia
on November 3rd.
|Bishop Johnston enters the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
for Solemn Vespers.
|The Procession of the Installation Mass|
at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
in Kansas City, November 4, 2015
|Bishop Johnston seated in his cathedra
(chair of authority) with his coat
of arms displayed behind him.
|Bishop Johnston being greeted by dignitaries of other faiths.||The recessional of the installation Mass
after the warm welcome by the people of the
Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph.
Our sisters in Russia watched the
whole Mass online with EWTN.
|Before Sister Catherine Marie returned to Russia, sisters in
Kansas City went horseback riding at a parishioner's home.
From L-R - Sister Gemma Maria, Sister Maria Damiana,
Sister Catherine Marie, and Mother Julia
|Sister Gemma Maria riding
with dear friend Sylvia
leading her horse
|On the sisters' trip to Philadelphia
to be present at the Pope's Mass,
the sisters are pictured here
in front of the statue of St.
Augustine at the Shrine of St. Rita.
|The four sisters at Washington Square near Independence Mall,
Philadelphia, PA. L-R Sister Catherine Marie,
Sister Gemma Maria, Sister Maria Damiana, and Mother Julia.
|Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Philadelphia on
Sunday, September, 27th, 2015.
The sisters were blessed to receive
tickets for the Mass.
|Cardboard statue of Pope Francis were everywhere
in Philly for photo ops.
| Two of the sisters' very dear friends and co-workers in Russia,
Victor and Natalia, came for the Festival of Families
and to attend the pope's Mass.
|The Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph has
an annual celebration of jubilarians
in religious life every year.
These are the jubilarians for 2015.
|Sister Gemma Maria was asked to bring up the gifts during
the jubilee Mass celebrated in the chapel
of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy
Eucharist, Independence, MO.
|Sister Gemma Maria presenting the gifts
at the jubilee celebration Mass
to Acting Vicar General Fr. Rowe.
This year, forty children came to the 5th annual summer camp
in Lesozavodsk, a village 225 miles north of Vladivostok.
Thirteen FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionaries and the CJD sisters were joined
by four CJD brothers and Russian parishioner Viktor in leading
the camp. Each day the children sang songs, received
instruction in the |
basics of the Faith, heard inspiring stories from the Bible and the lives of the saints, ate a hot lunch, swam in the river, and played lots of soccer, frisbee, and tag!